This event isn't on 4/20, the stoney-est day of the year, but it's close enough.
On April 23, the Hooker Creek Events Center on the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond will serve as host to the Hemp is Earth Medicine Tour, a concert and rally supporting The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, a measure that would regulate and tax marijuana. This means you could grow it, use it for whatever you'd like - in other words, pot would become pretty much legal.
If the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act group can collect the necessary 125,000 signatures by July, the law will go onto the November ballot.
But back to the 4/23 concert. The show is headlined by John Trudell, the well-known political activist and musician, who will be accompanied his band Bad Dog. Also on the bill is southern-Oregon reggae funksters State of Jefferson (who spent some serious time in Bend a few years back) and songwriter Jim Matthieson.
The event will also feature speeches from Madeline Martinez and Paul Stanford, the latter of whom was featured in my news story this fall about medical marijuana. Stanford is also the head of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, an organization that oversees several medical marijuana clinics.
And again, this show is, indeed, taking place at the Hooker Creek Events Center, the same spot best known for rodeos, monster trucks, motorcycles, Alice Cooper concerts... and now, pro-marijuana rallies.
The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $29.50 in advance and $35 at the door. Get tickets here.