Saturday was kind of a double-whammy for me.September 26, 2018 midnight read more..
Saturday was kind of a double-whammy for me.September 26, 2018 midnight read more..
Thrift stores are great, you never know what you’re gonna find. It’s like you’re shopping in multiple basements and attics at once, with no shipping and handling charges.June 27, 2018 midnight read more..
Local singers Linda Beiter, Jason Smith (of JD Smith Jewelers) and Mary Lewis will be joining forces with pianist Garry Estep for an evening of songs from the celebrated songbook of Cole Porter on April 21.April 18, 2018 midnight read more..
I have a theory that Antiques Roadshow has crept into the fabric of society.April 4, 2018 midnight read more..
An extremely famous equation that describes electrical properties is called Ohm’s Law.January 17, 2018 midnight read more..
Roy Talley, of Wasco, Ore., says he is approaching a milestone age of 70, but he still remembers all those years ago when he started playing music on the trombone, guitar and violin in early high school. “My mom was a well-known portrait artist, and I know she painted one of me playing the guitar,” Talley said recently. “A lot of her pieces went to my brother, and that one may still be around,” Talley said.January 10, 2018 midnight read more..
The Gorge is getting ready for an arts-fusion event to celebrate America’s resilience and “our sacred right to have fun,” on Sunday Aug. 13 with a program billed as “America the Beautiful — the Remix,” a music-poetry-dance extravaganza based on the theme of making America fun and beautiful again.August 9, 2017 midnight read more..
A true traveling musician, old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky had to call me back right after I contacted him last week — he was driving down a Virginia Highway, keeping both hands on the wheel as he safely pulled into a rest stop.October 5, 2016 midnight read more..
I’m pretty sure the stage outside at Springhouse Cellar is an assemblage of pallets and possibly some old wine-barrel parts.September 3, 2016 midnight read more..
Recent train derailments nor Gorge-wide gridlock did not stop the Gorge Gulp fundraising efforts of the Hood River County Education Foundation last Friday night at Venue 301.June 11, 2016 midnight read more..
The sign said, “Wake up Christians, Allah is not our God, Muhammad not Greater than Jesus.”May 25, 2016 midnight read more..
Portland musician-troubadour-folk-preacher McDougall returns to Hood River on Friday with a new CD that expands his regular one-man show into new territory: a full band sound.May 18, 2016 midnight read more..
“What we’re doing is reducing the brightness of the sun by 100,000 times,” Bob Yoesle said of his solar viewing telescope system that he brought to The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles last Saturday afternoon.May 4, 2016 midnight read more..
When can someone say that he, or she, has finally reached the top of their game? What events in your life have to occur to say that you have finally “made it?” It’s still an open-ended question for singer Storm Large, even after reflecting on 25 years of being on the music scene.April 27, 2016 midnight read more..
What’s the best way to describe a 12-string guitarist with an affinity for the mountain dulcimer who describes her 40-year career as more of a “careen”?April 16, 2016 midnight read more..
The other day I popped a cassette of John Williams playing some Spanish classical guitar songs into the old Kenwood stereo tape deck at home.April 13, 2016 midnight read more..
If there’s one dream for musicians who enjoy the classic rock genre, actually playing in your favorite all-time band and contributing the quintessential sounds to their most popular songs probably ranks as number one.April 6, 2016 midnight read more..
Lyrics to songs usually tell stories, and music certainly can create feeling for those stories — but the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is taking a new step in their repertoire by presenting original music integrated with pre-recorded narration during their live show.March 26, 2016 midnight read more..
I’m reading a terrific book right now. It’s terrific because, well, when you get to read translations of very old manuscripts about super-important stuff — and even find analogies to music that can tie into the current Instrumental art show — I’d call that terrific.March 23, 2016 midnight read more..
I remember the first gig I played for one traumatic reason. But can I tell you the year it happened? No, not without research. The day? Probably a Saturday, but I’d have to check. Anything about the setlist? Ummm, it had songs on it, yes.March 16, 2016 midnight read more..
Seeing Hood River “trending” nationally on Facebook the other day, and what it was trending for, made me so disheartened and mad, I actually used the word “jerk-wad” in a post.March 12, 2016 midnight read more..
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.February 3, 2016 midnight read more..
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.January 23, 2016 midnight read more..
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.January 20, 2016 midnight read more..
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?January 9, 2016 midnight read more..
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.December 2, 2015 midnight read more..
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.November 21, 2015 midnight read more..
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.October 21, 2015 midnight read more..
As I get older ...October 17, 2015 midnight read more..
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.August 22, 2015 midnight read more..
I probably don’t need to say this, but music has been crazy-good this summer.August 19, 2015 midnight read more..
My timing was perfect the other evening. Not only did I catch the Columbiaires at band practice for the upcoming “Independence Eve” show at the Bingen Theater, but I managed to show up exactly during the fairly lengthy power failure that White Salmon and Bingen were experiencing at the time.June 27, 2015 midnight read more..
Pamela Parker started out playing music at a super-young age — in fact, based on our phone conversation last month, she detailed her entire musical upbringing in a very clear and organized way.May 9, 2015 midnight read more..
It seems like yesterday I was celebrating birthday number 40, but to me time feels like it’s speeding by at a faster rate. I mean, it seemed like I just blinked my eyes and the last season of Downton Abbey was already wrapping up. What was that, anyway, a total of six weeks?March 21, 2015 midnight read more..
Since last April, drummer turned DJ Jeff Minnick has been broadcasting the classic country sounds of the 40s, 50s and 60s with his two-hour Tuesday night program The Countryside, live on the air and over the internet from 7-9 p.m.February 28, 2015 midnight read more..
A unique R&B-soul band is coming to Hood River on Friday, Feb. 13, and even if you’re superstitious, we should be treating this show like it’s our lucky day.February 11, 2015 midnight read more..
The story in the news last week on the upcoming auditions for the CAST production of “Good People” prompted me to contact director Judie Hanel and ask her a few questions on a topic I know very little about: auditioning for a play.January 14, 2015 midnight read more..
A year ago I had the pleasure to interview NYC-based folk singer Christine Lavin. She was supposed to do a show at the Aladdin Theater in Portland but unfortunately the show got cancelled at the last minute.December 27, 2014 midnight read more..
The best Christmas songs you've never heard, and getting ready for 2015December 24, 2014 9:47 a.m. read more..
Austin resident and Gorge native Ben Ballinger is taking a slightly different marketing approach on “The State I’m In,” his sixth album to date. Ballinger signed with Good Horse Records, and it’s called “records” for good reason — that’s what they make.December 24, 2014 midnight read more..
It’s serendipitous that I get to write about a band, during the Thanksgiving holiday no less, which actually thinks about others and makes a special point to give back to their community.November 29, 2014 midnight read more..
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