Entertainment Update for July 9

Bram Brata’ Steel Band at Mt. Hood Winery July 9

Bring your family and friends for a special evening outdoors with the delightful Tri-Cites Bram Brata’ Steel Band at Mt. Hood Winery on Saturday, July 9, from 6-8 p.m. Listen to the challenging and varied repertoire of traditional Trinidadian steel drum music, Caribbean favorites, soca, jazz, classical and modern pop and rock tunes Food is available for purchase from Noodle Heaven. Sponsored by Essential Resonance Sound Therapy & Friends. Free admission and all ages welcome. Mt. Hood Winery, 2882 Van Horn Drive, Hood River; 541-386-8333.

L’il Rev concert July 24

L’il Rev, the ukulele empresario and prodigy, is coming to the History Museum of Hood River County for a special concert on Sunday, July 24, at 7 p.m. Playing music inspired by his heroes — Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly — L’il Rev’s music has been awarded national and regional accolades for his “seasoned multi-instrumentalist capability on the banjo, flat-pick guitar and blues mandolin.”

The show will include special guest Aaron Keim and others. Visit www.lilrev.com for more information. Tickets are $15. History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Marina Drive, Hood River; 541-386-6772.

Author Van Velsor visits July 16

Portland Native Gwen Van Velsor (aka award-winning food blogger Gourmet Gwen) brings travel memoir “Follow That Arrow: Notes on Getting Here from There” will give a reading and signing of her book at Maryhill Winery on July 16. The event starts at 2 p.m. in the Maryhill Bocce picnic area and Van Velsor will be available to sign books until 5 p.m. on the terrace.

About the book

The book follows the author’s journey after the dissolution of her marriage and sudden departure from her longtime home in Hawaii. Her story takes readers on a road trip across the United States and along the coast of Spain on the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Throughout, she tries to come to terms with her life’s recent upheaval in a narrative richly intertwined with the food and culture of the places she visits. “The book is a reflection on love, faith and the food that got me from Hawaii to the edges of Spain,” explains Van Velsor.

Secret Salsa Society July 8

Secret Salsa Society meets downtown Hood River on Friday, July 8 at Venue 301 on Oak Street. Professional dancer Javier (Gemini) Solis will be on hand for salsa lessons. $10 lesson and social dance; $ 5 social dance only. Doors open 7:15 p.m.

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

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