Jeff Austin Band
BLUEGRASS—The former mandolin player of Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff Austin, who is celebrated for his shockingly quick fingers and improvisational skills on stage, is headed in a new creative direction as a solo artist. Performing in Bend with Danny Barnes, Ross Martin, and Eric Thorin, for an evening of jamming and more traditional style bluegrass. 7 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $18 adv.
CUBA—Even though travel to Cuba is eminently easier these days, going downtown is even easier. With a four course dinner (oh, you know, fried plantain, shrimp ceviche, rellenos) and Buena Vista-styled jazz, the space is being transformed for one night into Floridita, a famed Havana night club. 6:30 pm. The Oxford Hotel Ballroom, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. $65.
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WATER SPORTS—Whether you're looking to get your feet wet or test out the latest kayak, canoe, and paddleboard models, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe's annual Paddlefest has something for everyone on the water sport spectrum. Newbies: Check out the discounted kayaking and paddleboarding lessons on Friday and Sunday. Old hats: Try out new watercrafts before deciding on your next big kid toy. 10 am. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. $20 for two-hour lesson.
Voyage to the South Pacific
CULTURE—Hokule'a Ohana—Central Oregon's finest Polynesian group—presents "Voyage of the South Pacific," a celebration of South Pacific culture with special guest Bill Keale. The diverse performance will include dances from Hawaii, New Zealand, and Samoa and Tahitian drumming with a theme perfect for spring: "Kupu A Lau Ka Mole Kuhohonu / Deep Roots Continue to Bud Forth and Flourish." 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $18.
Taarka and The Rainbow Girls
MUSIC—If you thought "supergroup" was a designation reserved for pop groups or rock bands, think again. Taarka combines the acoustic talents of David and Enion Pelta-Tiller, Ross Martin, and Sam Grisman to create an eclectic blend of folk, jazz, and world music. Joined by The Rainbow Girls, an all-female group that has graduated from open mics and farmers' market busking to touring internationally. 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St. $12 adv., $15 door.
HORSE RACING—Although the Kentucky Derby really isn't about the horse racing (it is just two minutes of sporting after all), and is more about an early summertime festival of mint julips and wide-brimmed bonnets, my money is on American Pharoah for the triple crown! 2 – 5 pm, Brasada Ranch, 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd. $40.
Kaleidoscope—Dance in Color
DANCE—Celebrate National Dance Week by going to a Central Oregon dance showcase. Nonprofit, Bend Dance Project is hosting a night of ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and more. An all ages show, with youth and adult performers from four dance companies: Jazz Dance Collective, Ubiquitous Dance Company, Velocity Dance Theatre, and Central Oregon Rhythm Project. 7-9 pm. Mountain View High School, 2755 NE 27th St. $12 adv., $15 door.
Cinco de Mayo Race 5K/10K
FUN RUN—Because Bend loves to celebrate with running and drinking. Benefitting the Latino Community Association (naturally), the event includes prizes for the top three male and female finishers, and Tranquilo beer for finishers over 21. Word to the wise: Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican army defeated French occupying forces, thought to be the world's best at that time. 7 pm. NW Bond Street and NW Minnesota Ave. Free to watch, $20-$30 to participate.
MUSIC—Jakubi is truly a family affair, a Melbourne-based band with two brothers and two cousins that cranks out peppy electronica and upbeat hop-reggae songs, which are both original yet familiar enough to have you singing and dancing along the first listen. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8 adv., $10 door.
MUSIC—Earnest, sweet, and easy-going (not to mention easy on the eyes), Matt Brown's low-key and, by the book, singer-songwriter vocals are a comfortable way to spend a Wednesday evening. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St Francis, 700 NW Bond St. Free.