The Historic Balch Hotel just announced that Gregory Rawlins will play a free concert in their garden on August 8 from 5-8 p.m. A surprise addition to their monthly summer concert series, Rawlins will be playing during Dufur’s famous Threshing Bee celebration held this year on August 8 and 9.
Rawlins’ inventive compositions, austere command of language, and homegrown honesty translates to what one listener coined as, “Alternatively Bestial Truck-Stop Folk.” His playing style courts quick, jangly, Guthrie- like strumming and delicate alternating thumb finger picking that recalls a Country/Blues tinge of greats Townes Van Zandt or R.L. Burnside. His predominantly tenor voice takes disarming baritone forays, spoken word side-streets and the coarse grit of his musical portfolio’s earliest stages… Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The Historic Balch Hotel is a bucolic outdoor venue and sponsors several concerts throughout the year. New Innkeeper, Josiah Dean, stated, “We wanted to keep the activities and entertainment going during the Threshing Bee. This fits in perfectly with our core mission of supporting community events like the Bee and adds to the summer-long concert series we’ve been hosting.” Dean also noted that food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The 18-room Historic Balch Hotel–a boutique hotel located 15 minutes south of The Dalles, Oregon–was founded with the mission of:
- Commitment to hospitality: Boutique hotel experience with simple luxury and sustainability as core ideals. Friendly, helpful, engaged staff; clean, cozy antique-filled rooms with locally sourced pampering amenities.
- Commitment to community: Creative local resourcing and hosting of community building events. This location is a gather place for all.
- Commitment to the past and future: Preservation of the historic nature of the building and town, while upgrading infrastructure in alignment with sustainable building and business practices.