Wed, Jun 8 at 8pm

  • All Ages
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Parallel 44 Presents the Jazz/Funk wizardry of MFG feat. MALIK FRIEDMAN & BROTHER GABE, with special guest MILO MATTHEWS, appearing live in Bend at Volcanic Theatre Pub on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. This will be one of the last Central Oregon shows that Malik and the band will be playing before Malik departs for Columbia University in New York City so don't miss this incredibly inspirational display of musical magic & kismet. Doors open at 8PM. MILO MATTHEWS hits at 8:30PM and then MFG follows with 2 long sets. All Ages are welcome.

About MFG:

THE FUTURE OF NEO-JAZZ FUNK SOUL FUSION: 18-year-old Maxwell "Malik" Friedman is living proof that some musicians are indeed “born with it." At an incredibly young age, in less than a decade since he started playing, his ferocious and inspired keyboard playing, and his tasteful and clever compositions are already becoming legendary while his skill, knowledge, taste, phrasing, artistry and professionalism are already on-par with many accomplished players on the national scene who, without hesitation, call him their peer. One of the youngest players to have ever been endorsed by Hammond Organ, Malik has already been invited to share the stage with many musical heavy hitters such as Karl Denson, George Porter Jr., The New Mastersounds, Skerik, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Michael Franti, The Werks, ALO, TAUK, Leftover Salmon, Scott Pemberton, and many more. In 2019, Malik was invited to be an artist-at-large at numerous West Coast festivals including the legendary High Sierra Music Fest. This young wunderkind’s star is surely on the rise yet perhaps the most impressive work he has done thus far has been with his own band, Maxwell Friedman Group. Assembling veteran players, many years his senior, including guitarist “Brother Gabe” Johnson, the band delivers what Malik likes to call “Inspired Neo-Jazz Funk Soul Fusion”. This illustrious young man not only has shown a maturity beyond his years in leading his elder musicians, but also continues to write works mature beyond his years while creating extremely colorful soundscapes that are beyond compare. In 2019, the band released its debut album, "Beyond Neblar - Live in Bend" and they toured the West Coast in support of its release, including high profile support dates with Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and The New Mastersounds. Now that the “pandemic pause” is nearing its end, the band has finally begun work on their first studio album, which they expect to release in early 2022.


Born and raised in Boston, Milo Matthews began playing the bass at the age of 12. Through his teens and early 20’s, he busked the subways making a living by playing for eight hours a day and he credits the experience with teaching him invaluable lessons about music and performing. Writing, recording and composing occupies one side of Milo’s artistry and producing the music for other musicians addresses another one of his valuable skill sets.

For ten years, Alaska was home before moving to Hawaii for four years. Milo has travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe performing his music for all he encountered. Over the past 30 years, Milo has refined his technique and musicianship and perfected his skills in recording and producing. To date, Milo has recorded, produced and engineered over 25 albums of his music and for other artists.

MORE ABOUT MILO: Milo’s style of music ranges from jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk to even folk. He performs his own originals as well as adds his unique flavor to 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and present cover songs. He demonstrates versatility unlike any other bassist by using a drum pad, effects pedal and a looping machine which provide his unique rhythm, bass line, keys and lead guitar turning him into an unstoppable one-man show! It’s very rare to hear Milo play the same song exactly the same way which makes each performance fresh and new!