27--Number 7• July
29, 2003 Serving Portland, Surrounding Areas, and
TAVERN -- by M.
is no greater time than
summer in the northwest. Numerous festivals and parties abound,
the great music and talent that is our legacy here in the
northwest. Many of these events have become annual, and you can
just about plan your calendar of events accordingly.
smaller festival in its fourth
rendition this year is Goble Warming IV Music Festival and
Tractor Show. It's located at the Goble Tavern in Goble, Oregon
, about 40
miles north of Portland on Highway 30 (between St. Helens and
Ranier). It's easy to find, since the tavern is the only one
of three businesses in Goble. (There is a tiny grocery store down
at the boat landing and Wave Recording Studiois located there.)
The Columbia River is only yards from the tavern that houses a
replica Viking ship (that was in the Rose Festival decades ago)
in its parking lot.
owner and musician Jerry Modin
has decorated the small building (capacity about 50) with all
sorts of music paraphernalia and Americana, which creates a great
ambiance in the century-old building. Although on a tight, small
budget, music acts from all over the northwest book dates at the
tavern. The club has the only live music (with no cover charge)
for about a 50-mile stretch along the Columbia River Highway and
the local patrons are a real appreciative audience of the great
music that comes through Goble.
Warming is slated Saturday,
Aug. 16, this year, and has moved into the beer garden behind the
bar. A large covered stage has been constructed and is a
permanent fixture. Several bands have elected to take the music
outside this summer, depending on the weather. Approximately
eight-nine bands will perform this year and the event will kick
off about 2 p.m. and go to midnight.
Petting Zoo will be back
this year, along with a great new band, the Pennsyltucky
Takeover, a bluegrass-rock styled unit that relocated to Portland
from Pennsylvania. Guy Live! and the Rockin' River Batz are
also back this year and several new acts will be featured. As of
this writing, there are a couple of slots open.
Tractor Show is basically old,
unique large and small tractors that win various prizes,
including a grand prize for driving the farthest. There is also
outrageous, delicious cuisine featuring hickory smoked ribs and
BBQ chicken. A great sound system by Ray Ryder of Wave Studios
really makes all the music sound better and the bottom line is
that the show is free! There's plenty of parking in the large
parking lot and several campsites are available adjacent to it
all, first come, first served.
false rumor that former Goble
resident Willie Nelson will make an appearance this year (his mom
was a bartender at the bar in the '50s) is just that; a
you've never been out this
way, the drive is easy and scenic, the festival is free and
it's always a lot of fun. See you Aug. 16!
music acts interested in
appearing at Goble Warming should contact the tavern A.S.A.P. at