Entertainment Update for Aug. 13

United Way benefit Sept. 5

The second annual benefit concert for United Way of the Columbia Gorge features the music of Hit Machine and a fun block party on Friday, Sept. 5, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will support human service programs in our community. Advance tickets are $10, available at Klindt's Booksellers, Westwind Gallery, Clock Tower Ales. $15 at the door, 21 and over. United Way of the Columbia Gorge, (541) 386-6100, www.unitedway columbiagorge.org.

Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7

The annual Pacific Crest Trail Days will take place Sept. 5-7, on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks.

Pacific Crest Trail Days is a great time for people to learn about the latest outdoor products from event sponsors, participate in free classes, join a trail work party, see a photography slideshow by Outdoor Viewfinder, and watch the documentary movie “The Meaning of Wild.” The Pacific Crest Trail and other nearby trails offer access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest for hiking and biking, just a short walk from the event site. The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act falls on the week of the event, so there will be several activities that tie in to celebrate the anniversary.

Pacific Crest Trail Days is family-friendly and free to attend.

Sam Baker in concert Aug. 24

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is proud to present the singer/songwriter Sam Baker on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Sam recently appeared with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and Rolling Stone magazine named his latest CD, “Say Grace,” as one of their top 10 country albums of 2013.

Sam’s story is unique and inspiring. In 1986, Baker was traveling by train in Peru when a bomb placed on a luggage rack above his head by the Shining Path guerrilla group exploded, killing seven other passengers including the three people who had been sitting with him. Baker was left with numerous injuries, including brain damage, a cut artery, and blown-in eardrums. His injuries required 17 reconstructive surgeries. He has a constant case of tinnitus and the fingers of his left hand were left gnarled. He did retain enough dexterity to grasp a guitar pick and over time, re-taught himself to play his guitar left-handed, relearned speech, and began to write an entirely new, personal, and authentic type of song.

Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, and the performance is a benefit for the non-profit CGOA. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com, and at Waucoma Books in Hood River. For more information, visit cgoaonline.blogspot.com

Bob Connolly at The Pines

This week at The Pines: Friday, Aug.15, 6-9 p.m. “Bob Connolly has honed his musical craft for over four decades, playing solo or with bands in backyards, barns, bars and festivals. He's toured extensively through out the U.S. and Canada and has delighted audience's with his rendering's of folk, blue's, country, swing, and roots-rock.

Friday, Aug. 22 6-9 p.m. Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player specializing in swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Barlow Road at Everybody’s

Alt-country specialists Barlow Road plays on Friday, Aug. 15, at Everybody's Brewing. Start time is 9:30 p.m. No cover charge, 21 and over only. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash.; 509-637-2774.

‘After the Rain’ plays Aug. 16

Portland duo After the Rain will be playing at Thirteen-O-One Steak & Spirits, Saturday, Aug. 16, from 7-10 p.m. The band features guitarist Mitch Ward and vocalist Sunny Andersen — expect a contemporary pop/rock vibe with vocal harmonies. No cover charge, 21-and over. Thirteen-O-One Steak & Spirits, 1301 Belmont Ave, Hood River, (541) 386-1774.

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

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