March 23 Entertainment Update

March 23, 2011


Help CEBU Lounge welcome back NW blueswoman Tess Barr and her band on Friday, March 25. Music starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover.

Spring Release at Maryhill

There’s live music at Maryhill Winery to celebrate the Spring Release Weekend, March 26-27, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Music is from 1-5 p.m. both days. Saturday, March 26, Wayman Chapman. Wayman’s career has taken him all over the world playing in different bands. A charismatic performer who with his magnetism and musical talents can make wherever you are, the perfect place to be. He’s best known for his smooth R&B, Blues, Jazz and funk. Sunday, March 27, Kevin Barber Band. You won't want to miss this rare appearance of Kevin and his band. Hailing from Las Vegas, Kevin Barber on guitar and vocals unites with Dennis Caiazza and Matthew Higgins to create the incomparable sound of the Kevin Barber Band. This contemporary band combines influences from country masters like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, and Chet Atkins with the rich sounds of classic greats Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Frank Sinatra, to create a unique music genre they call “Hillbilly Jazz.” Maryhill Winery, 9774 Hwy. 14, Goldendale, Wash.; 877-627-9445.

Strangetones at Trout Lake Inn

On Saturday, April 2, the Trout Lake Inn presents the Strangetones. Based in Portland, the Strangetones are the area’s premier Blues, rockabilly and dance band. Cascade Blues Association says this band is the best contemporary act four years running. $7 cover. Music starts at 9 p.m. Trout Lake Country Inn, 15 Guler Road, Trout Lake, Wash.; 509-395-3667.

‘Wailing Wind’ at Double Mtn.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ron Rogers and his band the Wailing Wind will celebrate the CD release of “Country & Eastern” at Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, April 2. Showtime is 8 p.m. The all-original Americana/alt-country/Texas-rock band, featuring Dave Grafe on pedal steel guitar, will play cuts from the new CD and other highly danceable roadhouse music. Visit for more. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Tess Barr at CEBU March 25

Help CEBU Lounge welcome back NW blueswoman Tess Barr and her band on Friday, March 25. Music starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover. Tess and crew play a broad range of blues favorites and original tunes. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Dogwater plays Everybody’s

Everybody's Brewing is announcing a new music series: Last Local Sundays. On Sunday, March 27, Sid Ordoyne and Jeff Carrell will kick off the new music series performing as “Dogwater.” The free monthly event will take place on the last Sunday on the calendar and will feature live local acts. Music is from 6-8 p.m. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Tsunami Relief at Solstice

There’s music and more at Solstice Cafe in Bingen. On Monday, March 21, enjoy music from Joel Valle from 6-8 p.m. On Wednesday, March 23, it’s the 3rd Annual Paper Airplane Contest. Join Solstice for paper airplane making for pro's and novices alike. Prizes will be given for those who compete in our judged competition. Judging begins at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, March 29, it’s a Tsunami Relief Party from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Kerry Williams and Victor Johnson will be jammin tunes, and there will be a silent auction with contributions from Mark Nillsom, Raven's Eye Tattoo, Dog River and more. $20 suggestion donation for adults and $10 per child. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross and Mercy Corps.

‘Superstar’ auditions April 6-7

Auditions for the CAST production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Jesus Christ Superstar,” one of the first and greatest rock operas, will be held on April 6 and 7 in the choir room at Hood River Valley High School. Director Mark Steighner says that the high-energy score demands a cast of 20 equally high-energy singers. “In particular the roles of Jesus and Judas require big, rock and roll voices capable of a wide range.” Although most of the featured roles call for actors ages 20-40, auditions are open to high school age students and above of any age. Auditions begin at 6:30 p.m. Those trying out should prepare a song that demonstrates the singer's range and capabilities. A CD player will be provided, but singers will need to provide their own piano accompanist. “Jesus Christ Superstar” was Webber's first big commercial success and the show has become a staple of college and community theatres. The CAST production of Jesus Christ Superstar will run the second and third weekends in July. Rehearsals will be in the evenings during April, May, and June. For more information, contact the director at

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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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