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BLUEGRASS — Sisters Folk Festival favorites The Brothers Comatose return to Central Oregon in support of last year's record, "City Painted Gold," an album widely received for its southwestern roots and beautiful soundscapes. A downright rocking string band, the quintet wrote the album while living in San Francisco, with Ben Morrison explaining: "It was changing from a weird, art friendly mecca to a place that only super-rich tech workers can afford. Venues were closing down, and artist and musician friends moved away. The group ponders the thought, "What is San Francisco without its weirdos?" See if you can find the answer with this rocking live show supported by Midwestern band, the Lowest Pair. 9pm. // Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend. $15. bendticket.com
RAP — Oh yeah, Nickatina's back in Bend and this time it's in an intimate venue. Still kicking it from the mid '90s, the artists formerly known as Dre Dog has a slew of something like 18 albums to his credit, with his unique lyrical sound recognizable by older Millennial Bendites who grew up listening to records such as "Raven in my Eyes " and the aptly titled "Cocaine Raps." A down and dirty show, this is old school hip-hop at its semi-finest. // 9pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend. $26 adv., $30 door. Bendticket.com or in person at Ranch Records.
BLUES — Two for the price of one! To say this is a long-awaited and hotly anticipated show is an understatement. Blues legends Taj Mahal and Keb'Mo hit the Sunriver stage to kickstart the summer outdoor concert series. Enticing audiences with their legendary sound, both multiple Grammy-award winners have collaborated with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton to Bonnie Raitt. The musicians are touring in support of their collaborative new record "TajMo" which drops on May 5. These legendary giants pair their unique voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant sounds that are firmly rooted in the blues tradition, yet still play into that keen sense of adventure. // 6pm. SHARC John Gray Amphitheater, Sunriver. $45. Bendticket.com