For many of us, going out to see live music tends to be relegated to the weekend, when next-morning obligations aren't forcing 9-to-5 types to keep an eye on the clock. Fortunately, the folks who put on shows know this, and they try to stick to Friday and Saturday nights.
But next week, Monday through Thursday will be busy, busy, busy on Central Oregon's stages, and the breadth of shows is pretty incredible. So here's a roundup of weeknight shows next week. Start exercising that snooze-button finger!
Mondays are generally the quietest night on any music scene, but next week, the Domino Room will host reggae star Anthony B's return to the region.
Born Keith Blair in rural Jamaica, Anthony B has racked up a ton of hit reggae records over the past few decades, most notably “Fire Pon Rome” and “Raid Di Barn.” He's not just a hit-maker, though; Blair learned to sing in church, and has always focused his lyrics more on spirituality and social/political injustice than anything else.
On Monday, he'll headline a long reggae bill that includes locals Strive Roots and MC Mystic.
Anthony B, with Strive Roots, Jagga Culture, Serious De Witness and MC Mystic; 9 p.m. Monday; $17 plus fees at www.brownpapertickets .com, $20 at the door; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.midtownbend.com .
Tuesday night brings rootsy/folksy options to two area towns:
• In Sisters, the names JT Nero and Allison Russell aren't head-scratchers. Both artists have played the Sisters Folk Festival, Nero with his band the Clouds and Russell with Po' Girl.
Together, however, they blend folk, soul, gospel and pop music — not to mention their perfect-match voices — into a sound that's a guaranteed smile-maker. Right now, they're touring behind their self-titled album, which the Chicago Sun-Times called a “woody, groove-laden debut.”
Birds of Chicago; 7 p.m. Tuesday; $12; The Belfry, 302 E. Main Ave., Sisters; www .belfryevents.com .
• Colorado seems to crank out fusion-bluegrass bands like Bend produces beer. Fort Collins' Good Gravy is no different. They'll bring their jammy string-band rock to GoodLife Brewing Co. (70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend) Tuesday. 6 p.m. Free.
Free, free, free! Free music at both ends of downtown Bend on this eve:
• Local booking juggernaut Gabe Johnson has started up his free Volcanic Funk parties again, and this one will feature the upstate New York funk, soul and hip-hop of Sophistafunk at Liquid Lounge (70 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend). You may remember these dudes from their sizzling set at Bend Fall Festival. 9 p.m. Free.
• Over at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend), the Columbus, Ohio band Red Wanting Blue will play its cozy alt-pop-rock, highlighted by frontman Scott Terry's perfectly gruff, baritone singing voice. Dude sounds like the MTV Buzz Bin circa 1996 come to life. 7 p.m. Free.
Finally, Thursday is kind of an honorary weekend night, and it shows; there's lots to do here, and something for everyone, stylistically speaking. Check it:
• Bay Area-based Hot Buttered Rum is arguably the biggest name in this article, at least in Bend. The five-piece band of progressive jam-grassers have played our little burg many times over the past several years, inciting knee-slapping, head-spinning dance riots wherever they plug in.
They'll be back Thursday, coming off three sold-out shows in their hometown and a week sailing the seas aboard Jamcruise. Plus they have a new studio album coming out soon, and presumably songs from it that they'd like to play. Expect a loose, upbeat display of acoustic acrobatics.
Hot Buttered Rum; 9 p.m. Thursday, doors open 8 p.m.; $15 plus fees in advance (ticket outlets listed at the website below), $18 at the door; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www .randompresents.com .
• There was a time when seriously heavy, hardcore punk and metal shows filled local venues on a regular basis. Alas, that scene went fallow for a couple years.
Here's a sign of hope: On Thursday, an bunch of supremely loud bands will take over the relatively mild-mannered Sound Garden. Chelsea Grin, a deathcore outfit from Salt Lake City, headlines the bill, which also includes several other bands you can Google and go “Wait, that's really the name of a genre?”
Chelsea Grin, with I Declare War, At The Skylines, Upon This Dawning, American Me and Vereh Falls; 7 p.m. Thursday; $10 plus fees in advance at www.brownpaper tickets.com, $13 at the door; The Sound Garden, 1279 N.E. Second St., Bend; www.thesoundgarden studio.com .
• Last but not least, The Blacksmith will host “a celebration of Fashion, Music, Spirit” on Thursday night. The event is called Fabric Check 1, and it includes clothes and accessories by Rescue Consignment, 541 Threads, Rise Up, Homeslice and others, plus live music by DJs Rye and Tramlife, Jamie Houghton, Stacie Lynn, The Hardchords, Emcee Belief, Pat Maine and J-Natural. The headliner will be veteran underground MC Aceyalone from L.A.'s Freestyle Fellowship crew.
Fabric Check, with Aceyalone, J-Natural, Pat Maine, a fashion show and more; 8:30 p.m. Thursday; free; The Blacksmith, 211 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-318-0588.