Entertainment briefs - Feb. 19

Benoit, Thackery at HR Hotel

Squrl Music as it again, hosting a huge Blues double bill at the Hood River Hotel on Saturday, March 1. Telard recording artists Tab Benoit and Jimmy Thackery will share the stage from 8 to 11 p.m.

The two shine together on their CD Whiskey Store, just released in September of 2002.

Imagine the cajun grit of Louisiana-born Tab Benoit and the fiery, Hendrix-inspired fretwork of Jimmy Thackery mixed together with premier Blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite and Double Trouble, the rhythm section that helped fuel Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Tickets are going fast for this show. Advance tickets are available at the Hood River Hotel. Ticket cost is $20. This is a non-smoking over-21 show.

Orange, Sock at The Saloon

There is a new band in town. Simply put: their name is Sock. These local guys are back by popular demand. They are straight out of the Seattle grunge scene. They have relocated down here to pursue the wine business but you won't find any winers on stage this Friday at the River City Saloon, when Sock takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. There will be a cover.

Following on Saturday night, Orange (formerly known as Sweet Tea) is the hottest up and coming band in Seattle. In just a few years, the group has caught the attention of major area clubs and grown quite a following. Orange's music combines the sonic sensibilities of bands such as Radiohead and The Police with the improvisational energy of groups like Phish and Dave Matthews, tying it all together in well crafted, hook driven pop songs.

Mosquito Bite", "E#" and "What a Shame" (from "Assembly", Sweet Tea's 1999 debut, and cornerstones of the band's live experience) have been hits with fans at retail and Internet sites. To date, the band has moved over 1,000 copies of "Assembly" with the help of local independent and major chain stores (the album sold out consistently at Tower Records-Mercer location, being featured on the play station for over three months). Internet sites such as CD Baby, listen.com, mp3 and garageband.com have also been instrumental in increasing album sales. The band has had great support from local radio stations such as KNDD, KISW (receiving enthusiastic spins on the morning, drive-time show), KCMU (now known as KEXP) and KBCS. Songs such as "Syd comes down", "Dead w/ You" and "Nothing Critical" from the newly released CD, "Push", have already established themselves as crowd favorites. For more information, visit www.rivercitysaloon.com.

Savino’s Lounge readies for series

Starting on Thursday, Feb. 27, Savino’s Lounge in Hood River will be hosting a singer/songwriter series. John Weinland plays at 9 p.m. For the month of March, Anandi is scheduled for Saturday, March 15. For more information, visit www.savinoslounge.com.

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