2024 Full Schedule of Events

Friday, September 6, 2024

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.   Harmony of the Gorge

Harmony of the Gorge has been singing and performing together for over 40 years now.  We are a group of women from all walks of life!  Our singers currently come from Stevenson, Parkdale, Odell, Hood River, Bingen, White Salmon, Lyle, and The Dalles.  From the beginning of this chorus, it has definitely been the music that brought us together, but it’s the friendships, fun, and community connections that keep us singing together.  Women singers are always encouraged to come “check us out” and see if we are the right singing group for them.  Judy Galloway is directing the chorus.  The chorus meets Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00pm in the banquet room of Providence Down Manor in Hood River.   For more information about our chorus, check out our website (www.harmonyofthegorge.com) and/or call or text our director, Judy Galloway at 541-490-2481.  It is a real privilege to once again be performing during Huckleberry Festival!!

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Ben Bonham

From 1992, I played constantly in bands, duo’s, and as a solo performer both here and in the UK until 2019 when late nights and touring started to get in the way of my instrument work.

8:00 – 11:00 p.m.   Chicken $#it Gamblers

The Chicken $#!t Gamblers formed in 2017 when Luke Maddux (Guitar) and Neil Mangrum (Guitar) with Aaron Meader (Mandolin) met at Friends picking circles. The trio brought Jaimie Meldrum (Fiddle) and Bassist Jess Kunze (also of Countryside Ride) into the group and the chemistry of the unit congealed. Over the next year, they honed their harmonies, and sounds and pushed harder into melting bluegrass pickin’, rhythmic jams, pop culture inspired bluegrass medleys and smooth 3 part vocal harmonies. Longtime band friend Rory Johnson (Banjo) in joined in 2019, the group has locked into a steady rhythm of performing rowdy and explosive shows around the pacific northwest. Ronnie Ontiveros jumped into the Bass slot in 2022 after Jess left to pursue a Bakery/coffeeshop business in Trout Lake.

Saturday, September 7, 2024

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.   Huckleberry Festival Parade

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Gorge Winds Jazz Collective

Straddling two states, Oregon and Washington, the Gorge Winds Concert Band strives to musically grow together and provide the best possible music in the Mid-Columbia Gorge. The Gorge Winds Concert Band is a volunteer organization comprised of musicians around the Mid-Columbia Gorge area who are dedicated to making a unique musical and cultural contribution to our community. The Gorge Winds Concert Band performs in many venues throughout the Mid-Columbia Gorge, i.e. Hood River, The Dalles, White Salmon, and Goldendale. 

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.   Tillinghast

     Tillinghast was born a Louisiana cajun and raised a red-dirt, South Carolina poetry professor’s son.  Moon shining, banjo picking, and James Dickey (author of Deliverance), were family friends.  After college on a baseball scholarship, he took off for seven years of hitchhiking and motorcycling Europe, Africa, and the U.S. 

      In the years since, he has performed his unique brand of music and off beat humor nationwide, and since moving to Washington State in 1999 has performed up and down the Columbia River Gorge. He has appeared on nationally syndicated radio shows and his music has been featured in many short films and documentaries. He has been invited to festivals from Arkansas (Ozark Folk), to North Carolina (Black Mountain Music), to Colorado (Telluride Mountain Film). Recordings include “Blue Tattoo,” (1995), “Men and Their Machines,” (1996), “Onehum,” (2005 with Jason Russ), “Sweet By and By” (2009), and “The Door Is Open (2014).

      Tillinghast began a musical partnership with cellist Tova Cochrane in 2005. Tova is classically trained and has performed with the Walla Walla Symphony, Whitman College Symphony, and the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta. Rodger Nichols of The Dalles Chronicle (Oregon) writes, “Pairing a guitar and banjo playing singer-songwriter with a classically trained cellist is not an obvious choice, but it’s a musical marriage that works beautifully.”  The marriage part was correct, as Richard and Tova were married in 2011. Together, they have played concerts, festivals, and private events throughout the northwest.

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.   Moe Dixon

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.   Polynesian Dancers

5:45 – 7:00 p.m.   Big River Blues Band

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Jordan Reptiles

8:00 – 11:00 HEADLINER: Whiskey River

For over four decades Whiskey River’s musicians have thrilled audiences all over America playing the music of the legendary southern-rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Re-creating the image and the music of the southern rock band that took the world by storm in the 1970’s. Whiskey River not only plays Lynyrd Skynyrd, they personify the group onstage. Through their serious and tireless commitment to the original Ronnie Van Zandt era Lynyrd Skynyrd, they have deconstructed and reconstructed every detail of every part of every song from the original bands recordings. Their 30+ year history of phenomenal performances have earned them the title: “America’s #1 Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band”. Their show is primarily a re-presentation of the multi-platinum album: “One More From The Road” and “Freebird The Movie”. The show is also augmented by several classics from the original band’s last album “Street Survivors” . Whiskey River’s Tribute brings the audience back in time thirty-five years as they blaze through Skynyrd classics like Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps, The Breeze, That Smell, What’s Your Name, Saturday Night Special and many more, plus their phenomenal note-for-note version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s live guitar opus “Freebird”. 

Sunday, September 8. 2024

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   Church Services

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.   Chic Bunzo Minnick Barney

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Super Escandalo