When I spoke to Paul Basile the other day, a band leader and songwriter for the indie-folk band Great Elk, I wasn’t expecting him to mention Billy Joel as an influential artist. But when he did, the insight brought a smile to my face and revived memories of seeing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.
John Michael Montgomery headlines HR County Fair; more
Tim Snyder has been hitting the streets and handing out business cards to let people know about his dream project of establishing the Underground Music Station — a music lesson, rehearsal and recording space conveniently located in downtown Hood River.
‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26; Food bank benefit Aug. 2; more
Lavender DAZE returns; ‘Power Trio’ at River City July 26; more
Too Slim and the Taildraggers are playing a free show downtown Hood River on Wednesday, July 16!
Best bets in live music!
‘Dreams’ at Mt Hood Winery; ‘3 Speed’ at The Pines; more
Do you have some days when you feel that you’re just not in the loop?
The Rugs at Trillium July 11; Ruins open at Springhouse; more
Zimbabwe choral master teaches workshop June 29; ‘God Loves Uganda’ at CAG; ‘Harmony Roadshow’ featured at Sandbar Café; Paper Bird at CEBU June 21
‘In the Next Room’ June 20-21; ‘Cooking with Fire’ author visits; more
Kit Garoutte at The Pines; ‘Groove Project’ June 14; more
Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Former BR549 leader Chuck Mead lends experience to Grassy Knoll Boys
“You know, I think I’ve got the one with the old rotary phone on the cover,” I said — trying to remember exactly which CD from Chuck Mead’s old country band, BR549, I had in my music collection.
Thanks to everyone who sent in Rick Hulett memories.
Brothers Gow at River City; Patchy Sanders at CEBU; more
An opportunity to support the Columbia Center for the Arts is coming up on May 31 with a fundraising gala “C’est Si Bon,” (Google says the translation is ‘it’s so good’) — starring Portland actor and singer Susannah Mars. The festivities start at 6 p.m.
Radio show tribute May 18; ‘Good Body’ continues; Dikki Du at Double Mountain; more
It’s difficult to single out a favorite memory I have of Rick Hulett. Memories spring up unexpectedly. Sometimes it is a song I hear on the radio, or I drive by a spot we played music together
Miss Shevaughn returns May 23; Paul Basile at River City; more
Free admission Mother’s Day at Discovery Center; ¡Viva Los Artistas! May show highlights Latino community; more
You may have noticed in the last few issues of the news I’ve been asking folks to send in Rick Hulett memories.
Best of student films April 23; ‘Art of Movement’ April 26; more
Benefit for United for Marriage at 10 Speed Coffee April 26; ‘Gentlemen’ at CEBU Lounge; more
Portland Building - Stay or Go?; Connell, Dwyer play April 12; more
Music Mondays at Solstice; ‘Noble Spirit’ screens April 9; ‘DamNation’ screening April 18; more
World’s Finest at CEBU Lounge; ‘Poem in Your Pocket,’ April 17 at Maryhill Museum of Art; more
On Monday, March 31, The Hapa Hillbillies will be swinging it up in decidedly vintage Hawaiian fashion from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.
Night Club Salsa with Ari Levitt; ‘Parkdale’ at Solera March 29; Western-swing dance April 3; more
Ryan Kolberg at The Pines; Kids free at Discovery Center; more
Ceramic button and charm class; ‘Science!’ plays March 22; Toney Smiley at Pheasant Valley; more
Dancing at Elks March 20; ‘Good Men' opens March 28; more
Trail Running Film Fest, music, March 20; Gorge Grown open house features ‘Food, Inc.’ film; more
G.D.M. at River City March 15;Jaybirds in Bingen March 16; Art in Kuwait lecture March 19; more
Stargazing session March 29; Fire Weeds at CEBU Lounge; Hood River County is reading William Stafford; Second Saturday Dance March 8
Mandolin player John Reischman has umpteen years of experience playing, recording and teaching bluegrass on the West Coast —and he never plays one note out of place.
Marilyn Thompson has been singing since she was a little girl — and now, with help from her husband and family — she has a professional Nashville-recorded CD to show for it.
Red & Ruby play March 7; Dancing at Elks March 6; Second Saturday Dance March 8; more
Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; ‘Congratulations’ screens Feb. 26; more
Cripple Hop at Double Mountain; Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; more
Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Fairy tales, Star Wars influence latest book in ‘Lunar Chronicles’ series
The other night I read a ten page science fiction story from 1957. The piece was called “The War is Over,” and it was written by a guy named Algis Budrys.
Before diving into introducing you to folk musician Avery Hill I thought you should know that my last blog post caught the attention of a think-tank based in Washington, D.C., called the Tax Foundation — someone from that organization thought I might enjoy a blog post on “the historical realities of estate taxes on Downton Abbey and a discussion on how the real Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) has dealt with these same issues.”
Junebug Boys do their ‘hokum’ at Everybody’s; more
‘Finding the North American Bigfoot’ lecture Jan. 25; more
(If you didn’t see episode 1 of the new Downton Abbey series, don’t read this yet.)
Catch ‘Amber & Ales’ this week; more
New Year’s Eve planner; more
Garbanzo Bros. at Trillium Cafe; more
‘Murder in the Key of D’ promises
Ron Rogers plays Dec. 14; more