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Jim Drake

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Sounds of Summer series kicks off with the Pat Travers Band July 21

To this day, guitarist Pat Travers can point to the one event that made him say “I want to be a guitar player.”

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Lavender Daze features new music from MMB

Yesterday, after a 30-minute talk on the phone with rock guitarist Pat Travers, I think it finally hit me that the whole “Hood River summer music thing” is in fact, happening right now.

Entertainment update for June 26

‘CelloBop’ at HR Library; Twangshifters at Everybody’s; REEL Paddling Film June 28-29 ; Sugardaddies featured on Mt. Hood RR mystery train; ‘Har-di-Har’ at Trillium Cafe

Entertainment Update for June 22

Kevin Selfe at Memaloose; ‘12 Eyes’ at Solera June 20; ‘Wall St. Tankers’ at Saw Tooth; Arts Center screens indie films; Fiddlin Under the Stars bluegrass festival June 21-22

48-Hour Film Project winners announced

Cash prizes and honors were given out on Saturday, June 15, for the Columbia Gorge 48 Hour Film Project, in front of a full house at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

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Solstice Cafe move hinges on Kickstarter campaign

Solstice Cafe, a popular restaurant that specializes in wood-fired gourmet pizzas, has outgrown its current Bingen, Wash., location and wants to relocate to the Hood River waterfront area.

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Slice of local life: Larry Wyatt – a hands-on approach to music

There’s an enthusiastic tone in Larry Wyatt’s voice as he demonstrates a unique wooden instrument that sits on the floor in the front of his May Street School music classroom. “These are “Studio 49” German-engineered xylophone bass boxes. They’re set up so we can play in the key of C, which is the same for my ukuleles.” With large mallets, Larry deftly plays a bass line that could be used in any number of simple folk songs, and then plays the first few measures of “Ode to Joy.” Full, rich, bell-like tones resonate around the room.

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Entertainment Update for May 8, 2013

Tess Barr at Waucoma Club

Entertainment Update for May 1

Street party at Double Mtn.; Asian Dance recital May 5; Meet ‘100 Hikes’ author; Shoe contest, ‘Kinky Boots’ at Columbia Center for the Arts; VOCI choral concert May 12-13; FISH benefit May 4 at The Pines; Flamenco dance at Gallery 301; Adopt-A-Dog’s sale May 11

Entertainment Update for April 17

FISH benefit at White Buffalo; Jazz, Flamenco at Gallery 301; ‘Women in the Dirt’ April 24; Groove Project at Naked Winery; Scott Law at CEBU Lounge; MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill

Entertainment Update for April 13

‘Troubadour Camp’ visits Hood River April 26; The Don Stiernberg Trio at The Pines Tasting Room; HR Jazz Theater April 12; MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill; Rich Wilkins Blues Band schedule;‘Art of Movement’ April 20

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Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog: All she wants to do is dance

Except for a brief introduction to East Coast Swing a few years ago, I’m pretty much in the “two left feet” category as far as dancing goes. What I’ve noticed, though, is if people congregate in a place that has music, especially live music, the one thing you can count on is folks will dance.

Entertainment Update for April 6

Music at Springhouse Cellar; Jackstraw at Mt. Hood Meadows; Country Dance April 13; Banff Film Festival returns; House concerts April 6, 12; Auditions for ‘Shrek’ April 16-18; Blues benefit April 7 at The Pines; Volunteers need for April events; Kirkpatrick reads April 7; ‘Quiet Beauty’ release party April 10

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Entertainment Update for April 3

Music at Springhouse Cellars; Taarka at CEBU April 6; Lisa Ornstein plays house concert April 6; Stillman at Gallery 301

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Music preview - Taarka, April 6

Gypsy-jazz group in Hood River April 6

Entertainment Update for March 30

Kirkpatrick reads April 7; ‘Quiet Beauty’ book release party April 10; Music at Springhouse Cellars; Romancing the West - a musical and visual journey through time

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Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog: ‘Here’ is there and everywhere

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray’s songs are gritty, bluesy, atmospheric, sparse at times and bring lots of roots-music elements together to tell stories. You would think that the music should “say it all,” so to speak.

