A couple years ago this Portland indie-folk-pop band came to Bend and stunned us with a bevvy of historically themed songs wrapped up in incredible melodies. Today, the band remains a strong force in the Northwest acoustic music scene, with their soft and floaty tunes that will have your head bobbing and your mind moving. And this is a free show, people. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Oh, hi there. You appear to be reading this paper, which means you should also be reading the Bent blog on our website (tsweekly.com/blogs) and should also be looking to show up at our first-ever Ugly Sweater Holiday Happy Hour at the Astro Lounge on Friday evening. If you wear anything slightly obnoxious and holiday related, you'll get special drink offers. If you don't, you can still come and enjoy other happy hour specials. 5-7pm, The Astro Lounge, 939 NW Wall St.
Like psychedelic rock? Floater's got it. Fun, dancy pop with a dash of the reggae one-drop beat? The Portland trio's got that, too. Know what else they got? Two Bend shows. Yep, they're playing an electric set on Friday and an acoustic set on Saturday. Local crew Jones Roads opens. Dig it. 8pm. $16 at bendticket.com. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
For the second Saturday installment of Empty Space Orchestra's month-long residency at the Silver Moon, the band is bringing good friends and Bend favorites Water and Bodies to open the show. We were at the opening night of the December residency and we have to say that aside from the obvious awesomeness of having the instrumental wizardry of ESO on a weekly basis, the best thing about these shows are the super cool opening acts the band hand choses for the residency. This week is no exception with the amazing Water and Bodies. But, of course, you can expect plenty of loud vibes from ESO. $7/door, $5/bendticket.com. $13/passes available for the three remaining shows at bendticket.com.
Chicks with Picks
Picks, as in guitar picks. The bill for this benefit show (Saving Grace women's shelter) reads like a female who's-who of the Bend music scene. Stacie Johnson, Lily Worona, Jamie Houghton, Stephanie Slade and Hannah Costa - all backers of well-known local bands - are crooning for a good cause. In 2009, Chicks with Picks generated $800 for Saving Grace; help them break the $1,000 threshold this year. 8pm. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St.
Looking to get rowdy to good music, but want a little something else? Maybe you're thinking, 'Geez, I'd like to drink myself silly and dance my ass off this weekend, but I do that all the time. I need to do it for a good cause.' If that sounds like you, Saturday is your night. A benefit for a local girl bravely battling cancer, this show is well worth your $5. And, this is also a chance to get a taste of the revamped Players, not to mention a low-dollar LAHF show. 9pm. Players Bar and Grill, 25 SW Century Dr.
It's December and we're in Bend, which means... that it's time to race bikes! After two years of hosting the Cyclocross National Championships, Bend is utilizing a similar course for a different race, the USGP Deschutes Brewery Cup, which features pro and amateur divisions. Races begin at 8 a.m. and as far as cycling goes, this is probably one of the most spectator-friendly events you'll find. usgpcyclocross.com. 8am Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin-Hixon Dr.
We have a big ol' feature about this big ol' local country band in this week's Sound section and if you take a look at that, there's a good chance you'll want to see this act on Saturday. But that's not it, because also on the bill is Briertone, a melodic indie folk act from L.A. $5. 8pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
There are no guarantees that if you start your writing career with the Source that you'll someday publish two books within the span of less than a year. But that's what happened to Kim Cooper Findling, who we profiled in this week's Culture section. Listen to her read from her newest release, Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir, and learn all about her wild Oregon upbringing. Free. 2pm. Bend Public Library- Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St.
Over the past two years, we - and many of you - have grown quite fond of the Portland Cello Project, a group that, as its name suggests, is largely focused on one instrument. And if you haven't yet guessed, that instrument is the cello and this band is from Portland. These classically trained cellists are known to take a rock classic or contemporary favorite and make it all cello-ey, which is about 10 times cooler than you might think. Free. All ages. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.