Month: February 2014

Cascade Blues Association Website

In the cyber world of today, it is necessary to keep changing with the times to stay on top of things. With that in mind we are trying to consistently keep our website to be more user friendly and accessible. Over the past couple of years, Bruce Gifford has worked on giving the site a more friendly and easier to read look and we thank him for everything he has provided the CBA during that time moving us in the right direction.

At this point, we wish to introduce you to the new webmaster, Buko. Many of you may know …

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State of Oregon Recognizes Curtis Salgado

Curtis-Salgado-BMAs-photo-by-Greg-JohnsonIt is not every day that a musician is honored by the State of Oregon recognizing a lifetime of dedication and achievement, but the State Senate did just that for bluesman Curtis Salgado in February. It is something that fans and musicians already knew about Curtis and now has been officially noted, that Curtis Salgado is a State Treasure.


Senate Concurrent Resolution 205


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Lisa Man To Celebrate New CD, Move On, With Special Night At Jimmy Mak’s – March 15th

LisaMann Move On CD CoverLisa Mann & Her Really Good Band are following up on their sensational previous release Satisfied, with a new disc titled Move On. Filled with original soul-blues and blues-rock numbers that brings to mind the best flavors of Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals, Move On is sure to be yet another fan favorite. Featuring The Really Good Band with guitarist Jeff Knudson, keyboard whiz Brian Harris and drummer Michael Ballash joining Lisa’s masterful bass work, the album will also showcase friends such as Mitch Kashmar, Sonny Hess, Rae Gordon, LaRhonda Steele, Arietta Ward, Dave Melyan and Alex Shakeri.

To celebrate …

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Dave Fleschner can tickle the ivories like no other

By Laurie Morrisey

Calling Dave Fleschner a piano player doesn’t really do him justice. It should be compared to an artist finessing the paint brush across the canvas. The way he plays that Nord Stage 88EX or Hammond B-3 organ—it is a work of art.

Dave comes from a very musical family, so becoming a musician was a natural progression. “My mom is a wonderful singer, and she would harmonize with my dad, who would sing and play guitar or baritone ukulele. My mother had training as a kid but my dad just picked up old country and western songs …

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Ellen Whyte and Her Plus-Size Band to Perform with Estacada School Choirs – March 8th

On Saturday, March 8th, Ellen Whyte will be appearing at the Estacada Junior High School Auditorium (500 NE Main Street, Estacada) for a 7:00 pm show with her Plus-Size (9-piece) Band for a powerful evening of blues. An added attraction is a performance by the Estacada High School Concert Choir of a world premiere piece written by Whyte and The Estacada Junior High School Choir will also sing a traditional blues song they have learned for the evening. Tickets are available at the door or online at . Prices are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and students, and …

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2014 International Blues Challenge: Northwest Artists Shine

Knowing that my announcements from the stage at Club 152 were being broadcast through speakers out on to Beale Street I told the people, “It may be cold outside, but the blues are burnin’ hot inside here.” And that in itself could have been the theme for this year’s International Blues Challenge. You just never know what to expect from the weather in the Mid-South and I have seen years when it has been a balmy 60 degrees and others that have witnessed ice and snow. Though we escaped the latter, which was raising havoc across a good deal of …

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Harmonica Ace John Nemeth Teams Up With Memphis Soulful Outfit The Bo-Keys For A Night At Jimmy Mak’s – March 21st

John Nemeth - photo by Greg JohnsonFor those in the Northwest who have been following and supporting former Boise blues man John Nemeth throughout his career, there is no surprise in the incredible talents he possesses with vocals and harmonica. One of the most soulful singers of today. A year following five nominations at the Blues Music Awards, he is once again nominated for Best Soul Blues Male Artist and the coveted BB King Blues Entertainer of the Year recognition. John Nemeth will return to Portland, where he has long been a fan favorite, just in time to celebrate his newest release Memphis Grease on the …

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Paddy’s Hosts A Blues Night During Annual St Patrick’s Day Weekend Events – March 15th

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Paddy’s Bar & Grill will be holding a four-day event to help raise funds for The Children’s Cancer Association. There will be live Irish music, bagpipers and dancers all weekend long, and plenty of food and drink to help get St. Patrick's Day band deets web 140224-01everybody their Irish fill. Paddy’s has also had a tradition of holding a blues event during the weekend and this year on Saturday, March 15th they will be offering the music of the DK Stewart Sextet to open the evening, followed by the Too Loose Cajun Band and closing with headliner Patrick Lamb. …

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New Orleans Comes To Portland, Rebirth Brass Band At Doug Fir Lounge – March 27th

Simply put, The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the …

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New Music To Note: March

A listing of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted:

Bernie Pearl – Take Your Time (Bee Bump Music)

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues –  Blues Shock (Blind Pig)

Colin John – Two Sides Of The Coin (Self Produced)

Damon Fowler – Sounds of Home (Blind Pig)

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Eddie Ate Dynamite (Self Produced)

Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Sean Carney – Drivin’ Me Wild (Self Produced)

Mick Kolassa – Michissippi Mick (Endless Blues Productions)

Pete Karnes Blues Band – I’m Still Here …

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