George Clinton & Parliament
FUNK—The undisputed grandfather of funk, prolific and versatile musician George Clinton (seriously though, he's won awards for gospel and had his music heavily sampled by hip-hop artists), is bringing his epic soul train to Bend. The influential, 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is a must-see. If, by some miracle, the show hasn't sold out, get your ticket now. 7 pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $30.
thursday 19 & friday 20
Field Guide to Oregon Rivers
READING—Although Lewis & Clark arrived in the region, oh, some 200 years ago with the direct order to survey the territory, until now there really hasn't been a comprehensive field guide for Oregon's 120 rivers. Tim Palmer presents a slide show and his new guide, including notes on fishing, boating and conversation. 6 pm. Paulina Springs Books, Thursday, 422 SW 6th St, Redmond; Friday, 252 W Hood St, Sisters. $5. Refunded with purchase of book.
One-Man Volleyball Team
INSPIRATION—Most inspirational speakers draw from an obstacle or challenge to illustrate the power of hope and perseverance. Bob Holmes created one. Though it may sound gimmicky, his one-man volleyball team act has not only racked up an impressive won-loss record, it has also garnered somber thank you notes from audience members who gained a newfound will to live. 7 pm. Bend High School, 230 NE 6th St. One non-perishable food item per person to support Beulah's Place. Open to the public.
Hong Kong Banana
APRES SKI—Although the ski season has been less than epic, it doesn't mean that after-ski parties are any less noisy! Hong Kong Banana is a romp-stomping good time. With driving fuzz guitar, tambourines and growling but harmonized vocals, there is something reminiscent about the mid-60s San Francisco sound. 6 pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St. No cover.
friday 20 & saturday 21
Monster X Tour
RAWR—Spring has officially arrived. And so far, we're keeping lion-esque weather at bay. Continue that trend by cheering on the roaring spectacle that is the Monster X Monster Truck Tour. Featuring Rock Star, California Kid, Identity Theft, Skeletor, and American Bad Ass, the tour also includes "thrill acts" like quad racing, mud racing and The Monster Ride Truck. 6 pm. Bank of Cascades Center, Deschutes County Fairgrounds, 3800 SW Airport Way. $19 adults, $10 kids 3-12.
SOUL PUNK—Duo from Portland who call their genre industrial soul punk. The minimal use of instruments, piano and percussion, creates music that highlights rather than overpowers Madeline Mahrie's strong female vocals. Original songs are performed soulfully with a persuasion that may remind listeners of Janis Joplin. Machine has created a sophisticated smooth sound that is easy to listen, sway, or dance to. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
MUD RUN—That transition between winter and spring is commonly called mud season—and can be a yucky, messy time of year unless you jump in whole hog. An annual 1.5 mile run through slop and slippery obstacles. Sunriver Brewing has blended a special Mudder's Milk for the race. 1 pm. Pre-register with [email protected]. Starts at Sunriver Marina/Hola Parking Lot, 57235 River Rd., Sunriver. $15 - $35.
International Fly Fishing Film Festival
FILM—From Uganda to the colds of Alaska, the International Fly Fishing Film Festival takes a gleeful romp through the rivers, streams and waterways of the world. An energizing and uplifting collection of films to wet your whistle for fishing season. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. $15 adv., $17 door.
FIESTA—Claiming to be the first to fuse metal with mariachi, the Metalachi band is often received with dumbfounded looks from listeners when they walk on stage. Rightfully so, as band members wear spandex, sombreros, metal-studded clothing, or KISS style makeup. However, mariachi and metal/rock go surprisingly well together as the band performs sing-along staples like "Crazy Train" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" for an entertaining, unique musical experience. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.
SPOKEN WORD—The troubadour poet returns. In a testament to both his work ethic and his popularity, Buddy Wakefield has been on the road full-time since he quit his day job about 14 years ago, often performing one or twice daily. If that theory about 10,000 hours making an expert is true, this guy should have an honorary doctorate by now. 7:30 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $10.