Oregon author Barry Lopez has been called the "nation's premiere nature writer" and we tend to agree with that assertion. His non-fiction book Arctic Dreams earned him a national book award in 1986 and in 2004 his novel Resistance was the winner of the Oregon book award. So, yeah, he's definitely not light in the resume department. At this event, Lopez will read and also be on hand to sign your books. 7pm Thursday, Jun 11. Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St.
Holden Young Trio
Both funky and rootsy, Holden Young and his Boulder-based trio descend on the Moon for what is almost guaranteed to be a perfectly danceable night. The band jumps genres but seems rooted in Colorado groove-based roots rock. 9pm. $3. Silver Moon Brewery, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Oh, hell yes! It's rodeo time! For the 68th year in a row, the Sisters Rodeo is setting up shop in the little cowboy town that could for a weekend of general rural goodness. In addition to the rodeo activities, there's also a parade and kids activities. Come for the cowboys, but stay for the music, beer and friendly tips of the cap. Sisters Rodeo Grounds.
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
Have you ever ran or walked for 24 hours straight? Even a lot of the most hardcore athletes here in town haven't even done that, but you can by participating in the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. If you're not a participant, there's still reason to attend as there's plenty of music from the likes of the Quons, Acoustic Sudaki Project, the Sofa Kings and more. Visit bendrelay.com or call 408-5057 for more information. Opening survivor ceremony Saturday, June 13 at 10am and continues until 10am Sunday, June 14. High Desert Middle School, 61111 27th St.
1st Annual Chili Throwdown
Some people like chili, but others love it to the degree that they believe it should be celebrated and, if possible, given a yearly holiday. Well, this is as close as we're going to get as chefs from Scanlon's, 900 Wall, Ariana, Allyson's Kitchen, Victorian Cafe, and many more cook up their finest while you eat and listen to live music. Kids under 9 free. 2pm-5pm Saturday, Jun 13. Athletic Club of Bend's Courtyard, 61615 Athletic Club Drive.
Check out the Sound section for our meditations on the Beatles before you bust your lungs out singing the band's standards along with local musicians David Bowers Colony, Kousefly, Anastacia, Canaan Canaan, the Gospel Choir of the Cascades, All Together Now, Mermaid's Muse and many more. 7pm-10pm. $10/KPOV members adv, $12/adv, $15/door, $5/under 18 at door.
Reed Thomas Lawrence
Photo by Ben Moon.As evidenced by the beginning of Summer Sundays. summer is here. Kicking it off is local singer-songwriter turned national-touring star Reed Thomas Lawrence and his always-sunshiney band. A couple weeks ago we got the lineup for the Rothbury Festival and noticed that next to names like the Dead and Bob Dylan, there was Reed Thomas Lawrence. Impressed? We also got to hear some new demos from RTL and liked what we heard - it's less reggae and more blues and pop, but change is good. 2:30pm Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. Free.
Jason Spooner Trio
This band is coming all the way from Portland to play in Sisters. Oh wait, Portland, MAINE that is! Equipped with a smooth voice and an even smoother approach to songwriting, Spooner and company blend roots, folk and blues, as they did when they played a showcase on Sirius XM's "The Loft." 7pm. $5. Angeline's Bakery, 121 W. Main St.
Still new on the Oregon musical landscape, Portland's Perfect Zero is making some waves in both the improvisational and electronic camps. With a style in line with STS9, there is more than enough to dance to with this act. 9pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewery, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Appetite for Deception
Check out the On Stage column for more on this Guns N Roses tribute act. 9 pm. Boondocks Bar & Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave.