Entertainment briefs 11/21

Trail Band returns to Hood River

The Education Foundation of Hood River County will once again be bringing the Trail Band to the Hood River valley for its production of "Christmas with the Trail Band." The annual family event will be presented at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 6 starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 14. This Christmas, the Trail Band will be playing songs from their new album entitled "Making Spirits Bright." A special bonus for Hood River is always the appearance of Portland gospel singer Linda Hornbuckle who adds her flavor of gospel/blues to the traditional Christmas music along with surprise comedy of Scott Parker. Tickets are available at the following businesses:

* Hood River: Waucoma Bookstore, Cascade Central Credit Union and the Hood River County School District Administrative Office or Community Education.

* The Dalles: Klindt’s Book Store

* Cascade Locks: Cascade Ice Cream and Deli

* White Salmon: Collage of the Gorge.

The Hood River County Education Foundation is a non-profit coporation that was created to support and enhance educational excellence. The Foundation manages funds for the purpose of awarding college scholarships to local students and financially assisting teachers through a grant program. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at: www.hrcef.org.

Riverside returns Jones, Harris

On Friday, Nov. 23, Lloyd Jones returns by popular demand to the Riverside Grill at Hood River Inn. His soulful and intelligent blend of funk, blues and R&B packed the house on his last appearance.

Reservations are not necessary, but coming early to get a good table is recommended. There is no cover charge.

Jones, a consummate guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, performer and bandleader, is one of the most original artists on the modern-day blues scene.

He was born in Seattle and then moved to Portland, where he rose through the ranks in some of the most popular blues bands in Portland like Brown Sugar, In 'Yo Face, and The Lloyd Jones Struggle.

He performed with the likes of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King,. Dr. John, John Hammond, Etta James, Junior Wills and Buddy Guy, and many more music legends. Jones knows what he wants to say musically and how he wants to say it.

"I love a good story. Most of the traditional blues stayed with a shuffle or slow blues. Being a drummer I keep hearing the rhythm of the words all broke down funky and swamp-a-fied; nice and relaxed but kind of turned inside out."

He has won over a dozen local music awards and is acclaimed in national music publications such as Down Beat and Guitar Player.

Jones and his band have become a mainstay on the West Coast circuit, and have brought their tasteful, crowd-pleasing brand of music from New Orleans to Canada to the Caribbean. His songs have the quality that makes them sound as if they have been around as blues standards for years.

Robert Cray described Lloyd's vocals as, "gritty as a dirt road and smooth as melting butter."

On Saturday, Tracey Harris, a popular vocalist on the Portland scene, returns for a repeat engagement with the Geno Michaels Group. Her warm and rich vocals matched with her incredible musical skills make for a stellar evening of soul, jazz and R&B. There is no cover charge.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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