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Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band

Thursday 16

FOLK AMERICANA — This dynamic talent returns to Bend with a genre-busting, toe-tapping time. Combining jazz and bluegrass with some folky blues thrown in, this is true roots music at its best. Described as a "modern day Patsy Cline," Robinson is joined by Grammy award-winning guitarist Jim Nunnally. // 8pm. The Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend. $12 adv., $15 door.

Mike Walter & Abbey Drake

Friday 17

COMEDY — Bend Comedy presents legendary comedian Mike Walter, an award- winning Don Rickles impersonator who has been serving up the goods for over 36 years. Abbey Drake is an actress who is best known for her role on the "Mike and Dyke Show." Expect hilarity. // 8pm. Looking Glass Imports and Cafe, 150 NE Bend River Mall Dr., Bend. $10/door.

King Louie's Blues Revue

Friday 17 & Saturday 18

JAZZY FUNK — Part of the Riverhouse Jazz series, Portland based brass band features three sets of smooth R&B, bluesy vocals including "Oregon's King of Soul" Andy Stokes, gospel queen LaRhonda Steele and husky songstress Lisa Mann. They're joined by a full band that promises to get you up on your feet. // Two shows, 6:30pm. Riverhouse on the Deschutes, 3065 N Hwy 97, Bend. $48.

St. Patrick's Day Across the Land

Friday 17 & Saturday 18

IRISH — A two-day festival, just like the Irish would like it, this is the be all, end all of (contained) debauchery. A slew of bands set the stage for Celtic fun both days, and Irish stews, coffees and stouts are on offer. Partake in the fun in the family friendly festivities. // All day. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St, Bend. Free.

St Patrick's Day 5K Dash

Saturday 18

FESTIVE RUN — We know, exercising for St. Patrick's Day may almost be sacrilegious, but when it's to raise money for a nonprofit child abuse intervention center, we're OK with that. Grab yer family and friends and run, walk or crawl your way to the finish line for the 7th annual Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club fundraiser for Kids Center. With prizes for the best costume, don't forget to dress up! // 10:05am. Deschutes Brewery & Public House, 1044 NW Bond St., Bend. $15-40.

Sara Gazarek with New West Guitar Group

Saturday 18

JAZZ — Touted as the next big thing in the jazz world, Sara Gazarek graces the Oxford with her renditions of jazz classics and originals and unique spins on pop songs. Joined by a celebrated guitar ensemble, see this budding talent before she makes it big. // 5 & 8pm. Oxford Hotel, 10NW Minnesota Ave., Bend. $42.

Quebe Sisters

Saturday 18

FIDDLE — Texas charm comes in threes when the Quebe Sisters hit the stage this Saturday. Harmonious vocals are intermixed with mesmerizing fiddle as the sisters shine in their authentic Americana sound. Be prepared to be transfixed. // 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $25-50.

Steve Poltz

Sunday 19

SINGER-SONGWRITER — The "Steve" is back! Bringing his unique blend of buoyant storytelling, see this creative weaver of wit and harmony in Sisters this Sunday. Timelessly classic, this Canadian singer-songwriter is a founding member of indie-rock band The Rugburns and is best known for his collaborations with singer Jewel. // 7pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $20.

Meet the Filmmaker - Jamie Howell

Tuesday 21

FILM TALK — Meet the Caldera artist in residence and renowned filmmaker Jamie Howell as he showcases his best films, including recent BendFilm festival hit "Pedal Driven." Sure to sell out and with very limited seating, grab your spot for a night of films and in-depth conversation. // 5:30pm, Tin Pan Theater, 869 Tin Pan Alley, Bend. $6.

The Ballroom Thieves

Wednesday 22

FOLK ROCK POP — Touring in support of their sophomore album, "Deadeye," Boston band The Ballroom Thieves dub themselves the "rock band in a folk suit." They definitely deliver, with staunch soulful lyrics and melodic harmonies that lay somewhere between bluegrass, pop and rock. See this trio deliver. // 9pm, Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $10.

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