Dennis McGregor and his bandmates, Brent Alan, Peter Heithoff and Benji Nagel will play the ever-popular Saturday night late-night set at Angeline’s Bakery. Several musicians from the festival will join in.
About Dennis McGregor and The Spoilers
If you’re a fan of the Sisters Folk Festival, you’re familiar with Dennis McGregor’s work. His colorful, hyper-detailed designs have graced the festival’s promotional posters for 16 years running — including last year’s songbirds-around-a-microphone motif to mark the festival’s 20th anniversary.
But you may not be familiar with McGregor’s other work. The Los Angeles transplant is an accomplished songwriter, winning SFF’s Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest in 2003. His quirky material, pitched somewhere between old-timey fireside sing-alongs and New Orleans swing, dishes out plenty of humorous commentary and storytelling over toe-tapping hooks.
McGregor got his start in L.A. in the ’70s with acid-swing band Natty Bumppo, but a decade later he retired and moved to Sisters to raise his family and pursue visual art, according to his website. In fact, it was the Sisters Folk Festival that drew him out of retirement.
He’s since released numerous solo albums, most recently 2010’s “Behind the Beat, Below the Note.” The title is a fine testament to McGregor’s career philosophy in general: He’s always followed his muse, no matter what musical trends try to dictate.
—Brian McElhiney, Bend Bulletin