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Musical activities in the Gorge

Power trio

JohnnyLux-Xplosion

will be serving up originals and tasty classics from 9-11 p.m. this Thursday, July 29, at Savino's Lounge in Hood River.

The band features Chris "Crash" Troiano on bass and guitar, Eddie "Mulligan" Swick on guitar and vocals, and Rod "The Rocket" Randall on drums.

As Swick noted: "Take psychadelic, bluesy surf rock, crank it up, and that's the JohnnyLux experience."

And if you can't make this show, you can catch JohnnyLux on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Hood River's River City Saloon.

Tired of watered-down rock n' roll? You can get it

Str8up

this weekend at the Elkhorn Bar and Grill in downtown White Salmon.

The four-man band, formerly known as The Baboons, will perform R&R classics on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31. Call 493-1989 for showtimes.

Hootie and the Blowfish

are the headline performers for the 2004 Columbia RiverFest at Maryhill Winery Amphitheater this Friday, July 30.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show, starting at $35, are on sale at any Tickemaster location or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

RiverFest, now in its eighth year, is the largest fundraiser of the year put on by the Hood River-based nonprofit Columbia Riverkeeper. V.I.P. tickets with premier table seating and wine and appetizer hospitality are available directly from Columbia Riverkeeper: (877) 252-6077 or www.columbiariverkeeper.org.

The performance by the bluesy Hootie and the Blowfish is the second in Maryhill Winery's 2004 summer concert series.

The series continues on Friday, Aug. 6, with a solo performance by Eagles frontman

Don Henley

. Then, on Friday, Sept. 17, country music legend Willie Nelson makes his first visit to the Columbia Gorge.

For tickets to either show, visit the nearest Ticketmaster outlet or go on-line.

The Maryhill Winery Amphitheater is located at 9774 Hwy. 14, just west of Maryhill Museum of Art.

Fans of Aerosmith, Creed, Godsmack and Nickelback looking for a good, hard-rocking time won't want to miss the

Voodoo Machine

this Friday, July 30, at the Northshore Bar and Grill in downtown Bingen.

The five-piece band from Louisville, Ken., plays a style of "factory rock" described as "a combination of sultry, sweaty grooves, evil guitar and thought provoking lyrics, delivered with melody and conviction."

For showtime and other information, call 493-1741.

Ashbury Park

, a four-member band named after a trailer park in Indiana, drops in at the River City Saloon this Friday, July 30.

The mostly acoustic band has been making a name for itself on the west coast with its commanding stage presence, soulful harmonies, capitivating storytelling and infectious musical spirit.

Call (541) 387-2853 for showtime.

This Saturday, July 31, Portland bluegrass band

Northwest Passage

will give a free, family friendly concert at The Dalles City Park

.

The 6-8 p.m. show--the second in a summer concert series--kicks off with an opening set by local Gorge band

The Kate Meloy Trio

.

City Park is located at 4th and Union in The Dalles.

The Northshore Bar and Grill invites music lovers to get down and get funky with Portland-based

Groundscore

this Saturday, July 31.

With touches of reggae and funk mixed with flares of jazz and latin styles, the five-member group

has been a hit at Northwest venues since relocating from North Carolina in 2002.

Described as a "funky, catchy groove band [that] sounds a little like Chrissie Hynde backed by the Grateful Dead," Groundscore brings its extensive original song base to the Northshore for a show offering a diverse and dynamic experience that can be shared by a broad base of people.

Cover for the 9 p.m., 21-and-over show is $3.

Bingen's Northshore Bar and Grill presents

Home At Last

on Monday, Aug. 9.

The music starts at 9 p.m. Cover for the 21-and-up show is $3 at the door.

Home At Last is a four-piece improvisational group from the San Francisco Bay Area with a sound that incorporates elements of Americana, electronica, rock and jam.

According to its publicist, "with simply great songs that truly resonate with people, Home At Last is now emerging as one of the most promising new bands on the U.S. club and festival circuit."

(Got a booking you want to publicize? Call Sverre Bakke at 493-2112 or send it to sbakke@eaglenewspapers.com.)

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