Blue Trick, Anandi to play Savino’s on St. Paddy's Day

Savino’s Lounge has a big weekend of music planned, kicking off with Spinnaker on Friday night, followed by Anandi on Saturday and Blue Trick on Monday.

Spinnaker's music has been described as"World-Beat-Folk-Rock-Celtic-Funk"with diverse roots springing from Celtic, blues, rock, maritime,reggae, and American old time.

On Friday, the Portland group plays at St. Patty’s Day Party starting at 9 p.m. in the lounge.

Their sound has been compared to Steeleye Span, Pentangle and Great Big Sea. Spinnaker's four members boast respected musical pedigree including Shanghied on The Willamette, Broadside, Howling Gael, Three Sheets to the Wind, Grace's Darlings and St. Elmo's Choir. Spinnaker blends all of these influences into an entertaining and lively mix seasoned with salt, smoke and grit.

The band's lovely bow maiden, Mary Benson, beguiles with sly-delight. Imagine Great Big Sea fronted by Mae West as Julie Andrews. She earned her first fame in the seventies singing with the widely popular Howling Gael.

From lilting Irish ballads to the saltiest of sea chanties, to the songs of the English Music Hall, Mary continues to delight audiences with her voluptuous voice and saucy attitude.

On Saturday, Savino’s presents its second artist in its singer/songwriter series which carries into the summer. Anandi will play beginning at 9 p.m.

Raised in Oregon by a family of musicians, Anandi was already a prolific writer at an early age. Early influences included Joan Armatrading, Stevie Wonder, Chrissie Hynde and Rickie Lee Jones, while her father’s huge jazz collection also helped form the foundation of her unique style. With a name that means bliss in Sanskrit, one could easily infer that Anandi’s music has the ability to conjure up images and sounds pleasing to the senses.

After completing studies at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in Northern Vermont, Anandi spent time developing her sound in New York City and Boston before returning to Portland. “A rich, dusky voice, poignant lyricism and just a touch of sadness to make the blues go down right.” Anandi has been compared to such talents as Joni Mitchell, Aimee Mann, and Lisa Loeb, and this release demonstrates nicely her range of talent and strong songwriting ability.

On Monday, Blue Trick is hosting its tour kick-off bash at Savino’s. It will be the Hood River band’s first and last Gorge appearance of the year before embarking on a national tour. The music kicks off at 7 p.m. and cover is $4. For more information on Blue Trick, and their latest release, visit

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