The Portland indie folk sextet is back, just over a year after the long awaited release of a third album, "And Then Like Lions." Just as whimsically as their heartfelt melodies, the band formed in 2007 when Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski took on the West Coast by bicycle. Nebeker went through an emotional rollercoaster in the three years leading up to the release of their latest album and you can hear the heartbreak in his lyrics. From a father passing from cancer, the end of a 13-year relationship, to losing close friends within months of each other, Nebeker lays it all bare in Blind Pilot's third studio album. 8pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $31/adv, $34/door.
The Source Poetry Contest – Readings
After reading over 260 submissions for the Source Weekly's 2017 Poetry Contest, we selected the cream of the crop. Hear poets read their entries and listen to judges, Dr. Emily Carr and Dr. Jenna Goldsmith read selections from their creative work. 5:30pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. Free.
Rob Wynia & The Sound
This Oregon Music Hall of Famer has influenced the Northwest music scene for more than 20 years. Are you a Floater fan? Then you'll like Wynia's solo work, with songs ranging from bluesy Americana to haunting ambient soundscapes—you'll get everything you want and more. 8:30pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $12/adv.
Friday & Saturday 11/17 & 11/18
BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford: Peter Erskine New Trio
What did we say about Bend's killer jazz scene? This trio won't disappoint. Peter Erskine, renowned jazz drummer, has appeared on 600 albums and film scores. His nephew, Damian Erskine, joins him on bass and Vardan Ovsepian, an Armenia-born pianist, brings his harmonic sensibilities. Fri, 7pm. Sat, 5pm & 8pm. The Oxford Hotel 10 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend. $42.
Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz presents Donald Harrison & Terell Stafford
The jazz scene in Bend is on point this year. Saxophonist and actor Donald Harrison, aka "The King of Nouveau Swing," will make a rare joint appearance with celebrated trumpeter Terell Stafford this weekend. Harrison, a New Orleans native, is known for creating a unique jazz genre, influenced by traditional brass bands, modern jazz, R&B, funk and classical greats. When paired with Stafford, who legendary pianist McCoy Tyner called, "one of the great players of our time," this is a can't-miss show. Fri, 6:30pm. Sat, 6:30pm. Riverhouse on the Deschutes, 3075 N Hwy 97. Tickets prices vary.
COCC Turkey Trot Fun Run
Get in the holiday spirit with the 18th annual COCC 3-mile Turkey Trot Fun Run! Don't feel like running? No one will judge you for trotting (or even walking). It's all about having fun! Day of race registration is in Mazama Gym from 9-9:45am. Proceeds benefit the COCC Foundation, so get trottin'! 10-11am. Central Oregon Community
High Desert Home Companion
A live variety and benefit show hosting a wide array of Central Oregon musicians, comedians, storytellers—in an old time radio show format! The High Desert Home Companion is destined to be highly entertaining, paying homage to Bend in this format familiar to the Golden Age of radio. 7pm. Bend's Community Center 1036 NE Fifth St., Bend. $8 - $12.
Dirtwire feat. David Satori
Dirtwire is a trio of transplants from bands you might find familiar, consisting of—David Satori of Beats Antique, Evan Fraser of Bolo and Mark Reveley of Jed and Lucia. Don't let their size fool you; Dirtwire conjures up a masterfully large sound—a blend of electronic beats, traditional instruments and Americana-blues fusion. 9pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $15/adv, $18/door.
9th Annual Michael Jacks-A-Thon
Celebrate the King of Pop's musical legacy out on the dance floors! Bust out your best moves, set to the backdrop of music videos spanning Michael's career. The DJ will be exclusively mixing MJ's hits and his hottest dance cuts! 10pm-2am. Astro Lounge 939 NW Bond St., Bend. $5.
19th Annual Grand Illumination
This year's event will include a visit from Santa, live music, children's craft projects, train rides, Oregon Observatory telescope viewing, face painting, petting zoo, huggable characters, fireworks and more! 2-8pm. Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr., Sunriver. Free.