Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Kooken & Hoomen at River City
Creeping out from the continental divide of jazz, electronic music, and rock is San Francisco's Kooken & Hoomen.
The four-piece makes a return to the River City Saloon this Friday for a 9:30 p.m. show. There will be a cover charge.
Rather than traveling between genres, Kooken & Hoomen use different approaches culled from various styles to create an entirely new sound. Songs spring from rock-like composition, containing stellar individual performances in the mode of jazz, and strech out into uncharted territory a la electronic music.
Their sound challenges your mind to hold on while compelling your body to move. If you like Sound Tribe Sector Nine, The New Deal, or Lake Trout, Kooken & Hoomen should be right up your alley. They tour on the West Coast, and have a wonderful website, www.kookenhoomen.com
Terry Robb, Robbie Laws at Grill
A tighter lineup will appear this weekend at the Riverside Grill, located inside the Hood River Inn on the Columbia Waterfront.
Local jazz organist and key player Gino Michaels will team with Robbie Laws and Jeff Minnick for a trio performance on Friday night. On Saturday it will be Michaels performing with picker Terry Robb. Both shows begin at 9 p.m. and there is no cover.
Music stays strong in October
A strong month of music remains to be seen at the River City Saloon. Looking ahead, the Reverend Evan Hadley will be performing next weekend on Oct. 18. Gorge favorites Rubberneck returns on Oct. 25 and then two blow-out nights are scheduled with the popular Global Funk Council, which is making its third appearance in Hood River on Oct. 28-29. Wrapping up the month will be Big Island Shindig, scheduled to play the Saloon on Halloween night.
For more information on bands, music and other attractions at the River City Saloon, please visit www.rivercitysaloon.com or call 387-BLUES.
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