The third season of the free Ride Bend transit service will launch in Bend on July 1, with a new twist! Instead of waiting at a bus stop, riders can request rides on demand via the new Downtowners app (or via phone).
Within the defined service area, The Ride Bend Downtowner shuttle picks up riders at their door and shuttles them to their destination with other riders heading the same way. The service will enhance overall mobility and reduce parking demand and congestion in popular areas of Bend (including Downtown Bend, the Old Mill District, and along the busy Galveston Avenue corridor).
"Ride Bend is a fresh, new improvement to our transportation options" said Mayor Sally Russell. "Especially during the summer months we need to make it easier and more efficient for residents and
visitors to move around our community"
The free Ride Bend service will include three vans, one fully ADA accessible, providing curb-to-curb
service on demand. Service will be available daily, from noon to 8 p.m.
Rides can be requested via the Downtowners app, available for iPhone and Android. A call-in number will also be available for passengers without access to a smartphone.
After Labor Day, the Ride Bend service will connect Oregon State University-Cascades, Central Oregon Community College, Northwest Crossing and all residential areas west of 14th Street. That service will run through the middle of December, coinciding with the students’ fall term.
The Ride Bend service is provided by Downtowner, a national leader in microtransit, with successful
programs running in California, Utah, Colorado, Georgia, and Florida. The Mobility Lab at OSU-Cascades will oversee the service as a pilot study intended to help regional agencies identify a more efficient way to provide transit to a region that lacks the density of larger metro areas.
The program is sponsored by the City of Bend, Visit Bend, The Downtown Bend Business Association, the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization, St. Charles Health Systems, Cascades East Transit, OSU-Cascades and Bend 2030.
The Downtown Bend Business Association is currently seeking volunteers for the Downtown Bend Ambassador program. Downtown Ambassadors help to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who lives, works in, or visits Downtown Bend.
A great program starts with great people. We are looking for Bendites who are willing to learn, have the ability to think on their feet, and who can provide a high level of customer service with a smile and a great attitude!
If you take pride in your community, want to work to make it better, and want a place to contribute your skills where no two days are alike, then you’ve come to the right place! If you are bright, cheerful, friendly, compassionate, and have a desire to make a difference, you have what it takes to be a part of the Downtown Bend Ambassador team!
We are proud to report that there are several areas of alignment between the 2019-21 Downtown Bend Business Association's Goals and the 2019-21 Council Goals and Strategies. One of these aligned goals is to address livability crimes in the Downtown area. A key step in this effort is increased patrols in the Downtown Economic Improvement District (EID) with Bend Police School Resource Officers during the busy summer season. Earlier this week Bend Police Department officers, City of Bend staff, and the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) took a walk through the Downtown Bend EID. You can expect to see these increased patrols within the EID in the coming week.
A common question we hear from business and building owners in Downtown Bend is when to report a crime, especially if it’s already happened or no one was there to witness it. Bend PD tracks crime data and has a team of officers that focuses on trouble spots. Even after the fact, you can log crime issues via the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 541-693-6911 or online by clicking here. Of course, if a crime is still in progress or there’s an emergency, please call 911!
"The Downtown Bend Business Association's number one priority is to assure the people feel safe and welcomed in Downtown Bend." says Aisling, Executive Director of the DBBA, "This year we were proud to be instrumental in getting the Downtown Bend Police Substation established, and this summer, in addition to working with the City of Bend, Bend Police Department, and Security Pros, we are also piloting our new Downtown Ambassador program. We anticipate great results, and we are grateful to be able to provide our community and visitors with an outstanding experience in Downtown Bend."
Downtown Bend remains year after year the number one tourist destination in Bend, it is also currently the largest employer in Bend, as well as the City's civic center and cultural core. With thousands upon thousands of people utilizing Downtown on a daily basis, providing a safe and welcoming culture is key to the vitality of our city.
Downtown Ambassadors have been added to the list of services provided by the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA).
The Downtown Ambassadors are a dedicated team of dynamic and responsive volunteers that keep Downtown friendly.
The Ambassador team is comprised of local citizens who share a common affinity for Downtown and an intimate understanding of what's happening around the neighborhood.
Please note: Across the nation, Downtown Ambassadors are changing the definition of hospitality.
