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San Francisco guitarist coming to Center for Arts

On Feb. 12

Join Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River for a very special singer/songwriter evening with the San Francisco-based guitarist J.L. Stiles, Ben Bonham and Captain James Cook on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Stiles has opened for many a blues great, including BB King, Etta James, JJ Cale and Keb Mo. Armed with only his earthy warm baritone, a guitar and harmonica, Stiles is exactly what you expect from a blues singer, a self contained musician who moves his audience.

He will be joined on stage by local slide guitar and ukulele player Ben Bonham. Bonham has over 20 years of professional experience as a live performer, teacher and recording musician in both the U.K. and America. Since 1996, this British expatriate has delighted U.S. audiences with his renderings of old time American music and his mastery of Delta blues, vintage Hawaiian, folk, ragtime and country blues guitar.

Also joining Stiles and Bonham will be leader of the popular Portland-based band Trashcan Joe, Captain James Cook. A songwriter since age 14, he now has well over a 1,000 compositions and is still pumping them out. The quantity certainly hasn't watered down the quality in this case, as Cook is widely regarded as a songwriting genius.

Tickets are $10 for the show and are available at Columbia Arts or online at


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