Dirksen Derby party is tonight

This weekend, it’s Dirksen Derby time at Mt. Bachelor, which means tonight, it’s Dirksen Derby kickoff party time!

For the third year in a row, the party will lead into a weekend of snowboard racing on the mountain. Or maybe the snowboard racing will follow a night of live music (by StealHead and special guests), a silent auction for broken snowboards turned into art, a raffle and food by Parrilla Grill and Primal Cuts Meat Market. (Up for auction is an electric guitar signed by longtime lead guitarist for The Eagles, Don Felder.)

The whole thing — open to all ages — is a benefit for Tyler Eklund, the Bend snowboarder who was paralyzed from the neck down after a fall at a national competition in 2007. Over the past three years, the Dirksen Derby kickoff has raised more than $18,000 for Eklund and his family.

Dirksen Derby Kickoff Party, with StealHead and more ; 6-11 tonight; $5 suggested donation; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-598-4519.

Floater concert rescheduled

The Floater concert that was postponed on Dec. 6 due to inclement weather has been rescheduled for next Friday, Dec. 20.

The other details remain the same: It’ll be at the Domino Room. Local rockers Jones Road will open for the beloved Oregon hard-prog band. Showtime is 9 p.m., doors open 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 plus fees in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets for the Dec. 6 show will be honored.

More info, including where you can buy tickets, is at www .randompresents.com.

Lino plays house concert in Bend

JoAn Mann will host her final house concert of 2013 Sunday when local guitar wizard Lino performs as part of her Music in The Glen at Newport Hills series in Bend.

Lino is a dazzling classical guitarist who incorporates jazz, New Age and Latin sounds, among others, into his lush six-string-scapes. You can dig deeper at www .linomusic.com.

Also performing: Janelle and Lindsey Johnson, two sisters from Sisters who are products of that school’s Americana Project program, and who play winsome folk-pop music.

There is a $10-$15 suggested donation to attend, and the money will go to the artists and a local charity. Be sure to RSVP via the contact info below, not only because it’s polite — this is someone’s home, after all — but also so that JoAn knows much chicken tortilla soup to make!

Lino, with Janelle and Lindsey Johnson ; 7 p.m. Sunday, potluck at 6 p.m.; $10-$15 suggested donation; The Glen at Newport Hills, 1019 N.W. Stannium Drive, Bend; RSVP requested at houseconcertsintheglen@ bendbroadband.com or 541-480-8830.

Rippin’ Chicken visits the Dojo

If you’re like me, you’ve been driving around the west side of Bend for years thinking that Flaming Chicken at the 14th/Galveston roundabout looks mighty lonely.

Here is his/her chance to find true love: Tonight at the Dojo downtown, Seattle’s Rippin’ Chicken will strut into Bend for a night of fully charged funk.

The best-known name in this band is guitarist Ben Bloom, who also plays in Seattle vintage-funk kings Polyrhythmics. But Rippin’ Chicken’s MVP may be Delvon Laamar, the keyboardist whose old-soul organ work takes the group’s deeply groovy mix of funk, soul and jazz to another level. You can hear that level at www.reverb nation.com/rippinchicken.

And then you can hear ‘em shift into yet another gear tonight at Dojo. Just don’t get in the Flaming Chicken’s way if he/she is turning the dance floor into a mating dance floor.

Rippin’ Chicken ; 10 tonight; free; Dojo, 852 N.W. Brooks St., Bend; www.dojobend.com .

— Ben Salmon