Last Band Standing
The marathon of live local music continues with a more rootsy, soulful lineup this week for round five, with Bobby Sims and The Blues Rockers, Eric Tollefson and the World's Greatest Lovers, Erin Cole-Baker, Hot Tea Cold and The Sofa Kings. $3/adv, $5/door. 8pm. Boondock's Bar and Grill, 70 NW Greenwood Ave.
thursday 20Making what seems like their 57th stop in Bend over the course of the past few years is this Mexicali, gypsy, pirate, polka troupe from San Francisco. If you didn't think that description made much sense, don't feel bad, but these guys are even more confounding live than they are on paper. Confusing music can be good, so see for yourself! 8pm, Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Five for Fido
92/7 corralled some of Bend's best rockers to play in the name of our four-legged friends. Leif James and the Struggle, Box Car String Band, Exfixia, Sofa Kings and Still Fear get down to raise money for the Humane Society of Central Oregon and the film "Lost Dogs," about street dogs in Chile. You should go because you love puppies and because when else are you going to see all these bands rock out in one place? $5. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61131 S Hwy 97.
Blackstrap & Ten Friends Spring Celebration
Local bluegrass powerhouse Blackstrap, in advance of the release of their upcoming CD, Tales From the American Roadside, play this benefit event for the Ten Friends organization. This non-profit does relief work in Nepal and all proceeds benefit the group. Features Nepali and Indian cuisine, children's activities, a silent auction and more. Hit up www.tenfriends.org to learn more about this group. 5:30pm. Aspen Hall, Shevlin Park, 18920 Shevlin Park Rd.
Nothing says spring like reggae. Now, you don't have to just hear it blasting from Jeeps and backyard barbeques - Cali's Tribal Seeds hits up the Domino Room. Playing a mix of roots, rock and reggae, this six-man group has a mellow Bob Marley-influenced sound that will bring out your inner Rasta. Joined by special guests Inhale, 2nd Hand Soldiers, & MC Mystic. $10/adv, $12/door. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 Northwest Greenwood Ave.
Silver Moon mixes up their lineup with a super poppy punk band called Runner Runner from Huntington Beach, California, sends women from 14-94 swooning with their slick black hair and stylized outfits. Their sound is up-tempo surfer pop that's totally danceable. Their name is a poker reference, but instead of stating the obvious pun, we'll just say, go see 'em. $5. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend Bicycle Film Festival
You ride a bike. You like to film yourself or others riding bikes. This is why you are going to want to be at the Bend Bicycle Festival. You just might see yourself or one of your friends on the screen in one of these locally produced short films. Proceeds benefit COTA and Bend Endurance Academy. 4pm matinee all ages, 7pm 21 & over. $10. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
The Boys Next Door
through sunday 23
The Bend Experimental Art Theatre (BEAT) uses a cast of talented young actors to present an interesting take on this well-known play written by Tom Griffin. The piece explores the lives of a group of mentally challenged young men who live in a communal residence. $15/adult, $10/student. Tickets available at bendticket.com. 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday, 2pm matinees Saturday-Sunday. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
Relay for Life Fundraiser
The actual Relay For Life event isn't until June 19-20, but this evening out helps raise additional funds for cancer research and features music from the Quons. 4-7pm, Jackson's Corner, 845 NW Delaware Ave.
Not a year goes by without a visit from veteran hip-hopper Tech N9ne, which is why the Kansas City rapper and his crazy ways are coming by the Midtown once again on Tuesday night. Known for his wacky face paint and insane stage antics, Tech is touring behind his latest record, K.O.D. And just check out this list of support acts: Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Prozak & Cognito, and Maintain. $24/adv, $30/door. Tickets at Bendticket.com, Ranch Records, TicketsWest.com (800-992-8499). 8pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Horse Feathers, Sweet Harlots
Riding high on a wave of buzz after releasing their album, Thistled Spring, Horse Feathers opens up the PDXchange series with this show. They're joined by members of the Central Oregon Symphony. The Sweet Harlots with Jenny Harada of the Moon Mountain Ramblers open the show. All ages. PDXchangeprogram.com. $15 + service fee. 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.