March 16 Entertainment Update

March 16, 2011


John Reischman and The Jaybirds play on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts

Groove in Gorge March 25

Get ready to dance the night away at the Groove in the Gorge Dance Party with DJ Mojo on Friday, March 25. The event happens at the Paris Fair Event Space, 315 Oak Street, 3rd Floor, in Hood River from 8-10 p.m. Admission is $8. For more information, visit

‘Jaybirds’ visit March 24

Columbia Center for the Arts and Gorge Music Series present an outstanding evening of music with John Reischman and The Jaybirds on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and are available at Columbia Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and the Oak Street Hotel in Hood River and online at Columbia Center for the Art is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River. With four critically-acclaimed albums and an expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power.

Al Stewart tickets on sale

Grammy nominated and Platinum selling recording artist Al Stewart, best known for his songs “Year of the Cat,” “Time Passages” and “On the Border” comes to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, Wash., on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. This special acoustic evening will feature guest guitarist Dave Nachmanoff. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25, available at 1-800-494-TIXS or The concert is presented by the Skamania Performing Arts Foundation.

Hillbillies play HR Hotel

Music at the Hood River Hotel continues with jazz and more from Suzie Sinclair, Bill Irish and Susan Crowley on Friday, March 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. On Monday, March 21, it’s tunes from the Hapa Hillbillies from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

‘Will West’ at CEBU March 18

On Friday, March 18, Will West and the Friendly Strangers debut at CEBU Lounge. Music starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. The Portland Mercury says “The Friendly Strangers are a formidable ensemble, boasting fiddles, banjos and mandolins, all guided by Will West's casual ringleading.” Blending traditional instrumentation and old-time inspirations — playing modern folk, roots and cozy Americana. On Saturday, March 19, it’s music from Cameron Ferguson. Come see why Cameron is the Cebu staff favorite. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

MacLeod, more at The Pines

Come to The Pines to celebrate your Irish heritage! The tasting room will be rockin' to the Irish tunes of Kerry Williams on Thursday, March 17, from 6-9 p.m.

On Friday, March 18, put on your dancing shoes and move your feet to the motion: the LoLo Motion! Enjoy and interesting blend of funk and blues.

On Saturday, March 19, from 8-11 p.m. bluesman Doug MacLeod makes a rare appearance at The Pines. Sing Out Magazine says “Macleod is preserving a lost art . . . A must for any serious fan of the blues and any soul who needs the healing of the blues” Tickets are $15 in advance. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

‘Springhouse’ Equinox party

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with Kerry Williams on guitar and mandolin on Tuesday, March 22, from 7-10 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. Appetizers will be available and there is no cover charge. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River; 541-308-0700.

Eddy Corduroy at Naked Winery

Saturday March 19, 7-10 p.m.: Eddy Corduroy and The Jackets — Roots, blues and rock. Join us for relaxation and fun on Saturday night.

Sunday, March 20, 5-7 p.m.: Cameron Ferguson — This local singer/acoustic-guitarist covers everything from Led Zeppelin to Jack Johnson, then back again with The Beatles and a little Pearl Jam.

Monday, March 21: 7-10 p.m. Naked Winery’s open mic/Jam hosted by Les Vaughn. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Dust Settlers play March 18

Everybody’s Brewing brings a super fun bluegrass and country quartet coming to the Gorge on Friday,?March 18: The Dust Settlers! These cats are part of a side project of The Sugarcane String Band who have rocked Everybody's Brewing several times, so these folks are no stranger to turning out the good times. They let loose with fiddles, mandolins, guitars and standup bass with original tunes along with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash tunes.If you're looking for an awesome foot stompin' string pickin' party, we got what you need! Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774. Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@

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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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