Cebu Lounge at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn offers Hood River, Oregon's only waterfront nightlife and live music. Cebu offers free live music most weekends in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Musical offerings range from the blues of local Tess Barr to indie favorites such as Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside. Take it all in from our plush leather seating or kick up your heels - there is always room to dance. Enjoy a full bar, award-winning wine list, and delicious bar menu from adjacent Riverside restaurant. See the upcoming schedule below.
Dancehall Days is a 6 piece variety band featuring Female and Male Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Bass, Trumpet/Percussion. Incredible variety and authenticity is what Dancehall Days delivers. Every guest will be on the dance floor, having the thrill of a lifetime. They have been wowing audiences all over the Northwest and the word is now out, Dancehall is a powerhouse.
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Bill Rhoades & the Party Kings play a mixture of Blues music styles from Chicago, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and the West Coast (L.A. & Oakland, CA.) mixed in with their own Northwest influences.
Bill Rhoades and Henry Cooper are originally from Eugene, OR. Newel Briggs is from Georgetown, TX. Chuck Laiti is from Seattle, WA. David Kahl is from Portland, OR. Jeff Minnick is from The Dalles, OR. The band was originally formed in the mid-70's in Eugene, Oregon but moved to Portland, OR. in the mid-80's. In the past we backed up Albert Collins, Michael Bloomfield, Sonny Rhodes, J.J. Malone, Troyce Key, Clarence "Guitar" Sims, Luther Tucker, Louisiana Red and others. We play a rockin' down home style of Blues for dancing and listening.
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Kathryn Claire has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally-inspired musicians. Her fiddle-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. Her deep love and respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence and those roots can be heard in her own original music.
Early classical training on the violin naturally gave way to her own creative inclinations. While still a teenager, Kathryn taught herself guitar in order to explore her own voice as a songwriter. She has since spent years cultivating her unique style and approach to music as a violinist, singer, and songwriter.
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Ten full length albums into his career, he’s continued to write pulling from folk roots, his travels, his contemporaries, and the quiet spot in the back of his mind. The writing has evolved, mellowing with experience and expanding with reference, but the essence of the work has remained the same-strong narratives solidly built on the folk foundation and fully in the immediacy of the now.
The touring and performing has become an art in itself. Performing 200 shows a year, Blake is a world class performer in a neighborhood venue. The show is a combination of songs and rambles landing somewhere between a concert and a theatrical instillation. The neighborhoods have been all over Ireland and the US and occasionally in Canada, Scotland, England, Norway, Denmark, Germany and France. The shows are booked, managed, and driven to by Blake- a one man cottage industry existing underneath and outside the main-streams of the music business.
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As folk as any alternative musician and as alternative as any folk artist, singer/songwriter Gregory Rawlins is tougher to pin down than a feral cat. His inventive compositions, austere command of language, and homegrown honesty translates to what one coined as, "Alternatively Bestial Truck- stop Folk."
Whether delivering a straight-forward ballad, or digressing into amalgam of ideas cloaked in metaphor, Rawlins is one of the few contemporary soloists who manages to never write the same song twice. When he isn’t presenting a new topic altogether, he is resurrecting a traditional idea and giving it a purely characteristic overhaul– the result of which has placed him among the most adventurous and important musicians around.
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The Mulligan Brothers, an emerging band from Mobile, Alabama, proves that good stories and lyrics still matter in music and well-written songs don’t need a catchy chorus or a happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over. The band's debut album, "The Mulligan Brothers," was voted the "Alabama Album of 2013" by the readers of Mod Mobilian. It is filled with straightforward narratives, concise, original lines, and lead singer Ross Newell’s honest, sincere voice cutting to the heart in songs that seem as much to himself as to the listener.
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Lewi Longmire has built a reputation as Portland's multi-instrumentalist "go to guy." In the years since relocating to Portland from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he's been included on shows and recordings by many of the Northwest's kerry bands and songwriters. He's worked with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Blue Giant, the Minus 5 and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as local luminaries Fernando, James Low, Pancake Breakfast, Little Sue, Casey Neill, Michael Jodell, the Freak Mountain Ramblers and The Peasants. More recently, though, Lewi has taken all the things he learned from working with these fine performers and has been spending his time leading a roots rock/Americana band of his own, singing the songs he has written himself. The group owes much to the American tradition of good songs played with high energy, deep roots, and an unpretentious sense of fun. Their sound finds the connection between the basement feel of The Band, the raspy blue-eyed soul of Joe Cocker, the desert space of Giant Sand, the "without a net" deep space improvisations of the San Francisco ballrooms, the punk abandon of The Stooges and the quiet contemplation of Neil Young playing solo.
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The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band. The Bushes’ innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still. Joyful singing and songwriting are supported by carefully constructed soundscapes that feature virtuosic fiddle. A longtime Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats.
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Midnight Honey revitalizes the R&B-Soul genre with a riveting sound that’s sultry and distinctively their own. Up front are Shelly Rudolph and Bre Gregg, a pair of powerhouse singers who flaunt a wide palate of lush harmonies and an undeniable sister-like chemistry. With a tight knit four piece backing band highlighting electric guitar and lap steel, Midnight Honey is too sweet to turn down.
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The Fire Weeds call their blend of blues- tinged rock, bluegrass and country... Wide Open Americana.
Mixing elements of jam music with tight vocal harmonies and " song-craft', dance-ability is a sure thing. Having spun off of several previous Portland projects, Todd Tracewell (acoustic guitar/vocals) most recently arrived from his group of several years, Prairie Dog Brain Trust, a staple at many local venues. Alan Glickenhaus (guitars/fiddle/banjo/mandolin/vocals) played in several regional groups over the years including Higher Ground and Everyday Dirt. Check out The Fire Weeds here»
While traveling in search of a new population to save, James Dean Kindle stumbled upon a band of paupers playing for rats in an alley behind the Rainbow in Pendleton, Oregon. Their clothes in taters and their bellies lean, The Eastern Oregon Playboys couldn't refuse Kindle's offer: "Play as my band and I will grant you three wishes..." Check out James Dean Kindle here»
The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Nate Wallace backed by a "druggy, psychedelic" band that look to break down the barriers between Americana and country music. If Bob Dylan never plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, this may have been the sound of his next album as Wallace's vocal delivery mirrors a younger Dylan on the opening track "Used To It Now." By the second song "Goldmine," Hearts Of Oak have your full attention as their music eases your mind as Wallace continues to lead the psychedelic Americana movement. While the band plugs in for "Trouble In Mind," it's hard not to picture this song on Dylan's "Time Out Of Mind" album. The trio of the songs "New England," "Wants You Close" and "Tunnels" displays the band's feel for combining the buzz of electric with the purity of acoustic in creating that wonderful roots sound. Check out Hearts Of Oak here»
In every Northwest tribe, a member is singled out to hold wealth of the season. He accumulates the community’s bounty through the warmest months of the year. When the cold comes, he returns what he has been given or sets it afire for all his kin to witness. In Portland, Sean Flinn holds this point.
Born in the shadow of Mount Shasta, Sean Flinn spent his childhood haunting Wiskeytown Lake and the woods of the northwest with his twin sister. From his earliest days, he absorbed the incongrruous and eclectic sounds issuing from his parents’ stereo, and translated their disparate harmonies through the voice of an old acoustic guitar borrowed from a friend. The voice only grows adept and more idiosyncratic with age.
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