This is one of those weird weeks where, if you’re lucky, you didn’t work on Monday, but by Wednesday, you’re already jonesing for the weekend. It is for me, at least.
Get it out of your system by going out and taking in some Central Oregon culture tonight! Some options:
-At Player’s Bar & Grill (25 S.W. Century Drive, Bend), Smokestack and the Foothill Fury will do the one-man, raucous blues-punk thing. If you dig Bend regulars Hillstomp or Cicada Omega, you should check this dude out, for sure. And get there early to see a solo acoustic set from Sam of local pop-punk combo Tuck and Roll. Things’ll get started around 9 p.m., and it’s free.
-Fans of a more spoken word should saunter over to Silver Moon Brewing (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) for the monthly Bend Poetry Slam. There will be poetry, and it will be slammed, and at the end of the night, someone will be crowned a winner. The one time I tried to go to this, I couldn’t even get in the door, so go check out what all the cool people are doing. 8 p.m. $5 cover.
-Bendistillery Martini Bar (850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend) is hosting an interesting indie-pop band from North Carolina called Saint Solitude. 9 p.m., and no cover.
-The free Wednesday show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend) features Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs, an Americana band from Washington state. That starts at 7 p.m. and is, as always, free.
-Attention Redmond! This is the last week of Music in the Canyon, the fortnightly Munch & Music-ish concert series at the Redmond Arts Pavilion (850 S.W. Rimrock Way). They’re calling this evening “The Party of the Nines” because it’s 9/9/09, and here’s a description from the organizers:
The final show promises to be great-we will have a circus like atmosphere; with jugglers, stilt walkers, a drum troupe, local luminary Cleve Brock, and special guest opener Ruins of Ooah. These guys really bring it, using the didgeridoo, drums, and harmonica to create a rockin’ trancelike effect-something the likes of which Redmond has never experienced before. We will also have the special sounds of the new local rockin’ sensation, Broken Top. And a huge, special finale to close out the year featuring the Redmond African Drummers, and in their first Redmond appearance, the fire dancing troupe Fireflyte. We are hoping you and your friends will be a part of this incredible celebration of music, food, and community.
Please come and help us celebrate our first (successful!) year of Music in the Canyon, held at the “coolest outdoor venue in Central Oregon”.
The show will start promptly at 5:30 and end around 8, after dark. Food and beverage will be provided as usual by Three Creeks Brewing Company, and the Toucan Café, among others.
Live music! African drums! Jugglers! Fire dancers! C’mon, Redmond, you need to go check this out.