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Hardtails wrapping up summer of live music

Central Oregon was hungry for a return to live concerts when the summer of 2021 kicked off, and Hardtails Bar & Grill in Sisters was there to fill the need. With a full slate of classic-rock tribute bands — and an appearance by Southern Rock stalwarts Molly Hatchet — Hardtails kept its outdoor courtyard rocking every weekend.

They’ll close out the summer series next Saturday with the Van Halen tribute band Unchained.

Hardtails owner Steve Macey said the summer went well, with the only major glitch coming when the Pearl Jam tribute band had to cancel due to COVID-19 exposure.

“Good turnouts, people having fun and loving it; made a little money,” he said.

The popularity of the summer series earned a nod from The Source’s Best of Sisters ratings as the town’s favorite music venue.

Macey said he appreciates the honor, which reflects the work put in over several years on making the outdoor courtyard a quality, professional concert venue.

Though Hardtails is for sale, Macey said he’s already making plans for more music.

“I’ve already booked seven bands for next summer,” he said.

And he’s hopeful to see the party really ramp up next year as COVID-19 — hopefully — recedes into the background.

“Hopefully we’ll get this all behind us and have a Rodeo next year,” he said. “Wouldn’t that be great?


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