Entertainment briefs 4/17

Mayfield Road, Area 54 to play River City

This weekend brings the Mayfield Road Band to the River City Saloon on Friday night, followed by a Saturday party with Area 54 spinning groove for the evening.

The Mayfield Road Band is a blues-rock band that combines blistering blues guitar with deep- felt vocals.

They fire up both soulful ballads and rocking Texas barrelhouse blues that makes you just want to get up and boogie.

Mayfield Road’s live performances are a treat for the audiences, which often are brought into the act by lead female vocalist Nayibe Rojas, who makes you feel like you’re sitting in your own living room partying with friends.

Add to the mix sizzling guitarist and Georgia native Brian Holland, and you have the makings for one hot show.

The passion and genuineness of their music is enjoyed by the many fans who regularly attend their performances around the Northwest.

Cerulean Blue playing festival

Cerulean Blue, a local alternative rock band, will compete at the Portland Rose Festival Music Fest, April 19-20. The winner of the competition will perform on the Fountain Stage at Tom McCall Waterfront Park during the Portland Rose Festival.

Cerulean Blue consists of four juniors from Columbia High School in White Salmon: 16-year-olds Keegan Matosich (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Evan Larsell (lead guitar, vocals), and Chad Hinman (drums), and 17-year-old Reed Harvey (bass, vocals).

Thirty-five Northwest bands auditioned by CD for 12 available spots to compete at the Music Fest. Other bands selected were Mother May I, 24 Hours, Cheap Shot, Chill Factor, Formal, High Water, Josh Neilson, Shade Red, Something Else, Switch, and Trace.

The Music Fest takes place at the Roseland Theatre and Grill in Portland. Each band has a 20-minute performance slot and will be judged by a panel of music professionals. Event hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 19, and from 3 to 8 p.m. on April 20. A $2 donation is requested at the door. Cerulean Blue hopes locals will attend to cheer them on.

Cerulean Blue (meaning sky blue) has been together since spring of 2000, but the members have been friends since middle school. They worked to pay for all their own musical equipment, from recording console to PA System. Keegan and Chad raised funds by bussing tables at the Riverside Grill in Hood River, Reed worked as a houseman at the Best Western Hood River Inn and Evan made money as a gas station attendant at the Hood River Chevron.

The self-taught group features original songs. Their performances take place mainly in the Gorge area, including a recent Battle of the Bands in Stevenson. They just finished their first recording project, self-entitled Cerulean Blue. The 14-song CD is due to be released within the next two months.

In addition to the Music Fest, other upcoming shows include Spring Fest 2002 at the White Salmon City Park on Friday, May 17 (8:00, free admission), and at the Granada Theatre in The Dalles on May 18.

For more information about Cerulean Blue, you may visit the band’s web site at www.cerulean-blue.net.

Laws, Reflex Blue at the Grill

Friday, April 19, Robbie Laws and the Power Trio return to the Grill. Last week, when he performed with Paul deLay and the Blues Monsters, Robbie’s guitar playing received enthusiastic applause from the capacity audience. His performance this Friday is sure to be another crowd-pleaser.

Portland vocalist Ellen Whyte and her band Reflex Blue also make a return engagement at the Riverside Grill. They appear Saturday, April 20, for a night of sizzling rhythm and blues. Whyte’s past performances at the Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Rose Festival, and regional clubs have garnered rave reviews from critics and fans. Her trademark high-energy vocals, along with the tight and soulful grooves of Reflex Blue, will delight dancers and listeners alike in Hood River.

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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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