Entertainment Update for Jan. 16

Scratchdog Stringband at Trillium Cafe Jan. 30

Scratchdog Stringband (pictured above), based in Portland, has been touring the Pacific Northwest for a year now, and these three mutts are excited to keep playing new towns. At the end of a busy January, which will see them at their favorite Portland spots, the Scratchdogs will finish out the month in Hood River at the Trillium Cafe.

Scratchdog Stringband is an acoustic trio that delivers a fresh amalgamation of classic and contemporary Americana/Bluegrass music. These artisans continually hone their technical finesse through exuberant experimentation and intuitive improvisation. The sound that emerges is uniquely "Scratchdog," deriving from influences in Rock, Folk, Country and Jazz. Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 p.m. 21 and over. Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

Wasco Bros play Jan. 16

If you’re looking for a great Saturday night, join The Wasco Bros. at the Eagles Lodge in the Dalles, this Saturday, Jan. 16, from 7-11 p.m. Expect plenty of great Honky Tonk to dance to and lots of dance floor space. The Eagles Lodge, 2006 W. Seventh St., The Dalles. Kenny Lee at Clock Tower There’s live music at Clock Tower Ales this week:

Friday, Jan. 15: Kenny Lee and The Sundowners with “Pacific NW” style blues. 8-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17: Open Mic night, all ages welcome. 7-10 p.m.

Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles; 541-296-2602.

Brigid’s Cross at The Pines

This week at The Pines:

Brigid’s Cross, Friday, Jan. 15, 6-9 p.m.

Irish music. From graceful and contemplative to pub tunes. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Tim Snider Band at CEBU

This week at CEBU Lounge, music starts at 9:30 p.m.:

Friday, Jan. 15: Tim Snider Band (world music).

Saturday, Jan 16: The Blackberry Bushes Stringband (Bluegrass/Americana).

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

Griffin House (the artist) plays Griffin House (the venue)

There are two opportunities to experience an up close and personal house concert with acclaimed singer-songwriter Griffin House for two Valentine's weekend shows on Feb. 13 and 14. Born and raised in Ohio, Griffin House opted to decline a golf scholarship to college in lieu of pursuing his musical gifts. His songwriting is spiked with doses of roots, rock, blues and country, all inspired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, Wilco and Billy Bragg. House has released the majority of his records on his imprint label, Evening Records.

VIP and general admission tickets are available at www.thegriffinhouse.com and clicking on the Events tab.

New book club at HR Museum

The History Museum of Hood River County has a new book club called Just My Type. Book club participants will explore the world of objects, such as art, photography, fashion, books, decorative arts and artifacts, as captured in works of fiction and non-fiction.

The club’s first read will be “The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” by Anne-Marie O’Connor, and will meet Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m., with light refreshments served at 5:30. The museum is located at 300 E. Marina Drive in Hood River. There will be no charge for those who “come with ideas.”

And speaking of books . . .

In her Jan. 13 column, Peggy Dills Kelter (Cascade Observations) announced her new contest about books, and anyone is encouraged to enter. It’s inspired by her practice of keeping a list of the books she reads each year, and the interest in hearing what others have read and what those books meant.

What book did you read in 2015 that’s found a place in your heart? Write a short essay (not more than 200 words; the more succinct the better) about this book.

Send it to hrnews@hood rivernews.com or drop off a hard copy at the Hood River News office by Jan. 27.

The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Waucoma Bookstore.

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

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