Month: March 2015

Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry Making A Rare Appearance In Oregon April 4th

Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry is one of North Mississippi’s best kept secrets, but that should certainly not be the case. With his productive and diverse background, Perry is a musician who knows how to rock a juke using only his guitar, foot and voice. Perry obtained his musical start playing gospel and was recorded by Chess Records. He’s toured with such renowned gospel greats as Shirley Ceasar and The Five Blind Boys, graced many famous stages like The Apollo, and hit the road with such Blues luminaries as Little Milton, Freddy King, and T-Bone Walker. He even took second place in …

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Blues Legend Charlie Musselwhite At The Aladdin Theater April 2nd

“Harmonica virtuoso Musselwhite raises the level of emotional expression on his instrument beyond even the masters he learned from…the grizzled veteran richly decorates his music with telling nuance and chiseled detail.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Mississippi born Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world.

The harmonica master, also a respected singer and songwriter in his own right, has won countless awards during his legendary career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and collaborated with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, …

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Bluzin’ The Northwest With Dexter Allen & Lady A April 4th  

Seattle’s blues diva Lady A will present Bluzin The Northwest at Jimmy Mak’s on Saturday, April 4 for one show only featuring Mississippi’s Dexter Allen, the Linda Hornbuckle Band, and Lady A herself. Plan on a night of outstanding soulful blues entertainment.

Dexter Allen - press photoDexter Allen may best be known for his time as the guitarist for the Bobby Rush Band, but he began performing at the age of twelve as a multi-instrumentalist working guitar, bass, drums and keyboards in gospel outfits. Though he can play a variety of instruments, often on the same song, it is his blazing work on guitar …

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Applications Deadline For 2015 Journey To Memphis Is April 1

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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Guitar Hero Jimmy Thackery, Two Oregon Shows! April 8th and 9th

Jimmy Thackery - photo by Alan GrossmanWhether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he’ll always unleash an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent. His double-edged guitar dynamics allow him to fire off tracer missiles, bend a note that will fit under a limbo bar, run off dive bomber riffs, and find space within the trembling of one stinging note. “I put all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what’s inside. There’s an electricity from your mind to your heart …

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2015 Soul’d Out Music Festival Takes Over Portland April 14-20th

The sixth annual Soul’d Out Music Festival is set to hit the venues of Portland on April 14-20 with another stellar and diverse line-up this year. And there is plenty for blues lovers to get excited about as well, with numerous acts scheduled that’ll cross over between multiple genres.

Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley - photo by Greg JohnsonOn opening night, April 14, The Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th, Charles Bradley, “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” will take command with his show-stopping performance of over the top soul stylings and deep gospel groove. Bradley started his career as a James Brown impersonator, but with two …

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April 2015 Bandstand

Lloyd Jones

Here’s some fun for everyone!

April 25, at Duff’s Garage—2530 NE 82nd Ave.—we’re bringing out the full band extravaganza with The Atlas Horns. For the first time this year, we’re in Portland for a Birthday Celebration with friends and guests of all kinds sitting in.

We will be showing off some new songs before the concert season takes us back out on the road again. We’ll be going up through Canada, then off to Denmark, Sweden and Norway in June and July. To find out more details please sign up to our email list on the website…

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I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway

Ill Take You There Mavis Staples - book coverI’ll Take You There, Greg Kot’s new biography of Mavis Staples, is so much more than just a bio of Mavis. This book chronicles many aspects of American life from the dawn of the civil rights era through the present, as seen in the context of Pops Staples and one of the most enduring family bands of all time, the Staples Singers. It visits such topics as life in the Jim Crow rural south, the great migration, travel on the chitlin’ circuit, the role of entertainers supporting the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the fascinating world of …

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Catfish & The Hollywood Hound Dogs

Rite On! Rite Now!
Self Produced

Catfish CD coverFor anyone looking for an album that will get your pulse racing, look no further than Catfish & the Hollywood Hound Dogs’ Rite On! Rite Now! This is great grind-it-out West Coast blues with more than a hint of rockabilly, reminiscent of bands like Hollywood Fats or Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers — crunching harmonica riffs enmeshed with a swinging guitar that bring you right into the mix with the opening salvos of “Hound Dog Boogie.”

Front man, harmonica player, and vocalist Gilbert “Catfish“ Mares penned all but two of the numbers on …

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Cherie’s Blues Highway Presents Ladies Of The Blues Of The NW

The third edition of Cherie’s Blues Highway Series returns to The Lehrer on Sunday, April 12 with a special showcase featuring Ladies of the Blues of the NW. Producer Cherie Robbins continues to combine the talents of Oregon and Washington performers who often do not have the opportunity to share the stage with one another. For the April show, Cherie has brought together a trio of some of the most powerful female blues artists and vocalists found in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle’s hardest working soul and blues diva Lady A will be one of the featured artists for this show. …

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