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Entertainment Update for Dec. 4

Voci, Interludes sing Dec. 7-8

The 60-voice Voci Community Chamber Choir and Interludes Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Mark Steighner will present their annual winter concerts, titled “Blessings and Gifts,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Both performances will be at Hood River Middle School. A $10 donation is suggested.

Although not a traditional evening of Christmas music, the program does have seasonal thematic elements. “We are singing several songs in praise of Mary, or Mother Earth, or the mystery of birth and creation,” said choir member Jim MacMillan. Compositions include Sarah Hopkins’ “Honour the Earth As Your Mother,” Franz Bibl's “Ave Maria,” and William Byrd’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” Interludes, a small vocal ensemble drawn from the ranks of Voci, will present music spanning several centuries and styles.

Tony Furtado at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Dec. 6: Sean Flinn & The Royal We, 9:30 p.m. – eclectic indie folk pop. “Armed with that trusty acoustic guitar and a story to tell, Sean Flinn is a tried-and-true singer/songwriter. But hailing from the Northwest means that Flinn has picked up his own eclectic style of crafting pop songs along the way.”

Saturday, Dec. 7: Tony Furtado w/Luke Price, 9:30 p.m. – banjo/guitar and fiddle masters. Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on- and off-stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation-hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Furtado will be joined by former National Fiddle Champion Luke Price. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Mt Hood Meadows music

Music at Mt. Hood Meadows returns on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. with Portland’s Americana, reggae, and funky punk band “World’s Finest” — full of energy and fun, they are a band that brings “the feel-good music.” They’ll be headlining the winter brew fest at the Vertical Restaurant and Bar. Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, 503-337-2222, ext. 1187.

One night with the Hillbillies

It’s been well over a year, but the Hapa Hillbillies are re-forming for a night at The Hood River Hotel on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6-8 p.m. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch Hood River’s vintage Hawaiian swing band in its full glory. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

Willy & Nelson at Naked Winery

Don’t miss country and pop from locals Willy & Nelson at Naked Winery on Friday, Dec. 6, for the First Friday celebration — from 7 to 10 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 9, they’ll be hosting the Open Mic jam from 7-10 p.m. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Groove Project Dec. 8

If you like a little jazz, or a little groove in your Christmas music then get ready for the Groove Project Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. It’s the time of year for cool, soulful, jazz-infused renditions of all the Christmas standards.

“The concept behind this musical project is to create fun and unusual versions of common Christmas songs that make them as interesting for us to play as they are for audiences to listen to. We change the harmonies and the rhythmic feel to come up with jazz-inspired, funky or gospel arrangements of Christmas favorites like The Little Drummer Boy, Do You Hear What I Hear, Linus and Lucy, Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and a lot more,” said keyboardist Tim Mayer.

The band features Tim Mayer (keys), Rick Hulett (guitar), Char Mayer (vocals), Mike Stillman (sax), Ryan McAlexander (bass), Tim Ortlieb (drums) and probably a few more musical friends stopping by. Tickets at the door are $10, $5 for seniors, students and children.

Connell, Dwyer play Dec. 6

Mandolinists Tim Connell and Jack Dwyer have just released an album called “Mando Planet.” The duo will be in Hood River for a house concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. (401 Montello Ave.). “Tim and Jack have gathered their handsome talents, creative energy and wide musical tastes into a collection of clear and concise gems in these mando duets. Whether they are playing an Irish jig, a Brazilian choro or improvising freely on one of their original tunes, the music always has focus and authenticity.”

United Way benefit Dec. 8 with Aaron Meyer

Catch the holiday spirit with the fourth-annual United Way holiday benefit with rock concert violinist Aaron Meyer, and his amazing six-piece band on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore, by calling 541-386-6100, or at the door. This delightful afternoon concert benefits United Way of the Columbia Gorge, which this year allocated $155,000 to 40 agencies.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com.

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