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...
Too Tall To Mambo
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.
“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
Walk A Mile In My Blues
- June 30, 2016 – James Clem
2:00 pm, NW Farmers Market
- June 30, 2016 – Tough Love Pyle
7:00 pm, Duff's Garage
- June 30, 2016 – Crow
8:00 pm, Rose Room
- June 30, 2016 – Ed Neumann & Friends: Jeff Knudson
8:00 pm, CI Bar
- June 30, 2016 – Kenny Lee & The Sundowners Pro Jam
8:00 pm, Double Treble
- June 30, 2016 – ben jones and friends
9:00 pm, Blue Diamond
- June 30, 2016 – Midnight's Children
9:00 pm, Solae's
- June 30, 2016 – The Morning Lorries
9:00 pm, Duff's Garage