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Our Picks for 9/8-9/16: TJ Grant, Rise Up Fashion Show & Concert, Sisters Folk Festival, Empty Space Orchestra and more! 

What to do in Central Oregon the week of 9/8 - 9/16/2010.

TJ Grant

wednesday-sunday 8-12

This front man of Seattle act, If Bears Were Bees, goes solo to show off his super-smart songwriting skills that he couples with an incendiary wit and rapid-fire vocals. He's playing for five days straight in some places you typically wouldn't find music. Wednesday: Boneyard Beer, Thursday: Parrilla Grill, Friday: Bend Brewing Co., Saturday: Rockin' Dave's Bagel Bistro, Sunday: 10 Barrel Brewpub.


Rise Up Fashion Show & Concert

thursday 8

If you read last week's fashion issue, you learned all about Rise Up International and how the company facilitates humanitarian efforts around the world, and empowers the arts here in Bend. The show features clothing from Rise Up and Vanilla Urban Threads with music from The Dirty Words, Yenn, Capture The Flag, DJ R2. $5, benefits Rise Up's local arts empowerment projects. 7pm. Boondock's Bar and Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave.

Central Oregon Food Summit

friday 10

You can read all about this event in the Chow section and from that article you'll learn how the event is a chance for people from different areas of the Central Oregon food system to discuss sustainability. Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty is the featured keynote speaker. $20 registration includes lunch. www.cofoodsummit.yolasite.com. 9am-4pm Friday, Sep 10. COCC's Campus Center, 2600 NW College Way.

Sisters Folk Festival

friday-sunday 10-12

The weekend after Labor Day is upon us, meaning two things: Summer is unofficially over and, secondly, it's time for the Sisters Folk Festival. This year's lineup is as eclectic as ever and we'll tell you all about who's playing in this week's Sound section. Visit sistersfolkfestival.org for tickets, schedule and other info. Downtown sisters.

Empty Space Orchestra,
The Dela Project

friday 10

After a crazy year of touring and building up its hometown fan base, Empty Space Orchestra is finally putting together their next sure-to-be-epic record. But before they can head down to Sacramento to lay down the tracks, they need to raise some cash, which is what this show is all about. Having played larger venues for a while now, this is a chance to catch ESO's wickedly spacey rock and roll attack in an intimate venue. Oh, and get there early for the uber-cool alterna folkies of The Dela Project. $5. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Mindscape CD Release
& Birthday Bash

saturday 11

For the hip-hop section of the Picks page, we'd like to recommend you get yourself to the Madhappy Lounge on Saturday night where Mike Fischer, the man you probably know as Mindscape, is debuting tracks from his new album... and also celebrating his birthday! The MC, who also is a founding member of Person People, can throw a party with the best of them, so be prepared. 10pm. Madhappy Lounge, 850 NW Brooks St.

Todd Haaby & Sola Via

saturday 11

The last time we saw Todd Haaby, he had a massive crowd at Summer Fest rapt with his fiery flamenco guitar skills. Now, the musician (who has Central Oregon roots) and his band have returned, this time to celebrate the release of the new album, Into the Night. General Admission: $22. 7pm-9:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Music in the Canyon: Larry and His Flask

wednesday 15

If you're a Redmond resident or have found yourself up in that area this summer, you're probably hip to Music in the Canyon, the ongoing concert series. Now, you've got more reason to head up to Redmond for the final concert of the season, which features Redmond's favorite sons, Larry and His Flask, the super popular six-man, punk-laced "hillbilly jamboree." Get up there early, because Adventure Galley is opening the show. Free. 5:30pm-8pm. American Legion Park, 850 SW Rimrock Road, Redmond.

Finn Riggins

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wednesday 15

Thank the good god of weird music that this Idaho-based act has caught on here in Bend and has been making return appearances, many of which - like this one - have been free. The band plays poppy yet super challenging indie rock and creates more sound than one would ever expect to come out of a mere trio. Free. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

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