Entertainment briefs - Jan. 16

Sam Hill to play at Full Sail

One of the top Northwest Bluegrass bands rounds out a great opening month of music at Full Sail Brewing. On Saturday, Jan. 19, Sam Hill will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Tasting Room. The pub is located next to the brewery at 506 Columbia Street. Call 386-2247 for more information.

dear francis debuts at Savino’s

dear francis, a portland acoustic folk-pop duo, has slated a show at Savino’s in downtown Hood River on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The sound of dear francis is unique in its market. Intelligent lyrics combine with crafted intense music echoed in the vocals/guitar of Earl Patrick and Craig Hamblin on upright bass.

With a fresh look, the duo is reminiscent of artists like Bob Mould, Richard Thompson and Leonard Cohen.

The two met in Boston, playing in the band love dora. After relocating to Portland nearly four years ago, the two formed as dear francis and have been playing venues throughout the Rose City ever since.

Straw Into Gold performing

A House Concert Sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society, featuring Straw Into Gold, will be held starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the home of June Harper and Steve Stegall "In the Old Schoolhouse at the Crest of the Hill" 5120 Hwy 35, Mt Hood (about 10 miles South of Hood River) . Straw Into Gold is the sound of four women weaving beautiful harmonies from the heart. Nadine Sanders, Jessica Clary, Rachel Greenspan and Katrina Haeger perform both a cappella and with their own instrumental accompaniment of harp, autoharp, piano, guitar, and fiddle. Straw Into Gold is known for its sweet, clear, precise harmonies and original songs of heart, home, and hearth. The cost will be $7 at the door/$6 for MCFS members, children under 12 are half-price, and under 5 are free. For more information contact June Harper at june@gorge.net, 541-352-6696 or Callie Jordan at callie@gorge.net, 541-296-1550.

Second Saturday Country Dance

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Rick Meyers, a caller from Portland, will return after a very spirited engagement at last year’s Mid-Columbia Folklore Society dance. The band will be the Mill Creek String Band from the Columbia Gorge area. This year’s dance will be held at the Rockford Grange, located on Barrett Road in Hood River. The dance is slated to go from 7 to 10 p.m. All dancers are asked to bring desserts to share with the group, and as a fund raiser for the MCFS. Admission is $6, MCFS Members $5, $1 for children, youth through 16. For more information contact Keith Harding at 541-352-7550, kharding@gorge.net or Callie Jordan at 541-296-1550 or callie@gorge.net.

Robbie Laws at Riverside

Inspired by the success of and favorable public response to the new music format at the Hood River Inn's Riverside Grill, hotel management has recently rearranged the lounge area. The new layout includes an expanded area for dancing and staging that accommodates a grand piano, Hammond organ, and room for large groups of musicians. Last week's performances of Paul deLay and the Portland Jazz All-Stars drew good crowds and delivered exciting presentations of music that got listeners up and out of their seats and onto the dance floor, said Geno Michaels.

This weekend the opportunity for dancing continues with the appearance of the Robbie Laws/Geno Michaels Power Trio. The group takes the stage at the Riverside Grill on Friday, and features award-winning guitarist/vocalist Robbie Laws and local keyboard, piano/organ powerhouse Geno Michaels. Robbie's polished yet gritty blues style and Geno's passionate performance will be driven by the groove of the versatile Ed Pierce on drums. The Power Trio's performance of danceable R&B starts at 9 p.m. and has no cover charge. Saturday stays in the danceable R&B mode with the performance of the Neal Grandstaff Group. Neal, from Salem, is one of the Northwest's finest guitarists/vocalists. Lloyd Jones says Neal "is simply amazing." The music starts at 9 p.m. and has no cover charge.

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