As usual, there’s a bevy of intriguing local shows happening over the next seven days. Here are a few:
• When Jukebot is headlining the Bonnaroo festival someday, wouldn’t you like to be able to say you saw their very first show? Well here’s your chance: On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the new local band will play its inaugural concert at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend). Who’s Jukebot? Good question. The lineup features Gabe Johnson and Tyler Mason (formerly of El Dante), Aaron Andre Miller and Jared Forqueran (of Person People), and lead vocals from Stephanie Slade of The Sofa Kings. Together, they promise “21st century funk ’n’ roll.”
• Speaking of The Sofa Kings , the local blues-flavored rock band has retooled a bit, with a new percussionist and no harmonica. Still, they bring the Janis Joplin-esque fire when they perform, which they’ve done a lot around town over the past year. Catch them Saturday night at one of their favorite joints, M&J Tavern (102 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend), where they’ve pledged to heat up your cold bones with some originals and a choice selection of cover tunes. There’s no cover.
• Live music is rolling along over at Mountain’s Edge (61303 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend), which is the new name of the old Timbers South bar across the street from the Bend Factory Stores. The venue has a new stage and sound system, plus bands playing multiple nights each week. This weekend brings two shows, with outsider indie-rockers The Dirty Words and Problem Stick playing tonight at 9 p.m. for a $3 cover, and ska acts Necktie Killer and Wetsock playing at 9 p.m. Saturday. There’s a $5 cover for the Necktie/Wetsock show.
And for you Redmond types, Necktie Killer and Wetsock will be in your town tonight. Catch ’em at 9 p.m. at Timbers (3315 U.S. Highway 97). Cover is $5.