MUSIC—When the banjo first came into popular Americana music, it was primarily porch-sitting hillbillies and easy-going chords and strumming filling the Appalachian Hills. But, as much punk-picking as bluegrass-plunking, how the Slaughter Daughters have adopted banjos into their pile-driving ditties would simply blow that hillbilly's mind to smithereens. (Ka-POW!) Catch local favorites before they head out on tour. Third Seven opens. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. $5.
MUSIC—Captivating sheer narrative power in the form of Irish and punk-fused song, Ryan Davidson is a hard-touring musician with a long list of stories to tell. Davidson writes what he knows in tragic childhood memories and rambling road tunes where whiskey lights the winding journey. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
DJ—Whomp-whomp zzzzzz boooom click-click boooom whooooomp. These are just a few of the excellently loud noises that will blast full-force on Friday night for all the Bend speaker-freakers. Nicoluminos has created a name for himself in the west coast electronic scene with always danceable, glitchy, dub bass mixes. Dance all night. 10 pm. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St. $5.
friday 28-saturday 1
Taste of Town and Meal of the Year
FOOD—Indulge in limitless, bite-sized sample plates from Bend's top restaurants on Friday night, followed by a four-course meal on Saturday, presented by the students of the Cascade Culinary Institute in a fundraising effort for scholarships to the program. A delicious representation of the up-and-coming culinary prowess of Bend. Both at COCC, 2600 NW College Way. Taste of Town, Fri., 6 pm. $25 advance/$30 at the door. Meal of the year, Sat., 5:30 pm. $125.
MUSIC—Ahhhh. Necktie Killer. Prickly, but huggable. Somewhere between ska and speed metal, all filtered through Northwest flannel and punctuated with horns, their tightly wound instrumentals and catchy (and sometimes raunchy) performances, Necktie Killer execute so effortlessly that it is easy to overlook (hear?) how truly talented and precise each of the seven band members are. 8 pm. Silvermoon, 24 NW Greenwood. FREE.
GREAT MUSIC—Willy Porter has more manhood—and talent—in his pinkie than James Taylor has in his whole body and record collection. What Porter doesn't have is the commercial success he fully deserves. Ah, popular taste isn't always fair. Porter's music is bright and clever, but like a shadow on a summer day, also authentically poetic and moody. 7 pm. Sisters High School, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Rd. $20 general, $10 students.
Academy Award Showing
OSCARS—The best host since Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres promises to bring some fun and levity to this year's annual Academy Awards. Here's hoping that they give Matthew McConaughey a much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. Too soon? We don't think so! 5:30 pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. FREE.
MUSIC—Traditionally twangy picking that sounds straight out of the Telluride/Boulder family tree, these Michigan boys are the eastern brethren of String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth and Yonder Mountain String Band. Stoner jamgrass, Bend's favorite. 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $15 at bendticket.com.
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras
PARTY—The raucous celebration of Fat Tuesday, kicking off Mardi Gras, was intended as a counterbalance, a yin to the yang, for Lent and religious stridentness. Whoops! That restraint has been traded in for all-out partying. Kick off Carnival season in true Louisiana tradition. Blues from Derek Michael Marc. Prizes for best costumes. Beads provided. No shirt lifting required. 8pm. Volcanic Theater, 70 SW Century. $5
FILM—Chronicling the consistent failures of the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family, and set to the soundtrack of Paul Simon, John Lennon and the Rolling Stones, Wes Anderson's film is one of the finest ever made. Sponsored by Worthy Brewing and the Source Weekly (Hey! That's us!), we invite you to join our costume contest dressed as your favorite Tenenbaum, or as Eli Cash. 7 pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. FREE.