What’s on Tap for the July General Membership Meeting…

Wednesday, July  6 – 7:00 pm

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Set – Timothy James
Second Electric Set – Ty Curtis Band

Yes, it’s July and the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival has occupied a lot of our time already. While we will hold our monthly membership meeting just a couple days after that grand event, make no mistake, this is still a meeting that you’re going to want to attend. The Northwest blues scene has long held a reputation as a jumping-off point for young musicians. So this month we’re going to present one whose career promises to take him to greater achievements, and one who is just beginning to gain attention in our local blues community and with good reason.

For those who have been in attendance since Rae Gordon began doing her weekend all ages jams a few months back at the Trails End Saloon you will have noted one young guitarist of note, Timothy James. This fourteen-year-old triple threat (guitarist, singer, and songwriter) has an incredible feel for the guitar with adeptness that belies his age.

Ty Curtis was barely out of high school in 2006 when he released his first recording, Stubborn Mind. So impressive that the Cascade Blues Association entered it into The Blues Foundation’s Best Self Produced CD competition that year. A mere three years later, Ty had already won the CBA’s Journey To Memphis competition and took off...


Timothy James

Too Tall To Mambo

Ty Curtis

Key To My Heart

2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Review

All you need to know about the blues you can learn July 1-4 at the 2016 Portland Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. From the deepest roots of blues music, its spread across borders and generations, to the multiple genres that blues has influenced, this year’s diverse lineup offers a chance to see and hear it all, and inexpensively—120 acts on four stages for a mere $10 per day, a third or less of daily admission to most multiple day festivals—all in support of Portland’s food bank.

blues-fest_Panorama3“We've got one of our strongest, most eclectic lineups ever,” said festival director Peter Dammann. “Ranging from some of the finest blues artists on the planet (blues deities Derek Trucks and Jimmie Vaughan, fast-rising young stars Kingfish and Samantha Fish), to Louisiana's most compelling zydeco/cajun acts (Steve Riley, Chubby Carrier), to cutting edge neo-blues acts (ZZ Ward, the Record Company, JJ Grey & Mofro), to the toughest, most soulful funk band on the planet (Maceo Parker), to New Orleans hottest brass band (Soul Rebels) and living funk/R&B legend (Dr. John) to Liv Warfield & the Prince NPG Hornz remembering their late friend and mentor, in a powerful performance I suspect we will never forget.”

Acts headlining the festival’s two main stages represent a dazzling array of blues styles and all its many spin-offs, including funk, soul, blues fusion, rock, and more...

JJ Grey & Mofro


Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tiny Desk Concert

Curtis Salgado

Walk A Mile In My Blues

The CBA Says Goodbye To Barry Blackwell

Barry Blackwell with friend Cliff Larson - photo courtesy of Cliff Larson

Barry Blackwell with friend Cliff Larson

It is with extremely heavy hearts and regret that we have to announce that Cascade Blues Association Board Member Barry Blackwell passed away on June 4. As a long-time volunteer and a devoted board member, Barry was always the first to step forward to help out. Willing to work long and hard hours doing event set-ups, merchandise tables, watching the stage access gates at the Waterfront Blues Festival, or any task that needed to be handled, Barry was always there. Diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer in December, he continued to attempt to attend meetings when he could despite his discomfort. Barry Blackwell was a good friend to Portland’s blues and music community, and he always had a smile for everybody. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the Cascade Blues Association, but his memory will live forever within us all.

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