by PAMELA HULSE ANDREWS Cascade A&E Publisher
When I borrowed the song title Let’s Get This Party Started to help kick off Cascade A&E’s 20th birthday party I thought I had picked a country-western song about good times and celebrations. I hadn’t realized that The Black Eyed Peas, a hip hop group, wrote the song suggesting that you ‘free your inner soul and break away from tradition.’ What might be troubling is that it originally appeared on the album under the title Let’s Get Retarded….seemingly very inappropriate.
The song was remixed for The Black Eyed Peas’ fifth studio album The E.N.D. as Let’s Get Re-Started, which won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2005 Grammy Awards and was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song.
Regardless of its origin, its messaging and my brief education on hip hop, we’re sticking with it and our first party is planned for March (we hope to have one every month throughout the year recognizing and honoring various art forms).
Combining the visual art of paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and wearables with music we are kicking off the celebration during Bend’s First Friday, March 6 at both Red Chair Gallery and Ranch Records (who recently moved to Oregon Street a couple doors down from the gallery).
Sounds like a party to me when you combine the creative arts with a superb collection of vinyls and CDs.
As I mentioned in my January editorial we are in the process of designing an exciting, inventive and state-of-the-arts website by partnering with a gifted local web firm, Five Talent. The website will help launch another aspect of Cascade A&E…a statewide arts calendar scattered with editorial content. Today we are proud to say that we are Oregon’s only arts magazine.
I hope you’ll be able to take some time to join us in celebrating Cascade A&E that continues to recognize and highlight the creativity that embodies Central Oregon.