Month: September 2015

Portland Spirit to Again Host Party for Blues Acts Going to Memphis- Oct. 3rd

On October 3, The Portland Spirit will again host the Cascade Blues Cruise with excited partygoers and the winners of Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis contest held this last July at the Waterfront Blues Festival: Sister Mercy, Rogue Rage Duo and Justus Reece (Youth).  The J2M contest sends acts every year to the International Blues Challenge (IBC), a renowned contest held every January on Beale Street in Memphis.  In addition to the acts that will represent the CBA, Rae Gordon (last year’s band winner & IBC Semi Finalist) and Karen Lovely (2010 2nd Place IBC Winner) will be aboard …

Posted in Journey to Memphis, PDX Blues Event

Acoustic Blues Masters: Five World Renowned Guitarists, One Night, One Stage- Oct. 4th

Acoustic Blues Masters - press photoFor the second year, the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon will be hosting the Blues In The Gorge Acoustic Workshop, co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association. This year’s featured Blues Masters instructors are five of the world’s premier guitarists: Mary Flower, Pat Donahue, Josh White Jr., Scott Ainslie and Eleanor Ellis. The workshop unfortunately closes registration on September 9 and was sold out last year. But if you were unable to attend these special small intimate classes you’re still able to see these fantastic musicians perform live on stage.

All five musicians will be concluding the four …

Posted in PDX Blues Event

Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs Together For One Night At The Aladdin – Oct. 6th

Cooder White and Skaggs - press photoRy Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs together may not necessarily be a blues event, but when it comes to rare opportunities to see one of the world’s finest guitarist who does not tour very often, jump on it. Ry Cooder has delved into a plethora of different musical genres, influencing countless musicians and winning accolades for all including blues. Here he’ll be joined by two sensational musicians, both who have dipped their own feet deeply into bluegrass, gospel and country realms, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs.

This all star trio will be appearing at The Aladdin Theater on Tuesday, …

Posted in PDX Blues Event

California’s Daniel Castro Band Appearing Twice In Oregon In October

Daniel Castro - press photo“Daniel Castro is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins he has added the three T’s taste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers.” – Guitar Player Magazine

Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplishedguitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very …

Posted in PDX Blues Event

Canadian Blues Icon Colin James In Rare Portland Performance – Oct. 8th

BluColin James - press photoesman Colin James has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, he has won six Juno Awards including Male Vocalist of the Year and an astounding seventeen Maple Awards including Entertainer of the Year in 2013. Mentored by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, James has released 16 albums over the past 25+ years, his most recent being Hearts On Fire working with longtime friend and collaborator Colin Linden.

It has been a few years since Colin James last performed in Portland, so his show coming up at The Alberta Rose Theatre is a rare opportunity to see …

Posted in PDX Blues Event

Ramblings On My Mind – Oct 2015

ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson, CBA President

Where is 2015 going? This year has been flying by so fast. Summer festival season has passed us by and we’re getting closer to the end of the year. So with that noted, I want to remind you of two important things. Muddy Awards and Cascade Blues Association officer elections.

First of all, the Muddy Awards. By the time you receive this copy of the BluesNotes you should have found your final Muddy Award ballot in the mail. That is as long as you’re a member. Non-members are not permitted to vote, so make sure you …

Posted in Ramblings

What’s On Tap For October General Membership Meeting . . .

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Justus Reece
Second Electric Set – Martin Henry and Freedom Street Band

After such a blistering hot summer we’re starting to feel a little briskness and chill coming in the air. Fall has descended upon us, but we know we do not have to look too far to find great blues music to help warm up those nights. And as always, the monthly general membership meeting of the Cascade Blues Association is the right spot to find just …

Posted in Cascade Blues Note, General Meetings

Remember To Send In Your Muddy Ballots To Have Your Selections Counted

Final ballots are out with the choices made by our members in the nomination round. The top three vote-getters (or more in the event of ties) are on the ballot for you to choose from. Please make your selections from those on the ballot only. Write-ins will not be counted.

In order for us to be able to count the votes and to place orders for the trophies for the winners, we need to receive your ballots back to us post-marked no later than Monday, October 12. You can turn them in directly to us at the October General membership …

Posted in Cascade Blues Announcement, Muddy Awards

Chuk Barber Walks to the Beat of His Own Drum—Literally

Chuk Barber by Tony KutterI’m sure some of you have noticed that cowboy drummer hanging around the local blues scene. That would be Chuk Barber. Chuk is a busy man, but he stopped long enough to answer a few questions so we could learn more about him.

Q: Where were you born and raised? How long have you lived in the Portland area? 

A: New York City…The Bronx, specifically. By the time I graduated from high school, we had moved out to Westbury on Long Island. I’ve been living in Portland for 10 years. I came here from New Orleans—right after Hurricane Katrina.


Posted in Cascade Blues Note

Best Self-Produced CD Entries Must Be Turned In By October 7

If you would like to have your CD considered by the Cascade Blues Association for submission in The Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD competition, please send your disc to BSPCD c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 6566, Portland, Oregon 97228-6566. You may also turn your submission in at the October Cascade Blues Association General Membership Meetings. No discs will be accepted later than October 7.

All discs submitted must have been released after November 1, 2014. A committee set up by the Cascade Blues Association’s Board of Directors will listen to each submission and like the Journey To Memphis will …

Posted in Cascade Blues Announcement, Journey to Memphis