Month: January 2015

Rockin’ Blues Act Kenny James Miller Band Coming To Portland- Feb 5th

Montana-based blues rockers, The Kenny James Miller Band will be making a rare trip down to the Portland area for a pair of shows the first week of February. This Inland Empire Blues Society award winning band is a favorite throughout Eastern Washington, Montana and Idaho with their high energy performances known for keeping audiences entertained and asking for more each and every night. The trio consists of guitarist/songwriter Ken Sederdahl, drummer Mark Miller and bassist Mark Cornett. They are a tight outfit playing mostly original music sure to appeal to fans of bands like Robin Trower, ZZ Top or …

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Jimmy Carpenter

Walk Away
VizzTone Records

Jimmy Carpenter CD coverJimmy Carpenter once again steps outside from his gig with Walter “Wolfman” Washington to showcase his own creative energy as a songwriter and leader with his second solo release, Walk Away. One of New Orleans premier saxophonists and sidemen, he takes on both guitar and vocals here displaying his depth of talent. And as is true with many Crescent City musicians, Carpenter eases between R&B, funk, jazz and blues seemingly effortlessly.

With a local band that features Casandra Faulconer on bass, John Gros on keyboards, Wayne Maureau on drums and percussionist Michael Skinkus. The album also …

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Ian Siegal

Man & Guitar
Nugene Records

With some people all you need to do is set them alone in a chair with a guitar and magic appears. So it seems with Ian Siegal, the British blues master who consistently is named one of the finest artists of the genre throughout Europe. Usually Siegal works with a band for his recordings and so when a solo release comes out it is certainly something to celebrate. Many fans had been clamoring for a new solo disc. Many more for a live album to capture the pure energy and guitar tenacity erupting from his …

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Carolyn Wonderland Brings Texas Musical Excitement To Town- Feb 10th

Carolyn Wonderland - press photoA musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time. For more than twenty years this multi-instrumentalist has been a leading force on the Austin blues scene and a major draw at festivals and venues across the country, with a handful of first-rate recordings and several appearances on Austin City Limits.

Wonderland will be bringing her rocking band back to Portland for …

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It Was Party Time On New Year’s Eve At Duff’s Garage!

By Kat Rose

The Strange Tones were excited to play the first New Year’s Eve at the new Duff’s Garage, located at 2530 NE 82nd.

The band has developed a marriage of blues, surf and Rockabilly that they have coined “Crime-A-Billy” to describe their own distinguishable, unique sound.

This band is the complete package with Guitar Julie (vocals and guitar), Andy Strange (bass, guitar, and harmonica), Suburban Slim (vocals, guitar), backed by Andy Gauthier’s energetic drumbeat.

NYEJulie’s lyrical style vocals and steaming guitar are well teamed with Andy’s backbeat on bass. He also plays harmonica on the original …

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Bottleneck Blues Band

Twenty First Century Blues
Self Produced

If you prefer your blues straight ahead with no frills, played the way it should be, then the Bottleneck Blues Band may just be up your alley. The group is made up of four long-time friends who have been enjoying performing for fans and friends for the past four years in local venues such as The Blue Diamond, The Stickman Brewery, The Lehrer and Biddy McGraw’s as well as a few festivals like Hempfest and the Kalama Blues Festival. Led by guitarist/vocalist Noah Bell and keyboard master Seth Zowader, the quartet is completed with …

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Applications Now Being Accepted For 2015 Journey To Memphis

The Journey To Memphis is the Cascade Blues Association’s regional competition to select the acts that will represent our organization and region in the next year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN that will be held in early 2016. Up to 250 acts from around the world converge on Beale Street to perform before the music industry looking for new talent, with the chance to win recognition and prizes that include major festival performances and more. But the only way an act may participate is to win a regional competition held by one of The Blues Foundation’s affiliated societies like …

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The Aladdin Theater Welcomes Eclectic Guitars Featuring Eric Johnson & Mike Stern- Feb 6th

Eric Johnson & Mike Stern - press photoTwo of the world’s most adept guitarist players are joining forces for a show that is certain to amaze both fans and players alike. Eric Johnson is able to mesh the sounds of country, blues, pop, rock and jazz and has collaborated with the likes of Sonny Landreth, Jimmie Vaughan, Jonny Lang and Steve Miller. He has also won a Grammy Award along with ten nominations. Mike Stern is a jazz and fusion guitar master with three decades of performances behind him with six Grammy nominations of his own. With the two of them on stage together, expect to be …

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Valentine’s Day Double Header: Aryon Jones / Rich Layton & The Troublemakers At White Eagle- Feb 14th

McMenamins White Eagle Saloon will be throwing a terrific Valentine’s Day show, Saturday, February 14th, that’ll feature two of the Northwest hottest acts, Ayron Jones & The Way and Rich Layton & The Troublemakers.Ayron Jones & The Way - press photo

Seattle blues rockers Ayron Jones & The Way have become one of Seattle’s hottest up-and-coming acts with their hybrid style of guitar playing pioneered by Jimi Hendrix, in which the chord and solo are played at the same time, and infused the raw energy of punk with the inner-city attitude of Hip-Hop. The result is a soulful reincarnation of that iconic Seattle sound. Think …

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Bill Rhoades’ Harmonica Summit Celebrates Twenty Years- Feb 21

summit20“We’re Back”! The 20th Annual Blues Harmonica Summit” will be held on Saturday February 21st at The Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St, from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. $10.00 cover at the door. 21 and over only (sorry). Hard to believe that it’s been going for 20 years, but we’ve managed with all the great support from our harmonica fans.

This year’s show will feature one of the world’s greatest women blues harmonica players, Lynnann Hyde! Coming over the mountains from Bend, OR, Lynnann got a lot of attention and turned some heads the last time she was at …

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