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Families in the Park continue Aug. 14, 21, 28

Hood River annual concert series features Banjopunk Americana, a Heart Tribute band and a dance party with Hit Machine

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.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 13

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

Entertainment Update for Aug. 9

River City goes punk Aug. 12; Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; more

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.

Families in the Park return Aug. 7

Music, sponsors and fundraising schedule

Aug. 7 — Families in the Park: Radical Revolution (‘80s genre gems), 6-9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 13th and May Streets, Hood River. Toy Gun Conspiracy open. Fajitas will be served by Eye Openers Lions Club, raising money for sight and hearing. Free concert sponsored by Griffith Motors, Northwest Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Bruce Burton DMD, Lions Eye Openers, Rotary of Hood River.

Entertainment update for Aug. 2

Ruins open at Springhouse; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Interesting influences for Great Elk

When I spoke to Paul Basile the other day, a band leader and songwriter for the indie-folk band Great Elk, I wasn’t expecting him to mention Billy Joel as an influential artist. But when he did, the insight brought a smile to my face and revived memories of seeing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.

Entertainment update for July 30

Folksinger, storyteller Adam Miller plays Hood River Library Aug. 12; Sallie Ford at Ruins Aug. 15; more

Entertainment update for July 26

John Michael Montgomery headlines HR County Fair; more

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Tim Snyder wants to take his passion for music Underground

Tim Snyder has been hitting the streets and handing out business cards to let people know about his dream project of establishing the Underground Music Station — a music lesson, rehearsal and recording space conveniently located in downtown Hood River.

Entertainment Update for July 23

‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26; Food bank benefit Aug. 2; more

Entertainment Update for July 19

Lavender DAZE returns; ‘Power Trio’ at River City July 26; more

Entertainment Update for July 16

Too Slim and the Taildraggers are playing a free show downtown Hood River on Wednesday, July 16!

Entertainment Update for July 12

Best bets in live music!

Entertainment Update for July 9

‘Dreams’ at Mt Hood Winery; ‘3 Speed’ at The Pines; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Getting back in the Loop with Arthur Lee Land

Do you have some days when you feel that you’re just not in the loop?

Entertainment Update for July 2

The Rugs at Trillium July 11; Ruins open at Springhouse; more

Entertainment Update for June 21

Zimbabwe choral master teaches workshop June 29; ‘God Loves Uganda’ at CAG; ‘Harmony Roadshow’ featured at Sandbar Café; Paper Bird at CEBU June 21

Entertainment Update for June 18

‘In the Next Room’ June 20-21; ‘Cooking with Fire’ author visits; more

Entertainment Update for June 11

Kit Garoutte at The Pines; ‘Groove Project’ June 14; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Former BR549 leader Chuck Mead lends experience to Grassy Knoll Boys

“You know, I think I’ve got the one with the old rotary phone on the cover,” I said — trying to remember exactly which CD from Chuck Mead’s old country band, BR549, I had in my music collection.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What will they say when I’m gone?

Thanks to everyone who sent in Rick Hulett memories.

Entertainment Update for May 28

Brothers Gow at River City; Patchy Sanders at CEBU; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Susannah Mars promises a fun evening of song for gala fundraiser

An opportunity to support the Columbia Center for the Arts is coming up on May 31 with a fundraising gala “C’est Si Bon,” (Google says the translation is ‘it’s so good’) — starring Portland actor and singer Susannah Mars. The festivities start at 6 p.m.

Entertainment Update for May 17

Radio show tribute May 18; ‘Good Body’ continues; Dikki Du at Double Mountain; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What will they say when I’m gone?

It’s difficult to single out a favorite memory I have of Rick Hulett. Memories spring up unexpectedly. Sometimes it is a song I hear on the radio, or I drive by a spot we played music together

Entertainment Update for May 14

Miss Shevaughn returns May 23; Paul Basile at River City; more

Entertainment Update for May 10

Free admission Mother’s Day at Discovery Center; ¡Viva Los Artistas! May show highlights Latino community; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What will they say when I’m gone?

You may have noticed in the last few issues of the news I’ve been asking folks to send in Rick Hulett memories.

Entertainment Update for April 19

Best of student films April 23; ‘Art of Movement’ April 26; more

Entertainment Update for April 16

Benefit for United for Marriage at 10 Speed Coffee April 26; ‘Gentlemen’ at CEBU Lounge; more

Entertainment Update for April 12

Portland Building - Stay or Go?; Connell, Dwyer play April 12; more

Entertainment Update for April 5

Music Mondays at Solstice; ‘Noble Spirit’ screens April 9; ‘DamNation’ screening April 18; more

Entertainment Update for April 2

World’s Finest at CEBU Lounge; ‘Poem in Your Pocket,’ April 17 at Maryhill Museum of Art; more

Entertainment Update for March 29

Night Club Salsa with Ari Levitt; ‘Parkdale’ at Solera March 29; Western-swing dance April 3; more

Need more music on your plate? There’s plenty more happening ...

On Monday, March 31, The Hapa Hillbillies will be swinging it up in decidedly vintage Hawaiian fashion from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.

Entertainment Update for March 26

Ryan Kolberg at The Pines; Kids free at Discovery Center; more

Entertainment Update for March 22

Ceramic button and charm class; ‘Science!’ plays March 22; Toney Smiley at Pheasant Valley; more

Entertainment Update for March 19

Dancing at Elks March 20; ‘Good Men' opens March 28; more

Entertainment Update for March 15

Trail Running Film Fest, music, March 20; Gorge Grown open house features ‘Food, Inc.’ film; more

Entertainment Update for March 12

G.D.M. at River City March 15;Jaybirds in Bingen March 16; Art in Kuwait lecture March 19; more

JIM DRAKE’S ENTERTAINMENT BLOG: Jaybirds fly back to the Gorge March 16

Mandolin player John Reischman has umpteen years of experience playing, recording and teaching bluegrass on the West Coast —and he never plays one note out of place.

Entertainment Update for March 8

Stargazing session March 29; Fire Weeds at CEBU Lounge; Hood River County is reading William Stafford; Second Saturday Dance March 8

Entertainment Update for March 1

Red & Ruby play March 7; Dancing at Elks March 6; Second Saturday Dance March 8; more

Making ‘Peace Be Still’ gives inspiration for local singer

Marilyn Thompson has been singing since she was a little girl — and now, with help from her husband and family — she has a professional Nashville-recorded CD to show for it.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 26

Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; ‘Congratulations’ screens Feb. 26; more

Entertainment Update for Feb. 19

Cripple Hop at Double Mountain; Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Fairy tales, Star Wars influence latest book in ‘Lunar Chronicles’ series

The other night I read a ten page science fiction story from 1957. The piece was called “The War is Over,” and it was written by a guy named Algis Budrys.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Avery Hill doesn’t mind the drive – and neither should you

Before diving into introducing you to folk musician Avery Hill I thought you should know that my last blog post caught the attention of a think-tank based in Washington, D.C., called the Tax Foundation — someone from that organization thought I might enjoy a blog post on “the historical realities of estate taxes on Downton Abbey and a discussion on how the real Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) has dealt with these same issues.”