wednesday 24 – sunday 28
Subaru Outside Games
QUINTESSENTIAL—For no reason besides IT'S SUMMERTIME, Subaru (Bend's quintessential vehicle) is hosting their annual Outside Games, and by games they mean quintessential events like a cruiser crawl from pub to pub, ending with a concert at Century Center (4 – 6 pm, Thursday) and kayak races. Various times & locations around Bend. SubaruofBendOutsideGames.com
COWBOY COMIC—Did you hear the one about the cowboy TK? Kip Attaway is a fun, easy-going, and engaging musical act, both delighting and mocking his audience, and simultaneously parodying and parroting icons like Johnny Cash and the Beatles. 7 pm. Northside Bar & Grill, 62860 Boyd Acres Rd. $20.
Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens
SLOW REVEAL—It's that time of year when the weather seems to necessitate stripping off ones clothes. But there's a difference between yanking off a sweaty T-shirt and gracefully letting a shoulder strap slip. Humbolt's Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens are masters of the slow reveal, the fine art of removing one's clothing in a way that's more sexy than stilted. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $12/adv., $15/door.
MUSIC—Tristen sings about life and death with a driving and almost joyful urgency. The perfect soundtrack for introspective solo road trips across barren stretches of the American west—Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska. From a synth pop bass, Tristen's voice alternates between earthy and ethereal, carrying the listeners across diverse emotional landscapes in the span of a song. 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $10 adv., $15 door.
BEER—Celebrate Crux's anniversary with their annual day of music, food, cornhole, and of course, beer! Enjoy full day of music including Second Son, 2nd Hand Soldiers, and MOsley WOtta; then end the day with a breathtaking view of the mountains during sunset. 12:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Crux Fermentation Project, 50 SW Division St. No cover.
REGGAE MUSIC—While reggae typically brings to mind Jamaica, this event celebrates interpretations of the genre from closer to home. Featuring reggae beats from Collection of Lone Souljahs (aka Co.Lo.So.) as well as Chris Carpenter, Strive Roots, and hula dancers. Bringing the kind of summer vibe that feels at home at barbecues and house parties. 10 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8.
The ABBA Show
GLITTER—How can a band with such happy, sugary songs be so bitter? One of the biggest and most glittery bands in world history, ABBA has vowed to never ever never reunite. But The ABBA Show fills that disco void in your life, playing their Dancing Queen hits with all the attendant theatrics. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $59 adults, $30 under 18.
FREE MUSIC—It's hard to think of better ways to spend a summer Sunday afternoon than enjoying a spirited Jamabalya brass band in the sun. Bend Memorial Clinic continues their free Summer Sunday Concert Series with the eight-piece band Tubaluba, whose performance is a mix of street parade, jazz, and brass rock. 1 – 4:30 pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 Shevlin Hixon Dr. No cover.
Gregg Allman Band
MUSIC—One half of the Allman Brothers, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has carried his musical torch solo since the death of his brother in 1971, through health issues and legal troubles. His sounds is emblematic of an era—a little bit blues, a little bit jam band, and all rock 'n roll—and is sure to tickle the nostalgia of those who remember the height of his popularity. 5:30 pm. Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr. $43 show, $88 with dinner.
PARTY MUSIC—If you are planning to celebrate pot being legal today, Andrew W.K.'s bombastic hit songs, "Party Hard" and "We Want Fun" are hardly the way to mellow out. Just the opposite. Bold, basic, and unapologetic, this is high-energy, well, party time. 8 pm. The Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $20 adv., $25 door.