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Entertainment Update: August 22, 2018

Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters

Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters


Big River Blues Band

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PT Barton at Rivertap

Live music coming up at Rivertap:

Friday, Aug. 24: Mark Malefyt & Richey Bellinger, 7-10 p.m. (Covers and originals).

Saturday, Aug. 25: PT Barton, 7-10 p.m. (American Folk from Husum, Wash.).

Sunday, Aug. 26: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Rivertap, 703 E 2nd St, The Dalles, 541-296-7870.

Maryhill Windwalk: Gravity Games on the Historic Maryhill Loops Road

Coming up Friday, Aug 31 - Sunday, Sept 2:

Spectators of all ages can experience the thrill of watching the world’s top downhill skateboarders, street luge pilots, and inline racers compete down a winding two-mile course on the Maryhill Loops Road. In addition to gravity sports racing, there will be music and dancing, food, and a variety of vendors. Free admission for spectators at viewing spots along the race course.

For more information, including sponsors, see Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, Wash.; 509-773-3733.

Boxmasters, featuring Billy Bob Thorton, play Granada Aug. 25

Actor, musician, drummer, and vocalist Billy Bob Thornton, along with his country rock and roll band, The Boxmasters, will be performing at the Historic Granada Theatre in The Dalles on Saturday, Aug. 25, performing songs from the latest CD “In Stereo.”

“Entertaining audiences across America with their distinctive blend of poignant lyrics and a Southern American’s take on the British Invasion, The Boxmasters started in 2007. The band features Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton on drums and vocals, with J.D. Andrew on rhythm guitar, and Teddy Andreadis on the organ /piano. The group has released six albums.” Critics say the “music is “at turns dark and funny, with world-class hooks – a uniquely harmonious sound that’s rich in rhythm and story.” Granada Theatre, 221 E 2nd St, The Dalles, 815-993-6585, tickets at

Chihuahua Desert at The Pines

Coming up at The Pines:

Chihuahua Desert, Friday, Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m.

Escape to the musical stylings of Chihuahua Desert, and experience the best Borderline Fiesta and western music around. Country and South-of-the-Border classics are a crowd-favorite, also with a splash of refreshing original music. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.


Barley Draught

Barley Draught plays bond measure benefit Aug. 26

On Sunday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., Irish band Barley Draught will be giving a concert at the Old St. Peter’s Landmark (405 Lincoln St. in The Dalles), to benefit the D21 Strong Community Schools Bond Measure campaign.

This special Barley Draught benefit concert includes a variety of Irish and American Folk music, from penny whistle and Uilleann Pipes duets to fiddle, banjo and concertina tunes to full band ballads and sing-alongs. New to the band’s repertoire will be several heart swelling songs sung in the Irish tongue. The band says “to hear it all with the wonderful acoustics of the old Landmark space will be memorable.” Suggested donation is $5.


Ben Harper

Maryhill Amphitheater Ben Harper concert Aug. 25

The Maryhill Winery 2018 Summer Concert Series comes to a close with Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite on Aug. 25. Tickets are on sale now at This will be the last show at the venue, as the winery owners have decided to discontinue summer concerts after 2018. Maryhill Winery, 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, Wash.


Blues Cabaret

Blues Cabaret returns Aug. 26

Dave Fleschner brings the Blues Cabaret back to The Griffin House on Sunday, Aug. 26. Fleschner’s original music has been “considered for a Grammy Nomination in 2016, and has been performed around the world. His song “I Want To Love You,” was recently performed in Beijing by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus and Beijing artists.” His band features notable musicians from the Portland jazz scene. The show is a benefit for Hood River Valley High School music department. Doors open at 6 p.m., tickets at

LARKs birdwatching outings

Gorge birdwatching group LARKs will meet for special bird counts and migration events. Contact for schedule details.

Aug 27-Oct 31: Bonney Butte Fall Hawk Migration, with an educator on site,

Sept. 15: Annual Klickitat County all birds fall migration count. Contact Bob Hansen -,

Sunday, Sept. 23: Devil’s Half-Acre Mt. Hood Nat’l Forest

Meet 8 a.m. at Devil’s Half-Acre campground, 37.5 miles south of Hood River.

Wasco County Fair Aug 23-26

See the special section in today’s paper!

Music and entertainment at this year’s Wasco County Fair -highlights:

Aug. 23-24: Vikki Gasko Green - Ventriloquist-Magic-Audience Participation

Aug. 24: Blue City Diesel (10 p.m.)

Aug. 25: Jager Bums (9 p.m.)

