G. Love & Special Sauce,
Fresh off the release of his awesome new Avett-Brothers-produced record, Fixin' To Die, G. Love and his band make a return appearance in Bend to share his newer, rootsier sounds. Check out the Sound section for a profile of the blues rocker. And get there early to check out the folky pop rock of The Belle Brigade. $20/adv, $25/door. All ages. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
'80s Prom with
The Radical Revolution
Pull your hair up into a side pony and prep your finest Pretty in Pink-era prom dress for McMenamins' '80s dance party for adults. The prom features music from The Radical Revolution (formerly known as The Breakfast Club), playing your favorite hits from the '80s including tunes from Tears for Fears, Madonna, Wham!, Duran Duran and many more. The evening includes prizes for the best '80s-themed outfits and enough nostalgia to OD on. $15/person. 21-plus. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
For the Music: Slipmat Science Nine-Year Anniversary
A couple months ago, we took a look at the still-powerful local electronic music scene and now there's another big show at the Midtown, this time it's to celebrate Bend's own Slipmat Science, the collective behind much of our region's techno, drum n bass, glitch hop and DJ scenes. Appearing at this all-night, three-room show is a collection of our region's well-known DJs as well as plenty of artists with worldwide appeal. Lineup includes: Ill Gates, SPL, Woody McBride, Jupit3r, Outersect, Triage, Sidestep, Nick Nyquil, Ion, 5-0 What, James Renagade and more. $15. 18-plus. 7pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Once again, you can save some money on airline tickets by attending this whirlwind night of short and feature-length films that whisk you off to locations throughout the world to experience the realm of action sports, ranging from mountain climbing to skiing to big-wave surfing. This year's films are as dynamic and diverse as any previous time the festival has come through town, with plenty of award-winning action for you to feast your eyes on. The event is a benefit for Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School (REALMS). All ages. $20. 7pm Saturday, Apr 23. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Blues, Amuse and Brews
Each year, to raise money for the Westside Village Magnet School's sports, arts and hands-on learning programs, a group of parents and other community members put together this adult-friendly shindig, which blends live music, excellent food and, as the name implies, beer. This year's lineup includes tunes from Shireen Amini, Mark Ransom and the Mostest, Wild Rye and other acts. Hosted by the venerable Capt. Mosley Wotta, Esq. $25/adv at bendticket.com, $30/door. 5pm-11pm Saturday, Apr 23. Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr.
Earth Day Fair
The colorful, creative Earth Day Parade kicks off the celebration as children and adults costumed as their favorite species make their way through downtown Bend. The Earth Day Fair hosts live music, art, interactive displays, booths and hands-on activities for all ages. Live music schedule includes Wild Rye from 11:30am-12:30pm, Zach Nance from Capture the Flag from 1-2pm, and Broken Down Guitars from 2:30-3:30pm. The Cycle Pub offers rides to Boneyard for $5. Enjoy local food from Spork, Strictly Organic, Dump City Dumplings,
and Pizza Cart.
Sometimes we wonder if David Jacobs-Strain ever takes a break, because it seems that guy is constantly on tour and makes several stops in Bend each year. Not that we're complaining or anything because we dig his outlaw country and blues sounds, as we're sure you will, too. Only in his mid-twenties, Jacobs-Strain plays the slide guitar and sings dark, Delta blues better than many beyond his age. Bob Beach sits in on harmonica. $10. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Concave Perception Chamber
Over the years, this Bend-based instrumental psych-rock band has come and gone and we've not always been sure when they'll resurface, but one thing has been constant: whenever CPC plays, it's not going to be boring. What should you expect at this show? We have no idea, but you'll have some fun. 9pm-10:30pm. Madhappy Lounge, 850 NW Brooks St.
If you would like to get a view into one of the more impoverished nations in the world, check out this presentation by a Haitian citizen who will tell his story of growing up homeless on the streets of Port-au-Prince. 7pm Tuesday, Apr 26. Common Table, 150 NW Oregon Ave.