SunWest Builders & Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Bring National Event Alive After 5 to Old Mill District

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Debuting July 13 at 5pm in the Old Mill District is Bend’s newest free music event series, SunWest Builders Alive After 5 presented by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. The event provides a mid-week, open-air and after-work gathering place, featuring nationally known bands, 10 Barrel Brewing craft beers, and fine foods in the Old Mill’s Hot Pond Loop every Wednesday through August 3.   105.7 KQAK welcomes Quarterflash to open the series on July 13.  Quarterflash is best known for its multiple top hits from the ‘80s  and platinum record, featuring Harden My Heart.

Alive After 5 events are held throughout the nation providing the community with after-work opportunities to meet up with colleagues and friends in a casual environment.

Hot Pond Loop’s prime location in the Old Mill, next to shops and restaurants, makes it easily accessible whether traveling by car, on foot or by bike. It’s close to work yet feels miles away. The park-like setting features lush grass, a pond with cascading mini-waterfalls and stunning views of the Deschutes River and Cascades Mountains.  It’s a world class stage for relaxing after work for the ultimate happy hour experience.

July 13 – Quarterflash will headline the July 13 debut of SunWest Builders Alive After 5. Quarterflash is best-known for their hits in the ‘80s including the single “Harden My Heart” from their debut album Quarterflash, which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981 and earned platinum status in 1982.  Other hits include Find Another Fool and Take Me To Heart.

Quarterflash was formed in 1980 in Portland, Oregon when popular Oregon bands, Seafood Mama and Pilot, merged. Singer/saxophonist Rindy Ross and her guitarist husband Marv joined Quarterflash from Seafood Mama. Guitarist Jack Charles, keyboardist Rick DiGiallonardo, bassist Rich Gooch, and drummer Brian David Willis joined from Pilot. Over the next decade Quarterflash released three more albums and toured with artists such as Elton John and Linda Ronstadt.

The original members disbanded in 1985 but Rindy and Marv Ross have kept the Quarterflash name alive. They released Girl in the Wind in 1991 with guest musicians and Goodbye Uncle Buzz in June 2008. Goodbye Uncle Buzz showcases the Ross’s exploration of different genres such as folk and jazz while highlighting Rindy’s trademark saxophone tone and Marv’s talent for creating arresting lyrics.

Sponsors for the Alive After 5 series include SunWest Builders, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 105.7 KQAK, the Old Mill District, Bend Broadband Business Services, Saxons Fine Jewelers, Fincham Financial Group, Hertz Car Sales of Bend, Smart Solutions, Cascade Publications Inc., The Source Weekly, KBNZ CBS and 1340 KBNW.

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