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Music and midnight mix well

Grand Lodge offers three different bands for New Years Eve


Looking for an entertaining place with live music and good vibes to count down the 2013 New Year? McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove is loaded with options.

Decked out for the occasion, the property will be jumping on New Year’s Eve with food and drink specials. All bars will be open, including the Iron Works Grill, and three bands will play.

From 8 to 11 p.m., Rockin' Chair will entertain an all-ages crowd in Pat's Corner, while John Bunzow and Bobby Cole offer a show in the Garage Door venue for ages 21 and over. Both shows are free.

At 9 p.m., Ants in the Kitchen — a blues, soul and rock band — plays exclusively for the lodge’s overnight guests in the Compass Room, where balloons will fall from the ceiling at midnight.

Rock, blues, country all on tap

With influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Elvis Costello to Merle Haggard and Tom Waits, native-roots musicians John Bunzow and Bobby Cole break into set with rock and blues at the property’s Garage Door venue.

From the Pacific Northwest to Nashville, Tenn., and back, Portland native Bunzow has been called one of the finest writers and roots-musicians on the current music scene. His new CD, Darkness and Light, on Sideburn Records, was recorded in a friend’s basement studio.

Bunzow started playing professionally while attending the University of Oregon at Eugene. Following college, he spent 15 years playing clubs throughout the northwest. In the process, his fusion of roots rock and blues garnered and extensive fan following.

For groovier crowds, acoustic country-rock foursome Rockin’ Chair opens at Pat’s Corner. With three evocative vocalists as the core of talent, supported by rotating percussionists, the group harmonizes original and traditional numbers from the Beatles to Townes Van Zandt and the Rolling Stones.

Rockin’ Chair falls somewhere between The Band, The Beatles and The Carter Family. The core listener experience is the vocal synergy of Dan Haley (guitar, mandolin), Kris Deelane (bass), and Rachel Rice (guitar, harmonica), supported by rotating percussionists.

The three vocalists are known as evocative singer-songwriters in their own right, but when they blend their voices together to create three-part harmonies, they send listeners out of this world. Mixing original songs as well as covers in their repertoire, Rockin’ Chair is a treat for the ears and an imperative for the feet.

Ants in the Kitchen was formed in late 2010 by Geoff Metts (Western Aerial) on vocals and guitar and Dain Ryan (Stone in Lone, Dirty Little Fingers) on bass. Rounding out the lineup is Alex Shakeri on piano and Jolie Clausen (Carlton Jackson, Duffy Bishop) on drums, as well as special guests Brian Harrison on guitar and Dough Smith on sax.

Playing some of the biggest stages and festival in the Northwest, the band’s high energy set list includes a diverse collection of favorites ranging from Robert Johnson and Sam Cook to Tina Turner and the Rolling Stones.




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