Month: May 2014

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The BluesNotes is published monthly by the Cascade Blues Association (CBA). Approximately 5,000 copies are printed and distributed to over 50 locations in the greater Portland area and beyond. The BluesNotes is mailed directly to over 1000 CBA members each month.

The BluesNotes provides a comprehensive look at what’s happening in the Portland Blues scene every month. Articles feature local bands, venues, coverage of concerts, interviews, record reviews, historical information and the latest on Blues music and the Blues entertainment scene near and far. With distribution throughout the city at restaurants, taverns, music stores, bookstores and other accessible locations, the …

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

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, June 4th, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Justin James Bridges
Second Electric Set – Holfar Blue

For June, we’re bringing a couple of acts that you may not be well aware of, but they’re making their marks around town and we think you’ll enjoy both sets a great deal. Sorry I missed last month while I was working the Blues Music Awards, and Wendy and Jon were both out of town on business, but I heard Merry did a terrific job hosting and …

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2014 Journey To Memphis Begins June 6th & 7th At The Lehrer  

The 2014 edition of the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey To Memphis, to select our representatives at the next International Blues Challenge, will take place on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th at The Lehrer. Twelve acts will compete before three judges, playing twenty minute sets and being scored in five categories (blues content, vocals, instrumentation, originality and stage presence), with the top two highest scoring acts each night advancing to the finals at the Waterfront Blues Festival on Friday, July 4th.

Over the years, the Cascade Blues Association has been privileged to send some of …

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Cee Cee James To Ignite The Stage At Duff’s Garage – June 5th

Cee Cee James - photo by Greg JohnsonSouthern Oregon’s Cee Cee James’ lyrics are given from the fire of her Blood Red Blues when performing and they allow her to bring the marrow of her bones, and then lay bare her soul to her fans to whom she has become a voice for their need to be raw, real and touch openly into their own aching truth of struggle and love. In her performances she keeps her fans riveted as she gives every last ounce of energy she has and then some, working to make the meaning of the songs come alive, bringing the stories to life …

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Mississippi Studios Presents An Evening with The Holmes Brothers – June 2nd

The Holmes Brothers – Wendell Holmes (guitarist/pianist/vocalist/songwriter), Sherman Holmes (bassist/ vocalist/songwriter) and The Holmes Brothersbrother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon (drummer/vocalist) – are true treasures of American roots music. For 35 years, The Holmes Brothers’ joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country has been captivating audiences around the world. Their spine-tingling three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone, brings the spirit of gospel-inflected deep soul music into every song they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complementing …

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