A sure sign of summer in Bend: With so much music going on this weekend, we almost forgot to write about Chris Isaak. (OK, no one forgot, he just turned this reporter down for an interview.) The ’50s-style crooner, also known for playing wicked games with supermodels and starring in David Lynch films when not melting hearts with his smooth-as-silk voice, returns to the city Thursday to kick off the Clear Summer Nights concert series at the Athletic Club of Bend. His last performance here, at Les Schwab Amphitheater in 2012, came just after the release of 2011’s “Beyond the Sun,” a set of covers from Sun Records artists such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. This time, he’ll bring new originals from 2015’s “First Comes the Night” album, as well as his classic hits such as “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” And if you have requests, don’t just scream them from the side of the stage: Isaak posted a video on his Facebook page asking for help writing the set lists on this tour.
Chris Isaak: 7 p.m. Thursday, doors open at 5:30 p.m.; $41 plus fees or $89 plus fees for a dinner ticket; Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Drive, Bend; clearsummernights.com or 541-385-3062.