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Our Picks for 4/21 - 4/29: Last Band Standing, Tony Furtado, Empty Space Orchestra, Earth Day and more 

What to do in Central Oregon this week.

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Last Band Standing

thursday 22

We've got a story in the Sound section about what happens when you put 38 bands in one room and then head to Boondocks for the first show of the Last Band Standing competition. This week features Capture the Flag, Tentareign, Never Heard the Shot, G String Stranglers, and Kleverkill. $3/adv at BIGS, $5/door. 8pm. Boondock's Bar and Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave.

Tony Furtado

friday 23

This is the first show in what we're calling The Weekend of Brain-Boilingly Awesome Live Music™. Furtado is a longtime stalwart of the Oregon roots music scene, using his multi instrumental abilities to stir a crowd, especially in this region. Remember when he rocked the streets at Bite of Bend? Excellence. $10 at bendticket.com. 8pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.

Hemp is Earth Medicine Tour

friday 23

We're writing this on April 20, and no, we're not high, but we're still giving a shout out to this concert and rally that supports the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, a measure that would regulate and tax (and basically legalize) marijuana. The music lineup features legendary activist and songwriter John Trudell with his band Bad Dog, State of Jefferson, and songwriter Jim Matthieson. $29.50/adv, $ 35/door. 8pm. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way.

Hillstomp

friday 23

TWOBBALM™ continues with this Friday night hootenanny/shingdig that brings Portland bucket-blues duo and Bend favorite,Hillstomp, in for an intimate gig at the Moon. Dancing shoes recommended but not required. $8. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Diane Hammond

friday and saturday, 23-24

Most know this local author for her novel, Hannah's Dream, but they might not know that Hammond now has a new book out, Seeing Stars. She's entertaining her local fans with two readings this weekend. Friday 6:30pm Paulina Springs Books-Redmond, 422 SW 6th St. Saturday: 6:30pm, Paulina Springs Books, 252 W Hood Ave.

Empty Space Orchestra, Water and Bodies

saturday 24

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What's that? You want more radically awesome live music this weekend? Well how about a big Empty Space show? Seems like it's been a while since these guys have played a headlining gig like this. And to make it even more rad, they're welcoming Portland Indie rockers, Water and Bodies, to join them. $8. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Bruce Cockburn

saturday 24

You didn't think TWOBBALM™ was age restrictive did you? Fans of Cockburn, the legendary Canadian folk-rocker, have a chance to seem him in the classy confines of the Tower as he plays in support of his latest live record, Slice of Life. $32/adv, $35/day of show. 8pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

3rd Annual Spring Fling Homebrewing Competitions

Saturday 24

Do you make beer? Or do you like drinking beer that your friends and neighbors make? The Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization hosts this event where beers in 23 style categories and three meade (like in Beowolf!) and three cider categories are judged. Call 541-948-4504 for info. Saturday, Apr 24. Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Rd.

Earth Day Fair

saturday 24

Do you like the planet? Did you just hesitate with your answer? Then get on outta here! But if you said yes, check out this greenified event featuring food, music, activities, green organizations and a Trashformations art display. Free. 11am-4pm. Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

sunday 25

Hit up the Screen section for an explanation of why people in Bend will love this showing on skiing, biking, climbing and other mountain-oriented issues. 7pm Sunday, Apr 25. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Afroman

sunday 25

Too bad Afroman isn't playing at the big legalization rally at the fairgrounds - that would be excellent synergy, but this show is still cool. TWOBBALM™ concludes with yet another appearance in Bend by Afroman, who comes in just five days behind 4/20 to sing, among other weed-centric songs, his hit, "Because I Got High." Maintain, MC Mystic & Logy B open. $17/adv, $22/door. Tickets at bendticket.com, Ranch Records, TicketsWest.com (800-992-8499). 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Anastacia Trio

wednesday 28

The free McMenamins show goes local this week with this appearance by roots and folk rocker Anastacia and her trio. Her style blends sweetly crafted pop nuggets with a strong musical knowledge for an excellent musical product. Free. All ages. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

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