Years ago some of Bend’s whitewater crew began having little get-togethers after a long day of work and paddling. You can picture it? A little fire pit, some barbecue and beverages, combined with some Blue Grass styled funky jams? This is the Pickin’ &’ Paddlin’ movement. What started out a few friends sharing songs and stories on the banks of the Deschutes has remained true to its roots, and grown through the years. The vibe is inspiring and motivating. The event has become one of Bend’s most popular evenings.
Despite it’s humble beginnings, this event has become a huge community celebration helping raise funds for Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA). The BPTA is on a mission to establish a navigable “paddle trail” within Deschutes County, to enhance river and lake recreation opportunities and promote water safety, education and stewardship.
The Outside Games had a chance to speak with Jason Bowerman from the BPTA, and given that he is also one of Bend’s most recognized musicians, we felt it would be appropriate to have him describe the vibe and energy at the event.
“Everyone has a great time at Pickin’ and Paddlin’ from young children up through grandparents. The bands especially love the home-grown feel and intimate connection they feel with the audience, feeding on the crowd energy once the sun goes down and the dancing begins. Its no wonder that many locals say that in a calendar stuffed with events, this is the one they try not to miss each month.”
Come enjoy live music and boat demos on the back lawn of Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. Its only $10 (children 12 and under are free) and all proceeds go directly to BPTA to fund access, restoration and education. Given the popularity of the event, tickets are available for pre-sale to those families and friends who like to plan ahead. Please leave your pets at home for this one. This helps us keep the space feeling comfortable for our the attendees.
We highly recommend using alternate transportation to get here. There is a parking lot but it will fill up fast. The event takes place in the center of town near the Old Mill District, so riding a bike, walking or carpooling is the best choice.
FREE Demos will run from 3 – 6 pm.
Please help spread the good word on this event, before, during and after.
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2018 Subaru Outside Games GoodLife Brewing’s Locals Night Acoustic Set by Floater Concert will feature $3 Pints of Sweet As & Descendant IPA and $7 Growler Fills.
Get there early to secure a good spot for you to see a special Acoustic Set by Floater from 8 – 10 pm!
Admission is $10 at the door starting at 7 pm.
DANDY WARHOLS BIO
The Dandy Warhols are an American alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1993. The band was founded by lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor, keyboardist Zia McCabe, guitarist Peter Holmström, and drummer Eric Hedford. Hedford left in 1998 to be replaced by Taylor-Taylor’s cousin Brent DeBoer. The band’s name is a pun on the name of American pop artist Andy Warhol.
The Dandy Warhols are strongly influenced by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Shadows and The Rolling Stones. They also include implicit musical references to My Bloody Valentine in some songs. Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor describes the band’s beginning as a group of friends who “needed music to drink to”.
For more things on the Dandy Warhols go to www.DandyWarhols.com
Floater, from Portland, Oregon, has received two preliminary Grammy nominations and recently became an inductee of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
With intense and unforgettable live performances, their fan base has grown over the years to a fever pitch and Floater fans are legendary for their dedication.
Currently they are in the studio working on their latest record, “The Thief” (Tyhon), this May.
For more things Floater go to www.Floater.com
2018 Subaru of Bend Outside Games Mt. Bachelor Bike Park Event will feature:
- FREE downhill mountain biking on their Sunshine lift and it’s collection of three trails plus the skills park. This is a $19 value.
- Discounted All-Mountain Bike Park lift tickets that will allow access to the Pine Marten lift trails (snow-melt permitting) at the reduced price of $23 for adults and $15 for youth. Regular prices are $42 and $34.
- Live music on the bar deck that afternoon by the Mostest from 1 – 3 PM
- Free bike demos. The fleet of Norco endure and downhill plus kids bikes will be available for free demos. Helmet, Pads and Insurance (highly recommended) will be extra.
- Cog Wild will be onsite to do free skills clinics and lift laps with anyone doing a Saturday demo
As an extension to the 300+ miles of single track offered here in Central Oregon, The Mt. Bachelor Bike Park offers lift served access to an additional 13 miles of downhill oriented trails. Our beginner lift, Sunshine Accelerator serves as a great introduction to the bike park for all ability levels. From there, riders can progress to Pine Marten Express where a combination of machine built and single track trails provide a thrill for any adventurous spirit – from intermediate runs to advance double black diamond trails.
For more info visit – https://www.mtbachelor.com/summer/mountain-biking/
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