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Rubberneck at River City

Rubberneck's Latin-Funk is the soundtrack for the new millennium, says front man Ricardo Ojeda. Rubbeneck plays Friday at the River City Saloon. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a cover. Since their inception, Portland, Oregon's Rubberneck and their soulful Latin-Funk (a musical hybrid they call "Lunk") have made them one of the Northwest's biggest draws. "Now all of a sudden the major labels are interested in what we've been doing since the beginning," says Ricardo Ojeda, the band's co-founder and frontman. "Santana is on the radio and that's opening all kinds of doors, breaking down the walls.

Wine Bar features King Winery

Colleen Lewis of King Estate Winery, located in Eugene, will be at the Hood River Wine and Internet Bar Wednesday to pour samples and talk about their Reserve Pinot Gris, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Reserve Chardonnay and their Reserve Pinot Noir. “They're all absolutely fabulous wines and have proven to be big hits with our customers,” said Danielle McCune Beginning tomorrow the Hood River Wine Bar will be featuring a lot of new wines at the tasting bar. Tasting begins at 6:00 pm and goes until 8:30, with live music until 10pm.

Northshore grooves this weekend

For those that have enjoyed the incredible community open mic hosted every Wednesday by Jason Russ, this will be your last opportunity. This Wednesday will be the final open mic under current management. Starting nearly two years ago with the help of Russ, who runs sound at both the Northshore and River City Saloons, the open mic has been a place for musicians of all caliber to performn their craft every week. The community open mic starts at 7:30 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet. On Thursday, Ashberry Park rolls into Bingen, Wash to kick off the final full weekend under the management of Kristi Hofer. On Friday, Portland groove masters Mr. Rosewater are slated to play a 10 p.m. show. On Saturday, Smooch Knob plays the final weekend show. A send-off party will be on Oct. 31, with Rubber Chicken Lollipop and Grand Simple playing a Haloween Bash.

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