Larry and His Flask
It's been a few weeks since this hillbilly jamboree of a band set off across the country to accompany Dropkick Murphys on their St. Patrick Day's tour, but now LAHF is back for this sure-to-be-insane show. Hit the Sound section for a feature on the band and their recent tour. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave. $5.
The RTL Project, Cloaked Characters, Mosley Wotta, DJ Hit N Runn
It might seem like an odd pairing: the often-poppy, sometimes-bluesy Reed Thomas Lawrence and a collection of Bend's finest hip-hop acts. But this will work, and you're going to be able to dance to whatever sounds you hear, that much is sure. $5. 8pm. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Greenwood Ave.
Tony Smiley & The Bird
Portland's Tony Smiley calls himself a "Loop Ninja," by which he means that he uses technological gadgets (those are the best kind of gadgets) to make himself into a one-man band. He does everything from straight-ahead rock to beat boxing as well as some more experimental sounds, like Mongolian throat singing. Party time, excellent. 10pm. Bendistillery Martini Bar, 850 NW Brooks St.
Typically, when Floater comes to town, they play a pair of shows, which is what they're doing this time around. But the difference here is that rather than playing the Midtown Ballroom or the Domino Room, they're appearing at a much cozier sports bar in Mountain's Edge. Friday night is fully rocking and electric while Saturday features the band going unplugged. 9pm both nights. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61131 S. Highway 97.
Doug Benson, Graham Elwood
The star of Super High Me and VH1's Best Week Ever comes to Bend for a special one-night theater show in which he'll dazzle you with jokes about pop culture, movies and of course, the reefer. The show is opened by the equally funny Graham Elwood. Read all about Benson in this week's Culture feature. $20/adv, $25/door. 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Fix-ation IPA Launch Party
How many beers are named specifically in support of a spay and neuter project? Well, at least one, and that's Silver Moon's Fix-ation IPA which arrives in honor of the Bend Spay and Neuter Project. Omnipresent folk rocker Leif James provides the music. Sliding scale donation of $5-10. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Riders for the Cure
Now in it's seventh year, Riders for the Cure brings area skiers and snowboarders up to Mt. Bachelor to ride, raising money for breast cancer research. All proceeds are donated to the Bend-based Sara's Project at St. Charles Medical Center. Participants can win awards for best pink costume as well as raising the most cash. New funk unit Blowin Smoke performs at 1pm to provide music for the barbecue. Visit mtbachelor.com for more details. Sunday, Apr 11. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr.
Bend Poetry Slam
The Slam hasn't gone anywhere, even if you haven't been all winter. But with spring (hopefully) arriving soon, it's time to get out and see the best in spoken word that Bend has to offer in the hopes of winning cash! Sign-ups at 7pm. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend Comedy Competition
wednesday 14 - saturday 17
What's with all the comedy all of the sudden? We had Cash Levy, then Doug Benson, and now the Bend Comedy Competition is coming back again. 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. Acts on the slate include some folks who've played Bend before like Seattle's Billy Wayne Davis and LA's Leif Skyving. $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.