Back from the Dead
BLUEBRASS—No one plays by the rules anymore. But that's fine. As a result, we come across a new musical portmanteau at least once a week. This week's winner: blue-brass, a fusion of bluegrass and brass band. Think Tom Waits meets Louis Armstrong, with the lyrical sensibilities of Johnny Cash. Back from the Dead channels the greats of yesteryear to tell stories of cowboys, horses, prisons, life and death. 6 pm. The Lot, 745 NW Columbia St. No cover.
FUNK—The martial art of music, smart and powerful. The jam band Kung Fu will deliver its fusion of funk and jazz at Volcanic Theatre Pub. With knowledge of the genre's 1970s roots and influences of modern EDM style, Kung Fu has created one big dance party. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8 adv., $12 door.
MUSIC—Part of the Sisters Folk Festival Winter Series, perennial favorite Willy Porter brings back his mesmerizing and versatile guitar playing, changing up from easygoing storytelling and loose finger movements, to staccato guitar chords and aching anthems. 7 pm. Sisters High School, 1700 West McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters. $20 adult, $10 under 18.
Central Oregon Dance Showcase
DANCE—It is as likely that a troupe will show off a rollicking traditional Irish jig as another group will pop-and-lock a hip-hop number at the Central Oregon dance showcase. A fun and talented—and incredibly varied—collection of belly, tap, traditional, and you-know-it dance. 7 pm. Summit High, 2855 NW Clearwater. $14 adv., $18 door.
friday 27 & saturday 28
Telluride Mountain Film Festival
FILM FESTIVAL—With an eye toward exploration and the natural world, the Telluride Mountain Film Festival is so good they take it on the road each year to share their collection of travel films, funny and heartfelt narratives, and some of the best short films being produced out there. Each night has a different selection. 7 pm. Tower Theater, 835 NW Wall. $20 adv./$23 door, $35 for both nights.
Chinese New Year Celebration
CELEBRATION—The year of the sheep ushers in 12 months of creativity and sensitivity. With mask-making and a tea party, this celebration is tradition; and with costumes and dancing, it also doesn't take itself too seriously. 2-5:30 pm. Bend Elks Lodge, 63120 NE Boyd Acres Rd, $12 adults, $10 students/seniors.
Deschutes Search and Rescue Fundraiser
COMMUNITY—If you ever find yourself on the wrong side of an avalanche, you'll be relying on the quick wits, strong muscles and sturdy gear of Deschutes Search and Rescue. But all that fancy equipment in training ain't cheap. Help them help you at their inaugural fundraiser, featuring local eats, a petting zoo and other outdoor activities. Noon-4 pm. Troy Field, NW Bond St. and Louisiana Ave. Free to attend.
MUSIC—A singer-songwriter who plays multiple instruments, Randy McAllister is able to take universal feelings and eloquently translate them into modern issues that are expressed in his original lyrics. This soulful singer melds together the genres of blues, gospel, country and more into a high-energy performance. 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main Ave., Sisters. $20 adv., $25 door.
ROCK—Now you see them, now you don't. The stripped-down, sultry blues rock of Blackflowers Blacksun is a seasonal indulgence in Bend. With one of the band members fighting fires in Alaska, the group comes through town to heat things up when we need it most. This show will be your last chance to see the groove-masters until Halloween. Get it while you can. 8 pm. The Workhouse, 50 SE Scott #6. No cover.
In the Mood
BIG BAND—Whether you were alive in the 1940s or you just wish you were, the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra's production of In The Mood recreates the energy and charm of a bygone era. A time when lovers were more likely to meet Lindy Hopping than getting low on the dance floor, and pop songs were upbeat and mostly PG. Old-timey, wholesome goodness. 3 pm and 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $35-$59.