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Doing what it takes to be the ‘Finest’

Up and coming jam-band World’s Finest heads to River City Saloon on Friday, Nov. 27.

Keeping it simple makes it look so easy

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher deserves a bigger audience - how 'bout it, Hood River?

Top-notch jazz players promise relaxing evening of music

The internationally acclaimed Bob Sheppard with the Michael Raynor Trio will be performing a memorable night of All That Jazz.

Asher Fulero, all around studio guy, talks new album

Currently on tour, Asher Fulero has a new CD called “Catching Air.” His band is playing at the Skyway Bar in ZigZag on Sunday, Oct. 25..

Beer Bible puts Hood River on the map - Interview with Jeff Alworth

Author of the Beer Bible reveals the truth about IBUs and brings the worldwide beer culture into a handy new reference book.

New Orleans style Tubaluba returns Aug. 21; mile marker 6 reunion show Aug. 23

New Orleans style Tubaluba returns Aug. 21; mile marker 6 reunion show Aug. 23

The voices have the power for ‘Independence Eve’

Independence Eve at the Bingen Theater, 210 Main, Bingen, Wash., on July 3 from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free, and the doors opens at 6 p.m.

Soul Man: Ken DeRouchie talks about the old River City, liking Steely Dan and his ‘best album yet’

Ken DeRouchie and his band play the River City Saloon on Saturday, May 30, starting at 9 p.m. Local singer Tracy Klas opens. 21 and over, and there is a cover charge.

A different side to Pamela Parker

California rocker Pamela Parker branches out with a solo show May 22

Deep soul and rare records: Ural Thomas and the Pain plays Hood River Feb. 13

Ural Thomas and the Pain play River City Saloon on Friday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Thomas’ first stint in music, decades back, had earned him opening gigs for Stevie Wonder and James Brown. He released a series of singles in the 1960’s, including “Pain is the Name of Your Game.”

Ben Ballinger brings ‘State I’m In’ to Gorge Jan. 2

Austin resident and Gorge native signs to Good Horse Records

Going to see a band that really gives

The Brothers Gow are in Hood River on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at River City Saloon. The band talks about giving back to the community via a foundation that provides instruments to school kids.

A comic’s taste of opera brews Sept. 19-20

Too Much Coffee Man makes leap from page to stage

Remembering grandma’s 8-track still a key note for Mare Wakefield

House concert in Hood River Sept. 9 features music by Berklee music graduate.

Orchestra benefit features Sam Baker Aug. 24

The healing power of music helps Texas songwriter through life-changing trauma.

Solo mandolin show Aug. 22 features Brian Oberlin

Oberlin's style ranges from Italian classical, western swing and bluegrass.

Perfectly good Broken Down Guitars

Up and coming rockers from Bend debut in Hood River Aug. 16.

Sallie Ford stops by with new band Aug. 15

All-girl band is a new, progressive rock sound for Sallie Ford.

Interesting influences for Great Elk

Great Elk will be at River City Saloon in Hood River on Saturday, Aug. 2. Portland’s Peter Rodocker opens the show. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Curtis Salgado makes Hood River stop July 19

Blues icon talks about his Gorge roots, recording a new record with the Phantom Band and why he likes the new healthcare system

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