Tango Alpha Tango
From crooning wholesome pop melodies to firing off sexy, distortion coated, bluesy guitar riffs, the range of Tango Alpha Tango’s music has brought them a reputation for greatness in the Portland music scene. Brothers, Aaron and Nathan Trueb, and Nathan's wife, Mirabai Carter, team up with drummer Walker Beckman (unrelated) to put on one hell of a live show. Free, all ages. 7 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo
wednesday 1- sunday 5
Good clean family fun. Events include a parade through downtown Redmond, a talent show, a dog jumping competition and three rodeo events. Music, carnival rides, art and food competitions, and animal exhibits. See www.expo.deschutes.org for admission prices and schedule. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond.
The Quick and Easy Boys
thursday 2 and friday 3
Jamtastic pop funkification served up with a side of Stumptown moustache is what’s on tap for this double billing. The Quick and Easy Boys bring their dance-friendly sound to the Munch and Music stage on Thursday night. The Portland trio reprises the performance for the 21-and-over crowd Friday night at Players. Think Eagles of Death Metal with less L.A. angst and more Portland prog pop. Free. All ages. 6 p.m. Thursday at Drake Park. 9 p.m. Friday. 21 and over. Players Bar and Grill, 25 SW Century Dr.
An Evening with Chris Horner: Stories from the Peloton
At age 40, Chris Horner finished an impressive 13th at what was his sixth Tour de France where his efforts helped his RadioShack-Nissan squad capture the team’s classification title. Aside from his many cycling accomplishments, like his Tour of California win in 2011, Horner is a fantastic storyteller. This is your chance to get the inside scoop on this year’s tour and hear about life as a full-time international pro cyclist. The evening will conclude with a Q&A, autographs and photo opportunities. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for 18 and under at towertheatre.org. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
friday 3 – sunday 5
A summer staple, the Classic Cruz is a three-day event featuring hundreds of the region’s most lovingly kept and restored American classics and hot rods. The homage to horsepower begins Friday in Drake Park and includes music by the Soulsearchers. The cruiser crawl is set for 5:45 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Bend with a second performance by the Soulsearchers at Wall Street and Minnesota Avenue after the car crawl. Free. All ages. Friday-Sunday. Drake Park and Downtown Bend.
Show Us Your Spokes: Hopeless Jack and Harley Bourbon
A great deal for great music. Hopeless Jack is the front man for ‘Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil,’ a stirring guitar and drum duo from Portland that marries early punk and North Mississippi blues beautifully. The Portland rocker will split time with Harley Bourbon, one of Bend’s favorite rockabilly bands. Ride your bike or walk for good- neighbor karma and enjoy an evening of raw rock, outdoors for cheap. $5. 7 p.m. Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St.
Soda Gardocki, Tom Vandenavond, The Calamity Cubes
Boy howdy! Dudn’t git no better than this! Fans of classic country, Americana, Tom Waits and even gospel gather round as these three acts converge on the Hand for a night of harmonicas, harmonizing and high times. Soda Gardocki is the NorCal high priest of swamp rock and his sound should pair well with Austin’s folksy TVD and the Calamity Cubes, the country punk outlaws who hail from Lawrence, Kansas. Put on yer drinkin’ boots—it’s gonna be one of them nights. $8 at bendticket.com. 9 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Kid's Obstacle Challenge
So, seriously, this muddy obstacle course event for kids ages five to 14 was designed with help from the Army National Guard. The 3/4ths of a mile course includes a rope swing, cargo climb and mud crawl with other military-style obstacles along the way. It costs $25 for each kid, but as a major bonus parents get to do the course with a kid for free. Some profits go to Healthy Beginnings. Register at footzonebend.com. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jewell Elementary School, 20550 Murphy Rd.
It’s like these guys couldn’t decide whether to be a circus or a music act, so they just went with it all. The result is an act that treads on the edge of performance art with the seven-member troupe employing puppets, parades and stiltwalking interspersed with acts involving obscure instruments like wine glasses and stylophones. Be forewarned: things might get weird. 7 p.m. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley.
Counting Crows Outlaw Road Show
There was a time when no college dorm CD collection was complete without a copy of the Counting Crow’s August and Everything After. (Back when there was such a thing as a college CD collection, that is.) And there was also a time, right around the same time in fact, when no contemporary radio station playlist was complete without the Crow’s hit “Mr. Jones” Two decades later the Berkeley-bred Crows, fronted by crooner Adam Duritz, are still earning their keep on the road. While the Crows aren’t selling out stadiums, they still know how to get a crowd on its feet and singing along to 90s anthems like “Round Here.” With openers We are Augustines, Field Report and Kasey Anderson. $39-$75 All ages. 6 p.m. Les Schwab Amphitheater.