Friday 8 – Sunday 10
Bend Spring Festival
CELEBRATE—The Spring Fest offers something for everyone with a fine artist walk, chalk art competition, conscious living showcase, food and drinks. There is free music all weekend long with the highlights including The Shook Twins and Larry and His Flask. Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. NorthWest Crossing, 2762 NW Crossing Dr., Bend. Free admission.
Flat 5 Flim Flam
FULL SWING AHEAD—An acoustic swing band from Ashland is making its way to our area and is eager to entertain. If the band name alone isn't enough to entice swingers then perhaps the free swing lessons offered will. From 6:45-7:30 p.m. an actual professional will be available to teach even the leftist of feet how to really swing! 7:30-10:30 p.m. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend. $8.
Asleep at the Wheel
COUNTRY—Asleep at the Wheel has been around for four decades and is only getting better. The band relocated from West Virginia to Austin, Texas, and is still selling records like crazy, with over 1.5 million sold. With 20 albums and nine Grammys, Asleep at the Wheel is a must see. 8 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $40.50-$57.50.
STRUNG ALONG—This five-piece, heavy string-induced group, based out of Portland, is bringing its strummers and voice-angels to the Domino Room. Easy enough to dance to, but not required, this funky group is bound to move feet, even if that's just to the bar. 9 p.m. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $13 adv., $15 door.
The Ballroom Thieves
FOLK FEST—This trio is deconstructing every genre it gets its hands on, while being respectful to the history and process. Taking folk stylistics and giving them a Southern Delta grittiness and a passion-drenched hymnal delivery, The Ballroom Thieves is one of the best bands no one has heard of. 7 p.m. Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters. $15-$20.
PUMP IT—Take a barroom hobby and make it into a state title. The World Armwrestling League State Qualifier is looking for new meat here in Bend. Those who wander in between the times of 10 a.m. and noon will have a chance to compete in different weight classes set up by the league. Noon. ATLAS Cider Co. Taproom, 550 SW Industrial Way Suite 190, Bend. Free.
Michael Martin Murphy
GIDDY UP—Michael Martin Murphy and the Rio Grande Band are bringing a bit of cowboy into this country western gig. With a little bit of legendary awesomeness and a whole lot of guitar strummin' and singin', it's bound to be one to remember. Put them boots on. It's that kind of a show. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Res. seating: $40, $45, $50.
RACE—The 28th annual Salmon run will traverse both dirt and paved trails along the gorgeous Deschutes River. There is a half-marathon, 10k and for those who haven't trained much, also a 5k option, so it's not too late to lace up those shoes! Happy running or walking! 9 a.m. The Armory, 875 SW Simpson Ave., Bend. See website for registration: runsalmonrun.com.
T Sisters & The Show Ponies
AMERICANA—T Sisters and The Show Ponies draw from a staggering number of genres, never resting on their laurels. With styles ranging from pop to country/folk, to sassgrass and a cappella, every single song selection is a surprise to audiences and band members alike. It's a very fun live show. 8 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $10 adv., $12 door.
LIVING LEGEND—Arlo Guthrie isn't just a singer-songwriter. He's also not just a storyteller carrying on the family tradition. He is a living reminder of what it means to create art that reflects not only the society we live in, but the society we wish was possible to achieve. A must-see production. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $79.50-$99.50.