G. Love and Special Sauce
In what is by far the biggest non-LSA show of the year, G. Love finally stops off in Bend, one day before he heads up to the Gorge Amphitheatre to open a trio of shows for some act called the Dave Matthews Band. A longtime favorite in Bend, it should be nice to see G. Love and his band kick out their funky, blues-inspired pop rock. Also, make sure you arrive early so you can see local Eric Tollefson and his band open the show. $20/adv, $23/door. 9pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
We're not quite sure how it happened, but it's not September, meaning the summer is pretty much over. But before the nights start getting chilly, catch the last warm First Friday of the season. If you need some pointers, check out our Local Arts Calendar in this issue for a complete list of what art is showing where. 5pm, downtown Bend.
Kim Kelley's Living Room Show
We reviewed Kim Kelley's latest disc Bending Blue this spring and have had a chance to catch her live as well. For this Silver Moon show, she's playing an intimate evening with a cast of characters comprised of David Miller, Chris Huffine and Scott Wyatt. $5. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
One of the best "cowboy authors" one is likely to find in this region or beyond, Steber appears at this event as part of the Oregon Sesquicentennial Author Series. His latest book, Forty Candles on a Cowboy Cake, is a modern romp set right here in Central Oregon, as many of his novels are. Make sure to say hello to Mr. Steber, he's one hell of a nice guy, if we say so ourselves. That sounded kinda cowboy, right? 1pm Saturday, Sept. 5. High Desert Museum, 59800 S Hwy 97.
Moon Mountain Music Festival
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Back when the SourceWaves radio show was still in weekly rotation (hope you're enjoying the Midwest, Jay Carlson!) we had a Best of 2008 show, and in the top five shows of the year was the Moon Mountain Festival up at Elk Lake. As if that event wasn't cool enough, this time around the fest is completely free. Saturday features two whole sets by festival host and namesake Moon Mountain Ramblers and a dance party in the lodge to follow, hosted by DJ Byrne 1. Sunday, MMR plays an afternoon set. Camping not included. Music starts 5pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday. Elk Lake Resort. All ages. Free.
Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal
Two heavyweights of the blues guitar join forces on the Les Schwab Amphitheater stage on Saturday night. Taj Mahal was at the Tower last year, but music lovers will appreciate to see a visit from Raitt, who will certainly have her bottleneck style guitar playing in tow. Trust us, she's got a lot more to offer than simply, "Something to Talk About." As for Taj, check out his latest disc, Maestro, and you'll realize he's a hip, hip cat with some real chops. $39.25. 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
See this week's profile of this folk pop rocker and his red-haired, smile-a-second ways. $14. All ages. 6:30pm. Tickets available at Newport Avenue Market. Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr.
There are rare occasions when a true master graces a Central Oregon stage... well, this is one of those occasions. Winston is a genius solo pianist, known for his mood-setting pieces that the world first heard on his seasonal collections, Autumn, Winter into Spring, and December. But these days, Winston has focused on New Orleans R&B styles which he showcased on 2006's Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit. Bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for NeighborImpact's Food Bank. $25/adv, $30/day of show. 8pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
We'll admit it. Not a single person in the Source offices knew who this guy was when this show was announced. But it seems that everyone in the country music world knows who he is, seeing how his current record, Wide Open, has made its way into the top 10 on the charts. $34. 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
12th Annual LibertyBank Sunrise to Summit and Bend to Bachelor
So you want us to run up the mountain? Hmm. Well, if that's not a challenge, we don't know what is. The two races allow you to either run from the Sunrise Lodge to the top of Bachelor or, for the more hardcore, you can start on a bike in town and ride all the way to the lodge, then run. Visit mbsef.org for details. 10am.