Entertainment Update for Jan. 19, 2013

Hillstomp, Fruition at CEBU

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Jan. 18: Hillstomp w/Nick Jaina 9:30 p.m. — hill country blues-stomp

Portland junk-box blues duo Hillstomp is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Fruition 9:30 p.m. — uptempo bluegrass/newgrass

In November 2011, Fruition released a new EP, “It Won’t Be Long,” the third album for the quintet based in Portland.

In seven original songs, Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja and Jay Cobb Anderson conspire to blend raw, live energy with the strings of traditional folk-Americana. Supported by Keith Simon on upright bass, and Tyler Thompson on drums, Fruition succeeds with lyrical prowess and harmonies as vibrant as they are heart-breaking.

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Twilite Twins debut Jan. 18

The Twilite Twins will be making their first public performance in the Gorge at Alma Terra wine tasting room in Bingen, Wash., on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7-9 p.m. This eclectic duo combines accordion and violin to create what has been loosely described as “cafe music with a wicked twist.” Suzette and Pierre have both been performing around the Gorge for years as members of such legendary groups as Rubber Chicken Lollipop, Wildcard and SawCordius, just to name a few.

Kevin Self at Clocktower

Clocktower Ales in The Dalles features music, trivia nights and more during the month of January:

Jan. 18: Kevin Selfe at 9 p.m.

Jan. 20, 27: 15 Minutes of Fame at 7 p.m.

Jan. 24, 31: Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 25: Jager Bumz at 9 p.m.

Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St.; 541-296-2602.

Live Belly Dancing at Solstice

Join Solstice Cafe for an awesome live performance with Ellen Barbour and the Columbia Gorge Belly Dancers in Bingen, Wash., on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show is free. Reservations are accepted for groups of six or more.

Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, 415 W. Steuben, Bingen, Wash.; 509-493-4006.

HR Jazz Theater at Gallery 301

The Hood River Jazz Theater plays the Gallery 301 on Friday, Jan. 18, starting at 5 p.m. It’s a big band, with a big sound. Three horns, three strings, keyboard, percussion and vocals make this fun group a dance party.

The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River; 541-436-0281.

Cahalen and Eli perform in house concert Feb. 6

Renowned Seattle duo Cahalen and Eli will appear in a house concert on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7-9 p.m. at the home of Paul Blackburn, 401 Montello St. in Hood River.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive.

Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted and seemingly formed from raw natural elements.

West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens.

Together, they tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Morrison’s vocals reflect the warm glow of West’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.

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