Month: April 2015

It Takes A Village: Help Bring Our Baby Home Benefit Concert Set For May 16

A message from Anne Weiss:

Eric and I are working on adopting a beautiful baby girl from Ethiopia!!!

A fundraising concert is planned for Saturday, May 16 at St David of Wales Church, 2800 SE Harrison, Portland, Oregon….save the date!

There will be a potluck dinner at 5:30 with the benefit concert to follow from 7 pm- 10:30 pm, featuring these wonderful performers: Mary Flower, LaRhonda Steele, Mark Steele, Ara Lee, JP Garau, Adam Sweeney, Joe McMurrian, Bre Gregg, Nathan Earle and Juliet Howard of “The Get Ahead”, the Everyone Welcome Community Choir, and, of course, I’ll be playing too!…

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

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Joe McMurrian
Second Electric Set – Sammy Eubanks

Normally we offer a pair of acts that might include one well-established group or performer, while we also introduce an artist or band people should be aware of from the ever-growing wealth of regional blues talent. But this month is an exception. Two well-known and highly acclaimed performers from the Northwest will take the stage, making May’s gathering one of the most amazing nights at a Cascade Blues Association meeting. …

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GET DOWN JONES:  High-Octane, Home-Grown Portland Blues

By John Rumler

Get Down Jones - press photoGet Down Jones, an eclectic and versatile 7-member band founded in 2007 in Southeast Portland, plays scorching, steaming, authentic blues—including some jaw-dropping Howling Wolf songs — to growing legions of regional fans.

But GDJ might not even be in existence today were it not for a judge’s decision to sentence a troubled teenager to perform community service at the Oregon Food Bank during one of the early Waterfront Blues Festivals.

Barney Murnin, Get Down Jones’ founder, front-man and band leader, was born and raised in Portland and has been playing blues/roots music for over 17 years. Murnin …

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Cinco de Mayo with the Stars

A musical extravaganza to benefit the Clark County Veterans Project will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 4 to 8:30pm at the 40 et 8 Bingo Hall, 7607 NE 26th Ave., Vancouver

The purpose of the Clark County Veterans Community Garden is to provide a community garden specially created to benefit veterans, and in clues raised beds for disabled vets. The garden promotes self-reliance, physical activity, social interaction, and contributes to the health and well-being of veterans in the community.

Norman Sylvester - photo by Greg JohnsonTickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and are available at Beacock Music, Hazel Dell Animal Hospital, …

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Winthrop R&B Festival Announces FULL LINE UP!

The Keeping the Blues Alive Award winning Winthrop R&B Festival returns for its 28th season featuring one of their best line-ups ever! Located in Winthrop, Washington, the festival will run from Friday, July 17 – 19.

Plenty of big time talent will be on hand as Elvin Bishop, who performed at the very first Winthrop R&B Festival returns, along with Grammy Award winning Los Lonely Boys, Southern soul blues master Bobby Rush, The California Honeydrops, Kenny Neal, acoustic guitar great Mary Flower, Studebaker John, Samantha Fish, Stan Street, and Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble. Northwest favorites Too Slim & The …

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Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band / Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method Take Over The Lehrer in Double Bill-May 1st

Lisa Mann - press photoIt’s ladies blues night at The Lehrer on Friday, May 1 as Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band and Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method will team up for a sensational night as two of the hottest Northwest bands come together for one event. Both Lisa and Polly are two of the most highly awarded musicians in the region with multiple honors from several blues societies.

Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method will open the night. Bass player Polly O’Keary has been named the Best Female Vocalist and Songwriter by the Washington Blues Society and aside from leading her …

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Guitar Master Kenny Blue Ray With Kinzel & Hyde May 9th

Kenny Blue Ray - press photoKenny Blue Ray has a resume that would make many a guitarist envious. How many people can say that they have been a member of such bands as Little Charlie & The Nightcats and Marcia Ball, plus doing many sessions with artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mitch Woods, William Clarke, Charlie Musselwhite and Tommy Castro among many more. With a deep, fat tones and fleet-fingered playing, Kenny Blue Ray makes it all look so easy and is one of the finest guitarists on the West Coast today.

Now calling Bend, Oregon home, Kenny Blue Ray will be coming to Portland …

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Blues Music Award Nominee John Nemeth, Two Shows May 5th & 7th

Boise, Idaho is certainly not the first place anyone would think of as producing one of the most sought after blues artists working today, but John Nemeth has come a long way from his beginnings there. His travels have landed him at home in Memphis where he put together perhaps his finest album to date, Memphis Grease. That album has earned him six nominations for this year’s Blues Music Awards, including the coveted BB King Entertainer of the Year Award. The Blues Music Awards show will take place in Memphis on May 7 and John Nemeth will be present …

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Too Slim & The Taildraggers Thank You Concert May 7th

Tim Too Slim Langford - photo by Dean DavisThis past February, a concert was held in Portland to help raise funds to cover expenses for Tim “Too Slim” Langford’s cancer treatments. It was a huge success with many of the best performers in the city taking part. In appreciation, Tim will be bringing his band to Portland to say thanks in the best way they know how — by having a concert.

Northwest favorites and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame members Too Slim & The Taildraggers will be appearing at Peter’s Room and The Roseland Theater on Thursday, May 7. This band of blues rockers are known …

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The Sultans Of Slide Are Back At The Trails End May 8th

Sultans of Slide - Monti Amundson photo by Greg JohnsonFor those who love the sounds of slide guitar when played by the masters, The Sultans Of Slide are always a show that must be caught. Over the years, the group has gone through many line-ups, all of them sensational, but at the core there has always been Monti Amundson and Henry Cooper. For the latest edition, the pair have hooked up with Northwest favorite and Delta Groove recording artist Kevin Selfe for their new string slinging partner. And if this triple attack of guitar is not enough for you, throw in the rhythm section of bassist Allen Hunter and …

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