Gorge Guide


Live Music at Cebu Lounge
03/08/13 - 03/09/13 
Best Western Hood River Inn - Hood River



March 8 - 9, 2013
9:30 p.m.
See below schedule
Cebu at Hood River Inn
Hood River, OR 


Fri. Mar. 1st: Two Man Gentlemen Band w/ McDougall 9:30pm – Two Man Music from L.A. & South Carolina

Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has been barnstorming from coast to coast for half a decade, developing a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits. A tenor guitar and string bass duo in the tradition of the great Slim & Slam, The Gents have obvious affection for pre-war American Jazz and Western Swing. But they’re no period piece. The decidedly contemporary feel of their lyrics and the hilarious, often ridiculous, improvised banter that peppers their live shows combine with the music for a thoroughly modern ruckus. “It’s as if,” one reviewer commented, “The Smothers Brothers were young today, wore better suits, and wrote hot jazz songs about drinking.” To The Gentlemen, that sounds about right.

To make their latest album, Two at a Time, (Available March 20th on Bean-Tone Records) The Gentlemen employed an extreme contrast of modern and old-fashioned techniques. They funded the project with an online fan-fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. But, once the budget was in place they switched their computers off for good and proceeded to record, design, and package the album without the use of any digital technology.

The Gents recorded live to monophonic analog tape in Pasadena, CA using exclusively 1940s and 50s microphones and equipment. Manning the tape machine was Wally Hersom, seasoned operator and collector of vintage recording equipment and former longtime bass player for Los Angeles contemporary rockabilly legend Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Free of any digital effects, edits, or band aids, the result is a vibrant, honest document of a pair of musicians seasoned by years on the road, sounding just like they want to sound. There are mistakes, imperfections, and a bit of tape hiss, but it is The Gentlemen’s energy, skill, and uncanny musical connection that shines through above all.

To package the CD and LP editions, The Gents turned to Stumptown Printers in Portland, OR. Using hand-set lettering, a refrigerator sized linotype machine (one of the few in the country still in operation), darkroom film prints, and an offset printing press, the folks at Stumptown created a one-of-a-kind package untouched by the graphic design software responsible for nearly every bit of printed matter one sees. If someone goes to the trouble of purchasing a physical CD or LP, The Gentlemen believe, it ought to come in a container worth holding on to.

Over the band’s six previous albums, Andy Bean, singer, tenor guitarist & banjoist, and principal songwriter for the band, has developed a knack for writing “smart, funny, sharp-rhyming songs that put them in the company of classics like Louis Jordon and Louis Prima.” (Boston Phoenix) His ten originals on Two at a Time continue in that vein. Foods, beverages, and generally having a good time are the dominant themes. Please Don’t Water it Down describes how difficult it can be to find a well made drink when the only bar open in town is a chain restaurant. Pork Chops, Cheese & Crackers, and Tikka Masala cleverly blend cuisine and love. And Pool Party… well, who doesn’t like a pool party? Acknowledging their increasing debt to early jazz and western swing, two obscure tunes learned from Jack Guthrie and Lil Hardin Armstrong, respectively, round out the record.

Throughout, The Gents limit themselves to two instruments: Bean’s 4-string electric tenor guitar, played through a vintage 1937 Gibson amplifier, and Fuller Condon’s upright bass. Audiences are consistently amazed that The Gents can raise such a ruckus as a duo. Two at a Time is the first of their albums to accurately capture that experience. Clever arrangements, “keen vocal harmonies” (The New Yorker), and “virtuosic playing” (The Herald – Glasgow, UK) that hasn’t lost the ramshackle edge of their street-performing years make up for what the band lacks in size.

As ever, The Gentlemen, have a busy year ahead of them. Having relocated from New York City to dual home bases in Los Angeles and Charleston, SC (airplane travel isn’t too much of a hassle for a two man band with little equipment and a folding upright bass!) they’ll be hitting festivals and clubs all across the country. Their nationwide Two at a Time release tour begins March 20th.

NW Favorite McDougall opens the show.

Sat. Mar. 2nd: Blackberry Bushes Stringband 9:30pm – NW Alt. Folk String Band (from Olympia, WA)

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.

“Their blend of traditional Bluegrass and Folk elements with more contemporary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good Tanyas.” (Joseph Kyle The Big Takeover)

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband has that rare magic that allows them to artfully fuse sounds from many genres into a bluegrass instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. This is a daredevil sound that is delicate, bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.

