On Saturday, January 18th at 8pm, hq (112 Depot St.) will welcome James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys to perform a set of songs by American rock band The Cars, as a tribute to their late frontman and songwriter Ric Ocasec. The set will include some of their most well-known numbers like “Just What I Needed”, “Shake It Up”, and “Let The Good Times Roll”, as well as a few deep cuts.

James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys have been a Pendleton, OR, institution for a little over a decade, starting when James formed the band as a means of fleshing out arrangements for a few of his original songs. Brian Baird, Adam Mack, and Peter Walters provide the musicianship that allows the band to effortlessly drift between psychedelic rock, laid back country, punk, and jazz standards. Together they have performed across the Pacific Northwest in venues ranging from rodeo arenas, festivals, prisons, dive bars, weddings, skating rinks, and concert halls, and have appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting, AM Northwest, and Boise State Public Radio.

In spring 2018, Kindle and the Playboys released their fourth album, “Roaming Charges May Apply” which was recorded at the historic OK Theater in Enterprise, OR. “Roaming Charges” is a spacious, high desert rock album that is equally influenced by Neil Young, Giant Sand, and Heatmiser, and thematically touches upon finding a sense of community and belonging amidst the anxiety of a decaying, rural American West. The guitars are fuzzy and reverb drenched, the monolithic drums pulverize, and freight train whistles weave from track to track.

HQ, is a creative, mixed-use venue in the heart of downtown La Grande. Learn more about special events and how you’re organization can utilize this space to further activate community in the Grande Ronde Valley at lagrandehq.com or @hqvenue on social media.