STONER MUSIC—Throughout the early and mid '70s, Steely Dan found the perfect easy-going vibe for a paradoxical era, a confusing yet oddly laidback time. Forty years later, the band still smoothly blends urban funkiness with crunchy guitar chords, smooth jazz piano and languid cymbals with no-nonsense, street talking, storytelling lyrics. (And, a little bit of trivia: Who was the band's first drummer? Chevy Chase!) 6:30 pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater. $45-$99.
MUSIC—The Colorado grass-fiends known as Taarka sound like a collective of train-riding pranksters trained in classical music by gypsy wolves in the foothills of the Appalachians. Gearing up for Independence Day weekend couldn't be a more nation-crisscrossing hoedown. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. 9 pm. $5.
Elks vs. Buckeyes
BASEBALL—This year, the Elks are like a springboard to the major leagues. And what is more American than big-league success, baseball and hot dogs? That's right: Nothing! (Except maybe apple pie, Cameros and George Clooney.) This evening's game against the Tacoma Buckeyes will leave you in perfect view of fireworks from Pilot Butte. 6:35 pm. 401 SE Roosevelt Ave. $5-$11.25.
Fourth of July Festivities
PET PARADE—When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, it is doubtful he imagined a country as wonderful as one that allows all creatures great and small (and tied to balloons) to march together with such glee—or, even could have forecast the joy of three-legged races and watermelon eating contests. 10 am. Pet parade staging area off NW Bond, at NW Louisiana. Old Fashioned Festival at Drake Park. Both: Free.
TWO-WHEEL EVENTS—Despite the contentious reputation of the annual drink-and-roll Freedom Ride, there are not too many activities more American and freeing than riding your bike. We encourage it on Friday, whether it's with the thousands of two-wheel aficionados on the downtown ride or in either of the two anti-Freedom Ride rides organized for longer, more specious stretches of town. All day. Check Facebook for details of underground organized bike rides. Wear red, white and blue. Free.
La Pine Rodeo
RODEO—Rodeos have become major productions, but the La Pine Rodeo wants you to know that behind the rhinestones and fancy fringe, the tradition has its roots in ranch life. Mutton busting (aka children attempting to ride bucking sheep) and steer roping may be fun to hoot and holler to, but they're part and parcel of daily life for cattle ranchers. 4:30 pm. La Pine Rodeo Grounds, near 3rd and Walker. $10-$12 per show.
MUSIC—If writing perfectly crafted folk songs were an Olympic sport, Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley would have more medals than Michael Phelps. Rocking harder than just about any country act around, Portland's pride and joy has eight albums of solid gold and puts on a live show not to be missed. 5:30 pm. Black Butte Ranch, 13899 Bishops Cap. $18.
Be Calm Honcho
MUSIC—This group of goofy California rockers make wearing a sequined cape and singing about their home state look easy. Led by the smoky-voiced and prolific Shannon Harney, the band's slow-swinging, bluesy, reverb-y and catchy songs are unmatched in psychedelic twists and west coast vibrations. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
Author Jane Kirkpatrick
READING—In the early 20th century at a sanitarium near Seattle, Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard starved women to death, claiming it was a miraculous fasting cure. Author Jane Kirkpatrick explores that dark time in her novella "Saving Grace," about a woman's attempt to rescue her friend from danger. 4 pm. Paulina Springs, 252 W. Hood Street, Sisters. Free.
Kalai featuring Tim Snider
MUSIC—Kalai, a Hawaiian folk/blues/rock musician who has toured both with Bob Marley's "The Wailers" and performed as part of Glenn Beck's 2012 "Restoring Love" rally, stops in Bend for a show with the likewise eclectic violin virtuoso Tim Snider. (Kalai has been compared to both James Taylor and Prince, while Snider frequently covers pop songs.) The show promises to be different, in a good way. 7 pm. Old St. Francis School, St. Luke's Room. Free.