Month: April 2014

Dave Mathis Blows That Harp With A Vengeance

By Laurie Morrisey

When you talk about great harmonica players in our area you hear names like Bill Rhoades, Jim Wallace, Mike Moothart, Curtis Salgado, Paul deLay, Arthur Moore, Mitch Kashmar, Hank Shreve, and Dave Mathis. Dave is a long time staple in the Portland music scene, with a career spanning over 40 years.


Dave Mathis (photo by Tony Kutter)

“I started playing professionally in the mid 70’s–acoustically and electric in duos’ and band settings. I also did a half hour TV show on channel 8 called ‘Eight Lively Arts’ in the 70’s.”

Dave says his love of the harp …

Posted in Cascade Blues Note, Interview

2014 Journey To Memphis

The Cascade Blues Association’s 2014 Journey To Memphis competition is now set. The first round will happen on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th, at The Lehrer, 8775 SW Canyon Lane. Fourteen acts will vie against one another over these two nights in attempt to reach the finals at the Waterfront Blues Festival on Friday, July 4th and then the eventual winner will head to Memphis, Tennessee next January to take part in the International Blues Challenge.

Solo/Duo acts will be in competition alongside the bands each night. The top two highest scoring acts, regardless …

Posted in Journey to Memphis

Ramblings On My Mind

ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson, CBA President

Beware, rant ahead.

Over the years I have heard it said many, many times regarding shows, from fans, venue owners and musicians, “Where are all the CBA members at such and such a show?” People, it is not the responsibility of the Cascade Blues Association to tell our members what shows that they have to attend. If you look at our monthly calendar, there are a crazy number of venues in this city offering shows seven nights a week. Compare this with many other cities, many with far greater populations, which do not have such a …

Posted in Ramblings

What’s on Tap for May’s General Membership Meeting . . .

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland

Wednesday, May 7th, 7:00 pm

Members always Free – non-members $3.00

Opening Acoustic Set – Melody Guy & Jake Blair

Second Electric Set – August In Blue

Every month we have a terrific line-up of talented local artists perform for you at the monthly general membership meetings. This city has a vast wealth of outstanding artists who call Portland home and we’re exceptionally proud of the acts we have showcasing for you this month as they display some of the younger musicians that are making great strides in making our local …

Posted in Cascade Blues Announcement, General Meetings

Duff’s Garage During CBA Appreciation Month – April

Mitch Kashmar & Robbie Laws Blues Party Are Two Shows Happening At Duff’s Garage During CBA Appreciation Month

Duff’s Garage will officially open their new location at NE 82nd & Russell in May. Just ½ mile north of I-84 and across the street from Madison High School. Jon & Jennifer Wallace will continue presenting the best in local and touring blues, rockabilly, country & western, surf and garage bands.

Over the years Duff’s Garage and the Cascade Blues Association has had quite a healthy relationship and in appreciation of our members, Duff’s would like to offer a $1.00 discount

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event

Keb’ Mo’ To Play The Aladdin Theater – April 30th

Keb Mo - press photoSince releasing his self-titled album in 1994, that garnered him wide-spread acclaim and a WC Handy Award (now known as the Blues Music Awards) as Best Artist Debut, Keb’ Mo’ has built a reputation as one of the finest musicians and songwriters of his generation. Two decades later, Keb’ Mo’ continues to enthrall audiences and have awards reaped upon him, including three Grammy Awards. His music is heard in countless television shows and movies and he has performed on some of the largest stages around the world, including a recent performance at The White House for the president.

Touring in …

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event

Oso Much Love Benefit Concert Series

Kenny Kofler (photo by Greg Johnson)

Kenny Kofler (photo by Greg Johnson)

We were all shocked by the recent devastation occurring in Washington this last month with the landslide happening in Oso. We see tragedies like this happen on the news quite often, but it really makes for a tremendous feeling of helplessness when it occurs so close to home. A number of benefit concerts have been held around the Seattle area with numerous bands, some even from Portland, lending a hand to raise money for the rescue and recovery efforts happening in that small community.

Portland musician Kenny Kofler felt that we could offer more …

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event

A “Homecoming” For Fiona Boyes, Three Nights In Oregon

Those of us in Portland obviously do not need any introduction to Fiona Boyes. After all, she chose Portland as her home for a short period and became everybody’s best friend while here. But for those of you who may have been living under a rock, or were not living in Portland yourself while Fiona was here, here is a short piece of her bio from her website:

Fiona Boyes - press photo by Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe

Fiona Boyes (photo by Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe)

“Australian Blues guitarist and singer, Fiona Boyes, has been variously described by reviewers as a ‘musical anomaly’, ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’, or simply as ‘scaring the …

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event

Trails End Saloon to Host Two-Day Event to Raise Funds to Help Walter Trout

Walter Trout (photo by Jeff Katz)

Walter Trout (photo by Jeff Katz)

Walter Trout may be one of the most powerful guitar players the blues world has ever witnessed, working with the likes of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Jesse Ed Davis, Canned Heat and leader of his own outfit. But as a human he is as vulnerable as each and every one of us. Fighting liver disease for the past several months, Trout has been hospitalized at UCLA, in and out of intensive care while awaiting a potential liver transplant that is necessary to save his life. Forced to cancel most of his scheduled touring …

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event

A Celebration of Robert Johnson’s 103rd Birthday

1604705_761032323916755_4712554003943019247_n[1] Robert Johnson is perhaps one of the most mythical and most highly acclaimed bluesmen of the 20th Century. With only 29 songs recorded before his premature death at age 27 in 1938, he changed the world when it comes to the way that music sounds and is being played. Though not as well known in life as he is in death, Johnson has influenced generations of guitarists with his masterful string work with those few songs that have etched their way into the vocabulary of the most recognized tunes ever written. And they continue to work their magic on …

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event