Barn Party and Community Dinner
Did you know that this was the Week of the Young Child? Well, now you do, so round up your young 'uns and get them to this event that features children's music from Victor Johnson and the Kinderqueen Kathryn Claire. The biggest draw may be the free dinner as well as other kids' activities. Begins at 4pm, Hollinshead Barn, 1235 NE Jones Rd.
Northwest Crossing Bend Spring Festival
friday 16 - sunday 18
Even though "spring" may be a relative term in Bend, a few more hours of daylight and a couple more degrees of warmth are good enough excuses to have a weekend-long party in Northwest Crossing. Original art, food, wine and beer, dance performances and music from acts such as Catie Curtis, Sagebrush Rock and Reed Thomas Lawrence will keep Northwest Crossing buzzing all weekend. Apr 16 6-8pm, Apr 17 11am-10pm, Apr 18 11am-4pm. Northwest Crossing.
This new-ish local band, comprised of many faces familiar to the local music scene, features Stephanie Slade (known for her work in The Sofa Kings) and her strong set of pipes for a show that is sure to get you dancing... unless you hate dancing, in which case you're kind of a jerk. Hit this show up for three sets from the band. $7. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
The blues legend Curtis Salgado brings his raw, passionate brand of blues and soul to the sports bar's intimate stage on Friday. A masterful performer from Portland, legend has it that Salgado was the inspiration for John Belushi's character in The Blues Brothers. Here's hoping he pulls up in a bullhorn-laden vintage cop car. 9pm. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61331 S. Hwy 97.
Back once again, this OG San Francisco rapper has been an underground star since the days of Biggie Smalls. While he's nearly as well known for his controversy as he is for his rhymes, Nickatina has years of industry cred under his belt and his white-hot live show promises to be one of the biggest hip-hop outings of the year. The rapper will be joined by Luck-One, Dredge Darkness, Mac Matt and Logy B. $23/adv at bendticket.com, $27/door. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood.
The Quick and Easy Boys, The Pink Snowflakes
This one could get weird and here's why: The Quick and Easy Boys play funk and honky tonk - at the same time. And The Pink Snowflakes once played a SXSW show where everyone was supposed to be naked. Yup, these Portland bands are pretty weird, but awesome at the same time... like cheese in a can. $8. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend Comedy Competition
wednesday 14 - saturday 17
We included this in last week's issue, but in case you missed it, here are some details on this annual festival of laughs. The event begins at 900 Wall for preliminary rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, then proceeds to the semi-final and final rounds at the Tower Theatre on Friday and Saturday. $25/individual session, $95/all festival pass. Tickets at bendnights.com. 9pm Wednesday, Thursday at 900 Wall, 900 Wall St. 8pm Friday, Saturday at the Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Betty Buckley - Broadway By Request
Do you like stage tunes? Like more than a friend? Then you should head down to the Tower where Betty Buckley, a Tony-winning actress, will be performing a one-woman show entitled "Broadway By Request" where she'll be singing some big musical numbers and then telling stories from her experiences. $35, $40. 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Randy Liedtke and Kyle Kinane
Since moving to L.A., local Randy Liedtke now only plays here in town about once a year and this year he's again bringing his friend Kyle Kinane for massive laughs and massive beards. Last year's performance saw one of the most hilarious intentional technologically breakdowns in slideshow history from which we learned that Liedtke looks, um, less than appetizing in whitey-tighties. But he's funny! $10. 8pm. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave.
See this week's Sound feature for more on this punk rock-meets-reggae act and why they like to play golf - and music. $15/adv at bendticket.com, $18/door. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.