Month: February 2015

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

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Missi & Mister Baker
Second Electric Set – Tracey Fordice & The 8 Balls

They say that March blows in like a lion. Well, that just may be true when it comes to great blues happening this month at the Cascade Blues Association meeting, as we provide another pair of terrific blues acts to open the month just right.

Our first act of the night will be the acoustic duo of Missi & Mister Baker. Missi Hasting and …

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East Bay Grease Meets The Portland Soul All-Stars: March 6th

Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte will be joined by some of Portland’s funkiest musicians for a very special event at Jimmy Mak’s (221 NW 10th). Two shows, one night, on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 pm and 10:00 pm.

Bruce, who played for Tower of Power on seven albums over seven years, is known for his uniquely funky guitar playing on such Tower Of Power classics as “What Is Hip,” “Don’t Change Horses In The Middle Of The Stream” and “Sqib Cakes.” Today, he continues to face on-going financial difficulties stemming from his leukemia and diabetes treatments. Now, for …

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Blues Community To Gather Again To Support Alyssa Lily ’s Run With Cancer- Mar. 1st

Alyssa Lily and Cancer TeeAlyssa Weiser-Lily (Alyssa Lily) is definitely a fighter. Two years ago the blues community first became aware of her fight with cancer and the friendship between her family and award winning musician Lisa Mann. Alyssa continues with her battle, having gone through surgeries, chemotherapy and infections, and now she and her family need financial assistance to not only help with her medical needs, but also to keep their daily lives in order.

And that is where the local blues and roots community is once again stepping up to help out. Please keep the date Sunday, March 1 open and make …

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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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2015 International Blues Challenge: Pacific Northwest Review

It was another great experience in Memphis during this January’s International Blues Challenge. And for all those who stayed away because they were afraid of the bitter cold that we experienced last year, you missed out on the mild weather that was had this year. What’s even better? The Northwest Blues Societies’ acts are really beginning to make more of a mark on the international scene each year.

Five blues societies from the Northwest sent nine acts and a youth group to Memphis. Five acts, one from each of the societies, made the semi-finals, and one made it all the …

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PDX Jazz Festival Welcomes Lucky Peterson – Mar. 1st

Lucky Peterson - photo by Jean Marc LubranoLucky Peterson has been amazing audiences since he was discovered as a child prodigy at the age of three by Willie Dixon. The son of blues man James Peterson, Lucky grew up surrounded by the blues and has shown his adeptness at guitar and keyboards, as well as his outstanding vocals and songwriting, for over four decades. His music fuses the blues with soul, gospel, R&B and rock, he is a versatile musician whose talents have been termed as mind- boggling.

Touring on the recent release of his latest album, The Son Of A Bluesman, Lucky Peterson brings his electrifying …

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