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Our Picks for the Week of 4/15-4/23 

The Prairie Rockets

friday 17

New to the Bend's Americana scene, but bursting out of the gates with a solid hold on the genre, this all-female trio of pickers seems on-spot with three-part harmonies. Their music is folky as a whole, but also hits heavily on bluegrass and a little bit of blues. Nice old-timey meets space age name, as well, might we add. 7pm. Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St.

Alley Oop Block Party

friday 17

It's only April, but how about a block party? The alley between the wine shop and Thump Coffee is lighting up this (hopefully warm) spring night with a lineup of six different bands highlighted by Bend veterans Sagebrush Rock. And thus, we hereby begin the outdoor music season. $5. The Wine Shop & Tasting Bar Alley, 55 NW Minnesota Ave.


High Desert Inter-Cultural Festival

saturday 18

Ever feel like your mountain lifestyle could use an injection of worldly culture every now and then? Yeah, we get that feeling too, which is why we're recommending this all-day celebration of cultures from around the world. There will be song, dance and plenty of learning opportunities for kids and adults - just the boost you're looking for. And it's free! 11am-6pm Saturday, Apr 18. Redmond High School, Hartman Campus, 675 SW Rimrock Way.

Central Oregon Earth Day Celebration

saturday 18

We love the Earth. In fact, it's our favorite planet. Yeah, it even beat out Saturn - sexy, sexy rings and all. If you're a fellow Earth lover, head downtown to celebrate Earth Day with the Procession of the Species (a parade with individuals young and old alike costumed as their animal of choice). Trashformations will also be present once again, showing off art created from, you guessed it, trash. There's also plenty of music including The Sweet Harlots, Shireen Amini and Patrick, David Bowers and Colorado bluegrass up-and-comers Mountain Standard Time. Troy Field (located off of Bond St, next to McMenamins. 11am. Free.

Mountain Standard Time

saturday 18

Remember that band, Mountain Standard Time we were just telling you about? Well they're also playing at the Silver Moon later Saturday night. Turn the page and read more about this Nederland, Colo. sextet. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

The Green Party

saturday 18

When Earth Day winds down over on Troy Field, take the party over to the Tulen Center for the Green Party, featuring music from hometown funkateers El Dante and New Hampshire dubtronica outfit Roots of Creation. 8pm-2am. $10. Tulen Center, 20 NW Greenwood Ave.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

sunday 19

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With a lineup of an incredible outdoor-oriented film as well as some others centered around other elements of mountain culture, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is stopping off in Bend once again for a one-night only showing. Proceeds benefit MBSEF. Tickets available at Sunnyside Sports & MBSEF. 6pm-9pm Sunday, Apr 19. Summit High School Auditorium, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr. 388-0002. $15/advance, $17/door.

Greensky Bluegrass

sunday 19

You might think these guys are from the Northwest by the amount of times they've rolled through town, but truth be told, this award-winning bluegrass act is actually from Kalamazoo, Michigan. It's hard-driving, lightin'-fast pickin when these guys get a rolling. 7pm. $10. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

The Smile Ease

tuesday 21

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Escaping from Anchorage, Alaska and overcoming Palinism, this band churns out indie brilliance that combines the technical mastery of Built to Spill with the pop sensibilities of the Shins for a sound that's as unique as it is solid. Yeah, it's a Tuesday night, but this band is something we don't often get here - incredible indie rock. Get it while ya can. 9pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Randy Liedtke, Kyle Kinane

wednesday 22

Flip to the Culture section for more on this hometown comedy hero's homecoming show. 8pm. $10. Summit Saloon and Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave.

40 oz To Freedom

thursday 23

Oh tribute bands...how we love thee. Let us count the ways. Naa better not. This San Diego quartet replicates the sounds of storied SoCal band Sublime. From what we've heard, these guys are pretty damn spot on in their impression - especially the Bradley Nowell vocal impression. Most never had a chance to see Sublime back in the day, so this is as close as you're gonna get. 7:30pm. $10. All Ages. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Igor & Red Elvises

thursday 23

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Back once again, the Russian band (by way of Southern California) plays the Silver Moon for what is promising to be an all-out hootenanny with this high-energy rock and roll outfit. And they'll toss in the wacky hairdos and crazy instrumentation for free...just 'cause. 9pm. $10. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

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