Entertainment Update for Feb. 17

Blues guitarist Mary Flower plays art center March 5

Columbia Center for the Arts is kicking off its 10th anniversary with a day of free art events for the public on March 5 from 1-5 p.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy this day of art which includes a musical instrument art exhibition, music in the theater, and a cake-cutting by the mayor in the lobby.

In the gallery will be the March art exhibition Instrumental: Handcrafted Instruments & Inspired Art. The brainchild of local guest exhibition curators Sarah Burr Arnold and Jim Drake, and over a year in the making, the Instrumental show offers a close-up look at the beauty and precision of finely crafted instruments and the art inspired by those pieces.

In the theater, local musician and music expert Drake will emcee an afternoon of music, starting with a 1-2:30 p.m. community musical jam session (so bring your instrument and a song to share).

At 2:30 p.m. Mayor Paul Blackburn will join in for a 10th anniversary cake-cutting to commemorate 10 years of the Columbia Art Center bringing art to life in the Gorge.

Then at 3 p.m. the fun continues with the musical talents of Gorge luthiers Bob Dill, Gordon and Char Mayer, Craig Wilson, specialty instrument maker John Marvin Kite and more for a unique Luthier Showcase.

Headline performer, Mary Flower, is a well-known blues/fingerstyle guitarist whose beautiful music will complement the sounds of handmade instruments. All of the events are free — get a seat early!

Bonneville Power Trio at Solera

Come listen to some awesome retro punk and bluesabily with the Bonneville Power Trio, rocking Solera Brewery on Friday, Feb. 19, from 6-9 p.m. Coming up on Saturday, March 5, it’s tunes from Alonzo Garbanzo.

Solera Brewery, 4945 Baseline Dr., Parkdale; 541-352-5500.

Dulcimer workshop Feb. 24

Co-founder of the online Dulcimer School, Stephen Seifert will be teaching a workshop for beginning to intermediate dulcimer players at Riverside Church on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-noon. Printed materials will be provided, though you will need to provide your own instrument. Class is limited to 20 people. Cost is $20 per person.

Typically, Steve's workshops include basic techniques such as strumming, flatpicking, chords, chords/melody, and ear playing and include many genres of American roots music like folk tunes, Celtic songs, hymns, bluegrass, and blues.

Seifert is a nationally recognized master of the mountain dulcimer and lives in Nashville. He will be performing with the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Wy'east Middle School Performing Arts Center.

Anyone wishing to register for the workshop should contact Mark Steighner at msteighner@gmail.com.

Willie & Nelson at White Buffalo

On Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6-8 p.m., Bill Nielsen on acoustic guitar and singer Lisa Nelson, known for their beautiful harmonies, perform familiar pop, rock and country tunes you can sing along to.

White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Tracy Klas at Moth Feb. 20

Local singer-songwriter Tracy Klas will be performing her unique acoustic stylings at the Moth Lounge on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8-11 p.m. No cover charge. The Moth Lounge, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

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

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