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.
Musically speaking, Electro-Americana may best describe Arthur Lee Land’s eclectic fusion of folk-rock, AfroGrass (worldbeat/bluegrass) and electronica, but cannot fully explain the unique dynamics at work when Arthur enters the studio or takes the stage. The multi-talented performer blends elements from distinctive parts of his career for this recording: his longtime wheelhouse as a touring musician playing folk-rock, country and roots; a world beat/bluegrass hybrid, inspired by a tour of West Africa; and his Art of Live-Looping techniques which have defined his solo live shows since the early 2000s. Then add to this mix - co-producer, engineer and DJ Aaron Shier, who brought in his influences of electronic, house and pop music. Check out Arthur Lee Land here»
Jeremy Wilson: singer-songwriter & producer from Portland, Oregon. He was a driving force in the influential Northwest bands, The Dharma Bums and Pilot.
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Together for nine years, The Student Loan is a progressive-acoustic newgrass project based out of Portland, Oregon. This innovative quartet’s diverse style transcends genre, fusing elements of jazz, blues, rock and jam with traditional bluegrass instrumentation. The band’s distinct sound appeals to everyone from the most discerning traditional bluegrass listeners to the most enthusiastic jam band fans. They are known for their fun and funky originals, their quirky covers, and their knack for getting a crowd moving on the dance floor.
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Sam Densmore is a singer/songwriter and music producer from Portland, OR. He performs constantly (over 125 shows per year), as a solo act and with his revolving back up band. "Quit Work Make Music" is the title of his latest CD release. It's a collaborative/split release with Curtis Irie, released on June 10, 2014. His voice is pretty and sort of scratchy at the same time. He strives to write concise songs with catchy melodies around subject matter that most people can relate to. He likes to tell stories and sing with feeling. His singing and song writing are frequently compared to Michael Stipe (REM), Mtn Goats, Elliot Smith, Cat Stevens, David Bowie, Neil Young and John Lennon.
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Songwriter Kory Quinn, a DIY contemporary hobo intellectual, has a refreshingly homespun take on Americana, a very welcome sigh of relief in today's contemporary market. After spending over 270 Self-Booked Dates on the road, spanning 7 countries, on three Continents this past year alone, Quinn still finds time to write and record new material. The just released second full-length album, At The End of The Bar, boils down red-dirt basics in a freewheeling roadhouse stew. Quinn's songwriting is adroit and surefooted, offering sturdily constructed country, folk, and Cajun-tinged songs for his ensemble to really sink their fangs into on this instant jukebox classic. The songs are short and sweet but packed with clever lines, sentimental harmonies and twangy fills. All that makes them the kind of songs that hang around your brain like honky-tonk regulars. Amongst his self penned road-worn material are stories and song that harken back to old-time drinking songs and heart rending country standards. In time they will be themselves for they are never new and they never get old.
Check out Kory Quinn & The Comrades here»
An Allman Brothers tribute band, they are no college bar cover band-come-lately, Brothers and Sister have studied this music intensely, finding ways to capture the sound, style and feel of the original concert while allowing for their own individual spirit and joy to shine through. They perform the music with haunting detail, to create an incendiary and heart-felt evening that would gratify even the Allmans themselves. Check out Brothers & Sister here»
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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Formed in Bellingham, Washington in March 2010, Polecat has quickly established itself throughout the West, with three records and over 300 shows in three years. Their unique instrumentation is comprised of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12-string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, and world music into their sound.
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Hailing from Missoula, the Lil’ Smokies, headed up by homegrown music sensation Andy Dunnigan, exploded onto the acoustic/bluegrass scene in 2009 and hasn’t shown any signs of fatigue since. Winning the 2013 Northwest String Summit Band Competition and sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, and dozens of others, the Lil’ Smokies has no problem captivating large audiences. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, unique original compositions and sheer raw energy, this six-piece ensemble weaves seamlessly through genres, leaving something for everyone. Come dance the night away on the converted open main dance floor of the theatre or watch the fun from seats upstairs! Either way, it’s a show not to miss!
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O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, with his ear pressed close to the ancient hiss in the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics O’Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.
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Science! is a musical pursuit of empirical evidence, using poetry and soundscapes to express the truth of daily life. Science! is something for the everyman to believe in. Their self-titled EP speaks to the challenges of existence with a rip-roaring exclamation that every ounce of humanity matters, and no voice should go ignored. It’s political; it’s daring and dreamy; it’s the place where rock and folk meet to dance, smile and raise a frothy brew in celebration.
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Portland-born, DR has evolved from the confines of a basement, to some of Portland’s most sought after stages, and more. DR’s soulful sounds and energetic beats deliver an atmosphere that enraptures the audience in the dirtiest of musical revivals. Led by the soulful vocals of Ms. Sarah Clarke and enhanced by verses from MC evv'n'flo, DR has emerged on the Pacific Northwest music scene with passion and flare. The unique ensemble intermingles classic and original tracks with a resounding presence, no matter how big or small the venue.
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Whether or not the name and music of Redwood Son has yet hit the big radar, this year’s “Best New Artist” of the Portland Music Awards is on the rise. Boasting a 20 Song double-disc debut album titled “The Lion’s Inside” he brings a dynamic versatility that crosses the borders of their West Coast Americana with hook-laden Roots-Rock and Alt. Country, while maintaining an authentic Universal “Pop” vibe.
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Tony Smiley aka The Loop Ninja is absolutely captivating as he rocks the Boss Loop pedal, looping every single instrument to build a whole world as he takes you along on a ride of rock, world fusion dance mixed with old school roots of 80's/90's new wave, beat boxing mixed with Mongolian throat singing and a dash of Middle Eastern tabla. Without use of any laptops or prerecorded tracks Tony lays down track after track live as he creates a breath taking performance that leaves everyone who crosses his path completely captivated!
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On April Fools Day 2013, Portland-based project The Weather Machine released their first full-length album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With its strong ties to the region, the band roots itself firmly in a Pacific Northwest folk aesthetic, but holds on tight to a hard-hitting love for alt-rock. The result is wonderfully hard to categorize – The Weather Machine has been compared to everything from The Kinks, to Josh Ritter and Hey Marseilles.
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The Hill Dogs are big-hearted, fire-breathing folk rockers. Rich, honest lyrics, soaked in beautiful harmonies are kept afloat by gritty grooves. The group hails from Oregon. Taylor Kingman (lead vox/lead guitar), Ricky Rohr (drums/vox), Lucas Benoit (rhythm guitar/vox), Kayla Stroik (viola/vox), Rowan Cobb (bass guitar/vox) & Doug Lloyd (percussion wildcard) They put out "Ghosts of Champoeg" nearing the beginning of the last year and are working on the next. Rise to Rock 'n' Roll.
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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.
Check out Robert Sarazin Blake & The Put-It-All-Down-In-A-Letters here»