Neil Young’s first album with Crazy Horse in seven years may be titled “Colorado,” but the real celebration for the Godfather of Grunge takes place in Oregon. The 15th annual Church of Neil, which always falls on or near the roots rocker’s Nov. 12 birthday, returns to Worthy Brewing on Saturday. Featured performers will include a who’s who of the local scene putting their spin on Young’s classics, including StealHead, Sleepless Truckers, Brave New World, Tone Red, Mark Ransom of The Mostest, Northwest Compromise, Doc Ryan, Olivia Knox, Caballos Locos, Lande, Victor Johnson, John Shipe (of Eugene) and more. Musicians will be spread out on at least three stages (possibly four depending on the weather, per event founder and musician Andy Fecteau). Proceeds will benefit Rise Up International’s educational programs in Bend-La Pine Schools, specifically hiring arts educators at the new REALMS and Skyline high schools in Bend, according to Ransom. So gather your harvests, break out your mirror balls and keep on rockin’ in the free world.
Church of Neil: 7 p.m. Saturday; $20 suggested donation; Worthy Brewing Co., 495 NE Bellevue Drive, Bend; worthybrewing.com or 541-639-4776.