Jim Drake

Entertainment and features reporter/Composition and design

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Jim has worked for the Hood River News since 1996. In addition to working in the Composition Dept, which handles computerized page layout and ad production, Jim compiles the weekly Entertainment Update column and highlights the Gorge music scene with his popular Entertainment Blog.

Jim is a fan of bluegrass music, a dark beer lover, and an avid reader of science-fiction. He lives in Mosier.

Recent Stories

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Imagining a world with no winners and no losers

I ask a lot of folks how and why they got started in music, and their answers are always enjoyable because of personal reasons near and dear to one’s heart.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment blog: Breathe, breathe in the air

Free workshop teaches basic exercises for singing

How did Frank Sinatra do it? Janis Joplin? If we could ask them today, I’d be interested in what they’d have to say about the mechanics of singing.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: ‘Europatopia’ features guitarist Joel Kabakov

By now, you should know that the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association will be presenting “A Community of Music” at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Sold-out show features ‘30s style Barrelhouse Piano of Erick Haynie

I guess the first question of the New Year is: How fast did the “I Hate Cancer” concert coming up on Jan. 9 at the arts center sell out?

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Parisian Americana artist Eric John Kaiser makes stop in HR

About a year ago, Eric John Kaiser released his album “Idaho,” which is a collection of songs he wrote while staying at a hotel near the Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, and then went back to Portland to record it.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Doing what it takes to be the ‘Finest’

My theory that all bands, music and interviews in the world are somehow linked together was further confirmed when a press release from Portland jam-banders World’s Finest landed in my in-box earlier this month.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Top-notch jazz players promise relaxing evening of music

There’s one main point I’d like to pass along about my talk with saxophonist Bob Sheppard, who will be in Hood River this weekend for the “All That Jazz” show at the arts center. He basically said that the concert won’t be too loud.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Beer Bible puts Hood River on the map

Hood River beer aficionados have a chance to meet up with Jeff Alworth, author of “The Beer Bible,” on Sunday, Aug. 23. He’ll be at Double Mountain Brewery as part of the Great Bottle Roundup, which starts at noon. If you’re ready for a 644-page reference guide that represents over two years of world-wide travel to major beer-producing regions, Sunday would be a good time to head down and check it out.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: New Orleans style Tubaluba returns Aug. 21

I probably don’t need to say this, but music has been crazy-good this summer.

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