Scott Sparks at Double Mt.
Austin-based singer-songwriter Scott Sparks makes a stop in Hood River on Friday, Dec. 27, at Double Mountain Brewery. Music starts at 8 p.m. Sparks’ CD, “Texagon,” is a collection of 10 songs recorded over as many years — in Texas and Oregon — some right here in the Gorge. Come hear why Sparks’ Johnny Cash-meets-Springsteen influences are being recognized by the likes of the Austin Songwriters Group. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.
‘Amaze-O’ at River City Dec. 20
Amaze-O, featuring Alonzo Garbanzo and keyboard wizard Ted Horwitz, will be at the River City Saloon starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Expect rock ‘n’ roll covers, originals and more. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.
Its a Hillbilly Christmas, Dec. 17
The Hapa Hillbillies are at it again — this time with the annual Hillbilly Christmas show — irreverent and irrelevant holiday tunes from Hood River’s Hillbilly swingers. Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6-8 p.m. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.
Will West at CEBU Lounge
This week at CEBU Lounge:
Friday, Dec. 20: Low Down Whiskey Rebels with Kory Quinn & Bitterroot, 9:30 p.m. — roots-rock Americana
“Kory Quinn is a writer of personal experience and a singer of cross-country adventure, frequently woven into a prayer rug of justice. With a hobo twang as sharp as a 9-ball break, he transposes the troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Bob Dylan.”
Saturday, Dec. 21: Will West & The Friendly Strangers, 9:30 p.m. – laid-back Americana grooves
“Cebu regular Will West returns with his ever-shifting, all-star band featuring Don Henson (of Sneakin' Out; Groovy Wallpaper) on percussive system, Tanner Cundy on guitars, Jeff Simpson (of The Druthers) on trumpet and keys, and Will West on guitar, ukulele, harmonica and vocals. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.
Kay Floria at White Buffalo
Celebrate the holidays with blues and jazz from keyboardist Kay Floria and percussionist Randy Bell at White Buffalo Wines from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.
Matt Brown at The Pines
This week at The Pines in Hood River: Thursday, Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m. “ Matt Brown's velvety voice (reminiscent of Jack Johnson and Amos Lee) and smooth guitar skills will keep you lingering onto every note. You don't want to miss this show.” On Thursday, Dec. 26, 7-9 p.m. enjoy a glass of wine and relax to the soothing voice of Henry Schifter as he transports you around the world with his international repertoire of tunes. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.
Irish Christmas concert Dec. 20
Barley Draught will play its seasonal collection of Irish tunes and carols set off by Christmas stories, including Irish-born band member Patrick Rawson’s touching tale of coming to America at Christmastime when he was but a wee lad of 7. The concert program includes an 800-year-old Irish carol for which the original tune is long lost. The band has created an arrangement to bring the haunting Kerry Christmas Carol back to us from 12th-century Ireland. If you haven't heard seasonal Christmas music in the acoustic marvel that is Old St. Peter's Landmark, join the band for a heart-warming evening on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. Suggested $5 donation at the door. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the local branch of Oregon Food Bank.
Christmas House Concert
Join Molly Schwarz and Kristie Mitchell on piano Saturday, Dec. 21, for an intimate evening of holiday music at the home of Paul Blackburn, 401 Montello, Hood River. Suggested donation $15 with all proceeds benefitting the Hood River FISH Food Bank. Concert begins at 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
Library Winter Solstice Pajama Party Dec. 21
Arrive in your jammies and celebrate the longest night of the year at the Hood River Library. Enjoy light refreshments and crafts, check out the newest collection of books and join in for a special performance of “Lights in the Night,” an original solstice play by Sullivan Mackintosh. The play will be performed at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21; party starts at 7 p.m. Hood River County Library, 502 State St., Hood River; 541-386-2535.
Elks, Adopt A Dog events on tap
The Elks Lodge will be hosting a Community Children’s Christmas Party Dec. 21 on Third and Cascade streets, from 2-4 p.m. for all kids ages 12 and under. There will be games and treats, and Santa will make an appearance.
The community is invited to help Adopt A Dog by having photos taken with Santa at the Hood River Hotel.
On Dec. 15 and 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa will be at the hotel waiting to be photographed with your child or pet. The volunteers of Adopt A Dog will coordinate the photo taking so you can go home with a photo, or an electronic version will be emailed to you.
The cost is $8 per photo.
Austin Quattlebaum at Everybody’s
“Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Austin Quattlebaum's sound is tinged with southern low country marsh land blues. It wasn't until attending college in the hills and mountains of the southern Appalachians that traditional bluegrass and old time music began to push its way into his work. Offering rowdy singer/songwriter type solo shows soaked in beer and whiskey, he is sure to leave the crowd stomping and rooting for more.
With a blend of gritty originals and tasteful covers, he weaves both 3 finger bluegrass banjo, clawhammer old time banjo and flat-picking guitar songs into his sets. Often switching between mandolin and dobro as well. Sung with a bit of gravel in his throat, his sultry tunes are sure to keep the crowd aroused.”
Catch Mr. Quattlebaum on Friday, Dec. 20, at Everybody’s Brewing. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.
Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com