They hail for all four corners of the U.S. — Oregon, California, Alabama and Maine — and yet when they come together on stage, they’re known only as The Northwest Compromise.
This four-piece band of Bendites will kick things off on the live music stage this weekend at Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer, a second-annual community fundraising event put on by local physical therapists and supporters and hosted at ATLAS Cider Co. The event is a celebration of the role exercise, movement and the Central Oregon lifestyle positively affects those suffering from and surviving cancer. Held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 3-7 p.m., Press On’s live music lineup of two performances will kick off with The Northwest Compromise at 3 p.m.
“Being asked to volunteer our [musical] passion for Press On is a humbling experience,” said Sterling Scott, drummer for The Northwest Compromise and its sole Oregon native. “We are truly honored to have even any role in this event, and getting to work with so many talented and professional people for such a great cause has been an awesome experience.”
Along with Sterling, The Northwest Compromise is made up of Mark Keating, a native Californian on lead guitar and vocals; Drew Hopper from Alabama on rhythm guitar and backup vocals; and Jake Bansmer, who hails from Maine and plays bass. As a band, the members pride themselves on delivering “re-imagined covers with a Southern rock, bluesy twist and commanding guitar solos,” Sterling says.
“We simply enjoy playing music together, but having the opportunity to step into the already established music scene in Bend, while playing for a supportive and positive fan base, has been a fun bonus,” he added. “We’re looking forward to playing different venues throughout town and to continually hone in on our sound and grow as a band.”
After a short break, The Northwest Compromise will be followed in stage by Press On headliner MOsley WOtta, a well-known, up-beat Bend hip-hop performer who blends positive vibes with socially conscious messaging. MOWO will take the stage for an hour set at 6 p.m.
We at Press On wish to extend our sincere thanks to The Northwest Compromise for taking part in this year’s Press On event, and we look forward to exposing them to a legion of new fans attending in celebration of life!