Entertainment Update for Feb. 5

Autumn Electric’ at Trillium

Seattle prog-folk band Autumn Electric has just released a new album, “Flowers for Ambrosia,” and the band’s 30-city tour will feature stops in New Orleans and the SXSW Festival. But you can catch them at Trillium Cafe in Hood River on Friday, Feb. 7.

The album features songs about Magnum PI, The Hermit of North Pond, and a 22-minute epic, based on “The Never Ending Story,” and has gained rave reviews from music fans from as far away as Serbia. Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

Music Monday at Solstice

On Monday, Feb. 10, Music Mondays at Solstice continue with Alonzo Garbanzo and Kerry Williams — a mix of 6- and 12-string guitar and mandolin will take a sonic tour through folk, Irish, rock, blues and various rootsy styles. Music is from 7-9 p.m. No cover charge. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, Hood River Waterfront, 501 Portway Ave., Hood River; 541-436-0800.

Cupid says ‘Let's Dance!’

Come join the Secret Salsa Society for some romantic Latin dancing. Instructors Johnny and Hannah Griffith will be teaching some romantic Salsa moves at the Mt. View Grange Hall in White Salmon on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. The lesson will be followed by social dancing. No experience or partner necessary.

For more information visit secretsalsasociety.weebly.com.

Gorge Big (bird) Year kickoff Feb. 10 at HR Hobbies

Join Hood River Hobbies on Monday, Feb. 10, for the kick-off party for the Gorge Big Year friendly birding competition. Learn about local sightings, eBird, meet others to go birding with, do some armchair birding and bring photos of birds (digital or paper) to share. Sign up to count as many species of birds that are found in the surrounding five-county area between now and Dec. 31. Bring snacks to share and contributions to the prize pool are appreciated. Hood River Hobbies, 110 Fourth St., Hood River, 541-386-1223.

Full Sail releases Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout Feb. 6

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout is a blend of the three bourbon barrel varieties, Heaven Hill, Four Roses, and Maker’s Mark. Full Sail invites you to a Horizontal Tasting event that highlights the individual bourbons.

Join them to celebrate the release of this special beer and taste the differences between the three individual bourbons and the final blend on Thursday, Feb. 6, starting at 5 p.m. Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub, 506 Columbia St., Hood River; 541-386-2247.

‘ART’ play opens Feb. 13

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the CAST Theatre's production of “ART,” by Yasmina Reza and directed by Tom Burns. “ART” is a comedy about the true meaning of art and friendship. The play opens on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and continues Feb. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

This Tony Award-winning comedy focuses on art and its effect on the relationship of Serge, a man who has spent $200,000 on a modern painting, and his two friends Marc and Evan, who come to view it. Tickets for the show are available at Columbia Center for the Arts and Waucoma Bookstore and online at columbiaarts.org. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave.

Dancing at Elks Feb. 6

The Hood River Elks Club welcomes on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Simcoe Boys Band playing country-western and swing music dancing. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $8. Event is 21 and over only. Dinner is available before the dance at 6 p.m. (cost of dinner includes dance admission). Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River. For more information call 541-386-1507.

Second Saturday Dance Feb. 8

First Second Saturday Country Dance of the new year is Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7-9 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family-friendly. All dances walked through first time.

Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. Admission is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

MMB at the Sunshine Mill

Jim Macmillan (guitar and vocals), Ryan McAlexander (bass and vocals) and Randy Bell the master of percussion (cajon and hand percussion) will be performing three hours of original Americana eclectic jazz/blues/folk from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sunshine Mill Winery in The Dalles. Sunshine Mill Winery, 901 E. Second St, The Dalles; 541-298-8900.

Klas at White Buffalo Feb. 6

Singer/songwriter Tracy Klas will be the featured musician at White Buffalo Wines on Thursday, Feb. 6. Music is 6-8 p.m. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings from Jacob Williams. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Willy Vlautin at HR Library

Author and musician Willy Vlautin will read and discuss his newest book, “The Free,” at the Hood River County Library on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 p.m. in the library’s main floor reading room. The Portland writer is best known for “Lean on Pete,” winner of Oregon Book Awards for fiction and readers’ choice and for his novel “The Motel Life,” which was made into an award-winning film. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hood River County Library.

