Rev. Evan Hadley, Motherbug at the Saloon

The Reverend Evan Hadley is Portland-based singer/songwriter and guitarist known for his unique blend of groove-oriented alt-pop combined with many other musical textures and layered over intense rhythms.

Tasty melodies, insane solos and the groove-based improvisational edge makes every show a riveteing experience.

The Reverand returns to town this Friday with a 9:30 p.m. show at the River City Saloon. There will be a cover charge.

A musical journey so powerful and a performance truly from the "Reverend's" heart and soul, the Reverend is sure to get your spirits in the right space.

Current line-up now featured in "The Reverend Evan Hadley" includes the good Reverned on vocals and Guitar, Jay Stapleton on jazz guitar, Noah Peterson on saxophones and percussion, Rob Noe on drums, Luke McKern on bass.

On Saturday, the Visitors House Band makes its debut appearance at the Saloon for a 9:30 p.m. show. There will be a cover charge.

This is a group of individuals that got together as a result of attending high energy jammin shows such as String Cheese Incident, Karl Densons Tiny Universe etc.

They would attend late night night after hours shows and they all became friends. Out of this group came the inception of The Visitors House Band, as the group of show goers apptly named themselves the visitors.

The proceeds of this show are being donated to a worthy cause of their choosing. So make your way down here to the River City and you will not be disappointed and you can feel good because you will be helping the cause while having a great time.

And on Wednesday, Hood River gets a saucy treat with Will Bernard and Motherbug. After two solid years of a regular gig schedule and touring, the Will Bernard 4-tet has evolved into a new identity reflecting more of a group mentality: Motherbug.

Some of the elements involved in this development are the addition of the rhythm section of Keith McArthur and Jan Jackson who had played previously with Will in the collaborative band Pothole (1993-97). The long standing chemistry of Jan, Will, and Keith is complimented by the inventive keyboard work of Michael Bluestein.

The sound of Motherbug is based in a guitar/keyboard heavy blend of R&B with strong ties to the Bay Area sound pioneered in the 60s and 70s (ala Santana, Sly Stone, and Tower of Power). What makes the whole mix a little different is the quirkiness of Will's compositions. With forays into the world of electronic ambiance and a jam band attitude, the Motherbug songs add elements of lounge, surf, and anything else that gets picked up on the way. Solid pop hooks and a sense of humor complete the package.

The new Motherbug album, co-produced by Will and Jason Carmer (whose production credits include Third Eye Blind, and Run DMC), is now available at bay area stores and directly from Bernard through this website.

Bernard has performed with the 4-tet and Motherbug at The Monterey, North Sea, SF Jazz, Bumbershoot, Be-Bop and Brew, Montreal and The High Sierra festivals, as well as clubs up and down the West Coast. They have opened locally for Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, and Jimmy Mcgriff.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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