Entertainment Update for July 24

Summer Smack Down with Bigfoot and Austin Heat

The Austin Heat band — expect powerhouse Texas funk-rock — is in town early next month for some Gorge shows. They’re teaming up with local rockers Bigfoot for a three-day extravaganza. Support them at a venue near you:

Friday, Aug. 2, CEBU Lounge, free, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3, Bingen Theater, 7 p.m., all ages, $5 cover

Sunday, Aug. 4, The Griffin House, half-mile west of the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Westcliff Drive, 7 p.m., $5, benefit concert for The Next Door. Visit http://bit.ly/162DgTr.

‘A Glass Act’ opens Aug. 2

This August, Columbia Center for the Arts forges into the world of glass. The show “A Glass Act,” will feature glass objects created in various techniques including blown, lamp-worked, kiln-formed, enamel, stained, painted and cast. The show opens Friday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. and runs through Sept. 1.

In addition to the show, there will be free glass demos in the studio every Saturday and Sunday during the month. Chat with artists, learn about the process and get a new perspective on glass.

In conjunction with the show, on Saturday, Aug. 3, Marchesi Winery is hosting a wine celebration. Enjoy Nibbiola wine and complimentary Italian appetizers from 6-8 p.m.

Artists include Michael Barley, Kevin Boylan, Carol Carson, Jess Caudill, Ann Cavanaugh, Carolyn Crystal, Ruth Cutler, Tom Diamond, Alex Farnham, Jane Godfrey and Sondra Radcliff, Greg Frye and Lynn Silbernagal, Charlene Fort, Jane and Sondra Godfrey, Laurel Hagner, Harry Horn, Terri Johanson, Elizabeth Johnston, Stephanie Johnston, Judy Keen, Ellen Knoke, Cheyenne Malcom, Josh, Eli, and Tym Mazet, Peter McGrain, Jennifer Millsap, Cynthia Morgan, Andy Nichols, Leila Prestia, Kevin Platt, Jo Dean Sarins, Serena Smith, Linda Steider, Cyndi Strid and Kathryn Watne. Entry to the gallery is free.

A Glass Act is sponsored by Cardinal Glass, Marchesi Winery, Nichols Glass and Sparkling Creations.

For more information, call Columbia Center for the Arts at 541-387-8877 during Center hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, or visit www.columbiaarts.org.

Jason Waicunas presents Gorge photography lecture July 25

Columbia Center for the Arts Gallery and Friends of the Columbia Gorge invite you to a special presentation by Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder on Thursday, July 25, from 7-9 p.m.

Waicunas will share stunning Gorge photos and talk about the attributes that make the Gorge such a great subject for photographers. He will also provide tips on where to go to capture the best seasonal images, the best times of day to take photos, and other pro tips to help inspire and enhance your Gorge photography experience.

Waicunas has been a professional photographer for 20 years and is an Oregon-licensed guide and outfitter who teaches single and multi-day photography workshops.

A no-host wine bar will start the evening as you enjoy the beautiful images of “The Earth Laughs in Flowers,” an exhibit inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Music weekend at Gallery 301

This Friday evening at Gallery 301 it's the Hood River Gold Stars for raucous jazz, starting around 6:30 p.m. and continuing until 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, join the Three Speed Trio: Ed Dietrich, Dave Henehan, and Tim Ortlieb for a couple of hours, starting around 6 p.m.

On Sunday, it’s afternoon jazz with Mike Stillman & Friends. Join them at 3 p.m. for a few hours. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown hood River, 541-436-0281.

Ruins Tuesday at Springhouse

Springhouse Cellar presents live music in The Ruins on Tuesdays. The event runs 5-10 p.m. — it’s a family-friendly event with no cover charge, kids activities, local wine and beer and the Solstice Pizza Oven is on-site.

July 23: Radiation City w/Nate Stranz

July 30: Petunia & the Vipers

Aug. 6: Lost Lander w/Richard Tillinghast

Special event for Friday, Aug. 2: Black Prairie

A group of seasoned musicians from Portland with an expansive style, Black Prairie includes a Dobro guitar, guitar, bass, violin and accordion. These five instruments combine to produce sounds that are a little folk, a little gypsy, a little bluegrass and a lot Black Prairie.

Tickets available at Springhouse Cellar or by email at events@springhousecellar.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.

Seating is limited. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

Blues from David Vest July 27 at The Pines

David Vest and his All-Star Band will play the last music show at The Pines’ Second and State streets location on Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance for this 21-and-over only show. David Vest is an award-winning blues piano player who played with the Paul deLay band for many years. The Oregonian says Vest is “one of the finest on barrelhouse piano.”

... with a ferocity few possess.” Expect an all-star lineup of Northwest blues players for his backup band. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Garett Brennan at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, July 26: Garett Brennan w/Resistance Organ Trio + Billy Shaddox, 9:30 p.m. – Funky, Psychedelia with Folk/Americana Openers

Garett Brennan and his four brothers grew up surrounded by the refuge of the snowy Wasatch Rockies. He was drawn to music and performance at a young age. His tunes conjure up the fresh snow of mountains, the clear water of his adopted home in the Pacific Northwest, and the intimacy and jubilance of jamming with some of the top players in the Americana-Roots scene.

Producer Cookie Marenco (Blue Coast Records, Windham Hill Records) describes him as “Woody Guthrie meets Tom Waits,” an apt comparison informed by Brennan’s penchant for crafting original poetic songs that sound like they've been around since dust, yet are instantly familiar and of this time.

Billy Shaddox is blessed with the ability to blend the Western dualities of coastal dreamer and high mountain drifter into his deep, easy flowing songs. Rooted in stories of love and fortune lost, perspective and enlightenment gained, Shaddox captures the mystique of the West with indelible lyrical imagery and sharply original musicality: the displaced modern man weary of coping with vanishing ideals, the present-minded realist, the uncontrollable jealousy of the downtrodden miner, and the bright-eyed morning traveler setting out to make his mark on the world.

Saturday, July 27: Harmed Brothers w/ There is No Mountain, 9:30 p.m. - Indie-Grass and Americana/Psych-pop

Based out of Eugene, The Harmed Brothers are an up and coming force in the Folk/Roots/Independent music scene. Chronic touring and constant writing have made up the last four years for the “indie-grass” group. Founded in North Carolina, the band took its eventual shape in Cottage Grove, Oregon upon the meeting of guitarist/vocalist Ray Vietti and banjoist/vocalist/keyboardist Alex Salcido. Soon after their meeting, The Harmed Brothers released their acoustic debut “All The Lies You Wanna Hear” in 2010.

“There Is No Mountain” is a reference to a Zen koan, a lyric from a Donovan song, and an Americana/psych-pop duo known for its catchy off-kilter sonic adventures. The Portland-based band toured extensively around the country and released heaps of varied folk/americana material under their previous name (The Ascetic Junkies) before paring the band back down to the core duo — married couple Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon — changing the name to “There Is No Mountain,” and recording a new batch of musical pieces.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com

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