‘PAAR’ at The Pines Feb. 7

This week at The Pines:

Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m., Sara Jackson-Holman. “This Oregon native singer, songwriter and pianist performs weightless strings and heavy layers of warm and soulful melodies that swell as they weave through each song.”

Enjoy music from the trio PAAR Excellance at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River on Friday, Feb. 7, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. PAAR features Paula Runyan, Alan Taylor and Rod Krehbiel with swing and jazz tunes. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Tess Barr at Double Mountain

Get ready for the blues with the Tess Barr Blues Band at Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 9 p.m. Expect songs from the new upcoming CD, due out later this month. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

‘Winter Carpenters’ at River City

Coming up at the River City Saloon:

2/6: Dead Winter Carpenters 10 p.m. No cover. Alt country/folk

2/7: Free People 10 p.m. $5 cover. Jam/rock

2/8 Tiburona/Grand Horse 10 p.m. No cover. Indie rock

2/14 Valoween (Valentines/Halloween) party with Dj Zinker $3 cover. 10 p.m.

2/15: Lower 48 (TBA)

2/19: Pimps Of Joytime. Brooklyn funk! Doors at 8 p.m. show at 9 p.m. $12 cover. tix available at brownpapertickets.com

River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

Gothard Sisters concert Feb. 11

The Gothard Sisters — just named best new Irish Artist in the sixth-annual Irish Music Awards — will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 11, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Theater. The three sisters are a dynamic Irish music group, with tightly choreographed, high-energy fiddling and traditional Irish folk dance. Years of training in classical music makes them disciplined performers yet their Celtic roots, and the nerve to take risks with style, lends a freedom and lyricism to the show.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door, Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and in The Dalles at Columbia River Music and Klindt's Book Sellers, or online at midcolumbiacommunityconcerts.org. This concert is presented by the Mid Columbia Community Concert Association.

Tom Grant at Skamania Lodge

Experience the sultry music of one of the Northwest’s favorite jazz duos, Tom Grant and Shelly Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 14, from 8-11 p.m. at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash. The prized ensemble will play their most romantic duets for couples to dance along. Tickets are $26, with a cash bar inside the venue, and are available for purchase at the reservations desk or by calling 800-376-9116. More information at skamania.com.

‘Father Daughter Dance’ Feb. 22

The Father-Daughter benefit dance will be held at The Hood River Elks Club on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per couple and $10 each additional daughter. Proceeds help kids with camp fees. Tickets can be purchased at Shortt Supply in Hood river and Trellis in White Salmon, or email: hr_younglife@yahoo.com.

Music at Mt. Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows feature music in February at the Vertical Restaurant & Bar. Bands play from 3-6 p.m.

Feb. 8: Elektrapod

Elektrapod is from Bend, formed with the vision of fusing funk, soul, disco, and riff rock with electronica and jam band sensibilities.

Feb. 15: Rhythm Culture

Based out of Portland, and led by Byron Mercurius of Guyana, South America, Rhythm Culture features guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and trumpet. Combining their individual influences of the Caribbean and the Americas, and using a roots reggae foundation, the band infuses blues and jazz into their brand of reggae music.

Feb. 22 Joe Stoddard

Joe Stoddard performs a unique blend of high-energy music and comedy. Joe has worked with people like the Beach Boys, Keith Urban, Clint Black and many others. You can expect a very large variety of music, oldies, country, rock ‘n’ roll, comedy tunes, folk, R&B originals, and more.

Peter Rowan plays HR Feb. 8

Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan plays Hood River on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Gorge Room at Hood River Inn. Opening the show will be Northwest string band favorites Fruition. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Hood River Inn or online through Brown Paper Tickets. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 21+.

“Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.”

Swan Sovereign at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Feb. 7: Swan Sovereign w/ Dean 9:30 p.m. – Indie Pop (formerly Dirty Martini)

Swan Sovereign is Lara Michell (Stolen Sweets), Stephanie Schneiderman, and Christine McKinley. They each have had successful solo careers — one toured with David Crosby as his opening act, one won a spot on the Lillith Fair tour, and one was in Carmina Pirhana, a band that composed music for the Oregon Ballet — and have been playing together since 2005.

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com.

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