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Popular acts perform at Harvest Fest

Annual festival scheduled for Oct. 17-19

Local talent and established acts will provide a bounty of music from the 2003 Hood River Valley Harvest Fest entertainment stage.

Music is scheduled every day during the Oct. 17-19 event that draws more than 20,000 people annually to Hood River Expo Center. Entertainment is free at the 21st annual event.

Gorge musicians will be showcased on opening night, Friday, Oct. 17, and will dominate the stage Sunday, Oct. 19. On Saturday, Oct. 18, a variety of youth groups and popular acts will perform.

Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Friday with fanciful groove of Swing Crew. Two local bluegrass bands, All Night Station (formerly No Depression) and Pacific Crest Bluegrass Band, follow with 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. sets.

Student artists -- and athletes -- will get attention Saturday. Hood River Tae Kwon Do kicks off the day with an 11 a.m. martial arts demonstration. Showbitz, featuring some of the youngest talent of the day, performs at 11:30 a.m. At noon, Hood River Middle School Choir takes the stage, followed by a Hood River Valley High School pop-jazz presentation at 12:30 p.m. Hood River Mexican Folkdance 4-H Club performs at 2 p.m.

Adults get into the action later in the afternoon, beginning with Sky In The Road's 3 p.m. set. Sky In The Road is the performing name of singer-songwriter foursome Daniel Rhiger, Rahmana Wiest, John Manns and Dean Warner. Their four-part harmonies and tight musicianship create a lively, original mix of Celtic and bluegrass music. Their songwriting has won awards, including two songs honored in Billboard Magazine's 1991 National Songwriting Contest.

A 2002 favorite, Riders of the Western Range, returns to Harvest Fest at 5 p.m. The Portland-based cowboy band's style is rooted in western originals like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Their vocal harmonies and knack on traditional instruments like six-string guitar, accordion and upright bass are a perfect fit for the pastoral Harvest Fest milieu.

Another 2002 standout, local group the Red-Haired Boys, will close the day of entertainment with a 6 p.m. show.

Sunday opens traditionally with the Matthews Family at 10:30 a.m. Two vocalists -- Music by Misdee and Jan Conrad -- have sets scheduled at noon and 12:30 p.m. The popular big band sounds of White Salmon Jazz return to the Harvest Fest at 1 p.m. For those hoping to try out their own entertainment chops, Johnny "Creditcard" will lead karaoke beginning at 2:30 p.m.


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