Time for a math lesson, kids:
Cinco de Mayo + this awesome and long-awaited weather x one of the most robust weeknights of live music I can remember around here = downtown Bend is gonna be bananas tonight.
Here’s a quick roundup of what’s happening:
–The biggest party appears to be Amalia’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, which will shut down part of Wall Street and feature music by the kaleidoscopic pop band Rubblebucket (4:30 p.m.), Bend’s own Todd Haaby & Sola Via (6:30 p.m.) and Latin/hip-hop/rock giants Ozomatli (8:30 p.m.). There’ll also be Mexican food, dancing, a low-rider demo and other fun stuff, all for free. Here’s my story on Ozomatli plus all the details on the event. Listen:
–While the party swirls outside, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will be wowing a packed house inside the Tower Theatre. Carlile is a terrific performer, which is why this show (like her previous three appearances in Bend) is sold out. If you’ve already got your ticket, enjoy!
–Just down the breezeway and a little later into the night, MadHappy Lounge will celebrate Cinco de Mayo electronically with NorCal techno kingpin DJ G.A.M.M.A., plus DJs Rada and Huff. That one will get going around 9 p.m. and is free.
–Meanwhile, up on Greenwood Avenue, the astoundingly authentic Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out will transform the Domino Room into a big ol’ time machine to the 1950s and ’60s. The San Diego quartet has the look and sound of early Cash (and his band, the Tennessee Three) down pat. More info is here, and for this one, you need visuals.
–Finally, if you’d prefer your Cinco de Mayo tunes to have a little more local flavor, considering hitting The Summit Saloon & Stage around 9 p.m. for one of Bend’s most popular party bands, the Moon Mountain Ramblers. Or shimmy up to McMenamins Old St. Francis School at 7 p.m. for Brothers in Achord, a new bluesy/folksy collaboration between local singer-songwriters Josh Hart and Leif James.
Have fun out there, folks, and be safe.