Happy Holidays from Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog

The best Christmas songs you've never heard, and getting ready for 2015

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mile marker 6 returns Jan. 6

Music at Springhouse Cellar with mile marker 6

JIM DRAKE’S ENTERTAINMENT BLOG: Ben Ballinger brings ‘State I’m In’ to Gorge Jan. 2

Austin resident and Gorge native Ben Ballinger is taking a slightly different marketing approach on “The State I’m In,” his sixth album to date. Ballinger signed with Good Horse Records, and it’s called “records” for good reason — that’s what they make.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 25

Mile Marker 6 returns Jan. 6; Erick Haynie at CEBU Dec. 26; more

Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

Live Fire Dancing at Solstice; Smiley at Everybody’s Brewing; more

Entertainment Update for Dec. 16

Mark Womble plays Dec. 20; more

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to air on Radio Tierra Dec. 25

A holiday gift to the Gorge arrives Christmas Day. Columbia Center for the Arts and Radio Tierra are joining up to air It’s a Wonderful Life on KZAS FM. The show will broadcast at 2 p.m., Dec. 25, on 95.1 Hood River, 95.9 Stevenson, and 107.7 The Dalles.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 13

Robert Blake at CEBU Lounge; ‘Ritual’ at Springhouse Dec. 16; more

Food bank benefit Dec. 14

Barley Draught & Friends return to old St. Peter's Landmark Church in The Dalles for their third annual Christmas Concert, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 10

Kay Floria, more at The Pines; Secret Salsa lesson Dec. 12; Gorge Winds Concert Band Christmas Concert Dec. 21; more

Entertainment Update for Dec. 6

Music for ‘Adopt-A-Dog’; United Way benefit Holiday Concert Dec. 7; more

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

“I just happen to have the key …”

Entertainment Update for Dec. 3

Bunzow, more at The Pines; Museum open house Dec. 13; more

Entertainment Update for Nov. 29

Groove Project returns Dec. 14; Camero gives Trans America Bike Trail talk Dec. 9; Old Wave at Trillium Dec. 6

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Going to see a band that really gives

It’s serendipitous that I get to write about a band, during the Thanksgiving holiday no less, which actually thinks about others and makes a special point to give back to their community.