Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Miles Ahead takes their name and their desire to push the boundaries of musical excellence from the legendary Miles Davis. However, this band is no weak homage or cliche ridden cover group. The group doesn't even have a trumpet player. The musicians are bright new voices, creating new music, extending new vistas in jazz which you can hear tonight, starting at 9:30 p.m. at the River City Saloon.
Miles Ahead, a hot, adventuresome quintet, plays jazz. Not smooth jazz, not fusion jazz, not new jazz, not acid jazz, just jazz. Leading with great original compositions, they follow up with a mixed bag of jazz favorites. Touching and embracing influences from all the great jazz styles, the group bobs and weaves musically like a great cat on the prowl. Creating something new and fresh yet firmly in the jazz tradition.
The talented members of the award-winning group perform with a grace and power that enrapt their audience. Taking their listeners with them as they explore the many lush and vibrant landscapes that define the worlds of jazz; Miles Ahead creates and experience that touches all lovers of this great music.
The Big Island Shindig, based in Portland, combines the energies of both acoustic and electric instruments causing a cosmic combustion of honey-sweet jam. The BIS rolls into town for a special show on Halloween evening at the Saloon.
The Shindig packs a powerful punch from their multi-style arsenal of tunes. From blues to bluegrass, rock to funk, Latin and jazz, the Big Island will grab a style, carve and chisel it, reshaping it into their own.
Musically conscious and always listening, the B.I.S. create a live energy on stage that captures a room, leading listeners down a spiraling musical joyride. The River City Saloon will be giving away a 10 punch ski pass to Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort for the best costume this spooky evening. So put your best thoughts and creativity together and get in for a big Halloween bash.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge