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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Remembering grandma’s 8-track still a key note for Mare Wakefield

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.

Entertainment Update for Sept. 6

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Entertainment Update for Sept. 3

Williams at The Pines Sept. 5; ‘A Light in the Wilderness’ author visits Sept. 5; more

Ten Thirty rock band featured in benefit for HRCEF Sept. 5

It may not be as flashy as the Ice Bucket Challenge, but a new method of supporting nonprofits has finally made it to the Gorge. Donating through your phone.

Too Much Coffee Man Opera in Hood River Sept. 19-20

Maryhill Museum of Art and Columbia Center for the Arts are proud to co-present Too Much Coffee Man Opera at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River on Sept. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. In a genre now called Gonzo Opera, the show melds zany plots and sub-plots with classical vocal technique.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 30

‘Disclosure’ UFO film Sept. 12l Cider parties this weekend; more

Entertainment Update for Aug. 27

MacMillan at Sandbar Café; McDougall in Dufur Aug. 30; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Singer-songerwriter Sam Baker in Hood River Aug. 24

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.”

Entertainment Update for Aug. 23

‘Hokum’ at Volcanic Aug. 22; Alonzo Garbanzo at Saw Tooth; more

Entertainment Update for Aug. 20

Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; Music Thursdays at White Buffalo; more

Sam Baker in concert Aug. 24

Benefit for CGOA

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is proud to present the singer/songwriter Sam Baker on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

‘Plein Air’ event marks 10th year, September 2-7

This September, Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) celebrates 10 years of Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge. “En plein air” is a French expression which means “in the open air.” Each year, CCA invites artists and writers from around the country to come to the Gorge to participate in this annual competition and exhibition.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 13

United Way benefit Sept. 5; Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Perfectly good Broken Down Guitars

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.

Sallie Ford stops by with new band Aug. 15

Sallie Ford’s new sound comes from an all-girl rock band. But as far as she can tell, there’s only one thing that’s really changed as far as touring and playing shows with her old band.