Empty Space Orchestra Winter Residency From Outer Space
One of Bend's favorite live acts, the instrumental rocking psychedelic jazzsters of Empty Space Orchestra will be playing the Silver Moon for four different nights this week, beginning with this show featuring opening act The Dela Project. $5/adv at bendticket.com. $7/door. $15/adv for all four shows. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co.
Midtown Budo Fights
The newest arrival on Central Oregon's mixed martial arts scene, Budo Fights presents its third card this Saturday night at the Midtown Ballroom. The event has 13 bouts slated for the evening, including three title fights and three female bouts. Six of the matches feature Central Oregon fighters. Newport Market is sponsoring a canned food drive at the event and any spectator who brings a non-perishable items gets $1 off at the gate. Kids under 10 years old admitted free with an adult. Doors, 6pm, fights 7pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. All ages. $20/advance, $25/day of show. Tickets at Budofights.com., Summit Saloon, Roller Doll Roller Skates.
If you haven't noticed, we've got a ton of The Big Lebowski in this week's paper, including that awesome cover by local artist Jesse J. Lockwood. Also, check out the essay in the Culture section before donning your bathrobe, ordering up a white Russian (which will be served at the theater) and heading to the Tower for this screening of the classic film. $10. 8pm Saturday, Jan 8. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Jon Wayne & The Pain
Let's play that fun Our Picks game in which we guess the style of a band based on its name. OK, so take a stab at this Minneapolis outfit... Americana? Bluegrass? Wrong! This band plays ska, funk and reggae. And they do a good job at that. $5/advance at Bendticket.com, $7/door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co.
NW Hip-hop Showcase
We had a chance to chat with Seattle's Champagne Champagne for this week's Sound section, but you should also check out the sounds of Mad Rad, who will open. Also on the bill are the always excellent Cloaked Characters and Joanna Lee. Coolest hip-hop ever. $8/advance at Bendticket.com. All ages. 8pm. Old Mill Music Lounge, 360 SW Powerhouse Drive.
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert opens up with this performance by the Steep Canyon Rangers, one of bluegrass music's premier acts and one that's become increasingly popular as of late. You may have seen them backing up the hilarious yet oddly talented Steve Martin, who takes his banjo prowess out on the road with Steep Canyon. If you're a fan of pickin' and grinnin', this should be on your not-to-be-missed list. $15/adults, $10/students. Available at sistersfolkfestival.org. 8pm. Sisters High School, 1700 E. McKinney Butte Rd.
BCS National Championship
It's finally here after a month of waiting. The Oregon Ducks will take the field down in Arizona to battle those jerks from Auburn for the national championship. If you're not lucky enough to head down there, check out a couple of the places in town that are hosting parties. The Tower Theatre is hosting a Tailgate at the Tower. Entry is $25 and includes a buffet from Baldy's BBQ. McMenamins Old St. Francis School will have the game on the big screen as will the Pine Theater out in Prineville. Also, pretty much every television set in every bar will be have it on, too, so don't worry. Kickoff is slated for 5:30pm.
Hood to Coast
Jazz is making a nice little comeback here in Bend, as evidenced in part by this free show at McMenamins featuring some of Bend's best players, including Warren Zaiger (bass), Andy Armer (keys) & Georges Bouhey (drums). 7pm-10pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.