Full weekend of music at Savino's Loungs

When Stephen Ashbrook was getting ready to produce his latest album, he went to meeting after meeting with record executives who were excited about his music and were interested in signing him on.

After several of these meetings, one of the producers told Stephen that he loved his music, but that so far all he had heard were “B sides.” So, Stephen went into the studio and self produced his latest release, “American B Sides.”

This Friday, Hood River can hear Ashbrook starting at 9 p.m. at Savino’s Lounge.

Having recently left Arizona, where he was voted best acoustic performer of the year and during which time he won the “Make a Star” competition, Ashbrook is now resettled in the Northwest.

His music belies his American rock roots – and will have you tapping your toes and dancing before the end of his first set. Ashbrook can be heard in Hood River at monthly gigs at Savino’s Lounge.

Having made their Hood River debut in July when they opened for the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at Hoodfest, Dr. Theopolis is back this Saturday and ready to rumble. This will be a not to be missed outdoor show, the second to last in the Savino’s Summer Concert Series.

Formed by brothers Jules and Ezra Holbrook, Dr. Theopolis is a Clinton-style groove band that brings a funky edge to their rap and hip-hop show.

The Oregonian wrote that… “Somewhere between the wacky funk of Parliament, the old-school soul of Ohio Players and modern rap lies the multi-sensory freak show of Portland's Dr. Theopolis. Onstage, the flawless funk is accentuated by kooky pimp costumes and a dancer named Mr. Fabulous, who struts and gyrates like a mutant leftover from the old "Dance Fever" TV series. Another reviewer from Oregonlive writes, “Channeling the sexiness of soul, the love-making styling of funk, and putting it all together with a hip-hop tongue, Dr. Theopolis redefines hip-hop and funk.”

Sponsored in part by Full Sail, doors open at 8 p.m., and there will be a cover of $5.

Savino’s Lounge is located at 212 4th Street. Call 387 5511 for more information or online at www.savinoslounge.com.

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