DARK VS LIGHT—Known for their dark take on popular sound, Us Lights mixes a variety of flavors they have at hand to create a tantalizing, cosmopolitan sound. Shaken. Never stirred. Come get a taste of what they have to offer. 7 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. No cover.
Larry and His Flask
ROCK SHOW—The opportunity to see Larry and His Flask at the Tower Theatre is going to probably be a rare one after this. We're sure the hometown boys will play Bend many more times to come, but this show at the Tower kickstarts their tour (which includes dates with Flogging Molly and Rancid) and leads into some European dates. 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $17.
REGGAE—Their lyrics may say, "Nah nah nah," but their sound says, "Yeah yeah yeah." These guys love to share their music, playing up to an absurd hundred and twenty shows a year! California is a pretty awful place, but traveling that much? Yikes. Bend is welcoming these reggae jamming "mons" with open arms and legal weed. Bets are on to see if they stay longer than one show. 8 p.m. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $25 adv., $28 door.
Friday 4-Sunday 6
Oregon Special Olympics
SNOW SPORTS—The annual Winter Games Snow Sports Special Olympics have arrived at Mt. Bachelor! Participants will compete in events like alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Each participant had to train for at least eight weeks prior to competition. See website for times: mtbachelor.com/event/oregon-special-olympics. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Free to spectators.
Friday 4 - Sunday 6
WOMEN POWER—There is empowerment involved though, speeches from award-winning females, activists, athletes, and all-around motivating and inspiring women. Although this event lasts for three days, sticking around for all is not a must. Everyone with or without a uterus is encouraged to attend. Check website for times, locations, and events: theworldmuse.org/muse-conference. Event begins at Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $11.49-$368.45.
AMERICANA—From Nevada comes Jelly Bread, a high-energy quartet with a sound they describe as "a blend of desert twang meeting the urban tones of funk and rock." With steel guitar solos and drum & bass grooves, Jelly Bread is bringing their unique sound to the cool climes of the High Desert. 9pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.
Pints for Polio
GOOD CAUSE—Nobody likes polio, but everyone likes beer. Thankfully this Bend Pub Walk lets friends gather together to support Polio eradication worldwide by sampling specialty craft beers from over a dozen pubs in Central Oregon. A fun day for a good cause, plus participants get a commemorative End Polio Now pint glass! 2-6 p.m. Check in at The Summit Saloon & Stage, 11 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $25.
Mariachi Sol de Mexico
OLE, AMIGOS—Believe it or not, this mariachi band is Grammy-nominated. Leo finally had his big win! Mariachi Sol de Mexico should be next with their Titanic-sized presence without the everyone-dying part. Quite the opposite! This band will make you come alive with its festive enthusiasm and spirit. 7:30 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Reserved seating from: $28, $38, $48.
SINGING—Topsoil Theatrics, the creators of Cocktail Cabaret, presents a new series of one-person singer spotlights, with Stephanie Crespo kicking off the first one. Pianist Ben Larson will accompany Crespo as they take audiences through a story using music from favorite Broadway hits. 8 p.m. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. $5.
CASH TRIBUTE—This Johnny Cash tribute band authentically recreates Cash's early work with Sun Records and Columbia, through his live recordings from Folson and San Quentin prisons. Cash'd Out is easily one of the most critically acclaimed tribute bands on the planet and any fan of The Man In Black should not miss them. 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 Sw Century Dr., Bend. $10.