May 19-20 event feature bands, food, artwork and more
by: contributed photo, Fronted by Emily Millers, third from left, Gun Room Melodies will be wielding its best weapons, including country, punk and blues, at the Columbia Gorge Arts Festival.

The Columbia Gorge Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, and features music, artwork, food sales and other activities.

The 14th annual event takes place in and around the Corbett schools campus, located at 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. It's a benefit for the Corbett Education Foundation.

Here are some festival highlights:


May 19

• 1 p.m., Robert Richter and Jessica Hitchborn ( Free, on lawn.

Singer songwriter guitarist Richter blends folk, blues, rock and Celtic music. Richter's credits include appearing on Tom May's syndicated radio program 'River City Folk,' on National Public Radio, as well as having his music played on the 'Bob Dylan Radio Hour' heard on the Sirius Satellite Network and on KUSF-FM in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, fiddler Hitchborn has twice won the Oregon Old Time Fiddler's Competition.

• 3 p.m., Adrian Martin (adrianmartin Free, on lawn.

Guitarist Martin plays and sings blues, jazz, swing, rock, classical, pop, folk, funk and country and has opened for Warren Zevon and Lonnie Mack.

• 4 p.m., Paula Sinclair ( $5 show in Multi-Purpose Building.

Singer-guitarist Sinclair sings her own tunes and sets poems to original music. She also covers songs by such artists as Steve Earle, Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris.

May 20

• 11 a.m., Belinda Underwood ( Free, on lawn.

Singer-instrumentalist Underwood teaches belly dance and music, including voice, violin, bass and baritone ukulele.

• 1 p.m., Matt Meighan ( Free, on lawn.

A song collector as well as writer, Meighan mixes his originals with songs by fellow songwriters as well as older songs from the folk and blues traditions. He is currently recording his second CD, 'Long Way 'Round.'

• 3 p.m., Richter and Hitchborn. Free, on lawn.

• 4 p.m., The Gun Room Melodies. ( $5 show in Multi-Purpose Building.

Hailing from Southeast Portland, The Gun Room Melodies play punk-infected swing blues tales of mayhem with a sprinkling of old country twang.

Other events

In addition to the music, the festival offers workshops and special performances by the Corbett's Children's Theater between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Workshops include ones about basic performance skills, body language and improvisation. For more information, visit

The festival will also feature a bake-off contest as well as professional and student arts and crafts.

Admission is free, although some workshops and performances charge admission.

For more information, visit or search for Corbett Education Foundation on Facebook.

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