These photos (below) are not our Bend Ambassador team, they are from a Downtown that has modeled this program for us to follow.
The Downtown Bend Ambassador Program will pilot the Summer of 2019. Volunteers will be stationed Fridays thru Sundays, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm offering downtown patrons a positive, interactive, visitor-friendly experience.
Each volunteer would be scheduled for one, three-hour shift from 12:00-3:00 pm or 3:00- 6:00 pm. The program will run Friday, July 5 thru Sunday, Sept. 1, for a total of nine weekends.
Volunteers will be set up in a booth/tent where visitors can come by for materials and information.
Volunteers will engage Bend residents and visitors to downtown with information and suggestions on eating establishments, public restrooms, lodging, parking, entertainment, etc.
Downtown Ambassador duties include but are not limited to:
The Downtown Bend Ambassador program has been a vision of the DBBA's Executive Director, Mindy Aisling, since she began working in Downtown 4 years ago.
"In a world where people are becoming more and more disconnected, Downtown's across the nation represent community hubs where connection flourishes. My vision is for our Ambassador program to provide a level of hospitality and kindness that models to our community the welcoming and inclusive characteristics that Bend stands for."
After many discussions and brainstorming sessions, the Downtown Bend Business Association discovered key partners that could help bring the program's vision into fruition.
The Tower Theatre Foundation, the long-standing nonprofit that owns and operates the historic performing arts venue in the center of downtown Bend, proposed a partnership where the DBBA could test an Ambassador program this summer, harnessing the power of the theatre’s already established and thriving volunteer corps.
Joan Gallinger, the Tower’s volunteer coordinator, said: “The summer is a great time for several of our volunteers to help launch this much-needed effort downtown. Our ushers already answer lots of questions from patrons about places to go, see, park and eat downtown. Plus, they’re trained for emergencies and on giving top customer service. Putting those skills to work on behalf of the city we all love seemed like a very logical, and effective, solution.”
Starbucks in Downtown on Wall Street, who is deeply rooted and involved in the Downtown community, partnered with the program by providing the space for the information booth, and (of course) water for all our favorite dogs in Downtown Bend!
You will be able to find the Downtown Ambassador booth at the Courtyard between North Soles and Starbucks at 812 NW Wall Street. Make sure to save the date for our Ambassador Launch Party on July 5th from noon to 1pm.
It's Friday, Folks, and what a wonderful Friday it is. First Friday Art Walk is happening tonight in Downtown Bend and you don't want to miss it!
Local food, music, art, beer - and so much more! View the list below and plan to meet up with friends in Downtown Bend!
First FAIRY Friday Bubbles
Alpenglow Jewelry & COTA at Outside In
Outside In guests for the June Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk are:
Alpenglow Jewelry- Leanne and her nature inspired Jewelry will be at the store showcasing her vast array of earrings, necklaces and rings. If you can't join us for First Friday, don't worry, we carry a selection of her pieces at the store.
Central Oregon Trail Alliance- Are you a mountain biker? Do you know who plays an intricate role in the quality of the trails you ride on? New to Bend and want to learn more about the mountain biking trails and how you can help? Meet representatives of this non-profit to learn about their programs and how you can get involved!
The Hot Club of Bend at The Commons
Time to get jazzy with it!! The Hot Club will be bringing their sweet sounds to the Commons plaza for a fun night of string and horn jazziness. The group is made up of some of the most talented musicians in the area and are sure to entertain. Come grab a patio beer from Immersion Brewing and some food from a local food cart and hang out with us.
Intuitive Readings, Broken Top Candles & Wild Folk|Wren & Wild
Join Wren and Wild as they bring in Affton from Broken Top Candles to share with you her beautifully crafted clean beauty candles, new perfume oils and more. We will also have Julie Tartak from Whole Soul Wellness in house doing Intuitive readings and of course gorgeous cocktails from Alyson at Wild Folk. Wait! There's more but you will just have to show up to see what we have up our sleeve. xoxo, W&W
Juniper & Gin at Velvet
Tonight at Velvet, The original Oregon folkgrass comes as close to describing Juniper and Gin as any genre can. Juniper and Gin deliver finely crafted songs with excellent musicianship, three part harmonies and real soul. Their sound encompasses bluegrass, folk and old country, melding them into a good ol’ pot of musical stew. Their songs touch on themes of life’s ups and downs with honesty and superb storytelling. Juniper and Gin is one of Oregon's most exciting up-and-coming string bands. You are guaranteed to have a foot-stompin' good time and you may even find yourself singing along to these catchy original tunes.
