Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Open Country Joy, better known to their fans as OCJ, is a band that incorporates such diverse styles as bluegrass, country, jazz, funk, rock, latin, and folk. Open Country Joy comes to Hood River this Friday for a 9:30 p.m. show at the River City Saloon.
Their high-energy sound packs the dance floor and keeps backsides groovin' until the wee hours. OCJ is almost 3 years into the mix, started and still based in the music-centered community of Ellensburg, Wash. They have already established themselves as a favorite in the area, and have gathered a devout following.
On Saturday, Carlos Washington and the Giant People make a return trip to the River City Saloon.
Next Wednesday, Psychedelic Breakfast makes a stop in Hood River for a 9:30 p.m. show at the Saloon. A true fusion of funk, jazz and good ol' rock n' roll. In three short years, PB has become a firmly established mainstay on the New England concert and a fixture at all of the region's major clubs and festivals scene.
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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