Sword swallowers. Fire eaters. Burlesque performers. Stage magic. Hobo poetry.
It’s vaudeville meets rock ’n’ roll. It’s the Yard Dogs Road Show.
And it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since the Dogs — a dozen members strong, and based out of California’s Bay Area — brought their rolling creative wonderland to Bend. It has, though, and the group remains committed, according to its bio, to leading “the modern hobohemian on a visual and sonic journey through part of history that may or may not have existed — followed by an ambitious return to the emotional challenges of our punch-drunk contemporary world.”
The Dogs place a heavy emphasis on blending facets of the old world with modern pop culture in a way that, at least for a couple hours, will provide a welcome respite from your real life.
Yard Dogs Road Show ; 9 p.m. Wednesday, doors open 8 p.m.; $20 plus service charges in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets available at Ranch Records (541-389-6116) in Bend and through Ticketswest at www .ticketswest.com, 800-992-8499, and the Safeway at 642 N.W. Third St., in Bend; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.randompresents.com.