Koonce starts busy CEBU Lounge weekend

Jon Koonce Trio brings Roadhouse Blues Rock to CEBU Lounge at Best Western Hood River Inn Friday.

On Saturday, the stage goes to indie folk rockers Norman with Yaquina Bay indie folk rock. Both shows start at 9:30 p.m.

Oregon Music Hall of Fame member Jon Koonce serves up meat ‘n’ potatoes rock ‘n’ roll. His gruff and warm voice, paired with workmanlike guitar and blue collar lyrics have been hailed for several decades.

From 1981 to 1984, Koonce was on the roster of A&M records where he released several albums before parting ways and heading back to his indie roots. The founder and former front man of Johnny and the Distractions has recorded more than six albums, including the David Kerschenbaum-produced “Let It Rock.” This critically acclaimed album was released in 1982 and hit #152 on the Billboard charts of that same year.

Since then, Koonce has gone back to his roots with releases like “Train Fare Home,” “Songs from the Little Village on the River” and “It Can Never Happen Here.”

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Koonce’s songs are “built of the same chunky rhythm and vigor that characterizes songs by Bruce Springsteen or Graham Parker, with R&B roots and gritty subjects rough roads, bad apartments, faithless women.”

Vintage Guitar Magazine had this to say about Koonce’s music: “[it] features Beatle-esque guitars and harmonized vocals that’ll make any old rocker smile.”

As a soloist and leader of several bands, Koonce has toured internationally and shared concert bills with many artists including Tom Petty, The J. Geils Band, Huey Lewis & The News, Joan Jett, Asia, The Kingsmen, Duane Jarvis and Joe Ely. In a time of overlapping musical genres, Koonce and his current trio are out to revive the roots of true rock ‘n’ roll. Jon Koonce — a working man’s troubadour.


Norman is a band defined by its surroundings: the green, lush and often soggy landscapes of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. An aesthetic layered with fields and farms, trees and hills, the valley is sandwiched between two mountain ranges and extends north to Portland.

Norman’s sophomore, full-length “Hay, Hay, Make a Wish and Turn Away” conjures images of a flatbed pickup rambling down a dusty country road on a warm summer evening. Find a field, throw down a blanket, and play this record with the doors open and windows down, while you lay on your back watching the stars, wishing on the ones that fall.

While it may be stating the obvious, Norman most clearly embodies Harvest-era Neil Young, while drawing a wide range of comparisons including My Morning Jacket, Uncle Tupelo, Ryan Adams and even fellow Portlanders Blitzen Trapper.

Yaquina Bay has grown into a dynamic live act with a handful of players from around the Salem area. Kirstin Demezas (violin), Kendra Schmal (guitar, uke, piano), Jason Stringer (bass, percussion) and Shawn Thornhill (percussion). They have released a 7-inch record entitled “Morozko,” and another full-length record, “The Eastern Desert.”

Looking ahead: Local rockers Moe Dixon and Kerry Williams will play CEBU Sept. 6 at 9:30 p.m., in the Summer Funtime series.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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