When your idea of freedom involves dancing, or thrashing, to live music, we've got you covered with these 4th of July music options in Central Oregon. Don't be afraid to let your freak—or rather, freedom—flag fly at these concerts on Independence Day.
Red, White and Brews with Strive Roots & Jive Coulis
Looking for a place to hang out all evening and then enjoy a great view of the fireworks? Head over to Worthy Brewing for an evening of easy-going music and stay for the fireworks display. With a picture-perfect view of Pilot Butte, there are few better vantage points for lovers of colorful explosions in the sky. As far as music goes, spend the evening grooving to the reggae jams of Strive Roots from 5-7pm. Jive Coulis rounds out the night with funky jams to keep your booty shaking from 7:30-10pm. // 5-10pm. Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend. No cover.
Deftones, Rise Against, Thrice
For those hoping to celebrate their right to head-bang, the Les Schwab Amphitheater welcomes alt-metal rockers Deftones, Rise Against and Thrice. This triple-threat of a lineup brings together some of hard rock's veteran bands. Fun fact: Deftones' frontman, Chino Moreno, has spent some time living in Bend and now we can finally experience the full band in effect. As for Rise Against, the band that plays melodic hardcore, tours in support of its latest album, "Wolves." Check out our interview with Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge and see how the band feels about opening for their friends, Deftones and Rise Against. // 5pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. $47.50.
If you prefer a good, old fashioned Independence Day celebration, head over to Bend High School and catch The Cascade Horizon band and The Festival Chorus perform patriotic pieces and Americana favorites. The annual event features the 66-member concert band, The Cascade Horizon Band, which normally plays all types of musical selections, including jazz, blues, pop, marches and movie themes. This performance, which combines the band with The Festival Chorus, highlights patriotic pieces guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy about living in the good ol' U. S. of A. // 3pm. Bend High School 230 NE Sixth St., Bend. No cover.
July 4th Pet Parade & Festival
In addition to the ol' fashioned fun, food and festivities, Bend's Old Fashioned 4th of July Festival wouldn't be complete without a lineup of live music. After all, what goes better with dogs, sunburns, three-legged races and pie-eating contests than Americana music? Festivities kick off at 11am with Bella Acappella Harmony singing the National Anthem. Throughout the day, dance to the family-friendly sounds of Popcorn and The Gambler & The Thief. Popcorn plays pop covers and originals in a string band format and features members of the Moon Mountain Ramblers. Husband and wife duo, The Gambler & The Thief play indie folk-rock and Americana covers and originals. // 8am-4pm. Drake Park 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. No cover.