Haven't heard much from Empty Space lately? Well, that's probably because the instrumental wizards have been locked in some sort of subterranean recording facility working diligently on their new disc, Big Bang. This is one of the band's only shows before their CD release party on May 6 and is also their first show with their new lineup which sends Shane Thomas to guitar and brings in Patrick Pearsall on bass. Also check out Monk, a solid reggae-meets-hip-hop act out of Ashland. 8pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Brazilian Carnival Party
Get a slice of culture in the Old Mill as you shake your round thing to some Brazilian music. This fundraiser for the Latino Community Association also includes dance, caipirinhas (the national cocktail of Brazil) and more spicy fun. 9pm. $3. Old Mill Martini Bar, 360 SW Powerhouse Dr.
Hot Club Sandwich
Hey there, mack. Do you like some o' that crackerjack old timey sound? Well Hot Club Sandwich brings it to you in a bundle of acoustic swing, gypsy jazz and original vocal compositions. This quick picking Seattle acoustic number should get the feet moving up on the second level of the Summit. It's a sure-as-sunshine good time for all you whippersnappers. Oh yeah, and it's totally free. All ages. 8pm-11pm. Free. The Summit Stage and Saloon, 125 NW Greenwood Ave.
Northwest Arenacross Nationals
Friday, Friday, Friday (and Saturday, Saturday, Saturday) at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, it's two full days of high-octane, high-flying, dust-kicking, eardrum-splitting, energy-drink-promoting motorcycle racing action. Two days only! Damn, they just don't make TV ads like that anymore, do they? 7:30pm Friday, Mar 13. Deschutes County Fair Grounds, Hooker Creek Events Center, 3800 SW Airport Way. $17/adult, $12 ages 12-4, Free under 3.
Central Oregon's Got Talent
Are you ready to get up onstage and sing that medley of showtunes you've been practicing in your basement? Nope. Yeah neither are we. We're all out of tune. But we recommend you get to Central Oregon's Got Talent and see what sort of skills your neighbors have, just in case you decide to throw your hat in the ring next year. Hey, winner gets $1,000. Not bad. 6pm Saturday, Mar 14. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $10/adults, $7/children.
Witty Walkabout & Jim Jam
As many of you know, Bulletin columnist and all around quality human being Jim Witty passed away a few months back. This Sunday afternoon event, held on Witty's birthday, celebrates two of the man's greatest passions: music and nature. 3pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
St. Patty's Day!
Check out our Get Lucky section for complete coverage of all the St. Patty's Day happenings including McMenamins Old St. Francis School's annual blowout featuring the Moon Mountain Ramblers.
David Bowers Colony
For those of you who missed the David Bowers Colony CD release show in January, this is a nice makeup opportunity to see the band in its full glory. And please don't use the fact that this show is the day after St. Patrick's Day as an excuse for staying home, slipping into your Snuggie and watching Lost. First off, that show no longer makes any sense and Snuggies are basically just a bathrobe worn backwards. Secondly, DBC always brings a rootsy good time and usually a Band cover or two. Again, get rid of that stupid Snuggie. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Father Luke's Room.