You may have heard this band without even knowing it. The San Francisco-based band has had its music - mainly the hit "Good Day" - featured on TV shows and movies, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and others. The band has a tasty and delightfully poppy approach to alt rock that's nice and light on the ears. Free. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave.
One of Bend's best-known performers is playing his last solo show in Bend before heading down to the Bay Area for good. He'll be playing one more show after this with David Bowers and we'll keep you posted on that. But we recommend checking out this one if you want to fill up on Bowers while you can. 7pm. Free. Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St.
21st Annual High Desert Celtic Festival & Highland Games
What's that you say? You think kilts are for sissys? Well wait until you see a dude toss a caber about 300 yards (or something like that) and through the hood of your car. But hey, after all, this is a family-friendly festival so we doubt that will happen. So enjoy some Celtic food, Scottish Fiddlers and all sorts of other Celtic fun. 9am-6pm Saturday, Aug 8. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 430 SW Fairgrounds Road.
We can't be sure if there are actually words to explain how frankly awesome this event is, but we'll give it our best shot. So, we're talking about massively powerful wrestlers pounding each other about the ring - while wearing MASKS! And clearly, the awesome masks are the best part, but so are all the goofball theatrics - ya know, the type of stuff our lame-o American-style wrestlers gave up on in favor of plastic surgery and pyrotechnics. Did we mention they're wearing masks? $20/adults, $10/children, free under 5. 7pm. Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo Center, 3800 Airport Way.
BIGS Thank You Party
In case you didn't know, the spot that was once Rising Star is now occupied by the Bend Indoor Gardening Station. And to crack open the doors in style, as well as thank its customers for four years of business in its old location, BIGS is throwing a big old party with music from Taarka, People Person, Tone Red, National Theater Project and How About No. According to owner Ashley Beaudoin: "It's our way of saying 'thanks' to Bend for four years of awesome service and we usually hold a customer service event every year... we want to see how it goes this year. We have a fabulous new location and we want everyone to know where we are at." We at the Source think every business should hold a shindig like this. Just an idea.12pm-8pm. Free. Bend's Indoor Gardening Station, 35 NW Bond St.
See the On Stage column for more on this Southern-flavored rock-meets-rap band. OPM and Soul Stash open. $16/adv, $20/door. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Now, there's a strange thing about country music, especially the newer stuff. It's either really good, or it's, ya know, not so much. But this alt-country group from Austin, Texas belongs to the former with a tight-knit take that doesn't embrace stereotypes but rather provides an earnest and powerful take on the genre. All ages. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
The Men of Playgirl
You really just don't see enough men in thongs around these parts. And we're not talking about footwear here, people. This show brings a troupe of beefed-up men from Las Vegas to Boondocks where they'll take off just about everything (except for those loveable thongs, of course!) and shake a groove thing or two in front of what we expect to be a whole hell of a lot of Central Oregon women. File this one under gender equality, right? $10/advance, $15/door. Boondocks Bar and Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave.
It's live electronica just in time to get you ready for Burning Man and all that jazz. Straight out of Portland, Perfect Zero plays an STS9 style of danceable groove. Free. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave.