Hoodfest music debuts July 19

On July 19, musicians and fans will converge on Hood River for the debut of the Hoodfest music festival sponsored in part by Rogue Ales. Eight bands, ranging in musical genre from jazz to singer-songwriters to funk, will take the stage at the Marina Green for a 12-hour celebration of people, music, food and the Gorge.

In addition to the musical cavalcade, local businesses will provide a mini “Bite” of Hood River with booths selling everything from tacos to yakisoba. There will be space available for sports shops wanting to provide free clinics as well as space for craft vendors and non-profit organizations with information booths.

Music will kick off at the noon hour. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. The festival will be headlined by The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and supported by seven other bands.

* Leslie Helpert (www.serpentfly.com) “Closest to Michael Hedges with a little recent Ani DiFranco mixed in for common comparison, Helpert is a free spirit channeling expression through an instrument often relegated to chordal accompaniment.”— Athens Banner-Herald.

* New Clear Days: A Dead-esque jam band, New Clear Days can be found playing at summer festivals up and down the West Coast. Easy tunes for listening and grooving.

* Scott Huckabay (www.scotthuckabay.com) Playing “electrified acoustic trance guitar”, Huckabay is a regular on NPR stations across the nation and his latest release won the Album of the Year (New Age category) at the Independent Music Awards.

* Fourth Plane Jaiant (www.4thplanejaiant.com) Described as Peter Gabriel fronting Pearl Jam, Fourth Plane Jaiant is a Portland based band that brings soul and real rhythm to rock music.

* Django’s Cadillac: Brought together by their shared love of the music of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy jazz they are self described as “Contemporary Vintage Inter-Continental Acoustic Swing.” With Kat Cogswell on vocals and the guitar duo, string bass, jazz mandolin and clarinet one reviewer wrote that “anyone that enjoys live music and has a heartbeat will like this stuff.”

* Alma Melodiosa (www.almamelodiosa.com) A hypnotic blend of flamenco passion with diverse world rhythms originating from California, Spain and Canada. Two female vocalists take you from the hard driving rhythms of flamenco to an electronic groove before you even know what happened.

* Dr. Theopolis (www.drtheopolis.com )“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.”

* The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (www.daddies.com) Of “Zoot Suit Riot” fame, the Daddies are adamant that they are not a “swing band”, but a rather a band that can swing.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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