Singer, songwriter and guitarist Randy Cate will be singing and strumming his way around the North Bank at three notable locations during the next two months, starting on Valentine’s Day. Cate, a former English teacher at Union High School, has long been active in the music industry, and his tunes have been performed by music greats like Dionne Warwick, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul. More recently, Cate’s work can be heard as background music on television shows such as “True Blood,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Ed,” “L.A. Ink,” and “The Young and the Restless.” His latest album, “A Different Kind of Same” is available at www.cdbaby.com, on iTunes, at soundcloud.com, and as an MP3 from www.amazon.com. Cate will also have copies of his albums available for purchase at the show. Here’s where you can hear him, plus details about each location:
- Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Rusty Chain, 3100 Columbia St.: this neighborhood family-owned business located near Carter Park sells food and spirits in a casual setting. The building has been a grocery store, a coffee shop, and, most recently, Commonwealth Café—but The Rusty Chain seems poised to stick. The current owner, Bill, collects movie posters, photos, record albums, beer cans and mugs. There are books and plenty of games for game night. The walls are covered with Bill’s collected items, which he periodically switches out from his substantial reserves of stuff found at swap meets, flea markets, and antique stores. Prized items include many family recipes passed down from family members. The Rusty Chain also has a pool table, a lounge with bar stools, and lots of dining tables throughout the house. In the summer, guests can hear live music on the patio.
- Friday, Feb. 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House, 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt: located in an idyllic North County spot, just across the railroad and not far from the Lewis River. This family-owned winery and tasting room boasts outdoor tables perfect for warmer weather with a stunning view of the hillside trees lots of space for families to enjoy picnics—or the excellent food from Moulton Falls’ wood-fired oven. When the weather’s cold, the tasting room is cozy but spacious, with room for a fair-sized crowd. The polished wood bar is long enough to allow folks to sit or stand and other patrons have room to amble about. There’s great pizza, calzones, and quesadillas, as well as salads and sandwiches. The winery’s mascot is a big, old dog who is gentle, friendly, and loves kids. You might see him slowly moving from table to table, collecting pets and ear scratches. There’s also a resident rooster who likes to strut his stuff and sometimes crows along to the outdoor entertainment.
- Friday, March 24, at The Heavy Metal Brewing Company, located at 808 MacArthur Blvd. in the old Tower Mall: One of the Couve’s newer taprooms, this used to be a convenience store, but now it’s been converted into a heavy metal/biker-themed atmosphere, complete with beer-filled coolers and other headbanger paraphernalia. Seating is at picnic tables, with a stage for live music and plenty of free parking. There’s food from the Heavy Metal deli and other beverages (they’re also a bottle shop). Loyal customers love to sit and talk (in fact, you might see a few Heavy Metal shirts and gear around town; you can sign up for their mailing list if you’re a fan). This is a real community hang-out. They host many bands and singer-songwriters and on weekends throughout the winter and on Thursday nights when the weather turns warmer.