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‘Romancing’ tracks history of West through music April 6

POP SINGER Melanie will stop in The Dalles April 6 as part of the Romancing the West Tour. Acclaimed actors are visiting communities to share stories tied to 240 years of cultural history.

POP SINGER Melanie will stop in The Dalles April 6 as part of the Romancing the West Tour. Acclaimed actors are visiting communities to share stories tied to 240 years of cultural history. Contributor

“The First Lady of Woodstock” Melanie headlines the time traveling concert

Travel through time musically at the Romancing the West Tour, a narrative-style concert featuring an ensemble of acclaimed performers, telling the epic story of the American West.

The event comes to The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Saturday, April 6, starting at 7 p.m.

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 musicians will perform an original score that captures the eras, from ragtime to rock, swing bands to folk tunes. The show is being performed at landmark theaters along Main Street America.

Singer-songwriter Melanie Safka (“Candles in the Rain” and “Brand New Key”) and pop-rock 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, Nick Garrett Powell (The Fret Drifters), and singer-songwriter Pam Mark Hall.

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 re-enactments.

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.

Tickets are $25 available online at www.Romanc

ingtheWest.org. 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.

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