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Hear duo Mandolin Orange perform at the Old Stone Performing Arts Center, 7/12.

Hear duo Mandolin Orange perform at the Old Stone Performing Arts Center, 7/12.

Thursday 7

Super Diamond

TRIBUTE BAND—Neil Diamond is the man. You know this, we know this. So, if you're feeling the need for some rock-hard Diamond shine, Super Diamond is one of the best tribute bands out there. As part of the Munch and Music free concert series, the combination of good food and free music is the means to a perfect summer night. // 5:30pm, Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Free.

Thursday 7

Bubba Sparxxx

THAT'S A RAP—He's a rapper from Georgia who was discovered at a Georgia football game. Now he has national acclaim with "Ms. New Booty" featuring the Ying Yang Twins. This revolutionary song is darned near art itself, climbing to #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Now he is traveling to Bend to share its glory. // 8 pm, Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $17.

Friday 8


GUITAR GOD—The legend of Buckethead (Brian Carroll) is dense and disturbing. Ignore the Wikipedia entry about Carroll and focus on the story of Buckethead. Living in a chicken coop, the chickens scratched his face off, so he started wearing the mask. All origins stories aside, he is an enigmatic, genius multi-instrumentalist. // 8pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $26-$37.25.

Friday 8 – Sunday 10

Bend Summer Fest

CELEBRATE—Now in its 26th year, Bend Summer Fest is a classic downtown community gathering with artists, food vendors, a kids zone and three concert stages including the Jazz Stage, Food & Wine Stage and Locals Only Stage. Highlights for music include Blind Pilot, Curtis Salgado, and local favorites Larry and His Flask. // Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm, Downtown Bend, Bond and Wall St., Bend. No cover.

Saturday 9

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

LOCAL ARTS—Bend's neighboring town of Sisters hosts the largest annual outdoor quilt show in the country. This show draws more than 10,000 visitors to view 1,300+ quilts created by quilters ranging in age from 10 to 92. This unique display of local arts is not to be missed. // 9am-4pm, Cascade Ave., Downtown Sisters. Free.

Saturday 9

Tour des Chutes

SPIN DOCTORS—Supporting cancer survivors as well as those currently fighting is a benefit we can get behind. This longtime community event includes a 5k run/walk through NorthWest Crossing as well as a choose-your-own-distance bike ride ranging from 7 to 100 miles. See for event times and prices. // NorthWest Crossing, 2762 NW Crossing Dr., Bend.

Sunday 10

House of Shem

ROOTS REGGAE—If there's one thing Bend gets plenty of, it's reggae shows. What makes House of Shem stand out from the pack? Aside from the band hailing from New Zealand, the legendary Errol Brown produces their music. Brown worked with Bob Marley, Tosh, Ziggy and many more, so his influence is felt in their sound. // 8pm, Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $12.

Monday 11

Cha Wa

FUNK—A genuine New Orleans Mardis Gras Indians group that combines heritage with Second Line street level jazz/funk. It's rare for Central Oregon to get these authentic Second Line groups, so this is one of those shows that would be a shame to miss. They'll bring the funk just as long as you wear your boogie shoes. // 9pm, Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.

Monday 11

Judy Collins

FEMALE FOLK—Judy Collins is a professional. She's had an active singing and songwriting career since the '50s and has no plans of slowing down. Don't let hopes for future events prevent you from acting on this show, her talent in all things folk and melody will prove to you how and why she has been tops in this business for as long as she has. // 7pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $40.50, $63.

Tuesday 12

Mandolin Orange

VITAMIN C MINOR—One man and one woman come together to make that classic combination of beautiful music together. The vocals run deep in your mind and follow you throughout your day. Humming for hours after the listen seems to be common once the simple acoustics and lyrics make their way onto your playlist. // 8-10pm, Old Stone Performing Arts Center, 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend. $15.


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