Wednesday, July 17, 2013
“ROMANCING THE WEST Legacy Tour” returns to the Northwest this summer after playing to standing ovations in Oregon and California.
All Star Line Up Brings to Life 240 years of the American West decade by decade in the music of every era in this time traveling documentary concert.
Coming to Happy Canyon Arena, Pendleton, July 19, Rimrock Inn, Enterprise, July 24, Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, July 26 and 27.
The Romancing the West Tour is a narrative-style concert featuring an ensemble of acclaimed performers telling the epic story of the American West.
The musical and visual presentation journeys across a rich cultural history of 240 years, from the Native tribes, the Spanish Missions and Gold Rush to the Great Depression and the Sixties.
A diverse group of recording artists perform an original score that capture the eras, from ragtime to rock, swing bands to folk tunes. The show comes to landmark theaters along Main Street America, offering audiences a unique theatrical experience.
International award-winning pop/folk duo Gypsy Soul are featured artists in a cross-genre gathering of award-winning artists including Native American “Educator of the Year” Jacque Nunez; cowboy balladeers Sons of the Oregon Trail; jazz pianist Patti Moran McCoy, who played with Duke Ellington; Martin Gerschwitz (Iron Butterfly); Chuck Girard (Lovesong); fusion rock guitarist/composer Byron Fry; multi-instrumentalist/songwriter John Elliott and Nick Garrett Powell (The Fret Drifters).
Singer/songwriter Christina Duane, who created and produced Romancing the West, and co-producer legendary cowboy poet Butch Martin will also share the stage and bring the stories of the characters of the West on screen with historic imagery and reenactments.
This multimedia theatrical presentation was inspired by Duane’s vision and includes period costumes and full-screen imagery, reflecting significant times over the last two centuries.
Romancing the West, a celebration of hope, faith and woven histories of the people of the Great West, is at the Columbia Center for the Arts on July 26-27, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Concertgoers will enjoy an entertaining and educational production for all-ages that boldly remembers the tragic and celebrates the triumphant episodes in Western History. “Romancing the West” covers themes across the decades of social and political change to celebrate the pioneering human spirit and diverse legacy of the American West.
Romancing the West is establishing it’s annual tour route in historic destinations in Oregon, California and Idaho that are featured in the documentary concert. Among Oregon destinations are Pendleton, Portland, the Columbia River Gorge, Joseph, and the gold mining town of Jacksonville. In California, San Juan Capistrano, Old Town San Diego, and The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
Portions of proceeds will benefit “Oh Oregon Frontier Park and Cultural Center” and its interpretive history walk and children’s camps. The show is sponsored by Travel Pendleton. For dates and theater locations visit www.RomancingtheWest.org.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge