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Tribute band escapes with Journey tunes
Local men bring concert
to Chute 8
nia-based tribute band,
urges people “Don’t Stop
Believin’” as they perform
the songs of Journey.
The group will take the
stage Saturday, Aug. 24
from 7-9 p.m. at Chute 8 at
Eastern Oregon Trade and
Event Center, 1705 E. Air-
port Road, Hermiston. The
gates open at 6 p.m. — food
vendors and a beer garden
will be available.
Tickets are $10 each,
with kids under 3 admitted
free. While seating is avail-
able, people can bring a
blanket or lawn chair.
Formed in 1996, by pro-
fessional musician Stu
Simone (keyboard, gui-
tar, vocals), Escape has fea-
tured several renditions over
the years. The tribute band’s
name, Simone said in 2018
radio interview in Astoria,
is derived from “Escape,”
Journey’s 1981 album
that features “Don’t Stop
Believin’,” “Who’s Crying
Now” and “Open Arms.”
Chad Smith (lead vocals),
who joined the group in
October 2013, is recog-
nized for his ability to repre-
sent the sound and moves of
Journey’s Steve Perry.
Smith, who initially grew
up in west Salem before
moving to southern Cali-
fornia, said both his grand-
mothers were professional
singers. He recalls fork-
ing out money earned from
mowing lawns to purchase
Journey’s “Infinity” album.
From there, his interest in
music sprouted.
Photo contributed by Chad Smith
Escape, a Journey tribute band, will perform Aug. 24 at Chute 8 at Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, Hermiston.
Photo contributed by Chad Smith
Escape, a Journey tribute band, features Chad Smith as Steve
Perry. The southern California group will perform Aug. 24 at
Chute 8 at Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, Hermiston.
“I was drawn to the
sound,” Smith said. “I
bought a guitar. I wanted
to be a professional guitar
Although Smith never
saw Journey live, he has
poured over hundreds of
videos. He watches for ways
to further incorporate Per-
ry’s mannerisms.
Smith said what sets
Escape apart from a lot of
Journey tribute bands is that
nothing is pre-recorded. The
group plays each instru-
ment, as well as singing
lead and all the background
“We take pride in play-
ing each song note for note
— we have three- and some-
times four-part harmony,”
Smith said. “We pack a
pretty big punch.”
The concert is the third
of its kind being brought to
Hermiston by a small group
interested in offering addi-
tional entertainment options
to town. Jeff Snell became
aware of A Toast to Bread
through a social media post.
As a fan of Bread, a soft
rock-pop group from the
‘70s, Snell began to investi-
gate the possibility of bring-
ing the Utah-based tribute
band to town.
After talking to several
friends, including Mike
Atkinson of Atkinson Staff-
ing, Snell said the idea grew
legs. The Bread tribute band
show was staged this past
November in the Hermis-
ton High School auditorium.
Snell said the free show
drew about 350 people.
While the concert-pro-
charged a fee for a May
show featuring Fastlane,
an Eagles tribute band,
and are selling tickets for
Escape, they aren’t in it for
the money. The ticket sales,
Snell said, are an effort to
cover the expenses of bring-
ing the bands to town.
“It’s not a money-making
enterprise,” Snell said.
“It’s really just about try-
ing to bring something fun
and affordable to Hermis-
ton,” Atkinson added.
Snell and Atkinson are
surprised at the number of
tribute bands available. The
groups, Snell said, offer a
good quality sound without
having to pay a premium
When looking at possi-
ble groups, they try to deter-
mine what people might
like. In addition, they are
open to suggestions for
upcoming shows. They are
researching the possibility
of a Queen tribute band or a
duo that performs the songs
of Simon and Garfunkel.
“We keep doing it
because it gives us some-
thing to do here in Herm-
iston,” Snell said. “We’re
a big enough place that we
want to do more than going
to a movie, go bowling or
out to eat.”
