Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
It's the Bright Eyes front man out on his own with a new band. Read more about it in the Sound section. All ages. $22 Advance, $25 at the door. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
4 Peaks Pre-Fest Party
Before you head out to Tumalo for the 4 Peaks Festival, hop on over to the Astro Lounge for a meet-and-greet party with members of bands playing at the festival. Rumor has it that several of the acts will be playing acoustic sets as well. But the best reason to attend is to get $5 off the already discounted ticket prices. 8-11pm, Astro Lounge, 147 NW Minnesota Ave. No cover.
Flip the page and read about this festival. If that's not enough, go to 4peaksmusic.com. Begins noon Friday through Saturday night. $76.50/two days (includes camping pass), $25/Friday only, $35/Saturday only. Rockin' A Ranch, 19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd, Tumalo.
Wakeboard & Water Ski Contest
If you think you're the baddest big air dude in your boat or believe you can hit more buoys than anyone on the lake, then put your money where your mouth is and come out to this two-day wakeboard and water ski competition. Contact Aspect Wakeboards at 389-4667 for more info. Lake Billy Chinook, $25/event.
Rehab, Heavy Mojo, Aaron Rehn
Most will know this Atlanta rock/hip-hop act from their hit track "Bartender Song" which gets some steady nationwide radio play. Rehab draws from influences as wide-ranging as country, punk and rap making them one of the hardest bands you're likely to find to place into any sort of genre. Added bonus here, when someone asks you what you're doing on Friday night, you can say "I'm going to Rehab." 8pm doors, 9pm show. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $16/advanced, $20/day of show.
We don't get New York Times Bestseller authors in these parts too often, so Lutz is a literary treat. Often compared to the edgy humor of Carl Hiaasen, Lutz is touring behind her newly released novel, Curse of the Spellmans, which follows a family of dysfunctional private investigators. 5pm. Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver Village Building 25 C. 593-2525.
Whether you're a pirate or just someone who really likes rum, this is the place to be on Saturday. It takes a certain type of individual to pick rum as one's poison, so we honor that and suggest all your rummies get on down and taste some fine concoctions. 7pm. McMenamins Old St Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. 382-5174. $35.
R3 Festival Preview Show
Get a taste of what to expect at the Rock Reggae Rap festival in La Pine, slated for August 15-16, when Eugene's melodic metalheads Grynch come across the mountains to join equally heavy rockers Vengeance Creek, Snap Point, and Box Office Champions. Wrock! $2. Long Shots Pub, 314 SE 3rd. St.
If you haven't had your fill of outdoor live music this weekend by the time Sunday comes around, then shake your funky little booty to the funky booty shaking sounds of local funk rockers El Dante on the big LSA stage. So much for that "day of rest" thing, take advantage of the opportunity to see one of our best local bands playing to a big crowd. 2:30pm. Free. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 Shevlin Hixon Dr.
This guy was a pro tennis player who became a comedian. That, in it's own right is a pretty funny joke. Maybe he'll open up with that one, who knows. All in all, it's good to see comedy making its way onto the Tower stage. Ages 21 and over. 8pm. Reserved seating $30, $25, $20. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
John Kroger Book Reading
The Oregon Attorney General candidate (who was officially and enthusiastically endorsed by this paper's editorial board) reads from and signs his new book: Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves. He's a bad-ass, Maffia-busting, Enron railing son of a gun, and that's why we like him (and his book). 6:30-8:30pm Between the Covers, 645 NW Delaware Ave. 385-4766.