The Devil Makes Three returns to Bend

Published Oct 1, 2010 at 05:00AM

The Devil Makes Three isn’t the first band to play American roots music with acoustic instruments and a punk-rock ethos. Nor are they the only (Bend’s own Larry and His Flask comes to mind).

But the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based trio just might be the best at what they do. Or, at least, they might have the greatest potential to take a fringe style to a wider audience.

That’s because TDM3’s music — a warm, charming blend of old-time blues, bluegrass, swing and rockabilly — goes down as easy as the belly-warming whiskey that populates their songs. Indeed, at its heart, this band makes party music for turn-of-the-century music nerds. Imagine your favorite dive bar’s TV tuned to the Old Crow Medicine Show, and you’ve got the idea.

TDM3’s 2009 album, “Do Wrong Right,” is a whale of a ride, convincingly vintage and completely modern at the same time, and precisely played. You can hear a couple tracks at www.thedevilmakesthree.com.

The Devil Makes Three, with Larry and His Flask and The Dela Project; 9 p.m. Tuesday, doors open 8 p.m.; $17 plus fees in advance, $20 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.E. Third St., in Bend; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-788-2989 or www.randompresents.com.

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