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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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‘Hot July’ at RivertapLive music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Oct. 25: Jeff Carrell and Kenny Olsen, 6-9 p.m. (Duo, Covers, Rock and Roll)Saturday, Oct. 26: Hot July, 6-9 p.m. (Rock, Covers)Rivertap, 703 E. Second St., The Dalles, 541-296-7870.

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Petty Fever fans rock out at Families in the Park at Jackson Park last Thursday. The summer concert series wraps up Aug. 29 with “Hit Machine” on stage starting at 7 p.m. The event starts at 6 p.m., with Hood River Valley High School drama department students taking the stage to perform song…

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Anniversary Party at Rivertap Aug. 23Live music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Aug. 23: Rivertap’s 10 Year Anniversary Party with Al & Nolan, Tyson Huckins, Megan Alder and Britnee Kellogg. Music starts at 3 p.m. The $5 cover includes commemorative mug.Saturday, Aug. 24: Uncle Doug Cooper…

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Summer Music Series at Dwinell AlesJoin Dwinell Ales for live music on the patio throughout the summer, Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Outside food, minors and leashed dogs welcome. Friday, Aug. 16: McDougall plays the Two-Year Anniversary Party; Friday, Aug. 30: P. Barton; Friday, Sept. 20: Mark Male…

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Never Come Down, and more, at the RuinsThursday, Aug. 1: Never Come Down (bluegrass), 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6: Tango Alpha Tango (indie rock) with Cedar Teeth, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8: Vitamin D (hip hop) with DJ Zinker, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Quick & Easy Boys (rock) with The Hazelnuts…

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Tim Mayer and Kim Garoutte at VolcanicTim Mayer and Kit Garoutte will be teaming up to play at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on Friday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. Mayer said, “We’ll be playing our usual mix of jazz, funk, blues, rock, and we hope to be outside in back, weather permitting.”

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Over 20 singers and instrumentalists are coming together to perform an evening of familiar pop songs “remixed and re-imagined in new and exciting ways” as the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) presents CGOA Jukebox Vol. 1 on June 14-15 at the Hood River Elks Lodge.

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Okay, here’s the usual jazz, blues, rock, classical, folk, country, literature and short video format update happenings going on in our neck of the woods.

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Jess Clemons at Rivertap April 13Live music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, April 12: Kit Garoutte, 7-10 p.m. (one man band, soothing low key sounds)Saturday, April 13: Jess Clemons, 7-10 p.m. (solo artist, singer/songwriter)Sunday, April 14: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:…

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The Dordt College Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra from Sioux Center, Iowa, invite all to a concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at Faith Bible Church, 1889 Belmont Drive, Hood River.

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The musical “Mamma Mia!”; Josiah Johnson, formerly with The Head and the Heart; Rattlesnake Organ Trio, with Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Carlton Jackson; and the Jeff Austin Band, formerly with Yonder Mountain String Band: These are four out of the dozens of live music events happenin…

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Hood River Valley High School’s Preforming Arts Department’s fall musical, “The Addams Family,” closes this weekend, Nov. 9-10.

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Since this column will run on Halloween, I thought it might be interesting to see how this celebration has evolved and how we might add to our current traditions. There is a common thread among the many articles written about the origin of Halloween. The celebration is truly an amalgamation of multiple cultural and religious celebrations that have evolved over centuries and continents.

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Grandma Addams (Sofie Larsen-Teskey) welcomes Alice Beineke (Kelsey Stewart) to dinner while the Ancestors look on.

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Pianist and native Oregonian Hunter Noack is performing on a nine-foot Steinway grand piano at 22 landscapes across Oregon and Southern Washington as part of the outdoor concert series “In A Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild.” Noack transports the piano on a trailer that acts as a stage.

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Minutes before I had to interview Al Hare of Brewer’s Grade Band, I was scrambling around under my desk trying to find all of the audio cords to hook up my legendary “Phone Interviewing System,” which was just fine the other week at the old Chronicle Office — but since the move to our new location (I’ll stick with “across from Domino’s” until someone tells me the actual address), I’ve barely had time to unpack.

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Bruce Ludwig staged the audacious musical “The Full Monty” two years ago in Hood River to packed houses, and the veteran director and actor and a large cast and crew are back this month with “Chicago: The Musical,” which is likely the largest and most ambitious musical staged in the Gorge in years.

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One of the biggest and most complex musicals to hit any mid-Columbia stage for years opens Friday.

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