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Entertainment briefs 5/15

Home Grown music debuts Saturday

Pando Production’s history started in 1993 in The Dalles, Ore., under the name Columbia Gorge Productions.

After awhile, Eloy Pando decided this name sounded too corporate, and since he was dealing with local and regional talent, he decided to keep it homegrown and give it a personal touch with the name Pando Productions, his family name.

Pando has created the Northwest Homegrown Music Festival. Its purpose is to give these bands a chance to perform before a large audience in a professional setting.

The First Annual Northwest Home Grown Music Festival is Saturday, May 18, at the Granada Theatre in The Dalles. Tickets are $8 at the door, or $6 in advance.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. Local bands include The Mist Beets, Appointed to Paradise from Lyle, Wash., 2% from Hood River, Cerulean Blue from White Salmon, Wash., Whiskey Sinner and Happy Gnome.

“My mission is to help local and regional talent climb the ladder to success. I work only with new and upcoming talent from the Northwest, because that is where stars are born,” said Pando.

“As for myself, I find these acts more entertaining than the professionals because you can see the raw talent and they give their all to impress you. These entertainers have just as much fun performing for you, if not more, than the audience watching them.”

Pando has invited people in the music industry to come and be part of the audience in hopes that these bands will land recording contracts, sell their music, or be hired to perform in other productions in the Northwest.

Businesses who have sponsored the show include Davison Insurance Services, Columbia Cremation & Burial, Griffith Motors, Braun Enterprises, Rena Hunley Real Estate, West 2nd St. Food Mart, Sign Pro, City of The Dalles Employees Union Local 910, SEIU 503.

Tim Readman to play in-house concert

The Mid-Columbia Folklore Society presents Tim Readman in a house concert at the home of Marilyn O’Malley and Rick Doersch near White Salmon, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re very fortunate to have him dropping in for an intimate performance at Rick and Marilyn’s house,” said Keith Harding of the Folklore Society.

“Don’t let the nine-mile drive out of White Salmon discourage you. The scenery is lovely for a Sunday afternoon drive and the view from the house at 99 Cooke Rd. is magnificent,” Harding said.

“Tim is known for his infectious sense of humor and a definitive style that incorporates a genuine feel for traditional music with a mastery of many contemporary styles. His energy, wit, passion, and engaging personality would make him a superb entertainer even if he wasn’t the wonderful musician that he is.”

“Readman has the faculty to go from a slice of life vignette to a lusty ballad with ease and uses Celtic themes without sounding imitative,” said Dirty Linen Magazine.

Readman has shared stages with Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Old Blind Dogs, The Paper Boys, Mad Pudding, Spirit of the West, and many other notables. Recently he toured the UK with BBC Folk Entertainer of the Year, Vin Garbutt.

He’s been composing since he was 15, and has played in many bands since then, including The Kane Gang, and Fear of Drinking. He’s recently released his first solo album, Into the Red.

To get to the concert from White Salmon, turn uphill on Main Street at the clock tower, go about 0.8 miles and turn right on Snowden/North Main Ave., and then right again (still on Snowden).

Continue 4.3 miles and turn right on Bates (go straight where Snowden curves around the Cherry Lane Fire Station on the left). Go one mile and turn right on Tunnel Rd.

Go 2.9 miles and turn right on Cooke. Go one mile, turn right into unmarked driveway, then take right fork of driveway and go uphill to house with red roof.

Robbie Laws, Ocean 503 this weekend at Grill

Week after week great bands from around the Northwest perform R&B, jazz, and blues at the Riverside Grill. Turn-out has been very good and continues to rise as more area residents discover the high-quality entertainment.

Music is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, and there is no cover charge.

This Friday, Ocean 503 kicks off the weekend with a night of funky R&B, jazz and blues.

The group features LaRhonda Steele on vocals, Barry Fredericks on vocals, Steve Smith on guitar and vocals, MeGale Roberts on bass, Jeff Ward on drums, and Mark Steele on keyboards.

An in-demand band from Portland, Ocean 503 has a growing following in the Gorge, especially by those who want to get out on the dance floor and have a good time.

On Saturday, Robbie Laws & the Geno Michaels Power Trio return by popular demand for a night of rousing R&B and dancing at the Grill.

The group features Robbie Laws on guitar, Geno Michaels on Hammond organ and piano, Ted Swenson on bass, and Ed Peirce on drums.

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