LOOP NINJA — If you're raring to go for this year's Winterfest, this will settle your Thursday night pre-party jitters. Smiley, also known as the Loop Ninja, loops his way through genres including rock, hip- hop, reggae, fusion, 80s and more. Come for the music; stay for the awesome vibes that this big fest is sure to send your way. // 9pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. No cover.
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons
Thursday 16- Friday 17
ROCK LEGEND — You haven't really lived in Bend until you've seen a Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons show. With a little Costello, a little Steve Earle and a little crazy, Jerry Joseph continues to be one of the finest live musicians of his generation, and going to one of his shows is a Central Oregon rite of passage. // 2/16 @ 9pm. 2/17 @ 10pm. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $5-$7
WINE — This is your opportunity to delve into the delicious notes of the West Coast wine world by indulging in a tasting tour. Kick off the Winterfest weekend with 10 tasting tickets and complimentary admission to the rest of Winterfest as you stroll around the Old Mill with your pals...because you're burning calories while walking, right? // 5-9pm. Old Mill District, Bend. $22.
Friday 17-Sunday 19
FESTIVAL — Packed with goodness such as the 10 Rail Jam, the massive fire pit competition, the Metal Mulisha flying through the air on their motorcycles, ice sculptures, the king and queen ceremony and a ton more. Special concerts by Cherry Poppin' Daddies, J Boog, Jo Mersa Marley, Jemere Morgan, Second Son and Precious Byrd. // 2/17 @ 5pm. 2/18 @ 11am. 2/18 @ 11am. 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Ave., Bend. $10-$12
JAM BAND — Leftover Salmon is one of the OG jam bands that brought their unique blend of bluegrass, country, rock and Zydeco to the world when there was nothing like it. They took a brief hiatus in 2005, and, while some of the lineup has changed, the central duo of Vince and Drew is still present and accounted for. // 9pm. The Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $20-$25
Jason Van Glass & Lewis Sequeira
COMEDY — Couldn't we all use a little something to laugh about right now? Jason Van Glass is the master of the one-liner, and Lewis Sequeira is a Portland comedian who got his start in L.A. In case you need more information before you decide to laugh, you can just show up. Hosted by Ryan Traughber. // 8pm. Looking Glass Imports & Café, 150 NE Bend River Mall Dr. #260, Bend. $8/$10 door.
Friday 17 – Saturday 18
JAZZ FUSION — Not often do you have this much chemistry evident in a group that has been around since the late 70's. A two-night run, the Yellow Jackets sound is well known to crossover from jazz, blues to R&B and even progressive rock at times. Nominated for several Grammy awards and known as a fusion band, come see this legendary jazz ensemble. // 7:30pm & 9pm. Riverhouse on the Deschutes, 3075 N Highway 97, Bend. $60.
ArchaeologyFest Film Series
Friday 17, 24—Saturday 18, 25
FILM FEST — Into Roman engineering? Want to know more about the history of Jewish cemeteries? There's a fest for that. The Archaeology Legacy Institute presents the top-rated, juried films from the 2016 edition of The Archaeology Channel's film & video festival. Start with films on those two topics, and then come back the following weekend for more films. // 7:30pm. COCC, 2600 NW College Way, Bend. $7.
ELECTRO DUB — It's easy to call Jon Wayne and The Pain innovators, since the band is combining modern age electro beats with traditional roots reggae and funk music. While the genre itself might not be entirely new, The Pain's sound is something completely new, transcending all boxes and landing squarely in the arena of "Wow." // 9pm. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $10-$15
IMPROV CELLO — OK, so what is improvisational cello, exactly? Come find out in this special performance by a one-man band whose aim is to bring the community together in this tough political time. Billy Michelson comes from a Muslim household and is increasing the awareness of the C.O community's support network in this special, recorded performance. // 6:30-8:30pm. Dudley's Bookshop Cafe, 135 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend. $5.