The Poison Control Center
There's a hell of a lot going on Thursday night (White Buffalo at the Silver Moon and The Aggrolites at the Domino Room, just to name a few), but there's another show worth checking out down on the south end of town and it involves Poison Control Center, an Iowa-based power-pop act. They're instantly quirky with great Built to Spill-like hooks and a crazy live show. 8pm. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61131 S. Hwy 97.
Steve Miller Band
The Les Schwab Amphitheater opens up for a pair of shows this weekend that begins with this show from the original Space Cowboy that's sure to be packed with radio hits, but Miller and company might also play some new cuts from the recently released album, Bingo!, the band's first studio album in 17 years. $75/rsvd and $39/GA in adv. $78/rsvd and $43/GA day of show. All ages. 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
No Cash Value, Hands On Throat, and Special Guests
The Bend punk and hardcore scene is losing one of its most important members this week as Andy McCumber, lead singer for No Cash Value and Hands on Throat, departs the city. Both of these bands, which have logged plenty of shows over the years at local venues, will appear at this show, along with Tuck and Roll and other special guests. Come wish Andy an excellent farewell with one last show. 9pm, Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Dr.
You've either never heard of this hard rock leather-bound band or you're a huge fan. There's not much room in between for this LA-based band that's fronted by Lzzy Hale, who may be missing a vowel in her first name, but is fully equipped with huge, Evanescene-like pipes. 7pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $15.
The second installment of this weekend's shows at the LSA is brought to you by Canadian eclectic rockers (not geese, settle down geese lovers), who've gone through some lineup changes as of late, but will still probably play "One Week" so all of us can jump up and down while pretending to know the crazy ass lyrics as we pretend it's still 1999. $53/rsvd, $34/gen in adv. $58/rsvd, $38/gen day of show. All ages. 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 Shevlin Hixon Dr.
Tour Des Chutes
The annual bike ride benefits the Cancer Survivorship Program at St. Charles Medical Center and the Lance Armstrong Foundation and has something for most riders. The rides range from seven to 90 miles, befitting both beginners and advanced riders. There's also a party from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the finish line, including music from Wild Rye, Erin Cole-Baker, Eric Tollefson, Tim Coffey and Garth Osborne. Visit tourdeschutes.org for late registration info.
Wakeboard and Water Ski Contest
Are you the sort of person who puts some fiberglass below your feet and lets a boat drag you around a lake? We're talking about waterskiing and wakeboarding, by the way - and even if you're not all that fab, the Sundance Watersports Club is presenting this competition for area water enthusiasts to strut their stuff. Wakeboarding: Saturday. Skiing: Sunday. Registration starts at 7am, event at 10am. $30/event with T-shirt or $25/event without. Lake Billy Chinook.
Metolius Fly Fishing and Bamboo Rod Fair
This two-day celebration of the bamboo fly rod captures the essence of fly fishing against the backdrop of one of its most picturesque and fabled waters, the Metolius River. The free, family friendly event includes clinics, demonstrations and tutorials. A series of free, three-hour kids clinics begins at 10 a.m. Sunday and continues through the day with tutorials on casting, fly and knot tying. Free. 10am-5pm Sat, Sun. Black Butte School, Camp Sherman. Info, 551-595-6711.
If you missed this band at Summer Fest last weekend, you have a chance at redemption with this club show from the afro-beat collective at the Silver Moon. Dancing shoes required. No, not really, but it's a good idea.10. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
Ottmar Liebert has been to Bend before, fitting in well with the guitar-loving culture that's been known to flourish here. Liebert boasts what he calls a "nouveau flamenco" style with which he creates amazing instrumental tapestries of sound. Reserved Seating: $30. 8pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Hump Day Hash: Tim Coffey
The second installment of the Hump Day Hash includes the jazzy sounds of Tim Coffey and the food of El Sancho, Soupcon and Spork. Drinks come from Volcano Vineyards and Plum while the money goes to Habitat for Humanity. 6pm. Century Center, 1355 SW Century Dr.
Portland Cello Project and Loch Lomond
It's been more than a month since the last PDXchange Program show, but the series is still alive and kicking, and on Thursday night brings the rock orchestra known as the Portland Cello Project to the Tower Stage with Loch Lomond (anchored by Bend native Ritchie Young), who you can read more about in the Sound section. 8pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.