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Last Band Standing For the past two months, 32 bands have battled for the title of Last Band Standing each Friday at Century Center (70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend). Last week: Necktie Killer and Cadence won enough audience votes to move on to the finals, to be held next week. Tonight, Last Band Standing takes a week off. The finals are July 15, with five bands — Cadence, Kleverkill, Necktie Killer, Sifted and Stillfear — set to compete for the grand prize. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, available at several Central Oregon locations. Visit http://url .bb/LBS11 for a list of ticket outlets and more information.

— Ben Salmon, The Bulletin

From previous page It’s an interesting and entertaining piece of work, and you can grab it at www.freshselects .com. The Green Tape Tour, with Illmaculate, Top Shelf, Only One, Mikey Vegaz and DJ Hit N Runn; 9 p.m. Saturday; free; Madhappy Lounge, 850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend; madhappylounge@gmail .com or 541-388-6868.

Bellingham’s Polecat plays twice in town Polecat is a relatively young band from Bellingham, Wash., that plays Americana, bluegrass and roots-rock with mild Celtic flavor and a hint of jam. In just a year together, they’ve made a couple of records and played more than 100 shows, including slots where they’ve shared the stage with big names like The Hackensaw Boys, The Moondoggies and Trampled by Turtles. Now, they’re branching down into Oregon and they’re hitting Bend hard. For the daylight types, Polecat will play a 1 p.m. set Saturday on the Bend Summer Fest’s Main Stage downtown. For those more comfortable dancing in the dark of a crowded bar, the band will be at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Both shows are free. Polecat plays the kind of party-friendly string music that goes over well in Bend, so if you’re reading this and you dig Yonder Mountain, Hot Buttered Rum or our own Moon Mountain Ramblers, check ’em out. Find more info at www.polecatbluegrass .com.

Lots of music at the Bend Summer Festival The Bend Summer Festival

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is this weekend, which means downtown will be covered with live music. Highlights on the main stage include ’90s alt-pop faves Toad the Wet Sprocket at 9:30 tonight, and San Francisco rock band Luce at 9 p.m. Saturday. Flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra will headline the jazz stage on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. At Troy Field, two local radio stations will hold “listener appreciation” concerts. Tonight, ’80s rockers Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”) will perform for 98.3 FM (The Twins), and on Saturday, country band The Dirt Drifters will play for 99.7 FM (The Mountain). Both bands go on at

8:30 p.m. (after opening acts), and free tickets to each can be obtained by listening to the radio stations. Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, will have a stage dedicated to local acts, with Boxcar Stringband, Eric Tollefson, Five Pint Mary and Hilst & Coffey set to play. And local humanitarian group Rise Up will have a stage with emerging bands like Capture the Flag, Lyible, Rural Demons, Aisea Taimani, Zero Static and more. For more information, see the summer festival story on Page 20 or visit www.bendsummer — Ben Salmon, The Bulletin


Bulletin Daily Paper 07/08/11  

The Bulletin Daily print edition for Friday July 8, 2011