Families in the Park lineup
Families in the Park returns Thursdays in August at Jackson Park, 13th and May streets, in Hood River. Opening acts — and dinner — will begin at 6 p.m., with the main show running from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 4: Providence HRMH Musicians will open for Aaron Meyer (rock violin). The Odell Lions Club will host a fajita feed.
Aug. 11: Nicole Campbell will open for AM/FM (hits from the ’80s and ’90s). Delta Kappa will serve chicken and frankfurters.
Aug. 18: Andreas Erlich will open for Frogtown (jazz and blues). Fiesta El Botanero will serve burritos and tacos.
Aug. 25: African Drumming will open for Bigfoot (“Jamm’in Music”). The Hood River Lions Club will serve barbecued hamburgers. Donations are needed, and even $5 will make a difference. Visit www.hrcommunityed.org to donate for this community event.
Williams, Valle at The Pines
Start the weekend right with the amazing musical stylings of local musician Kerry Williams on Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Playing mandolin, ukulele and guitar, Kerry soothes away the stress from the week. On Saturday, from 6:30-9:30, local musician Joel Valle brings his smooth vocals and delicious guitar strums to The Pines Tasting Room.
Old Light at CEBU Lounge
On Friday, July 29, it’s the piano-based jazz of the Halie Loren Trio at CEBU Lounge from 8-11 p.m. Think Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday or, more recently, Diana Krall and Norah Jones. On Saturday, July 30, check out indie-roots band Old Light. Recently named one of the Top 10 Best New Bands in Portland 2011 by Willamette Week, Old Light comes to Cebu Lounge in support of their new album, “Dirty Future.” With their innovative (when was the last time you heard a rock band with a harpsichord player?) psychedelic roots-rock this is a show not to be missed.
Bingen’s Last Friday at Solstice
Join the fun this Friday, July 29, at Solstice Cafe from 6-8 p.m. for live music, wine and art. Rachel Marie & Friends will be playing bluegrass on the patio, Cathedral Ridge will be pouring wine, and Peggy Ohlson’s art will be up on the walls. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, 415 W. Steuben, Bingen, Wash.; 509-493-4006.
Barlow Road at Thirsty Woman
The Gorge’s own Barlow Road — the best in Americana/roots rock — plays the Thirsty Woman Pub in Mosier on Saturday, July 30, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thirsty Woman Pub (large), 904 Second Ave., Mosier; 541-478-0199.
‘Dixie’ at Naked Winery
Friday is a double bill at Naked Winery in Hood River with Kit Garoutte (4-7 p.m.) on guitar and Hood River’s Bigfoot Band (7:30-10:30 p.m.) The Bigfoot band plays dance music pure and simple. Tunes range from New Orleans funk to low-down dirty blues and classic soul and originals that bring the best of the classics.
On Saturday, Jackbone Dixie starts at 7 p.m. One of Washington's most promising new bands, their sound defines the heartaches of life and outlines hopes for a better tomorrow.
On Sunday, don’t miss Swing Crew featuring Linda McAllister, John Durkan, Mike Stillman, and Paul Viemeister and Dennis Harvey. Music starts at 4 p.m.
Monday is open mic (7-10 p.m.) and on Tuesdays Ryan and Mike lead the jazz show starting at 6:30 p.m.
DJ B.ill at The Vault
It’s a party on the patio weekend at The Vault in The Dalles Friday and Saturday night with DJ B.ill spinning his progressive style of house and hip hop mixes starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday it’s DJ B.ill’s fresh style of Kramdown Karaoke. The Vault, 209 E. Second St., The Dalles; 541-296-3070.