If Coolio, Larry and His Flask, Hell’s Belles and all the rest playing the Oregon WinterFest this weekend aren’t enough for you, then head to the Domino Room on Thursday for the pre-party, featuring the return of Bend hometown son Matisyahu. The rapper, singer and songwriter, who burst onto the national music scene in the mid-2000s with hits such as “King Without a Crown,” got his start as an 18-year-old playing open mic nights and street corners in the city. “I came to Bend sort of as a troubled youth, looking for guidance and trying to get out into the wilderness and figure out who I am and what I wanted from my life and where I wanted to go,” he told GO! Magazine in an interview last year. “I knew I loved music. So now, for me to be able to come back to Bend where I’m at and play shows — I’ve had a music career; I’ve got a daughter who lives in Bend — it’s pretty incredible. It’s surreal, almost.” Once again, Matisyahu will play with his full band, which released the improvisation-heavy album “Undercurrent” in May.
Matisyahu, with Eminence Ensemble: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, doors open at 8 p.m.; $30 plus fees in advance, $35 at the door; ages 21 and older; Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend; parallel44presents.com, midtownballroom.com or 541-408-4329.