Entertainment Update for Nov. 13

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8

If you like a little jazz, or a little groove in your Christmas music then get ready for the Groove Project Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. It’s the time of year for cool, soulful, jazz-infused renditions of all the Christmas standards.

The band features Tim Mayer (keys), Rick Hulett (guitar), Char Mayer (vocals), Mike Stillman (sax), Ryan McAlexander (bass), Tim Ortlieb (drums) and probably a few more musical friends stopping by. Tickets at the door are $10, $5 for seniors, students and children

Ted Horwitz at Portage Grill

Ted Horwitz is at the piano every Friday and Saturday from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Portage Grill, located in the Shilo Inn Hotel in The Dalles. Ted Horwitz plays pop, rock, showtunes — his years of experience makes for an entertaining show. Shilo Inn, The Dalles at I-84 exit 87, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way. Call 541-298-3287 for more information.

Jim MacMillan plays Nov. 15

The Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell trio will be rolling out a few new tunes and an evening of original music from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles. For more information on their CD release “Celilo,” visit www.jimmacmillanmusic.com.

Williams at The Pines Nov. 14

This week at The Pines in Hood River:

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m. Kerry Williams on guitar and mandolin. High energy or sweet and slow, Kerry’s virtuosity guarantees a great music evening. On Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7-9 p.m. Oregon native son John Bunzow returns, playing everything from country-rock to reggae. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

‘Needles’ screens Nov. 20

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Cascade Acupuncture Center will screen the powerful film “9000 Needles” at Columbia Center for the Arts starting at 7:30 p.m.

“9000 Needles” follows forty-year-old Devin Dearth who after suffering a devastating stroke, faces dismal odds of recovery, as well as, the confines of the U.S. health care system. In a desperate search for an answer, his community and family rally behind him, raising the necessary funds and support to send Devin on an unconventional journey to China where he will participate in a program which uses acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicines to treat stroke patients.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

Black Lillies at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Nov. 15: Fashion Gala after-party w/ DJ Cooky Parker 9 p.m. - R&B/soul/boogie/funk/hip-hop

With a strong ear for rhythm and an ever expanding record collection teeming with rare gems and unstoppable beats, Parker has made it his mission to never let up and to always serve the dance floor with taste and style.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Black Lillies, 9:30 p.m. – Country, rock, roots from Tennessee.

Black Lillies front man Cruz Contreras knows a thing or two about the road. “Runaway Freeway Blues,” the band’s third studio album, was recorded in Wild Chorus Studio in their hometown of Knoxville. In 2012, they played over 200 gigs, emerging as a band “that’s becoming something of a phenomenon across the country.”

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Jess Clemons plays Nov. 16

Jess Clemons plays a house concert on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. “Recently arrived from the East Coast, Jess Clemons has attracted quite a musical following. A mix of Adele, Bonnie Raitt and Patty Griffin, her smokey, soulful, one-of-a-kind vocals are backed by solid, sultry piano or acoustic guitar. Her well-crafted story songs can make the rowdy bar crowd quiet down to listen.” Paul Blackburn, 401 Montello, Hood River; 541-387-4011.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com

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