As if this town isn't bicycle crazy enough, we get to truly unleash our inner Armstrong for the 29th Annual Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic. It's four days of all sorts of two-wheeled fun, highlighted by the downtown Twilight Criterium. Whether you're a hardcore rider or just someone who likes spandex, click over to cascade-classic.org to get yourself in gear.
It seems like this band from Venice, CA by way of Russia is getting a hankering for Bend, seeing as how they've already returned for another show at the Midtown complex. The last time they stopped off they rocked the wood planks right out of the floor of the Annex, and expect them to do the same when the band with the big hair and bigger bass guitars (it's actually called a balalaika) returns for what promises to be a great night of rockabilly. 21 and over. 9pm. $12. The Annex, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Do you like Skynyrd? Like really, really like Skynyrd? Are you embarrassed to tell anyone about your undying devotion to Southern Rock's most opulent act? Do you suffer from what's known as "Closet Skynyrd Fandom?" If so, read on to the Sound section and read about the Source's outted Skynyrd fan and you'll feel a lot better when you tie on that Confederate flag bandana and drive your rented monster truck down to the Schwab. Gates 5pm, showtime 6:30pm. $37, $70/reserved. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin-Hixon Dr.
Bend Summer Festival
In these days of tightened belts and cramped budgets, something like Summer Fest is a good way to take in some entertainment on the cheap. You can take in shows from bands like Aphrodesia, Intervision, and of course the headliner, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Read the Liner Notes column this week for an update on the Daddies and why you should still care about the Eugene-based band. Check out bendsummerfestival.com for music lineup and other helpful nuggets of information. Downtown Bend.
Join DJs Swett, Moksha, Barisone, Smoke and Mark Rada for two rooms of music, a mix tape of your choice and more from The Grove. Flip the page and learn more about Bend's DJ culture. 21 and over. 10pm. $10. Tulen Center, 20 NW Greenwood.
Sasparilla Jug Band
Are you sick of all these fangled, electrified city bands? Then get a little old timey and take yourself down to the Les Schwab for a free (just like it outta be) show from Portland's all acoustic, all down-home sounding Sasparilla Jug Band. Where else are you going to get your eyes on a cigar box guitar? They just don't make guitars like that anymore, do they? 2:30pm. Free. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
Pete Kartsounes Band
Bluegrass and Boulder go together like Wranglers and cowboy boots, and any twangers from the general Boulder vicinity tend to know what they're doing. This is the case with Kartsounes and company who are breezing through Sisters on their way over to the Northwest String Summit. The folky 'grass these guys spit out should pair well with a warm summer night at Angeline's open-air venue. 7pm. $5-$10. Angeline's Bakery, 121 W. Main St., Sisters.
Ever wonder what would happen if you took Romeo and Juliet out of the 1690s and tossed it into the 1990s? Well the youngsters of the BEAT program can tell you, as they bring the tragic love story from Verona to Seattle for a modernized version of the Billy Shakespeare classic. These kids even have the real deal Shakespeare lines down. Kids theatre never sounded so intriguing, did it? July 10-12 at 7:00pm, July 13 at 2:00pm. 7pm Thursday, Jul 10. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave. 312-9626. $16/Adults, $10/Children.
Two of Bend's best "The" bands hit the stage to kick off the first show of this concert series to benefit Commute Options. Look for the Mostest to lay down quintessentially jammy improvisations and covers while Erin Cole-Baker and Erin Zurflu of the Erins bring their acoustic attack back from the D.C. area for the summer. Here's the cool part, if you ride your bike or walk to the show, you get a dollar off the ticket price. Nice, eh? Check this one out and if you like it, keep coming back summer. 7-10pm, Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St. $4/bikers, walkers, carpoolers $5/slackers.