Fri. Mar. 8th: Nathaniel Talbot Quartet 9:30pm – Fingerstyle Guitarist With All-Star Backing Band

“Nathaniel Talbot wowed listeners so much last year as an emerging artist, that we decided to bring him back again this year. An extremely polished guitar player at the age of 27, Nathaniel weaves intricate melodies around soaring guitar lines.” – Sisters Folk Festival

“Nathaniel Talbot’s high-register croon floats lightly over complex, plucky melodies and lucid tempos with an ethereal, ghostly vibe that meshes perfectly with the music’s forlorn, yet aggressive and ambitious, sound.” Willamette Week

At the ripened age of 28, this Oregon-grown tunesmith already has 16 years of songwriting and performing under his belt. Alongside his past work with Portland’s “The Physical Hearts” and “Sleepy Bell” exists a wealth of acoustic, fingerstyle guitar and singer-songwriter material. With influences ranging from prodigious guitar pickers such as Doc Watson, Leo Kotke, and Kelly Joe Phelps, to the more soulful folk poetry of Elliott Smith, Gillian Welch, and Paul Simon, the music represent a unique synthesis of old-time picking and the indie here-and-now. Nathaniel combines complex finger-style guitar work with thoughtful, melodic vocal lines to create a sonic experience that is truly fresh and impactful. His latest group Nathaniel Talbot Quartet, featuring Portland all-stars Sam Howard (upright bass), Russ Kleiner (drums) and Anna Tivel (violin), are helping him push his music, and the folk genre as a whole, to new dynamic depths and altitudes.

His freshman album, “Music Box,” was written and recorded in 2007 while living in a tiny cabin located in the heart of Oregon’s Opal Creek Wilderness. Featuring little more than a voice and guitar, the album highlights Nathaniel’s work in its most distilled form. Live sounds of creaking old-growth trees and leaky cabin faucets are sampled throughout these eight tracks, steeping the listener deep in the environs from which the songs were inspired.

More recently, plugging back into Portland’s grid, Talbot has joined forces with a rotating coalition of musicians to help him deliver a more dynamic, experimental sound. His 2011 release, entitled “Less Wild”, features Sam Howard (Blue Cranes, Scott Pemberton) on upright bass, Russ Kleiner (Curtis Salgado, Tony Furtado) on percussion, Ben Blechman (Taarka) and Kate Saylor on violin, Tucker Jackson (The Dimes, Celilo) on pedal steel and Dave Hill (Sleepy Bell) on piano. The album pulls the listener through a mosaic of landscapes, from the austere to the most epic, exploring the human themes of love, wilderness, and urban disharmony. Throughout these 10 tracks Talbot tests the furthest limits of his genre, flirting with bits of jazz and psychedelia, while at the same time never straying too far from his fingerstyle guitar roots.

Currently, Talbot resides on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, where he continues to write and perform locally. Every few months he connects with his current Portland-based quartet to arrange new material and tour up and down the West Coast.

Sat. Mar. 9th: Silverhawk feat. Sam and John C. Densmore 9:30pm – Psychedelic Folk Rock

Silverhawk has a broadly appealing body of original work behind them. Brothers and studio producers/engineers Sam and John Densmore comprise the creative core of the Psychedelic Americana band called Silverhawk. Together with drummer Rob Allison (Two Ton Boa, Bipolar Star) and a rotating cast of instrumentalists, they have an innate ability to engage diverse audiences. They are often compared to Modern Lovers, Pavement, and the Beatles.

The Densmore bros. have been playing music together since 1992. They've been in 3 different bands together; Slow Children, Frequency db, and Silverhawk. They have toured the entire west coast from Los Angeles to Bellingham. Highlights have included shows with Frank Black, Carrie Akre, IQU, Pond, Richmond Fontaine, Krist Novaselic, Harvey Danger, Screaming Trees, Cherry Poppin Daddies, Sunset Valley, Travis Ward and the Junkyard Bandstand, the Posies and more. Silverhawk has nationally released one CD EP (Flowers in June, Pop Sweatshop, 2001), one full length CD (Westward, Blue Eyed Crow, 2004), and one video (Keeping it Surreal, Mastan Music, 2001). Both CDs have attracted national press attention including reviews in CMJ, Delusions of Adequacy and Amplifier Magazines.

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