Stepping out of your father's shadow can be hard, especially when he’s able to cast it while sitting on a tiny stool. For drummer Jason Bonham—the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham—the inevitable comparisons used to irk him. "At some point I got sick of people calling me Bonzo junior," he recently told Spinner.com. As time wore on, however, he began embracing his dad's legacy, later remarking, "But now that I'm older and wiser, I'm just honored to be mentioned in the same breath." After handling the drums for the sporadic Led Zeppelin reunions over the years, Bonham decided to commemorate the band and its fans with a meticulously conceived tribute concert that re-created the experience of a classic Zeppelin show.
After obtaining the blessing of singer Robert Plant, he assembled a talented crew of musicians and set to work creating a live experience that Rolling Stone praised for its "state-of-the-art lighting and effects, dazzling video treatments and a crisp, thundering sound." Between passionate renditions of such classics as "Kashmir," "When the Levee Breaks," and the extended drum solo of "Moby Dick," home video from Bonham's childhood opens a poignant window into his relationship with his father.
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience – "Black Dog"
For more than 35 years, the paint-your-own-ceramics studio has encouraged brush wielders of all skill levels to let their artistic instincts take over as they personalize premade bisqueware. A red façade and teal awning beckon passersby into the shop, where more than 1,000 ceramic figurines, ornaments, magnets, and vases wait to be brought to life with colorful brushstrokes, glitter, chalk, and jumpstarts from a car battery. Bricker Brac Ceramics’ expert instructors host classes, parties, and group events that guide unsure brush brandishers and foster creativity.
The sleek, wooden rink that houses Gresham Skate World has buzzed with the whir of wheels since 1974, when the facility first swung open its doors to a community that now encompasses multiple generations of skaters. The rink provides safe, family-friendly entertainment seven days a week, offsetting standard open skates with a lineup of special events, ranging from all-night sessions to cosmic skating on weekends. To help celebrate special events or dodge bounty hunters, reserve one of Gresham Skate World's private rooms. The center's onsite skate shop stocks an assortment of accessories, and the snack bar fuels full days of axels and dips with hot dogs, nachos, and pizza.
The team behind Kidz-Playz enhances children's gatherings with inflatable play structures whose springy, cushiony surfaces encourage hours of bounding and tumbling. By toting these portable playhouses to clients' homes, Kidz-Playz's staff continues a profession that predates agriculture—renting children's party supplies.
In ancient Greece, for example, mask makers visited parties to give kids their own drama masks, which displayed one of the two known human emotions at that time—happiness and defeat. Come the Middle Ages, parents hired clowns, court jesters, and recently usurped monarchs to entertain their offspring. But it wasn't until the late 20th century that party technology really evolved, giving children access to supplies such as hot-dog-flavored birthday cakes and the pinnacle of entertainment: the inflatable bounce house.
With party buses equipped with neon club lighting, bench seats, and MP3 stereos, Bishop Limo aims to keep revelers entertained before they make grand entrances at events. Each of their mobile VIP suites arrives equipped with a fog machine, an Xbox 360, and a 47-inch plasma TV in addition to ice chests for drinks and bottled water to keep customers and hitchhiking houseplants fully hydrated. In addition to prom packages and brewery adventures, Bishop Limo organizes winery tours to locales along the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River Valley. The adventures include stops at Marchesi Vineyards, which offers outdoor patio tastings with cheeses and charcuterie, and Naked Winery, which commemorates tastings by supplying visitors with their own engraved glasses.
Since 1977, the Historic Motor Sports Association has sped classic racecars toward the limelight, exhibiting their still-speedy maneuvering and encouraging their preservation. Annual races put the steel and chrome beasts through their paces once more, and guests chat with drivers and crew members and slip get-well cards into the upholstery of hundreds of other vintage vehicles no longer in racing condition.