Entertainment briefs

Nationally recognized bluesman Paul deLay performs at the Riverside Grill on Friday, Jan. 11.

He’s no stranger to the Gorge, playing to packed houses from the Northshore Bar and Grill to Families in the Park.

Real Blues Magazine calls deLay a,"one-of-a-kind national musical treasure," and "required listening for all who love blues. Six stars [highest rating] for a wonderful musical and personal statement the will enlighten and humble."

Another publication, Blues Revue Magazine says, "Stellar playing, singing and song writing ... Intelligent, technically dazzling and heartfelt."

His latest recording, Heavy Rotation on the Philadelphia-based Evidence Music label has been garnering rave reviews and heavy airplay on blues radio nationwide, climbing into the number-two spot on Living Blues Magazine's national blues radio charts.

Before the release of Heavy Rotation Paul traveled to Chicago to record a true album of Chicago-style blues to critical acclaim as well. From the early days when he helped forge the Northwest blues scene with Curtis Salgado and Robert Cray until now, deLay has stayed true to his music.

Paul performs this weekend with longtime associate Peter Dammann on guitar, Geno Michaels on piano/ keyboards/organ, and Brian Foxworth on drums.

Portland Funk All-Stars play on Saturday

Saturday, Jan. 12, the Portland Funk All-Stars take the Riverside Grill stage by storm, featuring danceable funk and R&B.

The group features Steve Smith on vocals and guitar (Steve was seen at the Inn on New Year's Eve with Ocean 503), Geno Michaels on piano/keyboards/organ, Ted Swenson on bass, and Anthony Jones on drums.

“Whether you are a listener-only or you are looking for a fun night of live music and dancing, the Portland Funk All-Stars deliver,” says Geno Michaels.

This weekend's performances start at 9 p.m. and have no cover charge.

dear francis debuts at Savino’s

dear francis, a portland acoustic folk-pop duo, has slated a show at Savino’s in downtown Hood River on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The sound of dear francis is unique in its market. Intelligent lyrics combine with crafted intense music echoed in the vocals/guitar of Earl Patrick and Craig Hamblin on upright bass.

With a fresh look, the duo is reminiscent of artists like Bob Mould, Richard Thompson and Leonard Cohen.

The two met in Boston, playing in the band love dora. After relocating to Portland nearly four years ago, the two formed as dear francis and have been playing venues throughout the Rose City ever since.

Sam Hill to play at Full Sail

One of the top Northwest Bluegrass bands rounds out a great opening month of music at Full Sail Brewing. On Saturday, Jan. 19, Sam Hill will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Tasting Room. The pub is located next to the brewery at 506 Columbia Street. Call 386-2247 for more information.

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