Entertainment briefs - Jan. 8

Local bands play Smith benefit at Santacroces’

Three bands will play in a benefit show for Noah Smith at Santacroces’ Restaurant in Odell at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

The show will feature local acts Gipsy Ale, Saw Cordius, and Back of the Bus.

Donations will be accepted at the door to help Smith, a 1999 graduate of Hood River Valley High School who was involved in a car accident on Dec. 1 while returning from Hood River to Eugene. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Donations to the Noah Smith Rehabilitation Fund can be mailed to U.S. Bank at 1309 12th Street, Hood River, OR 97031. For information on Smith’s progress, visit:


Slide show features Mt. Hood

The Friends of Mt. Hood’s Daniel Dancer will give a two-projector slide presentation at the Hood River Hotel on Jan. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

“A Celebration of Mount Hood: Past, Present and Future” features provocative, entertaining and inspirational images from some of the area’s best photographers.

Following the slide show, a panel will answer questions about Mt. Hood and issues surrounding the proposed Cooper Spur destination resort.

Folklore society hosts dance

The Mid Columbia Folklore Society (MCFS) hosts the monthly Second Saturday Country Dance at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Rockford Grange on Barrett Road.

Salem resident Todd Silverstein is the caller and Mill Creek String Band provides the music.

The MCFS asks that attendees bring snacks to share as a fundraiser for the organization, and their own coffee/tea mugs to conserve resources.

For more information, contact Keith Harding at 541-352-7550.

River City hosts Reverend Hadley, Freewillinsoul

Portland-based singer/songwriter and guitarist The Reverend Evan Hadley will play at the River City Saloon Friday night.

Hadley is known for his unique blend of groove-oriented alt-pop combined with other musical textures and intense rhythms. Tasty melodies, insane solos and a groove-based improvisational edge makes every show a riveting experience. The group’s lineup includes Hadley, Noah Peterson on saxophones and percussion, Jay Stapleton on jazz guitar, Rob Noe on drums and Luke McKern on bass.

On Saturday, Portland-based Freewillinsoul hits River City with their funky, upbeat, acoustic/electric fusion of blues, bluegrass and rock. Original songs propelled by infectious grooves create a melting pot for the six piece ensemble which includes two guitars, bass, drums, and male and female vocals.

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