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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