I ask a lot of folks how and why they got started in music, and their answers are always enjoyable because of personal reasons near and dear to one’s heart.
Free workshop teaches basic exercises for singing
How did Frank Sinatra do it? Janis Joplin? If we could ask them today, I’d be interested in what they’d have to say about the mechanics of singing.
By now, you should know that the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association will be presenting “A Community of Music” at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.
I guess the first question of the New Year is: How fast did the “I Hate Cancer” concert coming up on Jan. 9 at the arts center sell out?
About a year ago, Eric John Kaiser released his album “Idaho,” which is a collection of songs he wrote while staying at a hotel near the Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, and then went back to Portland to record it.
My theory that all bands, music and interviews in the world are somehow linked together was further confirmed when a press release from Portland jam-banders World’s Finest landed in my in-box earlier this month.
There’s one main point I’d like to pass along about my talk with saxophonist Bob Sheppard, who will be in Hood River this weekend for the “All That Jazz” show at the arts center. He basically said that the concert won’t be too loud.
As I get older ...
Hood River beer aficionados have a chance to meet up with Jeff Alworth, author of “The Beer Bible,” on Sunday, Aug. 23. He’ll be at Double Mountain Brewery as part of the Great Bottle Roundup, which starts at noon. If you’re ready for a 644-page reference guide that represents over two years of world-wide travel to major beer-producing regions, Sunday would be a good time to head down and check it out.
I probably don’t need to say this, but music has been crazy-good this summer.
‘Breaking N the Gorge’ Aug. 7; TEN30 at River City July 31; more
My timing was perfect the other evening. Not only did I catch the Columbiaires at band practice for the upcoming “Independence Eve” show at the Bingen Theater, but I managed to show up exactly during the fairly lengthy power failure that White Salmon and Bingen were experiencing at the time.
Pamela Parker started out playing music at a super-young age — in fact, based on our phone conversation last month, she detailed her entire musical upbringing in a very clear and organized way.
It seems like yesterday I was celebrating birthday number 40, but to me time feels like it’s speeding by at a faster rate. I mean, it seemed like I just blinked my eyes and the last season of Downton Abbey was already wrapping up. What was that, anyway, a total of six weeks?
Since last April, drummer turned DJ Jeff Minnick has been broadcasting the classic country sounds of the 40s, 50s and 60s with his two-hour Tuesday night program The Countryside, live on the air and over the internet from 7-9 p.m.
A unique R&B-soul band is coming to Hood River on Friday, Feb. 13, and even if you’re superstitious, we should be treating this show like it’s our lucky day.
Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog
The story in the news last week on the upcoming auditions for the CAST production of “Good People” prompted me to contact director Judie Hanel and ask her a few questions on a topic I know very little about: auditioning for a play.
A year ago I had the pleasure to interview NYC-based folk singer Christine Lavin. She was supposed to do a show at the Aladdin Theater in Portland but unfortunately the show got cancelled at the last minute.
The best Christmas songs you've never heard, and getting ready for 2015
Music at Springhouse Cellar with mile marker 6
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.
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.
Willie & Nelson at The Pines; more
Cowboy Gathering returns Nov. 29; more
‘Easy Boys’ at River City Nov. 26; Tess Barr at Double Mt.; more
‘Old Soul’ at CEBU Nov. 15; more
‘Easy Boys,’ more at River City; ‘Pale Ales’ at Naked Winery; more
Second Saturday dance Nov. 8l ‘Bend in the River’ screens as benefit for history museum; more
With an abundance of apples and pears in the Hood River Valley, it’s easy to understand why the emerging business of craft hard cider is such a natural fit for the Gorge.
Onehum at Everybody’s Oct. 26; Cuban Salsa dance Oct. 29; more
Mozart Requiem Oct. 24, 26; Kerry Williams at The Pines; Planet Booty in HR Oct. 24; more
Cripple Hop at Springhouse; Bluesman Doug MacLeod in Hood River Oct. 17; more
‘Starry Night’ author brings inspirational survival tale to HR
Life changed in July of 2010 for mountain climber Isabel Suppé. While climbing a wall of ice high in the Bolivian Andes, her climbing partner slipped and fell, causing both of them to fall 1,100 feet.
This week at CEBU Lounge;Moe Dixon Friday at The Pines; more
‘Virginia Woolf?’ opens Oct. 9; Quiz Night returns to Marley’s; more
‘Piano Night’ features Terry Robb, Jeff Minnick
How often do you have a chance to thank your piano teacher for all those lessons your parents paid for so many years ago?
Voci sings ‘Requiem’ Oct. 26; Magical History Tour Oct. 24 benefits Cascade Locks museum; more
Langdon Cook is the author of the award-winning book, The Mushroom Hunters, a book that reveals the hidden economy surrounding wild mushroom harvesters in the Pacific Northwest. At this lecture and slideshow, follow itinerant pickers and field buyers as they hunt for mushroom in an effort to supply restaurants from coast to coast with one of nature’s best ingredients.
Danny Barnes returns to Double Mountain Oct 1 “Danny Barnes, oft-cited as a visionary in American music, has led an illustrious solo career following decades of work with the Austin-based Bad Livers.
Hops Fest Entertainment Preview, funk rock band Manimalhouse headlines
Cripple Hop plans pre-Hops Fest show Sept. 26
‘Urban Tellers’ Sept. 27; Midnight Honey at CEBU Lounge; more
Shannon Wheeler never thought one of his comic strips could transform into an opera. But after performances in San Diego, Portland and Albuquerque, it’s probably sinking in that Too Much Coffee Man will stick around in this seemingly far-removed artistic format.
Film ‘GMO OMG’ screens at Skylight Sept. 17; ‘Sisters in Song’ Sept. 19; Dusu Mali at Everybody’s
Barlow Road plays Sept. 14; Catch Willie & Nelson Sept. 13-14; more
‘Throwback’ film series Sept. 18; ‘Jive’ at Marley’s Sept. 13; more
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.
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Williams at The Pines Sept. 5; ‘A Light in the Wilderness’ author visits Sept. 5; more
‘Disclosure’ UFO film Sept. 12l Cider parties this weekend; more