Langdon Cook is the author of the award-winning book, The Mushroom Hunters, a book that reveals the hidden economy surrounding wild mushroom harvesters in the Pacific Northwest. At this lecture and slideshow, follow itinerant pickers and field buyers as they hunt for mushroom in an effort to supply restaurants from coast to coast with one of nature’s best ingredients.September 27, 2014 10:19 a.m. read more..
Shannon Wheeler never thought one of his comic strips could transform into an opera. But after performances in San Diego, Portland and Albuquerque, it’s probably sinking in that Too Much Coffee Man will stick around in this seemingly far-removed artistic format.September 17, 2014 midnight read more..
I’m beginning to think the 8-track copy of John Denver’s Greatest Hits must have existed in every household in America. I certainly remember hearing his voice in our Toyota Corolla, as a passenger of course, in New Jersey in the early ‘70s. Yesterday, musician Mare (pronounced Mary) Wakefield told me of a similar experience it brought on — the simple comfort of liking music.September 6, 2014 midnight read more..
When Sam Baker told me that part of his upcoming tour schedule included a train ride from Portland to LA, right after his Hood River show on August 24, I thought, “Hmm, that’s an interesting way to travel.”August 23, 2014 midnight read more..
Musicians are known for breaking things. The other week, I helped out my friends in the Liberty Bond Jug Band, a band, by the way, that technically shouldn’t even need electricity to play music — and by the end of the gig, we had one questionably-functioning pre-amp and another guitar with only five strings left.August 13, 2014 midnight read more..
Aug. 7 — Families in the Park: Radical Revolution (‘80s genre gems), 6-9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 13th and May Streets, Hood River. Toy Gun Conspiracy open. Fajitas will be served by Eye Openers Lions Club, raising money for sight and hearing. Free concert sponsored by Griffith Motors, Northwest Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Bruce Burton DMD, Lions Eye Openers, Rotary of Hood River.August 6, 2014 midnight read more..
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.July 30, 2014 midnight read 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.July 23, 2014 midnight read more..
Do you have some days when you feel that you’re just not in the loop?July 4, 2014 midnight read more..
“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.June 7, 2014 midnight read more..
Thanks to everyone who sent in Rick Hulett memories.May 31, 2014 midnight read 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.May 21, 2014 midnight read more..
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