Entertainment Update for Sept. 11

Locash Cowboys at CG Hotel

Get ready to dance! Country superstars Locash Cowboys will be at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 15. Locash Cowboys Chris Lucas and Preston Brust have written a few number-one country songs, covered by the likes of Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. Their latest single is “Catch a Little Love,” but you’ll be able to catch them right here this weekend. Come see why this duo has had over 10 million YouTube views, sold over one million songs and continue to entertain fans worldwide with their high-energy live shows. Tickets are $30 in advance. 5 p.m. Doors open; 6 p.m. Opening act 7 p.m. Locash Cowboy concert. Call the hotel for more information and specials on rooms and tickets. Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5566.

‘Sioux City Kid’ plays Sept. 21

Outlaw Americana outfit Sioux City Kid, will be headlining the Trillium Cafe in Hood River on Saturday, Sept. 21. The S.F. Bay-area band is fronted by Jared Griffin and his inimitable gravel-lined baritone. Sioux City Kid will release their first full-length record, “Minutes, Miles, Troubles & Trials,” this month. The album was recorded at San Francisco’s legendary Coast Recorders studio, previously host to Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and the band that would become Creedence Clearwater Revival. The show is part of a West Coast tour in support of the new record. Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

Redwood Son at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge: Friday, Sept. 13: Redwood Son Big Band 9:30 p.m. Redwood Son, purveyor of eclectic West Coast Americana, returns to Cebu Lounge with their big band lineup. Their 20-song double-disc debut, “The Lion’s Inside,” boasts a dynamic versatility that crosses the borders of West Coast Americana with hook-laden roots-rock.

Saturday, Sept. 14: Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra 9:30 p.m. — three piece string band from San Francisco, feat. Chris Lynch from Brothers Comatose. O’Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, with his ear pressed close to the ancient hiss in the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

‘Good Luckers’ play Sept. 13

The Good Luckers are playing a variety of rock and country tunes at the Sandbar Cafe on the Hood River waterfront on Friday, Sept. 13. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues until dusk. The band features Dale Whitaker on drums, Jodie Moreau on guitar, John Durkan on guitar and ukulele and Ron Smith on bass.

Ruins Tuesday continues with Sassparilla Sept. 17

Springhouse Cellar in Hood River continues the Ruins Tuesday music series through September.

Don’t miss locals Barlow Road with Nehalem’s country-western duo Cedar Shakes on Sept. 10.

On Sept. 17 it’s Sassparilla with Ryan Sollee of Builders and the Butchers.

On Sept. 24, it’s the summer finale with Jelly Bread.

The event starts at 5 p.m., music is from 6-10 p.m. $3 cover. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

‘Walter and the Conqueror' at Rivertap Sept. 20

The newly expanded Rivertap pub in Hood River will feature rock music from local band Walter and the Conqueror on Friday, Sept. 20. Music is from 6-9 p.m. The band features Noa Edwards, Adam Kuatt, Cooper Holzman and Tucker Fletcher. Upcoming music includes: Oct. 4: Erin & the Project; Oct. 11: Ghost Writer. Rivertap, 112 A Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-9900.

Breast Health benefit Sept. 14

Sunshine Mill in The Dalles hosts a benefit community concert for the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8:30 p.m. The show is a benefit for the Breast Health for Strong Families program, which provides free mammograms and breast health education. Music will be provided by Irish band Barley Draught. Tickets are $15. Sunshine Mill Winery, 901 E. Second St., The Dalles; 541-298-8900.

Full Sail hosts ‘American Craft Beer Cookbook’ signing

Full Sail Brewing will host a book signing of “The American Craft Beer Cookbook” at its pub with author John Holl. Join Full Sail Brewing on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 5-7 p.m. to meet the author of this newly released book. Waucoma Bookstore will be on site with books available for purchase.

The book features Full Sail’s own Gouda Fondue made with Session Lager. Full Sail Brewing will be offering free samples of the Gouda Fondue along with an appetizer special. Patrons will receive a free pint glass and bottle opener with the purchase of cookbook. Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub, 506 Columbia St., Hood River; 541-386-2247.

Songwriters team up Sept. 13

Jim MacMillan, Mark Daly and Alonzo Garbanzo team up for a house concert on Friday, Sept. 13, at 401 Montello, Hood River. It’s an evening of original songs from three local musicians with different styles and approaches to music. Music starts at 7 p.m. All-ages show. $15 donation at the door.

