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deLay to play Riverside Grill Friday

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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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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