Last Friday we had the privilege of watching the powerful and talented Laura Gibson perform at our pub in Bend. Laura’s performance was the last stop on our monthly First Friday Art Walk and she helped us kick off the release of our well-loved Twilight Summer Ale. Laura’s roots run deep in our own backyard: she spent this past February at Caldera in the mountains of Central Oregon, writing and reflecting on her work. Last summer we traveled with her out to Smith Rock to record the third installment of Deschutes River Recordings, a unique partnership between Northwest musicians and the Deschutes River Conservancy to create songs by the river, for the river. We were thrilled to welcome her back to Bend to perform the latest from her album La Grande (aptly named after a small town in Eastern Oregon).
For the Deschutes River Recordings series, we also collaborated with Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper and Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats to record their own versions of (respectively) Up on Cripple Creek and Ballad of Easy Rider. We’re excited to announce that both Blitzen Trapper and Fruit Bats will both be performing at the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, CA on June 14th and 15th. Note that Huichica is not your average music festival: the blog Swimming.ly has hand picked food from Portland’s Bunk Sandwiches and San Franisco’s Salumeria to complement the performances and we’ll be pairing our tasty brews with their selections. We can’t imagine a more perfect reunion of great music, an incredible outdoor setting, and damn tasty beer.