Entertainment briefs 3/6

Bluegrass fans – round up your cowboy hat and dancin' shoes – Jackstraw is coming to town. The Portland band will be here Saturday for a 9:30 p.m. show at the River City Saloon.

Ohhh. . . but wait. . . there is more. Hood River favorite Tony Furtado returns for a show on Tuesday, March 12, following two nights in Portland.

A mainstay at the Northshore, Furtado played the final night of music at the old Washington venue and makes his first return since that memorable evening.

Bluegrass enthusiasts come out of the woodwork to get their fix of Jackstraw's traditional, down-home sound and the progressive sounds of Furtado’s New Grass groove.

Looking ahead in March, Furtado’s fellow Boulder, Colo. friends ‘The Motet’ make a return for a show on Sunday, March 17.

For more information on bands and times visit www.rivercitysaloon.com.

deLay plays Riverside Grill

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

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." 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. DeLay performs this weekend with longtime associate Peter Dammann on guitar and Geno Michaels on piano/keyboards/organ. Saturday, the Portland Funk All-Stars take the stage by storm, featuring danceable funk and R&B. The group features Steve Smith on vocals and guitar (Steve was seen in February with Ocean 503), Geno Michaels on piano/keyboards/organ, Ted Swenson on bass, and Jeff Ward on drums. This weekend's performances start at 9 p.m. and have no cover charge.

.rod laver plays the Armory

.rod laver and Friends of the People will be playing Thursday, March 7, at the Hood River Armory. Admission for the 6 p.m. show is $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Tickets are available at His Touch Christian Book Supply in Hood River and at www.nothingevents.com. This concert is a fundraiser for the Community Workday.

Evening of jazz at the Saloon

Kooken & Hoomen occupy the interim, the cracks that fall between Rock, Jazz and Electronic music. The bay area group plays tonight at the River City Saloon.

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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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