Month: June 2015

28th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival:

Passing the Torch, and Celebrating New Orleans Recovery 10 Years After
– by Polly O’Keary

The 2015 Portland Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival will tie tomorrow and yesterday together in two big ways this year. The first is to celebrate the survival and revival of New Orleans music, 10 years after Portland rallied to support the city following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The second is to celebrate the passing of the torch from founding legends of blues and southern rock to the up and coming stars that will reinterpret those traditions for coming generations.

In late September of 2005, …

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2015 Journey To Memphis Opening Round To Be Held Two Nights At The Lehrer-June 5th & 6th

The opening round of the 2015 Journey To Memphis competition will be held at The Lehrer, 8775 SW Canyon Lane, on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. This year’s line-up has eighteen acts vying for the right to represent the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis next January at the International Blues Challenge. To get there, they have to go through this opening weekend and then the finals at the Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4. All acts will perform twenty minute sets before a group of judges scoring them on blues content, originality, instrumentation, vocals, and presentation. The top …

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Guitar Maestro Robben Ford At The Aladdin June 2nd

Robben Ford - photo by George WellsGuitar hero Robben Ford has always been a popular attraction whenever he plays in Portland. Over the years, Ford has worked with an impressive and varied collection of jazz, rock, and blues artists such as Charlie Musselwhite, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Ruthie Foster, Barbara Streisand, Rickie Lee Jones, and Tom Scott while working on his own solo and family projects with his brothers. With his instantly identifiable, signature sound, Robben Ford continues to produce cutting edge performances whatever the musical genre, and with 35 recordings under his belt as both a solo musician and …

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The World Mourns The Loss of the King of the Blues, BB King


BB King - photo by Greg JohnsonThe Cascade Blues Association is saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary BBKing on Thursday, May 14 at the age of 89. BB King is arguably the most important blues musician to ever grace a stage or recording. He was a world-wide ambassador of not only the blues, but American music as a whole, and he toured endlessly, averaging well over 300 shows a year for most of his six decades-plus career. BB was a humble and gracious man who took the time to meet with as many of his fans as he could — including presidents, …

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2015 Blues Music Awards Honors Two Portland Musicians As Best Rhythm Instrumentalists

The 2015 Blues Music Awards were held in the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN, on Thursday, May 7, honoring The Blues Foundation members’ selections for the finest blues musicians and recordings of the past year. Two of Portland’s most beloved musicians were chosen individually for this award, Jimi Bott for Instrumentalist – Drums and Lisa Mann for ILisa Mann Blues Music Awards - photo by Greg Johnsonnstrumentalist – Bass. This was Bott’s sixteenth nomination and his first win; for Mann it was her first nomination and follows on the heels of taking home the Blues Blast Award for the Sean Costello Rising Star honor last fall.Jimi Bott Blues Music Awards - photo by Greg Johnson

For …

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Breezy Rodio

So Close To It
WindChill Records

Breezy Rodio CD coverFabrizio Rodio is another transplanted musician who’s found a home in an American blues mecca, and he certainly fits into the mix like he was born to it. Originally from Italy, “Breezy” Rodio has settled into Chicago with his extraordinary new release, So Close To It. Not only does he cover some of the greatest songs from the city’s masters, he also writes tunes that sound as if they’d been written by those famed musicians. This album is pure Chicago blues bliss — from start to finish. Breezy Rodio has it goin’ on!…

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Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

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Benefit to Help Save Robin’s Home – June 7th

Robin Gibson Blues Band

Robin Gibson Blues Band

As many of you know, Robin Gibson is always ready to lend his talents and efforts to help out whenever the call goes out. Today, we’d like to show him we appreciated his work.

On June 7, we will be holding a benefit to help save Robin Gibson’s home. His lender is trying to foreclose on it, and for the past three years have said that they want to “work with him” but give him the run around whenever he tries.

So, with the help of The Lehrer, Robbie Laws, Dave Melyan, Lisa Mann, Ben Rice, …

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Rising Blues Star Sugaray Rayford Returns To The Birk For His Only Oregon Show-June 12th

Sugaray Rayford (photo by Alejandro Rodriguez)

Sugaray Rayford (photo by Alejandro Rodriguez)

Sugaray Rayford will be making his only Oregon appearance this June at The Birk on Friday, June 12. He was recently nominated for two Blues Music Awards, including the prestigious BB King Entertainer of the Year Award and he has a brand new CD out that will likely be a focus of his latest tour.

When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is just as …

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Etta James was without doubt one of the most influential vocalist and beloved Tell Mama - press photomusicians of the past sixty years. The recipient of four Grammy Awards, seventeen Blues Music Awards, induction into the Rock & Roll, Blues and Rockabilly Hall of Fames, she is best known for a long string of hits including songs like “Tell Mama,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “At Last,” “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” and “Damn Your Eyes.”

When Etta James passed in 2012, a special tribute concert was held in Portland featuring a handful of the finest women vocalists in the city, backed by an …

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