Entertainment Update for March 23

Maryhill Museum of Art open for season; Dead Winter Carpenters at CEBU Lounge; ‘Charlie Brown’ onstage in The Dalles March 22-23; Blues master MacLeod returns to The Pines March 23; Rich Wilkins at Naked Winery

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Entertainment Update for Mar. 6

Blues guitarist Dennis Johnson at Waucoma Club March 9; Volunteers needed for March art center events; Talbot Quartet at CEBU Lounge; Manimal House at Pint Shack; Gallery 301 features Gold Stars; Country Dance March 9

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These guys will probably grow on you

An interview with the Blackberry Bushes Stringband

Bluegrass and Blackberries go hand in hand. Check out this stringband on March. 2. You'll be glad you did.

Entertainment Update for Mar. 2

Bob Connolly plays Parkdale; ‘Vesper Geer’ screens March 5; Willy and Nelson play Chips; Music at Mt Hood Meadows ; ‘Last Shangri-la’ screens March 9; Live music Tuesdays at Springhouse Cellar; L’il Rev plays March 3

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What’s in a name? Dag Shaw plays Pint Shack Feb. 28

I’m sure you agree — if there’s one population of folks with interesting names — musicians surely can be at the top of the list.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 23

Walk the red carpet Feb. 24; Sassparilla at CEBU Lounge; Jug band plays at Solera; Storm Large plays Columbia Arts benefit April 13; Gold Stars at Gallery 301; L’il Rev plays March 3

Entertainment Update for Feb. 20

Music at White Buffalo Feb. 21; Storm Large plays Columbia Arts benefit April 13; Women of Heart and Mind; Gold Stars at Gallery 301; L’il Rev plays March 3

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Chasing the man with the black bag

There’s been a lot about bull around here lately. Bullshots. Bulldogs. Wait, bulldogs?

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Entertainment Update for Feb. 2

Valentine's Day is coming: take your Sweetie to a show....

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Entertainment Update for Jan. 30, 2013

‘Blues’ at the art center; Solstice celebrates six years; Music at Mt. Hood Meadows; Longmire at CEBU Lounge; Stillman plays at Gallery 301

Entertainment Update for Jan. 26, 2013

Cahalen and Eli perform in house concert Feb. 6; The Quiet American, Jan. 27; Volunteers needed for arts center events; Jazz at 301 Gallery

Entertainment Update for Jan. 23

Live local music listings and more!

Entertainment Update for Jan. 19, 2013

Hillstomp, Fruition at CEBU; Twilite Twins debut Jan. 18; Jan. 18: Kevin Selfe at 9 p.m. ; Live Belly Dancing at Solstice; HR Jazz Theater at Gallery 301; Cahalen and Eli perform in house concert Feb. 6

Entertainment Update for Jan. 16, 2013

Hillstomp, Fruition at CEBU; Twilite Twins debut Jan. 18; Kevin Self at Clocktower; Live Belly Dancing at Solstice; HR Jazz Theater at Gallery 301

Entertainment Update for Dec. 26, 2012

New Year’s Eve at Solstice; Rich Wilkins Blues holiday; Clumsy Lovers at CEBU Lounge; Music, more at Clock Tower

Entertainment Update for Dec. 22, 2012

Music at Mt Hood Meadows; Trio at Cascade Cliffs Dec. 29; Anderson at CEBU Lounge

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Concert for New York: great show, but hi-def not necessary

An interview with the band The Lower 48

If there was one thing I learned from watching the last half of the Concert for New York at Madison Square Garden on TV last Wednesday, it has to be this:

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Entertainment Update for Dec. 5, 2012

Snowboard film screens Dec. 14; Meet the Brewer Dec. 6; ‘Sugarcane’ at Everybody’s; Lolo Motion at Pint Shack; Stillman at 301 Gallery; Country Dance returns Dec. 8