Lava Rd First Friday!
Join Sage Beauty Boutique June 7th for Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk with Village Interiors. Wildflower Mobile Boutique will be parked outside and Michelle Bauer Barnett Photography will be offering Mini Head Shot Sessions. Our featured artist is Notions of Lovely! S
The Haven & OCO @FootZone
Are you ready for a summer SUP on the river? The Haven has these Amenities plus Showers to refresh before coming back to work. They will be at FootZone to get you on board with their various Memberships & Programming! FYI: The Haven is a Title Sponsor for OUTCentralOregon's Bend Pride 5K Run on June 22nd; come learn about details from OCO! Join the festivities FootZoneBend - shop for your summer active wear and enjoy beer/wine with us too!
Ella Rosenzweig at Eclectic Soul
Join Eclectic Soul for a glass of wine and some beautiful art by young local artist Ella Rosenzweig at our very first "First Friday"! We are so excited to display her fun art at our new store this weekend!
Ella Rosenzweig captures her passion of the natural world in her paintings including beaches, rivers, mountains, and wildlife. Ella was chosen to represent her school at the Portland Art Museum's The Heart of Portland in 2018. Her art had recently been recognized by staff at William E. Miller Elementary and was featured on a poster for the Miller Student Art Night. She lives in Bend, Oregon amongst the nature she loves most.
Ember's Wildflower Animal Sanctuary at Lotus Moon
Enjoy First Friday Art Walk, meet Solstice and I and talk about our mission! Home made energy balls, lemonade and dog treats for sale .
Marigny Goodyear at Legum Design
As seen on HGTV artist, Marigny Goodyear returns to Bend for a 3rd year in a row. "A Lovely Mess" is a series of paintings that represent the love, beauty and growth that can occur from going through and understanding trauma and dark times of our lives. By using torn paper hearts, dark and stormy colors, along with bright bursts and calming patterns, I show that every situation that has darkness and complications, also has beauty and light, and vice versa. They are two sides of the same coin.
Rhythm & Brews - Summer Concert Series at BBC!
First Friday June at Found Natural Goods will be extra full of jewelry.
We are, of course, serving complimentary 100% agave tequila margaritas ––radical mixer to be announced–– with the distinct style of Navone Jewelry for the evening.
Cheers to spring!
Pride Month Karaoke at Bishops!
Pride Month Karaoke is coming back to Bishop Barbershop
Come and join Central Oregon Pride in Downtown Bend for Karaoke on First Friday
This is an all ages event and a safe space for everyone
Donations will be accepted and will be going toward Central Oregon Pride
Hope to see everyone there
Jennifer has been sharing the magic of painting for more than 20 years. Her pieces are largely inspired by nature and the colors and textures she experiences in her outdoor adventures. She often uses alternative methods such as finger painting to achieve desired textures. She wishes to offer new perspective on the wilderness that surrounds us.
Art at the Oxford
Join us, The Oxford Hotel - Bend, Oregon, for #FirstFridayBend! This month we'll be presenting Anne Gibson's "Wandering the Deschutes" exhibit, comprised of paintings of scenes along the mighty Deschutes River.
Anne brings years of artistic experience to her paintings. She captures variations of seasonal beauty on the river: lush scenes of the green foliage and blooms along the Deschutes in spring and summer, barren trees with reddish bark as fall ends, and wintery skies with darkened waters as winter arrives.
After graduation from Tufts University, many years of professional experience at noted institutions (Director of Publication and Marketing at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts and Senior Designer at Gilbert Design in Providence, RI) brought both rewards and challenges.
A move to Bend further grew her considerable skills, and launched Anne's enhanced painting career; after the study of art history and a career in graphic design, she began studying printmaking and pastel.
In her current series, Anne paints from her “own photos and memories of places I have frequented along the Deschutes that most often bring me joy or peace. Expressing the feeling of place now dominates my impulse to represent landscape.”
