You'll get a pretty good rundown of this festival in the Liner Notes column, but if you need more convincing, here's a good chunk of the lineup: John Lee Hooker Jr., Kenny Neal, Ty Curtis Band, Big Fish, Jon Maclennan, T-Bone Stone, Lisa Mann, Blue Moon Society, Megan Smith & The Fam, Kelly Stone, Zsa Zsa, Stephanie Slade, Joseph Balsamo and more. July 3-5. Go to ampmediagroup.com for more info. $20/day, $30/3 day pass, 10 and under free. Creekside City Park, Hwy. 20 and Jefferson.
Finally your chance to parade around your incredibly cute kids and your incredibly cute llama at the same time in celebration of Independence Day! The annual Pet Parade is a chance for the kids to bring their special pets (from llamas to lizards to goats) and parade them through downtown. Just don't bring a rabbit or a cat, seriously. Decorating and lineup starts at 9:30am on Wall Street next to the School Administration building, parade starts at 10am. Call 330-7096 for info.
The Empty Space Orchestra
After a day of celebrating the fact that a bunch of white men didn't want to pay their taxes 222 years ago (yes, we took that line directly from the first act of Dazed and Confused), wind down with the grooves of this ever-transforming hip-hop/jazz/rock local machine. Check out the band's sounds for yourself at myspace.com/esorchestra. 9pm, Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 Greenwood Ave. Free!
Danny Vernon: The Illusion of Elvis
Flip over to the Sound section for more about this Elvis look and sound alike and also how we failed to get Vernon to conduct an entire interview in the personage of the King. But if you make it to this show at the Tower, you'll see Vernon and his band, The DeVilles rock the best of Elvis. Advance tickets at the Tower box office and TowerTheatre.org. 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., 317-0700. $30.
Hoop It Up Basketball Tour
If you're still reliving your high-school basketball glory or are a closet basketball prodigy, this event's for you. Play in this 3-on-3 series of half court blacktop basketball tournament and win yourself a trip to the 20th Anniversary Hoop It Up World Championships in Florida for a chance to win $20,000. Cascade Village Shopping Center, 63455 N Highway 97. 9am-5pm. Go to hoopitup.com or call 1-888-618-7108 for info.
Moon Mountain Music Festival
As if the Moon Mountain Ramblers aren't popular enough around these parts, now they're hosting their own first-annual festival. Jeez! Guests include the Mostest, Blackstrap, Taarka, The Sweet Harlots, Leif James, Valerie Orth Band, Miya & Kiarra Saito, Americana Project, Greg Botsford and Willy Carmiceal. July 5-6. 12pm. $15/day, camping and lodging available. Elk Lake Resort, Cascade Lakes Highway.
Ever wonder what the King of the Blues was like in 1969? Well, turn the page and find out. Advance tickets at the Ticket Mill and Ticketmaster. Gates 5pm, show 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 244 Shevlin-Hixon Dr. $39, $59 or $79/reserved.
Aaron English Band
This Seattle singer-songwriter is bringing the band to Bend and if you like Paul Simon, Sting or Peter Gabriel, this one's a can't miss. We're sticking with English's own description: "world influenced rock that is progressive and cosmopolitan" - pretty dead on. 8pm, Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave. $5.
Chances of the World Changing
Director Eric Daniel Metzgar's dramatic film has it all - love, death, art, controversy ... and turtles. Metzgar spent two years with Richard Ogust, a writer on a quest to save turtles from being turned into soup in Manhattan Chinese restaurants and endangered turtles all over the world. 7pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., 317-0700. $10/general admission, $7/student.
Scott Fisher and 1AM Approach
It's always a treat when Mr. Fisher rolls his piano and his three-piece band over from Portland for a show. And just like many of his other performances in Central Oregon, this is one is free. Fisher plays a deliciously poppy brand of soul-infused rock that is only further sweetened by his deeply powerful vocal range. Some might compare him to a toned-down Ben Folds, but Fisher definitely seems to take himself a bit more seriously, at least lyrically, the ever-sarcastic Mr. Folds. 6:30pm. Sunriver Resort, Meadows Golf Course, 1 Center Dr. Free.