Pickin’ & Paddlin’ featuring The Blackberry Bushes

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Date(s) — 06/25/2014
4:00 pm — 9:00 pm

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe


What began as a cou­ple of kayak­ers pickin’ tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into a huge com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion in to raise funds for the Bend Pad­dle Trail Alliance and their efforts to trans­form the Col­orado Bridge Dam into Oregon’s first white­wa­ter play­park. High­lights include kayak, canoe and stand up pad­dle board demos through­out the late after­noon, local and regional acoustic, blue­grass and Amer­i­cana acts in the evening, micro­brews from Bend’s best brew­eries, food carts, non-profit infor­ma­tion tables and more.

With the pas­sage of Bond Mea­sure 9–86 in Novem­ber of 2012, the major­ity of fund­ing was secured for Bend Parks & Rec to con­struct a safe pas­sage for tubers and a white­wa­ter play park in place of the mill-era dam below the Col­orado Bridge. The BPTA has promised to raise $900K through grants, fundrais­ing and pri­vate dona­tions to fund the white­wa­ter fea­tures of the project. Cur­rently they have $300K more to go and they need your help. All funds raised at Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’ go towards this cause. Please sup­port the spon­sors of this event listed at the bot­tom of the page.

More info:


$5 and chil­dren 12 and under are free
Pint glasses are $10 and come with two drink tick­ets for those 21 and older

The June 25th event fea­tures The Black­berry Bushes from Port Townsend, WA as well as Quincy Street and solo opener Fran­chot Tone.

Demos from 4 – 7 p.m.
The opener begins play­ing at 5 p.m. and the head­liner is done by 9 p.m.

This event is part of the Sub­aru of Bend Out­side Games.

Dur­ing this month’s Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’, we’ll also be host­ing the 5th Annual Deschutes Wooden Boat Gath­er­ing on the back­lawn from 4 – 6 p.m. Builders will have the oppor­tu­nity to meet other builders, talk shop, and swap tips and tech­niques. If you own a wooden kayak, canoe or SUP bring it down and show off your craft. This is also a great even for those think­ing of build­ing a float­ing wooden object.

Spe­cial thanks to Deschutes Brew­ery and Cas­cade Lakes Brew­ing for donat­ing the kegs for this event.

About The Black­berry Bushes:
Their blend of tra­di­tional Blue­grass and Folk ele­ments with more con­tem­po­rary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good Tanyas. (Joseph Kyle The Big Takeover)

About Fran­chot Tone:

Tone’s music is best described as laid-back pop rock with a breezy reg­gae vibe, the per­fect back­drop for a sunny after­noon down by the river. Orig­i­nally known for his work with the Cul­ver City Dub Col­lec­tive who opened for the likes of Michael Franti, Jack John­son and the like, his solo career is well on its way with his video for “Every­thing is Fine” gar­ner­ing over a mil­lion hits in the first two weeks.

About Quincy Street:
Quincy Street is a four-member all acoustic band that presents an eclec­tic mix of tra­di­tional and orig­i­nal bal­lads backed up with gui­tar, banjo, man­dolin, dobro, har­mon­ica and bass.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Spe­cial thanks to our 2014 Pickin’ & Pad­dlin’ Sponsors:


Deschutes Brew­ery

Cas­cade Lakes Brewery


Bend Radio Group

Bedell Guitars/Two Old Hippies

Bank of the Cascades




Eclipse Engi­neer­ing

Rebound Phys­i­cal Therapy

Alaska Legacy Lodge LCC


Edward Jones

Wright Design Studio

Wall Street Suites


Sun Coun­try Tours


Shel­ter Studio

Hydro Flask

The Skjer­saa Group at Duke Warner Realty

Humm Kom­bucha



Bow­er­man Guitars