Portland Organist Dennis Lusk
Continues His Long Musical Journey

Dennis LuskBorn and raised in Oklahoma City, Dennis Lusk took organ lessons from age nine until sixteen. “I joined my first band in Oklahoma City when I was thirteen. I played several nights per week from age sixteen until age twenty-four, when I left Oklahoma. Mostly, I played in OKC with the band ‘Squatty and The Bottys.’ We performed in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas on the weekends. During the week we played all five nights, for months at a time, at the local Hilton and Holiday Inns. I can actually thank Grant Perry, aka ‘Squatty’ for my transitioning from a Farfisa Combo Compact to Hammond B-3. Because I was so self-conscious and embarrassed at having to do dance steps with the rest of the band, Grant said if I bought a B-3 and two Leslie speakers he would let me sit down,” Dennis said.

“When I was younger, I just wanted to play music, but my family convinced me that I needed a ‘real job’, so I stopped playing music completely after finishing college. I moved from Oklahoma just days after graduation. Since I moved to Seattle without knowing anyone there or having anywhere to stay, I sold everything I owned that wouldn't fit in my VW Scirocco. Of course, this included my beloved B-3 and two Leslie speakers.”

Dennis moved to Portland around 1986. After an extensive break from performing, about 34 years, Dennis started taking lessons from Dover Weinberg about eight years ago. That got him back gigging. “I began playing blues in Portland just over seven years ago when Kevin Selfe finally convinced me to come to the jam he was hosting at The Refectory.”

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Dennis Lusk with the Tornados

Cascade Blues Association
and the Portland Trailblazers
at Moda Center

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2 Day’s Events

  • November 23, 2017 – Steve Cheseborough
    7:00 pm, EaT: an Oyster Bar
  • November 23, 2017 – Just Friends
    9:00 pm, Blue Diamond
  • November 24, 2017JT Wise Band
    4:00 pm, White Eagle Saloon
  • November 24, 2017 – Robbie Laws
    5:00 pm, Zarz on First
  • November 24, 2017 – Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes
    8:00 pm, Tigardville Station
  • November 24, 2017Lisa Mann Trio
    8:00 pm, Blue Diamond
  • November 24, 2017 – Robbie Laws
    8:00 pm, Vinyl Tap Bar & Grill
  • November 24, 2017 – Curtis Salgado
    8:30 pm, Trail's End Saloon
  • November 24, 2017 – Karen Lovely
    9:00 pm, Catfish Lou’s
  • November 24, 2017 – Midnight’s Children
    9:00 pm, Jack London Bar

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