Wednesday 19 - Sunday 23
Cascade Cycling Classic
CYCLING — Certain events scream summer in Bend and the Cascade Cycling Classic is one of them — mainly due to the screaming, cow bells and straight-up energy at the downtown crits. More than just the exciting downtown races, catch the top cyclists from all over North America competing throughout the week. The Downtown Twilight Criterium starts at 5:10pm Saturday! // Various locations throughout Bend. Free to watch.
SINGER/SONGWRITER — Bendites get stoked when mellow surfer folk singer/songwriter Jack Johnson comes to town. Maybe we REALLY like "Banana Pancakes" or maybe we're moved by his commitment to sustainability. Either way, the singer has Bend on the hook and we're more than happy to welcome back his message of positivity. // 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater. 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. SOLD OUT.
Thursday 20 - Saturday 22
Cork & Barrel - The Wine Event of Central Oregon
WINE — Despite our reputation as Beer Town, Bendites love wine, too! Cork & Barrel brings "A Taste of the PNW" to Bend with 17 guest wineries, and is a fundraiser for KIDS Center, Central Oregon's only child abuse intervention center. Taste great wines and enjoy meals prepared by local and regional chefs. // 6pm Thursday, 5pm Friday, 4:30pm Saturday. Broken Top Club. 62000 Broken Top Dr., Bend. $100+.
FOLK ROCK — YESSSSS!!! The day has finally come! OK, sorry for the total fangirl moment. The Avett Brothers bring their catchy folk-rock melodies to the Amphitheater for their only Oregon show. Don't miss current hits, including "Ain't No Man," "True Sadness" and classics such as "I and Love and You" live in our own backyard. // 5pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater. 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. $43.
Friday 21 - Saturday 22
Three Creeks Brewing Co. 9th Anniversary Celebration
BEER — Summer must be a great time to open a brewery, as this isn't the first and it won't be the last anniversary party in the Central Oregon beer scene. We're not complaining! Head to Sisters for cake and beer pairings Friday and raffles and giveaways Saturday. Photo contest winner announced Sunday. // Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 11:30am-9pm. Three Creeks Brewing Co. 721 Desperado Ct., Sisters. Free.
Under Armour Mountain Running Series
MOUNTAIN RUNNING — There are runners. And then there are MOUNTAIN runners. That's right, people actually choose to run up the side of mountains, gaining up to thousands of feet of elevation. Conquer Mt. Bachelor in various race lengths (5K all the way up to 50K). The night before, attend the Q&A with Under Armour trail running athletes to get inspired. // 7:30am. Mt. Bachelor. 13000 Century Dr., Bend.
Show Us Your Spokes Corner Gospel Explosion w/ Cosmonautical
INDIE ROCK — One of our favorite annual music series returns to Parrilla Grill on Bend's west side. The event encourages attendees to ride, walk or carpool down, with plenty of bike parking. This week's event showcases the indie rock stylings of Bend locals Corner Gospel Explosion and Cosmonautical. The event benefits local music festival Bend Roots Revival. // 6-9pm. Parrilla Grill Westside. 635 NW 14th St., Bend.
BLUES — After cheering on the cyclists at the Downtown Crit, head over to Crow's Feet Commons to hear the blues from Charlie Parr. The musician lives simply, but creates music far from that. Enjoy awesome sunsets, great brews and family tunes. Expect blistering, finger-picking, foot-stomping blues and finely crafted songs. // 7pm. Crow's Feet Commons. 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. No cover.
Foxtails Brigade and This Island Earth
EXPERIMENTAL POP — Check out this week's interview with Foxtails Brigade lead singer Laura Weinbach. She fronts the hard-to-classify experimental pop band, which features performing members of Bright Eyes. Not only does their style remind us of Melanie Martinez, they recently started a hilarious Podcast called "Totally Tell Me," which features talk of movies, pop culture and more. // 9pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub. 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5.
JAZZ — While it doesn't seem like the Amphitheater books many jazz shows, an exception can always be made for the incomparable Diana Krall. The Canadian jazz pianist and singer has gained international and crossover success, selling over 15 million albums worldwide and winning three Grammys. Sit back, relax and enjoy Krall's contralto vocals. // 7pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater. 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. $52-$93.