Entertainment Update: August 1, 2018

Area musicians are invited to join the “Blueberry Jam” session on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the basement of the Civic Auditorium. The gathering sponsored by Got Your Six, a band that formed two years ago to support veteran causes, convenes at 6:30 p.m. The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth St., The Dalles.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m., Kay Floria, notable keyboard player and vocalist, performs blues and jazz reminiscent of 40's & 50's female blues artists. Randy Bell, percussionist, adds a bluesy beat. White Buffalo Wine Bar & Bistro, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River.

The Pride Book Club is open to all adults interested in reading LGBTQA literature. The group meets the second Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at The Dalles Wasco County Library, on the mezzanine. The August book selection is “The Chronology of Water” by Lidia Yuknavitch.

“This is not your mother's memoir. Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist.” Yuknavitch is an Oregon author who also teaches writing, literature, film, and Women's Studies at Mount Hood Community College in Oregon.

The Dalles Wasco County Library, 722 Court St, The Dalles, (541) 296-2815.

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Stephen Holgate for a book signing on Friday, Aug. 3, from 5-8 p.m. Holgate will be signing copies of his mystery books “Madagascar” and “Tangier.” About the books:

Critics say “Tangier possesses the hallmarks of a good international thriller: spies, diplomats, men and women with ambiguous loyalties and motives, smoke-filled cafes, and a protagonist in search of information he might just regret finding.”

“An American diplomat-reformed alcoholic, unreformed gambler, and inveterate smart-ass finds himself under threat of disgrace and murder even as he seeks love and redemption on the strange and spirit-ridden island of Madagascar.”

Waucoma Bookstore, 212 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-5353.

Coming up at Zim’s

Friday, Aug. 3: Ernie Sterno & the Blue Flames, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 4: Take Two Trio with Ted Horwitz, 7-10 p.m.

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

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

Jimmy Smith, longtime member of alt-country band The Gourds, returns to Hood River on Friday, Aug. 3, for a show at River City Saloon. His new project, Smith/ McKay All Day features Missoula, MT musician Pat Mckay, and the band plays stripped down versions of Smith’s original songs and eclectic covers. 9 p.m., $5 cover. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

No Quarter, the “world's greatest tribute to the Led Zeppelin Legacy” is coming to The Dalles, one night only to perform at The Granada Theatre, Saturday, August 11.

Critics say “No Quarter has detailed emulation of the band, their music and they stylistically look the part. This is one of the rare tribute bands that tour internationally. Do not miss this concert!” $20 General Admission. Granada Theatre, 221 E 2nd St, The Dalles.

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association members Bruce Ludwig and Julie Hatfield have struck out on their own to form a new theatrical production company called Big Britches Productions. Ludwig recently directed and performed in “Chicago,” and Hatfield was its producer and primary publicist. "Audience members kept asking what we were going to do next, and we realized we wanted to take a chance and attempt something ambitious," said Ludwig. Hatfield added, "We knew full well that we may be too big for our britches, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity." Big Britches plans to bring three shows a year to Bingen Theater. Their first show will be a female-version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which will open February 8, 2019.

Live music coming up at Rivertap:

Friday, Aug. 3: Bri Cauz, 7-10pm (Singer/Songwriter Solo act)

Saturday, Aug. 4: Tyson Huckins, 7-10 p.m. (Solo Singer/Song Writer, Plays Some Covers)

Sunday, Aug. 5: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Rivertap, 703 E 2nd St, The Dalles, 541-296-7870.

Brewer’s Grade Band is gearing up to take the stage twice at The Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home, Oregon.The Oregon Jamboree is the Pacific Northwest’s premier music and camping festival. Held August 2-5, the festival guarantees a jam packed weekend with a killer lineup.

Brewer’s Grade will be taking the stage before Jamie Lynn Spears on August 2 for The Oregon Jamboree Kickoff Party. Also on the bill: Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris, Diamond Rio, Jerrod Neimann and LOCASH.

On August 5, Brewers Grade Band will perform before Chris Lane and Brantley Gilbert to bring the festival to an end.

“With their recent IMEA Country Band of the Year award under their belts, Brewers Grade Band is continuing to blaze their own trail. From performances up and down the west coast to a soon to be released EP, there is no slowing this Northwest Country band down.”

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@thedalleschronicle.com.

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