QUARTERFLASH PLAYS FAMILIES IN THE PARK AUG. 13
Eighties rockers Quarterflash play Families in the Park this Thursday at Jackson Park. Music starts at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket to sit on or low lawn chairs. Food vendors will be onsite. Original band members Rindy and Marv Ross had huge radio hits in 1981 with “Harden My Heart,” and “Find Another Fool.” In 2013, the band released their sixth Quarterflash album “Love is a Road.” In 1991, the pair formed the Trail Band, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, it’s Movies in the Park beginning at dusk. This weekend’s feature is Akeelah and the Bee, rated PG (running time, 112 minutes).
Both events are free and are appropriate for children.
Hell’s Belles at the Columbia Gorge Hotel Aug. 14
Hell’s Belles is an all-female AC/DC cover band that “are first and foremost dedicated AC/DC fanatics.” For 15 years, Hell’s Belles are the “closest one can get to [the band] without actually moving to Australia and joining AC/DC's road crew.” Hundreds of shows worldwide by this band has gotten the attention of lead AC/DC guitar player Angus Young, who endorsed the band in 2003.
Show is Friday, Aug. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $25 in advance. Festival seating. Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5566.
Jim MacMillan at Lyle Hotel
Enjoy music from Jim MacMillan (guitar), Jerry Keith (bass and tuba) and Randy Bell (cajon), Saturday Aug. 15, from 6-9 p.m. at the Lyle Hotel. Expect all original music in a “beautiful historic setting.” The Lyle Hotel, 100 7th St., Lyle, Wash., 509-365-5953.
‘World's Finest,’ more at River City
Friday, Aug. 21, 9 p.m., $5:
Like the New Orleans dish that lent its name to their style, Tubaluba combines the staple musical provisions of jazz and soul with the trinity of funk, R&B & rock ‘n’ roll into a unique concoction designed to make you feel like you’ve been transported into the middle of a raucous 2nd line parade surrounded by vocals, piano, drums and a mess of horns.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 p.m. $5:
World's Finest from Portland has been hitting the road and festival circuit hard these last few years. Having just come off a stellar showing at North West String Summit, the group is ready to bring their brand of Americana Dub Grass to Hood River.
An ecletic instrument lineup (acoustic guitar, electric banjo, saxophone, electric guitar, bass, drums) by the five members all leads up to a memorable and fun evening for any music lover. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.
Wasco Bros. at Kickstand Cafe
On Saturday, Aug. 15, the Wasco Bros. will be kicking it at the first ever After Party, hosted at KickStand Cafe, at 13th and State, in Hood River. This will be outside on the deck, with music stating at 7:30 p.m. www.kickstandcoffee.net.
Henry Schifter at Stonehedge
Singer-guitarist Henry Schifter plays every Wednesday in August from 6-8 p.m., outside at Stonehedge Gardens. The solo acoustic show will feature international ballads and blues for the dinner crowd. Stonehedge Gardens is located at 3405 Wine Country Ave., Hood River; 541-386-3940.
Great Bottle Round Up at Double Mountain Aug. 23
Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom is holding a Great Bottle Round Up Street Party Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. Join them for beer, music, food and family fun. Help support their bottle reuse program by bringing back your Double Mountain bottles for a chance to win prizes throughout the day. Jeff Alworth, author of “The Beer Bible,” will sign copies of his new book. Dance to live music by Greenneck Daredevils, Mile Marker 6 and Left Coast Country. Double Mountain, 8 Fourth Street, Hood River; 541-387-0042.
Memaloose Winery Lawn Party Aug. 16
Memaloose/Idiot’s Grace will host a Lawn Party at the Winery in Lyle on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. Mark Womble and group will provide the music, and food will be available from Skyline Grill. Memaloose wines by the glass and bottle also available. There is a $10 tasting fee for non-wine club members. Winery is 1.4 miles north on Lyle Snowden Road in Lyle.
Preston, Bart Popenoe at Moth
This week at Moth Lounge:
Wednesday, Aug. 12: The moody rhythm and blues of the Chick Preston duo
Saturday, Aug. 15: Bart Popenoe One Man Band
Shows start at 8:30 p.m., no cover charge. The Moth Lounge, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.
Avery Hill, Julie Amici Trio at The Pines
This week at The Pines:
Friday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. Avery Hill. “Drawing from influences as varied as Billie Holliday, The Beach Boys, Joni Mitchell, and Dar Williams, Avery Hill has used songwriting to stretch her voice and play with the vast spectrum of styles that folk music offers. Her sensitive guitar picking complements the images of her honest and intentional lyrics.”
Saturday, Aug. 15, 7-10 p.m. Julie Amici Trio, Featuring Mark Shark and Dean Mueller. Expect jazz, blues and a taste of country.
Julie Amici - "A fresh take on a bygone era that is intimate, alluring, and hauntingly beautiful."
Fresh off a busy Waterfront Blues Festival weekend in Portland, and a recent sold out show at The Griffin House, The Julie Amici Trio is back in the "Hood" with a performance at The Pines 1852
The pairing of a vocalist and upright acoustic bass is a magical combination that leaves nowhere to hide. It is a setting reserved for the most qualified artists, a mingling that Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller bring together with unexpected delight.
"Julie Amici" is the collaboration between Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller that started in late 2014. The name is derived from Julie's first name, and "Amici" the original family name of Dean's father. Much like the name is a melding of the two, the music is much the same, combining Julie's country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with Dean's deeply rooted blues foundation.
Julie's strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50's when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean's bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs. Over the last few years the pair has performed as a duo as well as collaborated onstage with some of the finest musicians in the Northwest including Curtis Salgado, Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Dave Fleschner, Dan Gildea, Henry Cooper, and many others.
For this performance, the pair has teamed up with a regional newcomer: Mark Shark. Mark's resume is as solid as his reputation as a guitar master. He wrote the book, literally, "The Tao of Tunings" and has appeared on 32 different recordings, including those by Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne. He is new to town and the band feels fortunate to snag him!
Special tickets show: $15 admission. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.
Tony Furtado at CEBU Lounge
This week at CEBU Lounge: shows start at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14 - Tony Furtado Band Banjo/Slide Guitar Master and His Band of Badasses
Saturday, Aug. 15 - Tony Smiley, The Noop Linja returns.
Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.
Matt & Mark at Growlerz
Singer-songwriters Matt Mesa and Mark Reynolds play Growlerz in Bingen on Friday Aug 14, from 7-9 p.m. Growlerz, Hwy 14, downtown Bingen, Wash.
Baggees in Gospel concert Aug. 16
Rob and Shirley Baggee, of Mosier, will give a free concert Sunday, Aug. 16, from 11:15-noon at the Parkdale Baptist Church, 6310 Dee Highway, Parkdale. The concert will be a part of the church’s service. All are welcome to attend.