‘Wild & Scenic’ films Sept. 20-21

Two nights of thought-provoking films are presented by the Wild & Scenic Film Festival — this year the theme is “A Climate of Change,” as the films will explore everything from kayaking big waterfalls to changes that are affecting oyster production on Washington’s coast. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Tickets are $9 per night, $15 weekend pass. Doors open at 6 p.m.; films at 7. Benefit for the Crag Law Center. Tickets available at Doug’s Sports and Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River.

Everybody’s celebrates 5 years

On Saturday, Sept. 14, brace yourself for Everybody’s Brewing five-year anniversary extravaganza featuring music from The Israelites — the premier Los Angeles ska, reggae and rocksteady hit band. Don’t forget to sign up for the final year of the infamous Chicken Wing Eating Contest — the winner gets awesome food and drink prizes. Sign up at the pub today. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

United Way benefit Sept. 20

Dance to epic music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s by the band Hit Machine in a benefit concert for the United Way of the Columbia Gorge on Friday, Sept. 20, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. The United Way supports groups like Haven, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA. Tickets are $10 in advance at Lucy’s Informal Flowers or the United Way office at 541-386-6100. A Cousin’s Country Inn lodging package is available for a $100 donation. Call for details.

‘OFM’ band workshop Sept. 19

Portland rock band One From Many will be offering a free community workshop Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts. The workshop is geared toward kids who would like to talk to the band about music, what it’s like to play in a touring/recording band, and the many opportunities in music that can lead to a potential career in the business. A ticketed, all-ages concert by the band follows at 8 p.m.

Music, more at Clocktower Ales

There’s music and more at Clocktower Ales in The Dalles. They have Trivia night every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., live music every Friday at 8 p.m., Victor Johnson plays every Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and there’s 15 Minutes of Fame every Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3 - Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 - Wasco Brothers (Roots-Rock) at 8 p.m.

Sept. 14, 21, 28 - Victor Johnson at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 15, 22, 29 - 15 Minutes of Fame at 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 - United Way Fundraiser featuring Hit Machine at 7 p.m. Ticketed Event - get your tickets at Clock Tower Ales.

Sept. 27 - Dancehall Days at 8 p.m. Hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's, and 00's.

Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles; 541-296-2602.

Kay Floria at The Pines Sept. 12

Kay Floria plays keyboard and sings blues, ballads and jazzy tunes. Her style is reminiscent of the women blues artists from the 40s and 50s. She’ll be at The Pines on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., it’s Rick Hulett on guitar and vocals to fire you up and melt your soul. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Cripple Hop plays Sept. 27

Cripple Hop will be bringing their high energy fusiongrass to a locale near you. On Friday, Sept. 27, catch them at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on The Heights at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 3, see them at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River starting at 8 p.m. Expect to hear classic covers, new originals, and a few unexpected surprises.

6th annual Vintage Evening Big Band Blitz fundraiser for Discovery Center Oct. 5

The Dalles, Oregon — Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the 6th annual Vintage Evening auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 5. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts 6 p.m.

This year’s theme is a 1940s Big Band Blitz featuring the Minidoka Swing Band, a 17-piece band with 3 vocalists. Dance to the big band music of the 40s, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin. The Minidoka Swing Band, started in 2007, was created to reflect the music of Japanese Internment camps during WWII. Minidoka, Idaho was the internment camp for Japanese Americans living in Oregon and Washington.

Forget about food rationing! The Basalt Rock Café will serve dishes popular during the era, including Beef Bourguignon, Smoked Salmon Dijon Crème Fraiche Canapes, Crab Mornay, Parmesan Scalloped Potato Stacks and more. Sip on 1940s style cocktails to round out the evening.

The live and silent auctions include a Disneyland Vacation, a Napa Valley Wine train trip, rafting trips, a visit to Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho, a fishing trip with Oregon Guide Service, a hot air balloon trip, tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pendleton Roundup and Portland Center Stage and much more.

Guests are invited to come in 1940s vintage dress. Don’t have any vintage ‘40’s couture in your closet? Call the Discovery Center for costume ideas.

Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets are $75, Table for 10 is $600. For tickets or information, call the Discovery Center at 541-296-8600 x 201, or log on to www.gorgediscovery.org.

Proceeds benefit the Discovery Center a non-profit organization. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is the official interpretive center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

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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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