Friends of the White Salmon River and Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute present Nature Rocks, a second annual fundraiser, at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River,  on Saturday, April 6, from 7 to  9 p.m.

Funds raised at this concert are split equally three ways, with the third beneficiary being the annual Wild About Nature program.

This year, Nature Rocks features toe-tapping music by two local groups. The musicians in both groups have long musical histories in the Gorge.

Each group will have some solo time, but we expect the fun to get serious, and the dancing vigorous, when they jam together.

Lesley Saunders is a local musician playing guitar and singing in the Gorge and Florida Keys for the past decade. Most recently she has a lead role in Mamma Mia. She plays an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, ballads and alternative music.

Rebecca Stonestreet will be on bass, percussion and backup vocals. Together it makes for a great mix of tunes and harmonies!

 County Line is a Columbia River Gorge-based trio playing an original mix of roots-rock and Americana music. The line-up includes Kerry Williams on mandolin and guitar, Jeremy Hadden on bass, and songwriter Matt Mesa on guitar. The band focuses on original songs with some fiery picking and harmony vocals.

 Nature Rocks will also launch an art auction with art by EvLory Dearing, Elizabeth See, Joy Markgraf, and Jim Hulbert.  

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or prior to the concert through Brown Paper Tickets:

ent/4112210. Minimum donation $15.  

Friends of the White Salmon River, based in White Salmon, is a non-profit organization devoted to the protection of the White Salmon River and its watershed. Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, based in Hood River, provides educational opportunities with an emphasis on stewardship and a sense of wonder in the natural systems of the Columbia River Gorge.  

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