Month: June 2014

Lil’ Queenie

Lil’ Queenie, Portland’s newest band makes its’ Portland Night Club debut at Duff’s Garage on July 5, 2014. Although the newest band, cumulatively the members have just over 300 years of Portland Music Scene experience. Featuring two female vocalists, up and coming Blues chanteuse, Melissa Buchanan & Linda LeClair, the band recreates the feel of the early days of R & B in the Juke Joints in the heartland of the country. Bolstered by a four piece horn section that includes Paul deLay Band alumnus Danny Fincher and centered by two time Oregon Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member …

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Starday Tavern Welcomes Aussie World Bluesman Harper – July 25th

Harper - press photoMulti award winning Australian Singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper creates a heady mix of original world, blues & roots music, featuring soulful vocals, wailing harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo! By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled “World Blues”. His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, …

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event, PDX Blues Event

34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, July 18th – 20th

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival celebrates its 34th year in 2014.This is the longest continuously running free jazz festival west of the Mississippi River. This year they will keep up with tradition by holding a Friday night blues show, followed by two days of jazz. This is a community event that truly does draw in the support of the St Johns neighborhood. Beautifully located in the shadows of the St Johns Bridge, with its cathedral-like arches spanning across the Willamette River, the park is nestled within 17.5 acres of green space perfectly situated for a family outing.

New this …

Posted in Past PDX Blues Event

Ms Janice Scroggins and her 88 Keys

Janice Scroggins.
Emmett Wheatfall poem for Janice

Posted in R.I.P., Uncatagorized

Bernie Pearl

Take Your Time

Bee Bump Music

Bernie Pearl CD coverBernie Pearl is proof that a musician does not always have to rebuild their image with changing times. One of the finest purveyors of blues guitar, whether acoustic or electric, or even lap slide, as he performs for the first time on his latest disc, Take Your Time, Pearl is always at the top of his game. The title of the album says it all. Inspired by the message delivered by legendary Mississippi bluesman Fred McDowell, Pearl took it to heart realizing that things just come out better when taking one’s time. And the …

Posted in CD Review

Four acts advance to finals of Journey to Memphis contest – July 4th

Waterfront Blues Festival site of Independence Day showdown
By Rob Cullivan

Whether it was a harmonica-blowing, guitar-strumming duo on stage or a funky danceable good time band, all types of performers made the first round of the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis contest an aural feast for listener’s ears.

Dozens of Blues fans came down to The Lehrer, 8775 S.W. Canyon Lane, Beaverton, June 6-7 to hear two nights worth of music from a variety of bands and acts. Crowds enjoyed everything from soulful slide guitar runs to jumpin’ jams.

As CBA President Greg Johnson put it, “We’ve got …

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Award Winning Janiva Magness Returns To Portland – July 19th

Janiva Magness - photo by Greg JohnsonJaniva Magness continues to break new ground with every release she puts out. Her latest disc, Original, is filled with the tales of heartbreak and survival that has come to be known as Janiva’s trademark for first class blues music. Backed by a dynamic band and highly energetic on stage, there is a reason why she has consistently been heralded with Blues Music Awards over the years, including the much coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. She has the power to grasp your attention with the first phrase she sings and will collectively hold you in her trance throughout …

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Rhythm on the River Blues Benefit Hits Columbia County July 26th

The seventh annual Rhythm on the River Blues benefit takes place at the Clatskanie City Park, on Saturday, July 26th. The event began as a means to raise funds to supplement yearly campaign proceeds for the United Way of Columbia County. This has been accomplished through this festival by providing excellent entertainment, vendors and informational booths from artists and businesses in and around Columbia County.

This year’s entertainment heads into a new direction by bringing in an international act with Harper. The Australian bluesman is known for his harmonica playing and even a bit of didgeridoo. Harper will be backed …

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Duff’s Garage will be Hosting a Multitude of CBA Co-Sponsored Shows in July

They may have moved from Inner SE Portland out to NE 82nd, but that surely does not mean that Duff’s Garage is going to slow down presenting the best music available. July is certainly proof in that. As well as featuring their regular weekly shows and local musicians, Duff’s will be hosting seven incredible shows with national touring acts. And all of them are Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored events that members can receive a $1.00 discount just by showing their current membership card at the door.

Duff’s Garage is located at 2530 NE 82nd. All shows …

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New Music To Note May and June:

A listing of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally in May and June that should be noted:

Al Cook – Mississippi 1930 (Wolf Records)
Alastair Greene Band – Trouble At Your Door (Eclecto Groove)
Andy T-Nick Nixon Band – Livin’ It Up (Delta Groove)
Back Pack Jones – Betsy’s Kitchen (Self Produced)
Carmen Grillo – A Different World (Big Surprise Music)
David Vest – Roadhouse Revelation (Cordova Bay Records)
Deanna Bogart – Just A Wish Away  . . .  (Blind Pig Records)
Duffy Bishop – Find Your Way Home (Lil Spinner Records)
Duncan Street –  Baptized …

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