Several local acts are playing gigs of note this week. Let’s review them, shall we?
• Greg Bryce is back from Alaska (where he spends half the year) and ready to shower Bend with his old-school country blues. Bryce plays under the name Blackflowers Blacksun , and he now has a full rhythm section, with Bill Burkes on bass and Randy Rucker on drums. They’ll be at M&J Tavern tonight at 9, and it’s free. Also on the bill: Bryce’s Alaskan brethren Bac’untry Brothers . They’re bringing a suitcase, saw blades, a coffee pot and jugs! As in, jug band. Plus actual instruments. “Well worth the hazards of attending,” says Bryce.
• Local musical chameleon Shireen Amini will bring her extensive knowledge of global sounds and her full, five-piece band to Silver Moon Brewing (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) on Wednesday night. Amini promises “rockin’ soul music and funky Latin grooves” with influences ranging from gospel to R&B and hip-hop. Look for them at 8 p.m. Cover is $5.
• The Black Horse Saloon (20565 Brinson Blvd., Bend) is setting aside one Monday of each month for metal, with heavy locals Stillfear (from the ashes of Vengeance Creek) hosting the night. The featured band this week is Jones Road , a new, local four-piece that melds ’70s classic rock with ’90s alt-rock and soaring melodies. It’s free, and will start around 8 p.m.
• If you’ve seen local rockers The Commercial Underground, then you’ve seen Andrew Cooper play guitar. But the guy does solo stuff, too, focusing on classical works, flamenco and original pieces for acoustic guitar. Check him out at www.andrewcooper music.com. Tonight, he’ll play alone at WineStyles (1740 N.W. Pence Lane, Bend), starting right around 7 p.m. There is no cover.
— Ben Salmon