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Too Slim & The Taildraggers

friday 16

Check out the sound section for more on this longstanding Northwest band that is self-described as "whiskey blues with a southern rock beer chaser." As far as alcohol-based analogies go, this is pretty damn spot on. 9pm. $14/advance, $16/door. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

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friday 16-tuesday 20

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With Obama's inauguration coming up (see writeup on this page) the last thing many of us want to do is think about the past eight years. But what this past administration has done is inspire a steady wave of protest, which this display puts front and center with photos of protests, a slideshow, protest signs and more. You can also swing by the location on Tuesday for an inauguration watch party. Fri 7pm-12am, Sat-Mon. 10am-10pm, Tues 8am. Old Mill Marketplace, 550 SW Industrial Dr. (between Webcyclery and Curiosity Shop). Free.


Metal Mulisha FMX Challenge

friday 16

Whenever they throw down some dirt on the floor of the Hooker Creek Events Center up at the fairgrounds, you can bet your tallboy energy drink that things are going to get intense. This should be the case with this event featuring eight top freestyle motocross riders. 7:30pm. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond. $16/adults, $10/youth 4-12, Free/under 3.

Professor Gall

saturday 17

This Portland collaborative effort prides itself on being the good kind of weird as they mash up old-timey, sometimes Vaudevillian but mostly joyous swing and Americana numbers. We could waste all sorts of valuable ink by trying to further explain this band with attempts like: "Sounds like something you'd find on Tim Burton's iPod," but we think you'd be better served clicking over to myspace.com/professorgall. 8pm. $6. Silver Moon Brewing Co, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Inauguration of President Barack Obama

tuesday 20

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It's still a little weird, isn't it? This is actually happening...Barack Obama is officially becoming the president of our dear country on Tuesday afternoon and you can yes-we-can your little heart out at several events around town. The first party we heard of was the Rock for Barack Inaugural Ball that features music from El Dante and local DJs to celebrate the first hours of the Obama administration. Organizers recommend wearing "fancy duds and formal attire." Net proceeds from this event will be donated to the Bethlehem Inn. 7pm Tuesday, Jan 20. Boondock's Bar and Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave. $20/advance, $25/door.

There's also a celebration at the Boys and Girls Club to raise money for the organization. This family-friendly event includes food, music, games and patriotic dress-whatever that might mean to you. Bring your own champagne! 6:30pm-9:30pm. Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon, 500 NW Wall St. $10 suggested donation.

At the Astro Lounge there's an all-day shindig going down to celebrate Barack becoming the 44th president. They've got a triple attack of big screens to visually assist you. 1pm Tuesday, Jan 20. Astro Lounge, 147 NW Minnesota Ave. Free.

Marc Broussard, Jessie Baylin, Josh Hoge

tuesday 20

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We couldn't resist giving the gorgeously talented Jessie Baylin a feature this week over headliner Marc Broussard. Read more about her on the next page. Broussard, with his soulfully poppy licks is a rare off-season touring treat for our town, and could serve as a nice opportunity to continue your post-inauguration good times. 7pm. $40, $26, $19 reserved. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., 317-0700.

Greensky Bluegrass

wednesday 21

In their third (or fourth?) appearance in Bend, this bluegrass powerhouse plays a free show at McMenamins. Early prediction: a good time will be had by all upon listening to these 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition champs. All ages. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

Darol Anger and Scott Law Duo

thursday 22

Scott Law, known for his omnipresence on the jam and bluegrass scenes as well as his membership in Honkeytonk Homeslice and other acts, joins forces with legendary fiddler Darol Anger to create one hell of a duo. When two people with this much talent get together, it's almost dangerous. You gotta be careful because, ya know, your head could explode...just warning you. Massachusetts-based acoustic quartet The Bee Eaters (formerly known as New Old Stock) open. 7:30pm. $12 adv / $15 day of show. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.

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