Stop by our lobby during First Friday #inbend to meet Anne and view her paintings.
High Desert Art League at Layor Art+Supply
High Desert Art League is celebrating their first show at Layor Art + Supply in downtown Bend. The show runs from June 5 until July 1. There will be a First Friday reception on Friday, June 7. Please join us and check out our latest artwork!
Kristen Riggle at Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Please join us Friday, June 7th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Kristen Riggle.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts for the evening, Sandy and John Kohlmoos, along with co-sponsors Academy Mortgage, who will be serving wine and beer samples.
Tyler Spencer live at The Capitol
Lindsay Wiseman at The Bend Store
We will be proudly pouring a keg of "Lil' Squeezy Juicy Ale", donated by downtown Bend's original brew pub, the Deschutes Brewery!
And our June First Friday artist is Weaver Lindsay Wiseman. We love her work! She will be bringing one of her looms with a current project. Come and see and touch her wonderful textiles. She makes zippy bags,, clutches, purses, tea towels, carpets, and much more.
Stop in to say hi to our newest staff members, as we kick off the beginning of our busy summer season. We are ready!
Princess Athletic hosts Jen Koistinen & Taylor Brooke Barton
Stop by for wine, snacks, and to visit our featured artists!
Artist: Jen Koistinen - local watercolor artist
Author: To kick off Pride month we have Taylor Brooke Barton.
She is the author of critically acclaimed New Adult titles—FORTITUDE SMASHED and CURVED HORIZON. Her Young Adult debut—THE NINTH LIFE—is being published by Inkyard Press in Fall 2020.
We will also have Forever Free Cryotherapy here to demo their latest technology!
The Wooden Jewel Grand Opening!!
Come join us for our Grand Opening! Enjoy food and wine, jewelry, and fine art. The Wooden Jewel will be giving away two $500 gift certificates through a drawing. We have new and unique art pieces and jewelry all the time, so come in and be amazed!
Come in and hear Tara Snow perform her original songs and your favorite covers!
Stroll downtown for First Friday Art Hop and support your local shops while looking and buying some fabulous art. Drink specials all night The Wine Shop And Beer Tasting Bar Bend
Remember we are open until 10:00 pm so make us the last stop on your Art Hop evening!
Salsa De Wela at Ranch Records
Every first Friday, visit us inside Ranch Records in downtown Bend to try out our delicious Salsa de Wela!
Aaron Rathbone & Juan Marante at Revolvr
The City is installing safety cameras downtown this week, one piece of a multi-faceted plan to make downtown feel safer and more inviting, in response to feedback from the public and downtown businesses.
Some of the other incremental improvements in the downtown safety strategy include: removing garbage enclosures in the south Mirror Pond parking lot, increasing foot patrols, improving lighting in the parking garage and adding a new Police substation on Oregon Avenue next to the parking garage.
“The Downtown safety camera project is part of a larger plan to improve safety in downtown Bend. This is a collaborative effort between business owners and many departments within the City of Bend,” said Police Lieutenant Jason Maniscalco.
Staff will now be getting trained on how to use the cameras and how to store and retrieve the footage. Police can use the feed for investigations.
“Addressing safety downtown has been a team effort for the City, downtown building owners and the Downtown Bend Business Association,” said Bend Business Advocate Ben Hemson. “There isn’t a single solution to confronting these issues but if all of us who live, work, play and own property in the area continue to work together, we can improve safety and maintain the qualities that keep downtown Bend unique.”
Home furnishings and design source Village Interiors, in Bend, OR has been named one of Home Accents Today’s Retail Stars for 2019 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry.
The Retail Stars list, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta and Las Vegas Market, publishes each year in Home Accents Today’s May issue. Members of the home furnishings industry are invited to suggest stores, and retailers are encouraged to submit information describing their businesses. This year’s list was compiled and narrowed down by research analysts and Thomas Lester, Home Accents Today’s business editor.
Village Interiors, owned by Amber Kerbow is at 750 NW Lava Road Suite 120 Downtown Bend, Oregon.
The Retail Stars list, now in its 15th year, recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents – including furniture stores, home accessories boutique stores and interior design showrooms – that merchandise creatively, have a positive presence in their local communities and stand out from the competition.
