Mark Ransom – Music Mayor of Bend
I met Mark long before I moved to Bend: I was passing through town on a tour and my buddy Meghan brought me into his coffee shop on Galveston called the Magic Cup. She wanted to introduce me and it turns out Mark had come to one of my shows the last time I played in town at the Grove.
I met Mark again right away when I moved to town three years ago. He had organized this awesome local music festival called “Bend Roots Revival” just a few blocks from where I lived. Bands performed at both Parrilla Grill and the Victorian Café and 14th and Galveston was filled with musical energy for the weekend. Mark continues to organize this festival and last year it out grew its location at the “Flying Chicken” round-a-bout and moved to The Century Center, a new venue on Century Drive.
First and foremost, Mark is singer-songwriter and guitarist with self-proclaimed “jam-band tendencies,” and he performs in Bend and around the country as “The Mostest,” which includes Julie Southwell, Shireen Amini, Patrick Pearsall and a host of other heavy hitters in town. He has released six albums and runs his own record label and recording studio.
I call Mark the Mayor, because feel like his presence plays a big part in defining the Bend music scene. He is community minded and always helping people by booking shows and organizing other performing opportunities. His sound also feels very specific to this area, a mix of folk, acoustic jams and rock with layers of keys and ethereal violin and harmonies. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed one of Mark’s shows at Parrilla Grill. Mark sang a bunch of songs about skiing and enjoying the outdoors, and I’m surprised Mt. Bachelor hasn’t picked up one of his songs to use in ads. I definitely had an “in love with Bend” moment that night, listening to my friends play music just a few blocks from my house after a long day out on the trails.
Thanks Mark for all you do for Bend!