Bend Summer Concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater

The Decemberists and Spoon

and The Districts

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The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is the seventh studio album from The Decemberists, released in early 2015—featuring songs Make You Better and The Wrong Year.

The Decemberists describe the new album as the band’s “most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally.” Frontman Colin Meloy says much of the album explores far more personal, introspective topics than previous Decemberists records as “having a family, having kids, having this career, getting older — all of these things have made me look more inward.”

The Decemberists 2011 album The King is Dead produced a Grammy nomination for Down by the Water in the Best Rock Song category.

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They Want My Soul was released in 2014 and includes the single New York Kiss. Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan described the album as "an immediate grabber on par with the group's best work to date," praising its "rich, luminous sound … broad musical palette."

The Austin rockers once again sound fresh, jubilant, and ready to have fun with their music." From Consequence of Sound. Spoon’s 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga album hit the Top 10 thanks to a bona fide pop jewel, You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb.

 


 


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Saturday, May 23. Tickets on sale now.

Ryan Adams is the fourteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, released in 2014. The album earned two nominations at the 2015 Grammy Awards in Best Rock Song for Gimme Something Good and Best Rock Album. The album features an atmospheric rock-based aesthetic, in comparison to its primarily acoustic predecessor, Ashes & Fire in 2011.

Recent 7-inch releases on his PAX-AM label includes Blue Light in 2015 and No Shadow, Do You Laugh When You Lie and Vampires in 2014.

Jenny Lewis' new album The Voyager includes backing musicians Beck, Ryan Adams (who co-produced seven of the 10 tracks), Lou Barlow and a slew of other pals. The Voyager hangs together as a loose yet polished California-pop travelogue of Lewis' endlessly messy life. Lewis' expressive voice and sunny SoCal tunes make The Voyager a rewarding journey. She was the primary vocalist of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley.


 

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters

and JD McPherson

Monday, May 25. Tickets go on sale now.OMD website_Concert cubes_1.5 x 2.23_1a-03.png

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will hit the road in support of their latest lullaby and….The Ceaseless Roar. Each ticket will include a copy of the group’s latest album.* With a career spanning more than 40 years and possessing a powerful wide vocal range, Robert Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2011, readers of Rolling Stone placed Plant in first place of the magazine's list of the best lead singers of all time. Robert Plant is best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin and a successful solo career.

"It’s really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant says. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music...I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what’s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships," Plant explains, "... and now I’m able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidoscope of sound, color, and friendship."

*Every ticket purchased online or at the Ticket Mill for Robert Plant, will receive a CD of his new album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar. Ticket purchasers will receive instructions via email on how to redeem their album within 10-14 business days after your order. Ticket buyers will be emailed a link and code to redeem the download and enter their shipping address for the CD.

JD McPherson is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is known for a retro sound rooted in the rock and roll, rhythm and blues and rockabilly music of the 1950s.

 



The Doobie Brothers

and Pat Simmons Jr.

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The Doobie Brothers roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style includes their No. 1 singles Black Water (1974) andWhat a Fool Believes (1979) Jesus Is Just All Right, Rockin’ Down the Highway, Long Train Runnin, China Grove, Take Me In Your Arms, Minute by Minute and many more great hits over the years.

In 2011, the band began a new chapter of their career when they filmed a CMT Crossroads special with country superstar Luke Bryan, and appeared for the first time ever on the Grand Ole Opry. That story continues with the release of their new album Southbound (2014) and their appearance on the 2014 CMA awards, where they performed Listen To the Music and Takin it to the Streets with long-time band member, Michael McDonald.

"Southbound mixes the reverence of a tribute album with the back-and-forth collaboration of a duets record, as the Doobies share vocals and trade instrumental duties on 12 new recordings of their own hits. "Country has changed since the days of Hank Williams," Johnston tells Rolling Stone Country. "It's taken on a rock tinge.”

Pat Simmons Jr. is a multi-instrumentalist from Maui, whose music is a teapot of activism and simple teachings; invoking Aloha spirit, awareness and peace. Pat uses his music to express his messages about living in balance with the environment and creating peace and love in this life. Pat plays many different musical instruments, including Djembe, Didgeridoo, wooden and steel flute, but mostly plays guitar, and the very first instrument he learned to play, the Ukuele. He has had the unique experience of growing up on tour with his father's band The Doobie Brothers.

 


 

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Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas

Thursday, June 25. Tickets on sale now.

Willie Nelson is recognized worldwide as an American troubadour and icon, transcended musical genres, and has remained relevant through five decades through his music, acting and social causes. At 81 years young, the Texas outlaw country legend Willie Nelson continues to play great music. The Family band included his sister, Bobbie NelsoOMD website_Concert cubes_1.5 x 2.23_1a-06.pngn, on the piano; drummer Paul English; harmonicist Mickey Raphael; Billy English also on drums and Kevin Smith lead bassist.

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas The players—Jerry Douglas (Dobro, lap steel, vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin, lead vocal), Ron Block (banjo, guitar) and Barry Bales (bass, vocals), with Krauss on lead vocal and fiddle—are five distinct personalities who come together to form something truly unique as a band. Each bandmate has his own bustling career, but when these singular musicians come together, they’re an airtight unit devoted to the process of making music together. Indeed, their connection is so close and deep that they’ve come to think of each other as family.

 


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Sheryl Crow

Monday, July 6. Tickets on sale now.

