There may currently be drama associated with the business side of the Big Dipper, but that doesn’t mean the bands playing at the venue should be affected. Tonight is round one of the Tanzer4 Battle of the Bands — where 12 bands compete for $5,000 in prizes over four nights. The local acts battling it out tonight include the Backups, 37 Street Signs, Lust for Glory and Progenitus. The all-ages show is $15, doors open at 6:30 pm.
Meanwhile, there’s a huge show over at the Bartlett with Vancouver, B.C. indie pop act Said the Whale (see video below). Tera Melos and Dova open. The all-ages concert is $14. Read our preview for the show right here.
For anyone interested in drinking a lot of small-portioned beers while listening to live music, Coeur d’Alene Oktoberfest is your chance. Happening in downtown Coeur d'Alene, the event runs Friday and Saturday. Native Sun plays Friday 5 pm to 8 pm, while the Coeur d’Alene Big Band and Shiner play Saturday. Tickets are $20 and include six sampling tickets, a mug and admission to all music venues.
In a celebration of life, Isamu “Som” Jordan's friends are once again hosting the Som Birthday Show at Red Room Lounge Saturday night. Performers include local hip-hoppers Staxx brothers, Flying Spiders and Bandit Train. Be sure to show up in red and black, Flying Spiders' colors. The Isamu Jordan Memorial Fundraiser show starts at 7 pm and is $5.
For more local hip-hop, check out the Big Dipper Saturday night as Jaeda, Rick Rollin, Deadly D, Wax808, Abomb take to the stage. Missoula MC Tonsofun headlines the night. The $5 show is all-ages and starts at 8 pm.
Local soul-country bluesman Sammy Eubanks has a large following, many of whom will be out for his Knitting Factory show Saturday. Local country acts Silver Treason and the Cinders take to the stage first. Everything begins at 8 pm and is free for 21+ guests, $10 for those under that age.
SUNDAY Drunk Dad is the name of the Portland band itching to demolish Underground 15 Sunday night. The skuzzy heavy noise quintet are well worth checking out, especially with free admission. Diazepam and Rasputin open the 9 pm show. This one is going to freaking rock!
You can never be quite sure which Conor Oberst you’ll get on stage. Will he be kind and endearing, or more of an asshole? What we do know is his solo show will probably be full of songs from his latest (and pretty awesome) album, Upside Down Mountain. Jonathan Wilson opens Sunday’s Knitting Factory show at 8 pm. Tickets are $25. Read about the many faces of Oberst here.