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Hear Matt Hires perform at Volcanic Theatre Pub, 2/24.

Hear Matt Hires perform at Volcanic Theatre Pub, 2/24.

thursday 18

Sean Rowe

NATURE'S MANLY MAN—With a voice that is worthy of narrating the life of Morgan Freeman, Sean Rowe's raspy and raw sound gives a whole new meaning to the ancient art of song. Grab a drink and get ready to longingly stare off into the distance. 7 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. No cover.

friday 19

Apres Ski—The Thermals

ROCK SHOW—Crow's Feet Commons is a truly under-appreciated location for shows, with the sun usually setting on Mirror Pond and the relaxed vibe around the circle. With Helga opening, this should be a fantastic night of music in a peaceful and beautiful location. Grab a beer from Crow's Feet and kick back. 6:30 p.m. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. No cover.

friday 12 – saturday 27

"Next to Normal"

AWARD-WINNING PLAY—"Next to Normal" is easily one of the finest musicals to come to Broadway in the last 15 years. After winning three 2009 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, the musical comes to 2nd Street Theater for those who were unable to see it on Broadway. This is one not to miss. 7:30 p.m evening, 3 p.m. matinee. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. $19-$22.

friday 19 – saturday 20

ArchaeologyFest Film Series

BEST OF 2015—This nonprofit organization is passing the savings onto the masses by providing a free show for next weekend, but also for the weekend following. Attendees should dig through their belongings and dust off their glasses 'cause this film series is not one to miss. Fri. & Sat. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend. $7.

friday 19 – saturday 20

Bend A Cappella Festival

SING OFF—In the heat of competition season, 15 a cappella groups travel to Bend to compete for $1,000 and the chance to open for The House Jacks on Saturday evening. Aca-scuse me? The House Jacks hail from San Francisco and are known as the original rock band without instruments. Fri., 7 p.m. & Sat., 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Res. seating: $18, $28, $40, $48.

saturday 20

Bend Polar Plunge

NOBODY LIKES A WIMP—Freeze your butt off for a good cause. This annual event goes to benefit the Special Olympics Oregon, which makes sense because you sure have to be special to participate. If diving into ice water isn't appealing then, weirdo, feel free to watch comfortably from the sidelines and still be part of the fun. 11 a.m. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St., Bend. Free to spectators.

sunday 21


HIP-HOP SHOW—Nothing like a little bit of hip-hop music in February to get the warm blood flowing. Tyga is signed to Young Money records and has been releasing chart-topping, ridiculously fun hip-hop music for years now. His track "Make it Nasty" makes booties do beautiful things. Just try it! 7 p.m. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $35.

tuesday 23

The SuperSuckers

ROCK 'N' ROLL— Bend's new year truly hasn't started until The SuperSuckers roll through town. This trip through they're celebrating their new album, "Holdin' the Bag" and lead singer Eddie Spaghetti's successful battle against cancer. Denver's The Yawpers are opening. Tickets will go fast! 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $15

wednesday 24

Matt Hires

PREPARE TO SWOON—Set a personal goal and try to make it through Matt Hire's beautiful and theatric music without wanting to either dance like nobody is watching or curl up in a ball and reflect on life and where it possibly went all wrong, or right, or somewhere in between. Good luck. 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.

wednesday 24

Railroad Earth

MUSIC—Unconcerned with fitting into a defined genre, Railroad Earth focuses on creating good feeling music. Often found at bluegrass festivals, Railroad plays rock music on acoustic instruments with driving beautiful lyrics supporting. It may be hard to categorize, but trust us, this band is a must see for any music lover out there. 7 p.m. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $27 adv., $30 door.

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