The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

Lake Street Dive

Tue, August 13

Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Les Schwab Amphitheater

Bend, OR



This event is all ages


The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers
THE AVETT BROTHERS made mainstream waves with their 2009 major label debut, I and
Love and You, landing at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim from
Rolling Stone, Paste, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time. 2012 saw The Carpenter
hit #4 on the Billboard Top 200, while People, USA Today, and American Songwriter lauded the
album. The group appeared on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! twice in a few months' time. During their
second performance, the Brooklyn Philharmonic joined to pay homage to Brooklyn with "I and
Love and You" at Mr. Kimmel's request. Their eighth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion,
debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. They performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
The Late Show with David Letterman, and accompanied Chris Cornell for a Pearl Jam tribute on
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band supported The Rolling Stones in Raleigh during 2015's
Zip Code Tour.
True Sadness achieved THE AVETT BROTHERS highest career debut to date and dominated
multiple charts. The Rick Rubin produced album hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, #1 Top
Rock Albums Chart, #1 Digital Albums Chart, #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and scored two
Grammy nominations. THE AVETT BROTHERS were inducted into the North Carolina Music
Hall of Fame in 2016. 2018 brought the HBO premiere of “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett
Brothers,” a documentary co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. Days after this
debut, True Sadness launched to #3 on the iTunes Album Chart and #1 on the Rock Albums
chart. THE AVETT BROTHERS debuted a new song, “Roses and Sacrifice,” live on Late Night
with Seth Meyers in October 2018. The song was released in November 2018, with Rolling
Stone calling it a “joyous sing-along.” Also in November 2018, the band headlined the Concert
for Hurricane Florence Relief in Greenville, North Carolina, raising $325,000 to help those
affected by Hurricane Florence. THE AVETT BROTHERS continue to be revered as one of the
top folk-rock acts in the country.
Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive
The title of Lake Street Dive’s Free Yourself Up is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of purpose for the band. The songs have an infectious swagger, even when dealing with awkward breakups or the unsettled state of our world. Free Yourself Up is Lake Street Dive’s most confident album yet, seriously soulful and exuberantly rocking. And, in many ways, it is Lake Street Dive’s most intimate and collaborative, with the band itself taking over the production reins and working as a tightly knit unit to craft these ten songs. In addition, the quartet drafted touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss to join them in the studio, literally freeing the band up to explore a wider range of instrumental textures, construct more full-bodied arrangements, and build stacks of lively background harmonies.

On Free Yourself Up, the sound is influenced by late sixties-early seventies R&B, AM pop, and FM rock while the lyrics are informed more by contemporary events. The album opens with “Baby, Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts,” which envisions a lover acting as a “human shield” against the anxiety of our Twitter-ravaged age. It’s funny, sweet, a little angry, and definitely right up-to-the-minute in its sentiment. Singer Rachael Price says, “I thought about that song as the thesis of this record. It’s a disco-dance fun song but it’s also a person talking about needing comfort from another person, and it has a reference to the political climate.”

The lyrics to the guitar-driven “Shame, Shame, Shame,” which feels like undiscovered, transistor-radio-ready AM gold, bravely speak to an unnamed person: “No I’m not getting caught in your little spider web/Won’t let an angry dog get me down/Don’t you think it’s time we put this dog out of his misery?/Change is coming, oh yeah…” Bassist Bridget Kearney explains, “This album is based in the realities in our time, which have inevitably become part of everyone’s daily life. It’s something you think about and obsess over—and write songs about. Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself, no matter what’s going wrong.”

Adds drummer Mike Calabrese, “This time around, we were changing so many things anyway, we felt freer to go deep into various subjects, to explore a multitude of emotions to a background of music that is a different direction in and of itself. It’s a juxtaposition of new subject matter and new musical developments. We’re not just this happy go lucky band anymore.”

The band clearly enjoyed itself in the studio as the rhythmically propulsive “Dude” indicates. As the singer complains about a lover who is always out with the guys, a steady beat builds to a big, defiant chorus and then the song veers to the left, culminating in a kind of psychedelic duel between trumpet and guitar, its conclusion marked by echoes of the band’s laughter. The percolating “Red Light Kisses” is highlighted by call-and-response vocals between Price and her band mates (doing their best falsettos) and a classic percussion-and-handclaps breakdown towards the end. “Musta Been Something” is a more stripped-down slow-dance ballad, a showcase for Price’s voice and Mike “McDuck” Olson’s guitar.