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Local Talent Takes Stage At 23rd Harvest Fest

Performances start Friday at 5 p.m.

Local talent and up-and-coming artists will provide a bounty of music from the 2005 Hood River County Harvest Fest entertainment stage.

Music is scheduled every day during the Oct. 14-16 event that draws more than 20,000 people annually to the Port of Hood River Expo Center. Entertainment is free at the 23rd annual event.

Gorge musicians will be showcased on opening night, Friday, Oct. 14, and will dominate the stage all weekend.

Music begins at 5 p.m. Friday with the Kate Meloy Trio, featuring Kathy Sneider on upright bass, Glen Holmberg on guitar, and Jim Drake on mandolin.

The string instrument theme continues with the 6 p.m. Fiddlegrass set. Fiddlegrass includes award-winning Donna Reuter on fiddle, who is past Washington State Old Time Fiddle champion and long time judge and participant in the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. She will be joined by Doug Ward on guitar, Pam McNamara on bass, Lorrie Connolly on mandolin and fiddle, and Chuck Haynie on five-string banjo.

Eclectic folk band Tilly Jam will lay down its groove with a one-hour performance that begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Hood River Tae Kwon Do kicks off the action with a noon martial arts exhibition.

Soprano Jan Conrad, a professional classical soloist for 25 years, performs at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by the rhythmic sounds of a new local group, Chakanaka Marimba, which plays joyful and energetic music from Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. Chakanaka Marimba's music, played on handcrafted wooden xylophones in a range of sizes, is characterized by infectious melodies and pulsing rhythms that are sometimes driving, other times hypnotic. The band has grown out of classes taught by Karin Tauscher, and their set at Harvest Fest -- Chakanaka Marimba's debut performance -- will include several songs performed by students.

Popular local favorites White Salmon Jazz returns with a 3-5 p.m. set, followed by progressive sounds of the Ed Swick Trio from 5-7 p.m. Blending jazz and rock, Ed Swick Trio has been a popular band at Maryhill Winery and other local venues.

Pennies and Small Change make their Harvest Fest debut at 7 p.m., playing old-time and bluegrass favorites with Jack Shepard on lead guitar, Peny Wallace on mandolin and fiddle, Susan Crowley on rhythm guitar, Doug Ward on Dobro, Emily Krager on bass and fiddle and Janice Staver on fiddle.

Sunday opens traditionally with the Matthews Family at 10:30 a.m.

Music by Misdee performs at noon, followed at 1 p.m. by the twin-fiddling of Double Trouble duo of Connie Dunnington and Ruth Kosmalski on fiddle, accompanied by Rich Dunnington on guitar.

Bluegrass returns at 2 p.m. with the Pacific Crest Bluegrass Band, featuring Mike Robarge on guitar and mandolin, Candi Robarge on guitar, Tim McGlothin on bass and Chuck Haynie on five-string banjo.

The NoteCrackers return to close the Harvest Fest entertainment with a 3-4 p.m. performance. The NoteCrackers will play standards from the 20s through the 50s, plus country, gospel and Irish music.

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