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thursday 10

Munch and Music

FREE CONCERT—The Portland-based string-infused quartet Fruition, comprised of whiskey drinking vagabonds, brings its bluegrass America to Bend for the first Munch and Music of its 24th season. Local food and drink vendors satisfy the crowd's physical appetites while the band meets their aural needs.5:30 pm. Drake Park. Free.

friday 11

Bend Summer Festival

FEST—Bend loves an excuse for a street fair and this is summer's crown jewel. Taking over downtown with live music, artists, food, beer, kids' activities and more, Bend Summer Festival brings maximum entertainment with minimal effort. Headliners Larry and His Flask, Patrick Lamb Band and Boxcar Stringband helm the fest's three stages—main, jazz fusion and locals only. Grab an elephant ear, stroll the booths and take in some summer jams.5-10 pm Friday, 11 am-10 pm Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Downtown Bend. Free.

friday 11

Diego's Umbrella

MUSIC—These west coast vagrants produce an unrestrained mix of danceable, pop-rock-punk rhythms. Like something one would find in an old abandoned tavern, the band brings a spontaneous sense of mystery, erotica and uninhibited passionate to its audiences. As eccentric and enchanting as the love child of Gogol Bordello and Queen, Diego's Umbrella electrifies audiences with its high energy and outlandish performances. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8.

friday 11

Crooked River Roundup

HORSE RACING—Our advice: Always bet on a horse to place. Don't go for all the money, or for the fancy bets. So much better than the Kentucky Derby or big-time racing, this is horse racing where you can stand feet from the horses and smell the...um, victory. 7:15 pm. Crook County Fairgrounds, 590 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville. $5.

saturday 12

Ira Walker

BLUES—Ira Walker is a renowned blues artist with the magic touch when it comes to making a guitar cry every incarnation of the blues. Walker has paid his dues, playing with icons from Carlos Santana to Keb' Mo to Steve Miller. He even co-wrote the hit "I Wanna Go Back," for Eddie Money. Now, Walker plays on his own terms. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

saturday 12

Outdoor Quilt Show

QUILTS—Both quilts and art shows have a reputation for being occasionally stuffy and not exactly a rollicking good time. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show flips that script by highlighting a diverse array of original creations (more art than craft) and displaying them along the quaint downtown streets, so you don't have to sacrifice a gorgeous summer day for your love of fabric art. 9 am-4 pm. Downtown Sisters. Free to look.

sunday 13

Crawfest 2014

MUSIC FESTIVAL—The 7th annual music, food, art, and swimming festival brings together local bands from A-to-Z: Allan Byer Project to The Wobblies and every letter and style in between (reggae funk from Necktie Killer, rambling folk from Leif James, pirate punk from Harley Bourbon). It's a family friendly event, although tickets are for sale at Big T's, a gentlemen's club in Redmond. All day. 16065 SW Alfalfa RD, Powell Butte. $20 for a weekend pass, camping included.

sunday 13

The Weather Machine

BEAVER STATE—Über -Oregonian Portland band, The Weather Machine, visited all 185 Oregon State parks in making the music video for "Back O'er Oregon." With upbeat, folky and flowing tunes, the band may as well have penned the state anthem, perfect for the lush overcast valley or the sun-scorched high desert. 2:30 pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. Free.

tuesday 15

Haunted Windchimes

MUSIC—Humble and endearing, Haunted Windchimes offers the kind of old-fashioned comfort of Americana, folk and blues that warms the heart. As familiar as a porch swing, the band's sound is, as its name suggests, hauntingly nostalgic of a time gone by. Despite a laidback demeanor, the band still brings an energy to the stage that calls for the audience to get their bodies swaying and their feet tapping. 8pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

wednesday 16

Alive After Five

FREE CONCERT—Fresh off its Hall of Face induction (in 2013), Heart is touring again, well two founding members of the band are touring as Heart by Heart. With 20 Top 40 hits, the band has ingrained its songs so deeply into your brain over the decades that you probably don't even realize that you already know lyrics to sing along with, including the most rocking sing-along about a fish ever, "Barracuda!" (Although, technically, it's a metaphor about a music producer). 5 pm. 375 SW Powerhouse Dr. Free.

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