Entertainment briefs - Jan. 15

TOCA at Savino’s

Members of the band Rubberneck unplug for two acoustic sets at Savino’s this Friday. The popular Portland funk ensemble known as TOCA just released its new album “egomanic,” and will be playing selected tracks along with other Latin funk favorites at the show. In other entertainment at Savino’s, check out Hood River bluesman Henry Schifter on Jan. 23. Both shows begin at 9 p.m. There will be a cover. More for information, go to www.savinos lounge.com

Two Portland bands play Saloon

Professor Gall is the brainchild of Drew Norman. Hood River will get its chance to hear this musical mastermind this Friday at the River City Saloon. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a cover charge.

Born into a very musical family in New Jersey, Drew sang his first solo at age 7. Performing in award winning jazz bands, turning professional in musicals like Carnival and Godspell at age 14, Norman began to develop skills for being a well rounded singer/songwriter and composer. He recently wrote and performed a score fora New Age Show Productions short movie soundtrack, and collaborated with Eric Hargrove (James Brown's touring percussionist) at an Allerga Drum Crafters of Oregonworkshop.

Now residing in Portland, Norman has led his band, Professor Gall, to become a regional favorite. At the same time releasing his own solo record on BEW Records, entitled “Safe At Home." Touring the western United States steadily has helped to expand Norman’s fan base and his new writings, encompassing ragtime, bluegrass, jazz, and folk into avery interesting and original mixture-coined, 'Mood Altering Folkgrass.'

Saturday brings the positive creation that is Earth Force, a band born in the plush, misty hillsides of the coastal rainforest of western Oregon in 1996. The group decided to move to Portland to fulfill their musical vision, and during the past four years the group has performed with international musicians such as: Culture, the Congos, Jah Levi, Clinton Feron, Foundation, String Cheese Incident, the Meditations, Pablo Moses, Credence Clearwater Revisited, and members of JGB. They have played with local Portland bands Ashbury Park, Shamir, Obadiahs, Calobo, and Higher Ground.

‘Gorge Landscapes’ show opens

Columbia Art Gallery’s January show opens on Thursday. The show, “Gorge Landscapes,” is a multimedia exhibit of work by artists Judith Cunningham, Ellen Dittebrandt, Reola Wild, Rowena Sanford, Barbara Murphy, Dave Sherburne, Darryl Lloyd and Martin Trees. “Gorge Landscapes” is sponsored by The Friends of The Columbia Gorge.

The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery, 207 2nd St., Hood River. For more information cal 386-6894.

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