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Entertainment briefs 6-26

David Nelson, Jesus Presley play

It will be a homecoming of sorts for the David Nelson Band, which returns to the River City Saloon tomorrow for a 9:30 p.m. show. The band played to a packed house last year as the grand-opening band for the renovated River City Saloon. Having played with the New Riders of the Purple Sage and other Grateful Dead offspring, David Nelson packs a professional, yet fun set of jam favorites both from his band and his past projects. On Friday, Jesus Presley makes the trip from Portland, filling in a spot vacated by the Clumsey Lovers, who had to cancel. Following on Saturday, Area 54 fills the bar with the groovy dance sounds and disco fun.

John Brown’s Body at Savino’s

A major East Coast following is making its way west for roots/reggae masters John Brown’s Body, playing this Saturday at Savino’s. Having played before at the Northshore, John Brown’s Body is one of the top touring reggae bands in the country, playing nearly 300 dates a year. This is the second show in the summer series at Savino’s, located in downtown Hood River. The show starts at 9 p.m., and there will be a cover charge.

Thackery returns to Hood River

Chances are that tickets are getting hard to find for Jimmy Thackery’s return to the Gorge. Thackery, one of the most fiery and crafty blues guitarists still roaming the country, will play this Saturday at the Hood River Hotel. The show is 21 and over, non-smoking. Tickets are on sale at the Hood River Hotel. Having learned his chops from such great players as Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, Thackery is one show not to miss. He has sold out every show for the last five year.

Rhythm Culture plays the Grill

Portland's Rhythm Culture returns to the Riverside Grill at the Hood River Inn on Friday and Saturday. There is no cover and both shows start at 9 p.m.

Rhythm Culture (formerly known as Earth Tones) is a regular feature of the Pacific Northwest music scene. The band is currently performing at music festivals in the Pacific Northwest and just finished at the Portland Rose Festival and the Nehalem Music Festival. A reggae beat drives the band’s signature sound, a mixture of Latin and Caribbean rhythms with blues and jazz influences.

Misty River plays benefit

The CAST Performing Arts Center is hosting Misty River, a first-rate bluegrass band from Portland this Saturday as a benefit for The Nature Conservancy. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. Misty River, who played at the prestigious Wintergrass Festival in Tacoma, Wash. this year, will be peforming a wide variety of American music.

Moe Dixon plays the patio

Gorge favorite Moe Dixon will be playing tonight, and again next Wednesday, out on the patio at Stonehedge Gardens for an evening of acoustic entertainment. Dixon, a musical mainstay since the Gorge was rediscovered in the late 1980s, will play starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and a full drink, appetizer and dinner menu will be offered. Patio is open beginning at 5 p.m.

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