"Home Accents Today 2019 Retail Stars list showcases some of the best independent home décor and home furnishings retailers in the country," said Lester. "They are rising above the challenges of an ever-changing retail environment and are raising the bar for their innovations in marketing and merchandising strategies, customer service and community contributions. This annual honor recognizes their skills, hard work and dedication, and
should serve as a reminder to us all to support local businesses.”
The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) is hosting a Community Clean up Day for Downtown Bend on Sunday, May 19th from 2 to 4pm. Volunteers are asked to meet at the DBBA Office at 916 NW Wall Street. Jobs and tools will be issued at this time (and free cookies, too!). Participants will meet back at the DBBA Office at 4pm, turn in their tools, and in gratitude for the time and effort put in by volunteers The Capitol, at 190 NW Oregon, is giving out a free drink coupon (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to each volunteer.
The Capitol is a hip, underground venue offering ample beers, burgers & pizzas plus live music, DJs & comedy. Open to all ages until 9pm, The Capitol is a great place for couples, families, and friends to meet for great food, games (pinball and video games as well as pool tables!), and excellent cocktails.
"Community is really important to us," says Edgell, owner of the Capitol, "We believe that when we all work and play together, we find the most joy and connection - which is what we are looking for more of in our lives. I'm so honored to own an establishment in the heart of Bend, our Downtown, and I am always looking for opportunities to support the community in Bend."
Volunteer jobs include things like sweeping, picking up litter, gardening, weeding, dusting, removing stickers and graffiti, and other various tasks.
“Working together as a community is somewhat a lost value in our society.” says Aisling, the Executive Director of the DBBA, “The days of community ‘barn-raising’ are days of the past. However, the research is clear that it is through the giving of ourselves, and our connection to others, that we, as humans, find joy. This is what Downtown stands for: Community. Downtown is the ‘living room’ of Bend, the place where our community and our guest gather. This event is an opportunity for our citizens to join us in sprucing up our ‘living room’ for our summer guests, and we are going to have a wonderful time. I, personally, can’t wait to clean up with my community on Sunday afternoon.”
Community participants are invited to join DBBA staff and other volunteers at The Capitol immediately following the event for a social gathering, celebrating community connection.
For more information, click here. To connect with this event on Facebook, click here.
Working in Downtown Bend is an incredible opportunity to contribute to the culture and vibe of the heart of Bend - Downtown! Did you know that Downtown Bend is the #1 Tourist Destination in Bend, the largest employer in Bend and that by working in Downtown, you automatically become a member of the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) - which gives you all sorts of perks like free tickets to the Downtown Bend Celebration Night, discounted beer at Oktoberfest, discounts a local Downtown shops & restaurants, the option to join Downtown teams competing in local events, and SO much more! Downtown is the place for you to bring your unique expression of self to a culture of service to our community.
Check out the listing below to discover all the places in Downtown hiring for Summer 2019!
LIVE LOCAL | SHOP LOCAL | SERVE LOCAL | WORK LOCAL | PLAY LOCAL | LOVE LOCAL
The Downtown Bend Business Association
916 NW Wall Street - A small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend (Learn more about this association at their website here)
Job: Maintenance & Operations Staff
841 NW Bond Street - A small company contracted through the City of Bend to manage Downtown Parking. (Learn more about this company on their website here)
Job: Parking Attendent
Contact: Apply in person
The Bend Store
815 NW Wall Street - The Bend Store offers Bend-themed goods: Drinktanks, SiliPints, mugs, cards, candles. We make Bend magnets, ornaments, bottle openers & key chains on site! Learn more about this company here: https://www.bendstore.com/
700 NW Bond St. - McMenamins is a family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about this company on their website here)
Contact: Applicants can apply online or in person.
744 NW Bond Street - Not your ordinary cup of tea! They serve bubble tea and coffee with a unique twist! Topping it with cotton candy, waffles, donuts and so much more! We also serve small bites!
Jobs: Boba-ristas, key holders, and an assistant manager
Contact: Apply on indeed.com, their website (teacupfulsbend.com) or by messaging for details. 541.598.6310
550 Franklin Ave - The Ultimate Thai Dining Experience (learn more about this company on their website here)
Jobs: bussers and food runners. Experienced preferred but we will train the right people.
