Few rock bands can say that in 2013 Sir Mix A-Lot opened for them at their debut record release party. But Aryon Jones and The Way can! The band caught the hip-hop icon's attention and he produced their album. What's so special about Ayron Jones and The Way? For one, Jones plays guitar in the vein of Jimi Hendrix, meaning the chord and the solo are played at the same time. The grunge-meets-punk energy creates a unique, yet iconic Seattle sound. Fortunate for Bend, the trio brings its Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana sound to McMenamins for free. This could definitely be one of those, "I saw them when..." bands. 7 pm. Thursday, Feb. 12. McMenamins Old St. Francis School 700 NW Bond St. Free.
It's not too often a band like Capsula graces Bend with its presence. The band, which hails from Spain, by way of Argentina, plays awe-inspiring psychedelic and garage rock. Capsula takes influence from South American psych-rock bands of the '60s and has been compared to the likes of The Velvet Underground. The band's founding couple, Martin Guevara and Coni Duchess, split time on vocals, while she rocks the bass. Upon listening, bodies move in time with the sonic beats. Prepare for mind-blowing, raw energy and to break a mean sweat dancing to jams off of the band's most recent album, Solar Secrets. 8 pm. Sunday, Feb. 15. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8/adv, $10/door.
Like a ghost haunting the abandoned grounds of an old-timey carnival, Professor Gall brings a grand performance that is as spooky as it is flamboyant. His gruff and gravely voices warbles as if filtered through a funhouse mirror while his band plays a lilting steampunk jazz that follows the Professor's lead like a gang of drunkards ambling down a dusty main street. 9 pm. Wednesday, Feb. 18. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.