Pirate’s Parrot Show - multiple shows daily

Professor Bamboozle’s Illusionary Road Show - multiple shows daily

‘Mutts on the Mountain’ fundraiser Aug. 25 at Mt. Hood Meadows

Love the outdoors? You and your dog are invited to join the Oregon Humane Society for the Second annual Mutts on the Mountain Outdoor Festival, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Mt. Hood Meadows.

The day includes special activities — doggie sno-cones, a cooling station, raffle prizes, a photo booth, beer and wine garden, and more. Guests of all ages can relax on the beautiful mountainside and listen to live music, enjoy food and drink, and browse vendor booths.

Guests and their dogs can also explore the mountain: there are three self-guided hiking trails open to people and their dogs.

All event proceeds will benefit the animals at OHS, to preregister visit: Be sure you and your dog are conditioned for this event, especially if you plan to hike.

Salsa Dance lesson at Families in the Park Aug. 23

Come join the Secret Salsa Society and local dance instructors Johnny and Hannah for a free Salsa Dance lesson from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at Jackson Park in Hood River. Then stay for a night of danceable Latin music with Conjunto Alegre, one of Portland’s favorite salsa bands.

Howlin’ Woods at Zim’s Aug. 25

Coming up at Zim’s:

Friday, Aug. 24: Big River Blues Band, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25: Howlin’ Woods, 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 28: Tuesday Taps & Tunes w/ Al Hare & Kenny Olsen, 7-9 p.m.

Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E 2nd St., The Dalles, 541-296-2368.

Yurt Dwellers at Kickstand Aug. 23

Yurt Dwellers - featuring members of Groove Cabin and FreeHugger, play on Thursday, Aug. 23, at Kickstand Coffee from 7-9:30 p.m. Expect “a host of originals with jams featuring guest piano player Eric Haynie.” KickStand Coffee & Kitchen, 1235 State Street, Hood River.

Catch County Line Aug. 24-25

County Line will be playing Friday, Aug. 24, at the Solera Brewery in Parkdale and on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Stave and Stone Tasting Room in Hood River. Music starts at 6 p.m. County Line plays original roots-rock and Americana music and features Kerry Williams on mandolin, Jeremy Hadden on bass, Matt Mesa on guitar and Tim Ortlieb on drums.

CGOA season starts Sept. 7

Just the Blues: Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s Jazz Collective Big Band plus special guest Ernie Sterno and the Blind Drunks - Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Wy’East Middle School Performing Arts Center.

“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” presented by CGOA Stages - Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church in Hood River. Tickets at

Underwood Jazz at The Mesquitery

Musicians from the Underwood Jazz Society will play on Fridays in September from 7-9 p.m. at the Mesquitery in Hood River. That’s six evenings of jazz classics, standards from the American Songbook, jukebox hits, soul, and blues by diverse players in small groups. Come join the fun for a superb night on the town. The Mesquitery Restaurant, 1219 12th St, Hood River, 541-386-2002.

Music at Lyle Hotel Aug. 24-25

Coming up at the Lyle Hotel:

Friday, Aug. 24: Gideon Freudman, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25: Ben & Ronnie Duo, 7-9 p.m.

The Lyle Hotel, 100 7th St., Lyle, Wash., 509-365-5953.

The Two Tracks play Double Mountain Brewery Aug. 24

The Two Tracks - hailing from from Sheridan ,Wyoming ,will be at Double Mountain on Friday, Aug. 24. Music starts at 9:30 p.m.

“The band features Julie Szewc on vocals and acoustic guitar, David Huebner on cello and electric guitar, Fred Serna on drums and percussion, and Aaron Ashear on bass. From rock to country, bluegrass to folk, the music helps define the sound of superbly crafted, fully assertive Americana. Their harmony-rich songs often add cello to a solid groove, creating a unique ambiance that’s all their own. Throw in a journeyman’s attitude and a penchant for affecting storytelling, and here again, The Two Tracks create a sound that typifies a style birthed in the heartland, with all the sentiment and sensitivity that does justice to that timeless sound.”

Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Rapper T.F. at Underground Aug. 31

Los Angeles rapper T.F makes his Oregon debut at the Underground Music Station in Hood River on Friday, Aug. 31. The show will feature support from BALE (Los Angeles), DJ Zinker (Hood River) and Special Guests. Show starts at 9 p.m., admission is $10, 21 and over only.

“T.F. has been featured on Schoolboy Qs Blank Face LP (Tookie Knows ll), has had a role in Qs three part mini film for TDE, a cameo in Kendrick Lamar’s DNA video, a world tour, a Coachella performance, and more.” Show produced by Shea Wooten. Underground Music Station, 500 Industrial Way, Hood River.


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