What would a celebration of life be without music? In our third year, local live bands have played a huge role in making Press On a positive, upbeat event. And this year, two bands will grace the Press On stage!
The Facebook bio of one of Bend’s most recently formed yet nostalgically correct bands is direct and to the point: “Weez-It is not Weezer.” They may not be, but Press On 2017 is more than happy to welcome this local Weezer clone to the Press On stage this fall as the Central Oregon foursome kicks off live music at Press On 2017!
Already sporting a local fan base of 90s stalwarts and old-soul Millennials, Weez-It is a serious tribute band … but not too serious. Band members Taylor Morden (vocals, guitar), Meshem Jackson (drums), Ryan Kojan (guitar) and Matt Jackson (bass) recreate the Weezer sound with precision while injecting their own levels of energy and personality into each live show.
“You know when you are out at the bars at midnight on a Wednesday and you hear some terrible cover band playing ‘Say it ain’t so?'” Weez-It asks on its Facebook page. “We’re like that, but every day.”
A question posed one night on Facebook by Bend-based vocalist Stephanie Slade served as the genesis of one of Bend’s newest and most energetic and entertaining bands — a band that will headline the 2017 Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer event.
The question — “What happened to all the great rock bands?” — had a domino effect in the weeks and months to follow, ending with the formation of Streetlight Moon.
Stephanie was joined by brothers Andrew Cooper (guitar) and Matthew Cooper (drums), along with Shane Crouse (bass), to create a band the first made a name for itself as a Led Zeppelin tribute band. But Streetlight Moon wasn’t your run-of-the-mill cover band. Its onstage energy and muscular, low-end sound, the band quickly developed a local following, leading to their headlining Bend Fall Festival.
With its recent release if its first full-length LP, “To the Moon & Back,” Streetlight Moon now boasts an original sound — a mix of blues, rock, epic choruses and theatrical performance that’s self-described as is “Janis Joplin spent the night at the opera with Led Zeppelin.”