Amy Aguigui 7:30 p.m. today, Badger Mountain Brewing, 1 Orondo Ave., free, 888-2234
Now on tap at Wenatchee’s latest brewery: Free live music every week to compliment Badger Mountain’s craft beers and barbecue. For their first show, they’ve called indie-folk songstress Amy Aguigui up to the stage.
Dusty 45s 7:30 p.m. Friday, Der Hinterhof, 321 9th St., free, 548-5250
The Dusty 45s are that devilish music your mamma always warned you about. With a little rock n’ roll and jazz to flood any dancefloor, they brought all of that spunk and style from Seattle. The band was voted “Best of Seattle” by Seattle Weekly readers three years in a row, and toured with Adele earlier this year. Twelve Strings Brewery from Spokane will bring a Mango Wheat for the occasion. This is one show that’s worth the price of admission — if there were a price of admission, that is.
Wild & Scenic Music Festival 7 p.m. Friday- 11 p.m. Saturday, Snowy Owl Theater and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, 7409 Icicle Rd., $10 for the dance, $25 for the live music, wildandscenicmusicfest.com, 548-6347
Friday night, live the country dream under the starry night sky for the summer’s last barn dance, with music by The Barn Owls. The dance, starts at 7 p.m. Friday in the Snowy Owl Theater. And you certainly don’t have to don your boots and come back Saturday, but we’re willing to bet you’ll regret it if you don’t. Starting at noon, the Meadow Stage and Snowy Owl Stage fill up with some of the best live music in the area. We’ll let you take a look at the line-up in just a sec, but first a piece of advice: get your tickets NOW — the first 200 ticketholders get wristbands to get them into the Snowy Owl Stage. Of course, if you miss out, the talent’s just as good outside, and refreshments are sold at both locations.
On the schedule
Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce: 12:45-1:30 p.m.
The Barn Owls: 2:15-3 p.m.
Renegade String Band: 4-4:45 p.m.
Buzz Brump: 6-7 p.m.
Fruition: 8:30-9:45 p.m.
Snowy Owl Stage
Erin McNamee: noon-12:45 p.m.
The Pickup Truckers: 1:30-2:15 p.m.
The Warren G Hardings: 3-3:45 p.m.
Star Anna from 5-5:45 p.m.
Blackberry Bushes: 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Chumstick Liberation Front: 10 p.m.-midnight
Mighty High 6–9 p.m. Friday, Munchen Haus, 709 Front St., free, 548-1158
There’s a lot of folky music and twangin’ guitars going on this weekend, but if that’s not your thing — take heart. Munchen Haus is bringing in a fun Tacoma reggae group called the Mighty High, voted “Best Jam Band” by The Weekly Volcano (Tacoma) reader poll in 2011.
Methow Rodeo 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Winthrop Rodeo Grounds, Twin Lakes Rd. to Brengman Rd., $10 adults, $1 children 7-12, kids under six free, methowvalleyrodeo.com
Hold on tight to that saddle horn, this is gonna be one heckuva ride. The Methow Rodeo is back in town, and it’s got everything from barrels to bulls. Regardless of age, there’s something to do. Full-size cowboys and cowgirls have saddle bronc, bull, and barrel events, and juniors also compete in a variety of events. Kids under 6 can take a lap on the race course aboard a stick horse, and the daring can even take it on a sheep. And any ladies who don’t ride but want to get in on the fun can participate in the “Women 40 and older” stick horse race. Whether you’re in the stands or strutting your stuff, you can enjoy the entertainment and food all weekend.
Stargazing at Stehekin 11–2 p.m., 8 p.m.–midnight Saturday, Stehekin Landing and Golden West Visitor Center, free, (360)854-7365, ext. 14
After the haze of smoke lifts and the thunder clouds roll off toward the horizon to trouble some other town, you take in that clear sky overhead. It’s one of the true signs of good weather and good times. This weekend, you can turn your gaze skyward for a little longer and learn about all the things that compose that ever-shifting ceiling over our heads. The Stehekin Golden West Visitor Center invites you to explore the stars only a short walk from the lake shores using their telescopes and equipment. You’ll be led in your journey into outer space by a ranger who will deliver a presentation at 8 p.m. following afternoon viewings and followed immediately by stargazing. Bring your own binoculars, some warm clothes for the late night, and sense of adventure. Oh, and a special red flashlight, too if you have one on hand. They provide a light while letting you keep your adjusted “night vision.”
— Compiled by Holly Thorpe, Rachel Hansen