Entertainment Update for Dec. 1, 2012

‘A Christmas Carol’ opens Dec. 6; Country Dance returns Dec. 8; Tess Barr at Double Mountain; United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer; Voci concert Dec. 2-3; Trail Band performs Dec. 6 in Hood River

Jim Drake’s entertainment blog: Revisit the classics this week

I’m excited to see the activities happening at the library this week, I really am. Without having attended anything yet (I’m writing this 5 hours before any of them start), I just have this feeling that this celebration of Charles Dickens is exactly what libraries are supposed to do. Although I’m sad that I can’t go to the ball on Saturday, I’m committing myself to most of, if not all, of the other events.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 28, 2012

‘Finding Christmas’ author visits; Numbats at Trillium Cafe; HR Jazz at 301 Gallery; Kory Quinn at CEBU Lounge; Ski films slated at Pint Shack; ‘Willy and Nelson’ at Zims; ‘Pigs on the Wing’ Nov. 30

Entertainment Update for Nov. 24, 2012

‘Pigs on the Wing’ at Waucoma club Nov. 30; Cowboy gathering Nov. 24; United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer; Clambake Jazz at Solstice Cafe; Bill Rhoades, Tess Barr at CEBU; Old-Fashioned Open House; ‘Inside Job’ screens Nov. 28

Entertainment Update for Nov. 21, 2012

Williams at The Pines Nov. 23; Black Friday Dance Party ; Lolo Mo at The Pint Shack; Bill Rhoades, Tess Barr at CEBU; Old-Fashioned Open House

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Entertainment Update for Nov. 17, 2012

Cowboy gathering Nov. 24; Voci concert Dec. 2-3; Rich Wilkins at The Pines

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Entertainment Update for Nov. 14, 2012

United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer; Voci concert Dec. 2-3; Rich Wilkins at The Pines; Sassparilla at CEBU Nov. 17; Jazz Theater at 301 Gallery; Bigfoot Band plays Bingen; Dana Lyons plays house concert Nov. 16; Pears, Potatoes and Pints; Fashion Gala returns Nov. 16

November 10 Entertainment Update

Dana Lyons plays house concert Nov. 16 Singer Dana Lyons, best known for his comedy hit “Cows With Guns,” is touring from Billings to Bellingham along the route of the proposed coal export train.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 7, 2012

Country Dance returns Nov. 10; Rich Wilkins at Naked Winery; Maryhill Museum host veterans; Bigfoot Band plays Bingen; Sceptres at The Pines Nov. 10; Terry Robb at Pint Shack; Jazz Theater at 301 Gallery; Mynabirds at CEBU Lounge; Gifford Pinchot film on Nov. 8

‘Wild and Scenic’ returns Nov. 9-10

This year’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival will feature entries from all over the U.S. and beyond, including the Philippines, El Salvador and Canada.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 3, 2012

Gifford Pinchot film on Nov. 8; ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ opens; Crown Point at Everybody’s; Terry Robb, more at Clock Tower

Entertainment Update for Oct. 31, 2012

Scott Law performs at CEBU; Terry Robb, more at Clock Tower; Lolo Motion at Pint shack; NANDA visits Hood River Nov. 1; Halloween scream at Pfriem

Entertainment Update for Oct. 27, 2012

Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Hood River; Film Preview for “Cold”; Celebrate Halloween weekend at Maryhill Winery Oct. 27-28; Battlecorn at Everybody’s; NANDA visits Hood River Nov. 1; Halloween scream at Pfriem; Entertainers needed for Christmas project benefit

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Trick or Treat? How ‘bout some free tickets instead

Welcome to Halloween Week. Don’t try to fool me, this holiday always seems to fall right around the time Home Depot puts up Christmas decorations, which, by the way, happened several weeks ago. I was there, in early October, watching perplexed customers get distracted by displays of Santa lawn ornaments and “energy efficient” 5,000 LED pre-lit trees.