Entertainment Update for Feb. 1

Dancing at Elks Feb. 6

The Hood River Elks Club welcomes on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Simcoe Boys Band playing country-western and swing music dancing. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $8. Event is 21 and over only. Dinner is available before the dance at 6 p.m. (cost of dinner includes dance admission). Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River. For more information call 541-386-1507.

St. Mary’s hosts ‘Father Valentine’

An interactive event promises romance, an Italian dinner, dancing, troubadours and intrigue as you discover how Valentine’s Day began when you step back to 269 AD and meet Father Valentine, (played by Lou DeSitter) Feb. 14, at the Hood River Elks Club at 6 p.m.

You will also have the experience of enjoying some special music by traveling troubadours who will be on hand to serenade your valentine.

Cost is $75 per couple; ticket sales end Feb. 6 or when all 60 are sold. Tickets are available at Waucoma Book Store, Elks Club, or at St. Mary’s Church.

The evening will also include St. Valentine’s blessing for each couple for the coming year.

‘Winter Carpenters’ at River City

Coming up at the River City Saloon:

1/31: Jon Koonce Trio. 10 p.m. No cover.

2/1: Otis Heat 10 p.m. $5 cover. Indie dance rock

2/6: Dead Winter Carpenters 10 p.m. No cover. Alt country/folk

2/7: Free People 10 p.m. $5 cover. Jam/rock

2/8 Tiburona/Grand Horse 10 p.m. No cover. Indie rock

2/14 Valoween (Valentines/Halloween) party with Dj Zinker $3 cover. 10 p.m.

2/15: Lower 48 (TBA)

2/19: Pimps Of Joytime. Brooklyn funk! Doors at 8 p.m. show at 9 p.m. $12 cover. tix available at brownpapertickets.com

River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

The Lonesomes at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Jan. 31: Albatross w/ Eliza Rickman 9:30 p.m. – Indie folk rock, feat. Ryan Sollee (of The Builders & The Butchers) and Cristina Cano (of Sallie Ford).

Ryan Sollee was asked to write the score for a musical play about a lonely dinosaur evolving into a beautiful Albatross. Recruiting his friends for that project led to his current project — featuring drums, viola and piano.

Saturday, Feb. 1: The Lonesomes w/ Riviera 9:30 p.m. – Mossy Northwest Americana

The Lonesomes are an “amazing new effort that contains shining elements of The Byrds, Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers. When you think about The Lonesomes, there's the feeling of the old West, not just in the band's name but in their sound and feel - something that put you in mind of tan chinos, shoe boots with spurs, shots of rye at the local saloon, and lots of dirt.”

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

Liberty Bond Jug Band Feb. 1

The Liberty Bond Jug Band returns to Double Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 1. Show is at 9 p.m. The band has been working on new songs, new arrangements and promises a fun evening of pan-fried, ghost town jug-stomp blues. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

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

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