Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) used to be known as a place to catch some of the finest local, regional and national acoustic/Americana/roots bands perform. And those kinds of bands still play there. But each month, it seems the Moon’s calendar becomes more and more diverse. This week is a prime example.
On Saturday, California hip-hop will invade the venue, as V.E.R.A. Clique and DJs Rascue and Rosco perform to help raise money for Rascue’s kidney transplant. V.E.R.A. Clique is based out of Oakland, Calif., but got its start here in Bend, so be polite and go welcome them back to town. They’ll get going around 9 p.m., and the minimum suggested donation is $5.
Tuesday night is time for a world-beat party, as the Bay Area band Aphrodesia rolls into town. The group is touring behind its new album “Precious Commodity,” another high-energy blast of Afro-beat that’s equal parts Fela Kuti and modern funk. The real question is this: There are 11 members of Aphrodesia. How in the world are they going to squeeze into the Moon’s little performance space? Show up at 9 p.m. to find out. Cover is $10.
Finally, on Thursday night local reggae kingpin MC Mystic is bringing a couple of bands to Bend that’ll be fresh off sets at the Reggae Rising Music Festival in Humboldt County, Calif. Humble Soul plays reggae with deep Hawaiian roots, and Pyrx was High Times magazine’s underground artist of the year for 2008, according to the band’s MySpace. Get the picture? If it’s your thing, check ’em out at 9 p.m. Thursday. Cover is $8.