Original Blues Brothers Rocker Curtis Salgado Plays Smith River

Legendary blues performer Curtis Salgado (one of the original Blues Brothers and former lead singer for Santana) was in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Lucky 7 Casino’s new Tolowa Events Center. Tickets for concerts are typically $25 each and are available at the Lucky 7 Casino’s Players Club, or by phone at 707- 487-7777. For more information visit http://www.lucky7casino.com.

Salgado is a legend in blues circles as much for his unique blend of blues, soul, and R&B, as for being the man responsible for inspiring a bit of pop culture and music history. In October 1977, Salgado was a 25-year old singer and harmonica player performing at the Eugene Hotel lounge when John Belushi stopped by. In town filming the movie “Animal House,” the actor was looking for a laugh and found something else entirely – the inspiration for the now-iconic “Blues Brothers” characters.

“Sometimes when I think of the Belushi thing, and The Blues Brothers, I don’t know what to think,” says Curtis Salgado. “I get totally blown away.”

The Blues Brothers reintroduced blues to a whole new generation.

101 Things to Be Thankful for in Gold Beach # 6

# 6 Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City – Roll the Dice!

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Southrn Oregon and Northern California have some of the best gaming establishments in the area. ELk Valley Casino in Crescent City has tons of slots and Vegas-style games. For those who don't want to gamble or have had their fill — check out the live entertainment.

Antlers Event Center, an intimate 250 seat entertainment venue is your home for great entertainment. Their 2010 Tribute Series has been a great success with these talented acts:

Tickets are on sale now at the Points Club and by phone (707-465-2666) with credit card or at the Casino Cage (cash purchases). For more infor visit Elk Valey Casino website

Gold Beach – 101 things to be thankful for – continued

Things to be thankful for in Gold Beach – continued:

# 3 Rollin in Dough Bistro

Well it's Thanksgiving morning and I woke up to a cup of delicious gourmet coffee and homemade chocolate croissant that I purchased yesterday at the Rollin in Dough Bistro in Gold Beach. Check out this lovely little slice of heaven pictured below, where we had a delicious bowl of tomato bisque and a crispy croissant, coupled with a glass of Rodney Strong Merlot.

We had just stopped in to see if they were catering Thanksgiving dinner since we decided to stay in at last minute. They weren't, but directed us to the Bridge Restaurant another great watering hole and fine dining eatery; (more on that in a later post) but the food was so tempting that we just had to sat down for an impromptu lunch and chat with the other patrons.

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It was definitely worth the detour and when in Gold Beach I recommend that you stop in for breakfast or lunch. But don't just take my word for it — check out the reviews by clicking here Rollin in Dough Bistro Reviews

Note: This post is an unsolicited and non-compensated review created by the Hilltop House Vacations Blogger – Lindsey Baker for the sole purpose of sharing my experiences in Gold Beach and the surrounding area of the Southern Oregon Coast. 

101 Things to Thankful for in Gold Beach Oregon

I'm ecstatic to say that I am here in Gold Beach and boy am I enjoying myself! I'm bursting with excitement and wanted to spread the joy and love, so I decided to post 101 things to be thankful for in Gold Beach over the next week while I am here.

# 1 Cedar Bend Golf Club – a great place to practice your putt putt – a nine hole public gold course where your best shots come in two ways – with the iron and with the camera.

# 2 Salmon Run Gold Course – World Class Golf – World Class Natural Beauty – thirty minutes from Gold Beach in Chetco River Valley.

Here's what they look like and the scoop on each:

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This 9-hole mentally engaging course features 3,000 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The entire course is a par-72 measuring from 5,231 yards to 6,288 yards long. In general, the course has plenty of challenge for the best golfers, but also plenty of forgiveness for people new to the game. Water comes into play on almost every hole. The beautiful Cedar Fork Creek which golfers must cross on several of the holes, meanders through the course. It's clear waters and smooth stone base make it look inviting on hot summer days. For the entire scoop click on this link: Cedar Bend Gold Course

Salmon Run Golf Course

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Thirty minutes south of Gold Beach in the Chetco River Valley, Salmon Run is a 18-hole course that offers golfers innumerable challenges. Just out of th wind and fog that someitime visits the South coast, Salmon Run, with its narrow fairways, put a high demand on accuracy. But the greens are large and well-maintained and there are birdy possibilities on several short par 4's and par 3's. For more information check out the offical site Salmon Run Golf Course

The Kind of Fishing I like

Each year the eternal cycle of life continues as the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery collects, nurtures and then releases tens of thousands of young Salmon into the Rogue River. It is truly a labor of love.

Each year thousands of Salmon return to the streams in which they were born in order to spawn. Many of these fish are captured at the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery fish ladders or netted in the Rogue River. They are used as brood stock to help replenish and sustain the salmon populations. This drama takes place each year near Gold Beach Oregon. This clip is dedicated to the selfless efforts of both the volunteers and the staff of the Oregon Department Of Fish & Wildlife. Thanks from Green Water Films. (Public Domain Music By US Air Force Band)

What to do-What to Do? Winter Activites on the Southern Oregon Coast

Winter on the Oregon Coast brings storm watching, the annual gray whale migration and Gold Beach is a great place to see them. The week between Christmas and New Years Day is Whale Watching week all along the Oregon Coast.

Gray whales are passing the coast in peak numbers at that time on their yearly southbound migration from Alaskan waters to the warm lagoons of Baja California in Mexico. At 28 sites, from the Washington border to the California border, trained volunteers help visitors spot the whales and can share information about the habits of these mammoth sea creatures. Stick around for a while and you’re likely to see whales pop out of the water head first, exposing nearly the length of their sleek bodies. Or you may catch a dive with the V-shaped tale fins in full view. Look for “Whale Watching Spoken Here” signs along the coastal highway, US Highway 101, to point you to one of the staffed sites.

Watch this video for some helpful information about how to Whale Watch.