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 or cowboy poet Bob Connoly. 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.
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 finest 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.
As the Lewi Longmire Band, helping achieve this sound is a band of stalwart Portland musicians. Bill Rudolph (bass and vocals) played with the Crackpots and Little Sue for years, driving their home crowd into an energetic frenzy with his low tones. Ned Folkerth (drums) has toured the world over with many groups, including the midwest's Pinetop Seven, always laying down the perfect groove to cure whatever ails ya. The band is at times augmented by some of the other fine players in Portland's rich musical family: Bingo a.k.a. Kevin Ritchey (guitar), David Lipkind (harmonica), Jenny Conlee (of the Decemberists; keyboards), Paul Brainard (steel guitar, trumpet), and Eddie Lakaden (percussion).
Get this gimmick: The Brothers Young is a band which features three actual brothers, actually named “Young.” The group, formed by Dustin, Michael and Dillon, with the encouragement of their elder brother Ritchie Young (frontman of transcendental chamber-folk combo Loch Lomond), brings a darker timbre than Ritchie’s haunting falsetto. Like three Cains to Ritchie’s Abel, the Brothers often sing in a... baritone unison, of world-weariness, caution and betrayal—sometimes bursting into open-ended Gregorian harmonies. Supported by the drumming of Darrel George, the guitar-playing of Trevino Brings Plenty, and Travis Girton on bass, this Portland band has spent the last several years crafting deceptively simple songs layered with vocal-rich melodies.
With his imagination often dwelling in the very real places of his past and present, as well as in the possible future, McDougall’s songs may very well seat you by a coffee-can fire in the middle of a dry California river-bed, pull you up onto a freight train in the lush spring-time of the Pacific northwest, raise your voice in hymns with the entire family on a Thanksgiving afternoon, or haste your good-bye to civilization as you know it, as you ramble on with all you possess on your back. Fact, fiction, an...d a little in between, McDougall carries on the relevant tradition of oral history and folklore, making it a part of everyday life and sharing it with those around him.
Foghorn Stringband is the shining gold standard for American stringband music,
with seven albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts,
and two entirely new generations of old‐time musicians following their lead.
Through all this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily
proving that American roots music is a never‐ending well of inspiration.
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. Their 20 Song double-disc debut, The Lion's Inside, boasts 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.
Autumn Electric began in the fall of 2008 when singer/guitarist Michael Trew and singer/keyboardist Naomi Smith embarked on the band's first tour. Shortly after came their debut "Very Soon the Light", and a very storied, DIY tour of the U.S. Much of their local notoriety came with the release of Tourdeo, a rock tour mockumentary, and their 2nd release "If You're Home".
With the recent additions of Austrian guitarist Max Steiner, and Drummer Kenneth Thornton, the group has moved into their most ambitious era yet. In mid 2012 came their 3rd album "Make Me a Tree", a sort of Prog Rock, conceptual piece. Also came a new direction, as they began dedicating a large portion of it's sales to local non profit The Healing Center in Seattle WA.