Bryan Brazier & the West Coast Review
MUSIC—Hot damn! This dude sounds like he's from Austin! Hot damn! He is! Bryan Brazier, who developed his honky-tonk sound on the streets of Texas, moved to Bend earlier this year, and boy howdy are we glad he did. Yee-haw for live country music! 9 pm. Blue Pine Kitchen and Bar, 25 SW Century Dr. Free.
First Friday Art Walk
ART—This First Friday is an especially eventful one with a 26.2-hour painting marathon at Crow's Feet Commons, a reading by local author April Genevieve Tucholke at Tin Pan Theater (see pg. 29), and, of course, the usual busking, art debuts and FREE WINE (supplies are limited, so arrive early). 5 pm. Downtown Bend. Free.
friday 6-sunday 8
Sisters Folk Festival
MUSIC—Worth the price of admission is Lake Street Dive, the Boston-based, New England Conservatory-educated foursome that blew the twigs off the Wood Stage two years running at Pickathon with a smoking hot female vocalist and jazzy soulful pop songs. This, next to White Buffalo, Shinyribs, Cheryl Wheeler, Jon Cleary & the Philthy Phew and more (see pg. 17). Downtown Sisters. $60-115.
MUSIC—Los Lobos isn't slowing down. For 30 years, the ultimate LA Chicano band has blown back audiences' hair with driving guitars and growling lyrics (many ending with "baby"). Joined by up-and-coming Tex-Mex rockers Los Lonely Boys, a Texas trio of brothers who, after working in the business for "only" a decade, seem like sweet-faced babies by comparison. 6 pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. $34-$60.
Criterium, USA Cycling Master Nationals
BIKE RACE—Crits are really fun to watch. Unlike at other bike races, fans actually get to see the racers for most of the lap-style event. These events are remarkably fast and, like NASCAR races, often involve gruesome crashes. Watch some of the country's fastest amateurs storm downtown Redmond. Starts at 8 am and runs through Sunday. Downtown Redmond. Free.
YOGA—The communal, outdoor yoga gathering is well-loved by the hundreds who gather by the banks of the Deschutes to practice in unison. Jump in and enjoy instruction from some of Bend's best instructors at the fourth annual event. A potluck lunch and exhibitor showcase follow. 10 am-12 pm. On the grass behind Bikram Yoga, 805 SW Industrial Way. $12.
saturday 7 – sunday 8
WATER SPORTS—Go big . . . or, well, go small! Loud engines and breakneck speed; just as God intended his lakes to be used. (Drag boat races start at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday, Haystack Reservoir, Culver, $10 Saturday, $12 Sunday, $20 for weekend pass, parking not included.) If that's not enough excitement, then give the flotilla of yellow ducks a try on Sunday at the annual Duck Race (starts at 11 am, Drake Park, free) for charity.
The Business of Beer
MEDIA SALON—Our monthly Media Salon with a sober and serious (OK, not that sober) discussion of the business of beer. We ask Roger Worthington from Worthy Brewing and Roger Lee, director of Economic Development for Central Oregon, how beer culture and industry affect our infrastructure—and how they help or hinder our economic future. 7 pm, Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane. Free.
The Road Warrior
APOCOLYPSE PREPAREDNESS—An evil Rufio look-alike in feathered-football pads vs. a sawed-off shotgun-wielding Mel Gibson on the post-apocalyptic road. BAD ASS. This 1981 Mad Max sequel is being screened as part of the Deschutes Public Library's Know Ends series, which looks at fictional and very real ways in which our world might come to a fiery finale. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. 7:30 pm. Free.
Low Hums and Rural Demons
MUSIC—Seattle's Low Hums makes dark music. We'd call it Doors-influenced, rolling ominous doom pop. Local band Rural Demons—which continues to resurface with new lineups but the same slow gothic country downers that get weirder and more obscurely artistic with every performance—opens. 9 pm. Volcanic Theater Pub, 70 SW Century Dr.