After over two decades of making records, Sheryl Crow has entered a new phase of her recording career with Feels Like Home released in 2013. Her decision to release an all-country project might surprise some, but a closer look at her music suggests that the genre has always been close to her heart. On her 1993 Tuesday Night Music Club album, the closing cut No One Said It Would Be Easy had a country influence as well as her album Wallflower in 2005.

Get ready to also enjoy Sheryl Crow classics If It Makes You Happy, My Favorite Mistake and Every Day Is A Winding Road.


 

Death Cab for Cutie with special guest Built to Spill

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Death Cab For Cutie released their studio album Kintsugi in early 2015. "Good Help (Is So Hard To Find), the warm and vulnerable Little Wanderer and the brooding lead single Black Sun were all tracked with the four members of the band reacting to each other in real time—this was more like when we're onstage, where everyone has their eyes closed and we're playing in the moment,” said drummer Jason McGerr.

Built To Spill are gearing up to release their eighth studio album Untethered Moon this spring. Check out singles Never Be the Same and Living Zoo. This is the band’s first album since 2009’s There Is No Enemy.

 


 

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

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A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band have been touring in support of Release Me in 2012.

Release Me is quintessential Lyle, mixing a smart collection of originals and songs written by some of his favorite songwriters that show the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents and the diversity of his influences.

 


 

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PHISH

Two nights with Phish!

Tuesday-Wednesday, July 21-22.

GA only. Sold Out.

 

 

 

 


 

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Saturday, July 25

Tickets are on sale Friday, April 17.

Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. The album Get Happy was released 2013 and features 16 globe-spanning songs in nine languages. The band’s vocalist China Forbes anchors the recording, and she is joined by her new co-lead singer Storm Large, recording with Pink Martini for the first time.

Thomas Lauderdale--pianist and founder of the group—simultaneously began work on the band’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, featuring Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the actual great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music.


 

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Sunday, August 23

Tickets on sale now.

In 2005, Franti made the film I Know I'm Not Alone about his travels through Iraq, Palestine and Israel." I made a commitment to myself years ago that I wouldn't just read about what was happening in the world," he says. "I needed to go and experience it."

It was on these trips that Franti realized people don't necessarily want to hear songs that bluntly address the ills of the world but rather songs that will offer them some escape from their difficulties." I wouldn't want to live in a society where anger is a force that gets things done," Franti says.

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"I'd rather go play music in a school, prison or war zone. Those are the ways I choose to affect change." The same week his 2009 smash Say Hey (I Love You) broke and Franti's appendix ruptured and put him in the hospital close to death. It was another moment that changed his perspective on songwriting, leading to the triumphant tone of All People. "I want to make music that is timeless," Franti says. "At this point in my life when I turn on the radio and hear my song it means a lot to me. When I was a kid I would go on these long drives

with my family and I still remember the songs we would listen to in the car. It means I'm part of somebody's life passages. As an artist, I cherish those moments."


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Weird Al Yankovic

Friday, September 4. Tickets on sale now.

Mandatory Fun recently won a Grammy in the category of Best Comedy Album!  The album features parodies of some of the biggest hits of the past year, including Pharrell Williams’ Happy (Tacky), Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (Word Crimes), Lorde’s Royals (Foil), Iggy Azalea’s Fancy (Handy) and Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive (Inactive).

Mandatory Fun made chart history which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart. It’s the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album – in fact, it’s the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in over 50 years (and the first time a comedy album has debuted at #1 in history!)

 


 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Sunday, September 6. Tickets on sale now.

OMD website_Concert cubes_1.5 x 2.23_1a-19.pngBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals are reuniting for their first tour in seven years. "The Innocent Criminals are a family," Harper said of the band's return to touring. "We've remained very close over the years and it seemed like we couldn't wait another minute. We've all come full circle in our own ways and it is time we pick up where we left off. It's creatively time for us to do this.”

The Innocent Criminals – percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward. Founding members Mobley, Nelson and Charles have been integral parts of Harper’s sound for more than 20 years, first playing gigs at the tiny Mint nightclub in Los Angeles and supporting Harper’s 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World. Yates and Ward became ICs a decade later and helped expand and refine the band’s sound.

 “The new music we’re writing honors the old IC sound, but is light ages ahead of where we were back then,” explained Harper. “I can’t wait for fans to hear it and give us that stamp of approval that only Innocent Criminal fans can give.”

 


 

Hotels in the Old Mill District

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Walk to and from a Les Schwab Amphitheater concert this summer! Stay at one of our two hotels in the Old Mill District the Hampton Inn Bend and Hilton Garden Inn Bend. Check out our local Tourism Guides to plan your trip to Bend.

 

 


 

Bend Summer Concerts

 

Local's Deal

The first 300 General Admission tickets for select concerts bought with cash at the Ticket Mill pay a flat $5 service fee. (Please note service charge varies depending upon method of purchase.) Not available for all shows.

Tickets

Tickets for all Les Schwab Amphitheater shows are available for purchase at the Ticket Mill and at Les Schwab Amphitheater. (The Ticket Mill is located next to Anthony's in the Old Mill District.)


Thank You to our 2015 Bend Summer Concerts Sponsors

Thank You to our Bend Summer Concerts Sponsors

Bud Light, Hayden Homes, BigFoot Beverages,  BendBroadband, Naked Winery, Bendistillery, The Source, The Bulletin, Mt. Bachelor Village and Old Mill District.

 

 
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