Advance tickets are
available at Eastern Ore-
gon Physical Therapy, 1050
W. Elm Ave., Hermiston,
or www.brownpapertickets.
com. In addition, tickets will
be sold at the gate beginning
at 6 p.m. For more informa-
tion, search Facebook for
“Escape: The Journey Trib-
ute Concert.”
First United Methodist Church
Yates to
speak at GOP
People can drop off items or
pick-up service is available
by messaging via Facebook.
For more information,
call 541-481-9437.
Steve Yates, CEO of
DC International Advisory,
and a frequent Fox News
commentator, is the spe-
cial speaker at the Oregon
Republican Party Dinner.
The GOP party fundrais-
ing event is Saturday, Aug.
24 at 7 p.m. at the Pendleton
Convention Center, 1601
Westgate. Tickets are $50
per person or $250 for VIP,
which includes a 5:30 p.m.
reception and photo oppor-
tunities with Yates.
yates-2019 or call 503-595-
8881. For questions, contact
Tracy Honl@oregon.gop.
Local author
to speak in
The Friends of the Irri-
gon Library is hosting local
author Peg Willis.
The Pendleton woman
will make a pair of presen-
tations about a couple of her
books. The event is Saturday
in the meeting room at the
Irrigon branch of the Oregon
Trail Library District, 490
N.W. Main St.
The first presentation
runs from 4-5 p.m. Wil-
lis will share about “Rise
Above,” her historical
novel about the 1903 Hep-
pner flood. There will be a
short refreshment break and
then from 5:30-6:30 p.m.,
she will discuss “Building
the Columbia River High-
way: They Said It Couldn’t
Be Done.” In the 2014 pub-
lication, Willis explores the
beginnings of the historic
highway and the men who
created it.
A lifelong resident of the
Pacific Northwest, Willis is
known for teaching tradi-
tional, old-time fiddle music.
Baptist church
hosts yard sale
The Boardman First Bap-
tist Church is hosting a yard
sale to help raise money for a
building expansion project.
The event is Friday, Aug.
23 and Saturday, Aug. 24
from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The
church is located at 200 Wil-
low Fork Drive, Boardman.
Donations will be accepted
starting Sunday, Aug. 18.
In addition to several books,
her work has been published
in a number of magazines
and regional newspapers.
For more information
about the presentation,
contact Jennifer Smith at
jsmith641@live.com. For
more about Willis, visit
OMSI program
at SAGE Center
this weekend
People are invited to
learn more about Oregon
agriculture this weekend in
The Oregon Museum
of Science and Industry
presents hands-on activi-
ties during Celebrate Ore-
gon Agriculture with OMSI.
The free event is Saturday
and Sunday from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the SAGE Center,
101 Olson Road, Boardman.
Activities include seed
identification, pH exper-
iments, microscope art
and a puzzle of Oregon’s
growing regions. The pro-
gram explores the science
behind the food we eat and
offers fun for all ages, said
Lisa Patrick, SAGE Center
“We are pleased to host
an organization with a solid
reputation for encouraging
curiosity and exploration,”
Patrick said.
The SAGE — Sustain-
able AGriculture and Energy
— Center is an interactive
visitor’s center. It provides
information about technol-
ogy within the Port of Mor-
row and beyond. There’s
also a museum store.
Center hours are Sun-
day through Thursday from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fri-
day/Saturday from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Regular admis-
sion is $5 for adults, $3 for
seniors/students and free for
children under 5, military
personnel and veterans. For
more information, contact
541-481-7243, sagecenter@
portofmorrow.com or visit
fires up the
An upcoming gathering
of area widows and widow-
ers will feature a barbecue
WW.Friends meets each
month for friendship and to
share positive experiences.
It’s not a grief support group.
The barbecue is Sunday
at 6 p.m. at 511 N.W. Eighth
St., Pendleton. For more
information, call 541-276-
4708 or 541-969-2450.
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