New Monsoon, Moon Mountain Ramblers
The Jam-tastic bluegrass-rock from San Francisco will be rockin' the Summit Thursday with Oregon's own traditional bluegrass band Moon Mountain Ramblers. The San Franciscan quintet's new album was produced by the famed Grateful Dead producer John Cutler which is reason enough to evoke interst. The band has played every festival from Bonnaroo to Summerfest making them seasoned tour veterans. Catch this show, you won't be disappointed. Bend's MMR opens. Proceeds benefit 3E Strategies. 8pm. $15. Summit Saloon, 125 NW Oregon Ave. 749-2440.
Acoustic fun from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Performing at festivals, theaters, clubs and listening rooms all over the US, their rare, traditional sound is piquing the interests of not only bluegrass enthusiasts, but lovers of music of all genres. It is their unique "fusion of tradition and enthusiasm for improvisation" that has come to define the band's creative and tangible compositional style. The band has collaborated with every bluegrass flavored ensemble from the likes of The Yonder Mountain String Band to The Avett Brothers. 9pm. $8. Silver Moon Brewing Co, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. 388-8331
WVMS Blues, Amuse And Brews
This all ages, community-focused par-tay features live music from the WVMS Roots Music Group, the Mostest, the Moon Mountain Ramblers, El Dante and Person People's Jason Graham, along with food, drink, dancing, auction action and comedy. The name of the event has been around for a while but doesn't really do it justice. It's really Bend's finest coming together for a huge evening's worth of exceptional entertainment. The event is being sponsored by a new non-profit organization called, "Friends of Westside Village Magnet School." 100% of the Proceeds benefit Westside Village Magnet School. Free babysitting. For ticket and auction info call Carry, 383-2110. Tickets are available at Ranch Records or Westside Village. 5pm. $40 Midtown Music Hall, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. 388-1106.
Trek Mountain Bike Demo
Head up to Phil's Trailhead and test-ride Trek and Fisher mountain bikes for free. Dax Tobin with Trek Bicycle Demo will be in town with a van full of the latest and greatest from Trek, Fisher, and Lemond. The tour is traveling throughout the country educating riders on product, proper bicycle fit, and offering the opportunity to ride a variety of bicycles. Bring your photo ID and credit card to secure your ride. 10am. Free. For info call 385-8080 or 382-8018. Phil's Trailhead. (Skyliners Rd)
Bend's own hip hop supercrew presents their first all ages show since last October. Accompaning them on stage this time will be: Mr. Gone, Gainon The Illyrikill and Ages Of Vice. The relentless wrath of this local band has pushed them into local fame. The new album is rumored to feature hip-hip legends KRS-One and Talib Kweli. So get ready, they almost always sell out their shows and merchandise. If you're a Person People head down there before doors. Advance tickets available at Ranch Records or TicketsWest. Doors 8:30pm. Show 9:30. $7. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.. 388-1106.
Lava City Roller Dolls vs. Slaughter County Roller Vixens
Bend's own Roller Dolls face off with some wannabes from somewhere else. Composed of women from all walks of life, many varied backgrounds, and many different professions: nurses, mothers, business owners, fitness trainers, waitresses, students... Go out and support them as they try to reach their goal of becoming members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association "WFTDA" and represent Bend, Oregon by competing at the National level. Advance tickets at D&D Bar and Grill or LavaCityRollerDolls.com. Doors 5pm, bout 6pm. 12, $10/advance, $6/kids 6-12 and seniors, kids 5 and under free. Central Oregon Indoor Sports Center, 20779 High Desert Ln. 388-3808.
N.F.F.U., Larry And His Flask, Hands On Throat
Boise-based thrash punkers bring the crass n' crazy, making a stop on their national tour to jam with some of Central Oregon's finest punk bands: Redmond's Larry And His Flask and Bend's Hands on Throat. The band has grabbed shows with such punk legends as The Subhumans, Lower Class Brats and The Buisnesses. Sample ear-reamings at MySpace.com/NoFutureForUs. 8pm. $3. Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Dr., 389-2558.
The Capitol Steps
Based in Washington, this song parody and skit group specializes in political satire. The players boast over 60 collective years of experience working in some eighteen different Congressional offices. See this week's write up in Culture p 33. . Advance tickets at the Tower box office and TowerTheatre.org. 7pm. $35, $45.Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700.
After wreaking havoc on the road rocking sold out crowds across the country, Central Oregon native The Dirtball is bringing it home. See this week's write up in Sound p.18 . 8pm. $5. Old Mill Martini Bar. 360 Powerhouse Dr. 318-0200.
Check these buzz-worthy Portland songsters as they hit the road for their big West Coast tour. Catch 'em for free before they become the next big thing out of Stumptown. See this week's write up in Sound p. 17. 7pm McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., 382-5174. Free.