The Eastern Oregon Tribute Fest rocked the Baker City Fairgrounds last weekend. The two-day event had 10 different tribute bands play classic rock songs that spanned three decades and multiple rock genres.
The music played ranged from the ’70s progressive rock Styx to the ’90s alternative Pearl Jam, emulated by Grand Illusion and Washed in Black respectively.
Portland-based Glass of Hearts opened Saturday with the music of Blondie — new-wave and punk pioneers from the ‘70s whose hits include “One Way or Another,” “Call Me,” “Heart of Glass,” and “High Tide.” They’re lineup included Aaron Andrade on piano, Chad Taggard on bass, Matt Bradley on guitar, Greg Odell on Drums, and vocals from Liz Ghiz.
Glass of Hearts tours all over the Pacific Northwest playing in shows, lounges and bars from Astoria to Portland, and Seattle. Recently the band has been receiving promotion from J-Fell Presents a concert promoter and band manager for tribute and original bands. Like many of the bands that played in Eastern Oregon Tribute Fest in Baker City, Glass of Hearts played in Canby’s Harefest.
Glass of Hearts singer Ghiz had to audition for the band four years ago. She originally didn’t get the part, but the old singer fell through and she has been with the band ever since. She said everyone in the band is happy with the current lineup and that they’re like a family.
She said the band plays Blondie songs because of the dynamic music. Blondie’s repertoire ranges from the fast paced “Call Me” to the drifting melody of “The Tide is High.”
When she isn’t on stage as Blondie singer Debbie Harry, Ghiz teaches vocal lessons. Her background is in musical theatre and she used to teach 5th-and 6th-grade. She hopes to one day be like Portland Singer Storm Large.
Ghiz said she knew Blondie’s hits, but that she wasn’t a hardcore fan. Her Blondie knowledge increased since joining Glass of Hearts. She said collectively the bands perform about 4 hours of Blondie music.
Chad Taggard, an electrician with two kids, plays bass. Ghiz said he was like the dad of the band. He’s played bass for 24 years.
“There’s less drama in cover bands,” Taggard said. “Everybody knows what they’re supposed to be doing.” He said there’s a push and pull in original bands as they write songs and that isn’t present in cover bands.