Contact: Drop off your resume in person
Mother's Downtown Kitchen
10 NW Minnesota - Healthy, locally sourced, creative meals and smoothies in Bend, Oregon. (Learn more about this business at their website here)
Jobs: Hiring all positions
Contact: Apply in-person
915 NW Wall Street - Barrio is a Latin-inspired restaurant serving lunch, dinner and happy hour in downtown Bend, Oregon. At Barrio you'll find bold, flavorful tapas, refreshing cocktails, and daily specials. (Learn more about this business at their website here.)
Jobs: Line cooks, dishwashers, host/bussers and food truck cooks
Contact: Drop off your resume in person
Lone Crow Bungalow
937 NW Wall Street - Our style is eclectic as much as it is classic, making the shop compelling for nests of all kinds. (Learn more about this company on their website here)
Jobs: Sales Association
Contact: Apply in-person
Urban Beauty Bar, MD
Modern Day Spa Hiring 2 Positions. Please contact Nic at 5413824800 for an interview and please drop a resume off at Urban Beauty Bar, 5 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste 104, Bend, OR 97703
845 NW Wall Street - Locally owned outdoor lifestyle store, Outside In, is hiring!
Jobs: We are looking for applicants for our Sales Associate for our busy summer season. Weekend and evening availability is a must!
Contact: Drop off resumes at the store or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
916 NW Wall Street - Joolz offers an eclectic mix of middle eastern fare with a local flair by chef Ramsey Hamdan
Jobs: Kitchen staff for a busy summer. Line experience, ALSO dishwasher/prep.
Contact: Visit their Facebook, and respond the their job post
750 NW Lava - Since 1991, Village Interiors has been bringing unique and stylish furniture and accessories to the homes of Central Oregon.
Jobs: Sales Associate
975 NW Wall Street - Handmade Chocolates, Homemade Ice Cream, Caramel Corn
Jobs - Goody’s is hiring, Downtown, Factory and Sunriver. Front Line Soda Fountain positions for the summer. We also have an Assistant Manager position open for the Downtown Store.
Contact: Drop of your resume in-person
919 NW Bond - Zydeco is a from-scratch kitchen focused on freshness & quality ingredients.
Jobs: looking for support staff and a.m. kitchen prep cook
Contact: Drop of your resume in-person
939 Bond Street. Spacious local party spot offering a huge liquor selection, an outdoor patio & a snacky bar menu.The Astro Lounge stands as a staple of the Central Oregon nightlife.
Jobs: hiring for a part-time line cook. Two to three maybe four days a week.
Contact: Drop of your resume in-person
Employee Parking in Downtown Bend
You might be wondering about where to park as a Downtown Bend employee - well, we've got you covered! We have 5 approved parking lots, and permits range from $10 to $50 per month, depending on where you want to park. Some employers include parking permits as part of their employment package, and others require that you purchase your own permit - so make sure to ask about this at your interview. More information on employee parking can be found here.
The Wooden Jewel is hosting a grand opening on Friday, June 7th, in their gallery 844 NW Bond Street in Downtown Bend. You can enjoy live food and drinks with live music by Tara Snow.
Their new Bend location, at 844 NW Wall Street, will give them the opportunity to showcase not only their jewelry designers, but also their extensive collection of fine art and wood carvings.
Join them for their Grand Opening! Enjoy food and wine, jewelry, fine art and live music by Tara Snow. The Wooden Jewel will be giving away two $500 gift certificates through a drawing. They have new and unique art pieces and jewelry all the time, so come in and be amazed!
Raised in the great Northwest, Tara Snow has always been a mountain loving woman who was meant to live a life of adventure in the great outdoors. She enjoys singing soul, blues, jazz, light rock, and even a little folk in between.
Receiving a BA in music from UC Riverside gave Tara a whole new found love for the diversity of music and she loves to collaborate with other artists when possible. During her time there, she studied everything from jazz to mariachi and learned about different types of music from all over the world. These days, playing with her wonderful band brings her incredible joy. They are honored to have played so many different types of gigs together and truly enjoy each fun, new and unique experience that it brings. They truly believe that is what music is all about: having fun, collaboration and connection with other people.