Month: October 2015

Bylaws of the CBA

1999 Restated Bylaws
of the
Cascade Blues Association

As Approved by the Board on February 9, 1999

    Pursuant to the provisions of the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Act (the “Act”), the Members adopt the following 1999 Restated Bylaws, which shall supersede the heretofore existing Bylaws and all amendments thereto:



1.1     The Corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor statute (the “Tax Code“).

1.2     The purpose of this Corporation is to provide for the …

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Billy Price & Otis Clay

This Time For Real
Bonedog Records / VizzTone

This is soul music the way it is supposed to sound. Billy Price and Otis Clay’s new CD This Time For Real has a very distinct Memphis sound to it, created by a guy from Pittsburgh and a legend living in Chicago. Clay was a major influence on Price’s career, and the two had only recently had the opportunity to meet, but when it was decided that they should do a recording together, give whoever thought of that idea the Kewpie Doll because it was pure genius.

Blues Hall of Fame inductee …

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Pete Karnes Blues Band

Bar Room Blues

Sitting in the White Eagle Saloon on this early September night last year was like taking a step back into time; Pete Karnes was back in town. Back in the day, so many years ago, he ruled the blues world in Portland and was pretty much the house band for this nostalgic music venue. Here he was returning to the venue where he made a name for himself some thirty years later and sounding every bit as strong and bluesy as ever. Karnes of course falls into that mode that traditional blues stemming from places like …

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What’s on Tap for November’s General Membership Meeting: The Muddy Awards!!

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 pm
Members always Free – Non-members attending the Muddys $5.00

It’s here again. The biggest night for the blues in the City of Portland as the Cascade Blues Association honors those deserving musicians, venues, events, recordings, and individuals with the highly coveted Muddy Awards for outstanding achievement during this past year. Twenty-two categories will be presented by members of the CBA Board of Directors, noted artists and other friends of the blues recognizing those chosen as recipients by the members of the Cascade Blues Association by ballots the past …

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2016 CBA Officer Election Coming In December

Every December, the Cascade Blues Association asks its members to attend the monthly membership meeting to cast their votes for the people who they would like to run the organization for the coming year. All five officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Membership Secretary) are open for anyone who would like to seek the positions. We do request, however, that for the Membership Secretary position that you have knowledge of spreadsheets and mailing, and for Treasurer you have a firm grasp of accounting and filing taxes.

If you would like to place your name on the ballot for …

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The Blues Cabaret CD Release Concert – Nov. 7th

Earl Thomas - photo by Greg JohnsonPortland’s own piano master, Dave Fleschner, has composed, written, and arranged his own two-set musical The Blues Cabaret, which has been presented at various venues along the West Coast. Now the show is being released on CD and to celebrate a special performance of The Blues Cabaret will be held at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 pm.

Once again joining Fleschner for this performance will be Grammy-nominated blues vocalist Earl Thomas and Portland Gay Men’s Choir soloists Billy Mixer and Jimmy Wilcox, all who appear on the album, too.

The Blues Cabaret is a …

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British Blues Explosion Returns To Duff’s Garage – Nov. 7th

In the early 1960s, while the blues languished in obscurity here in the United States, teenage guitarists all across England were wearing the grooves out of scratched 45s by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, and dozens of other American blues artists. The first wave of the British Invasion was not led by The Beatles, but by working class bands that first put their own stamp on classic blues covers, and then tapped the blues idiom for a new generation of original rock & roll. The third annual British Blues Explosion (BBE3) taken place at Duff’s Garage on …

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14th Annual Musician’s Toy Run Benefit – Nov. 7th

The 14th Annual Musician’s Toy Run Benefit, hosted by Francine West & The High Speed Wobblers, will take place on Saturday, November 7 at the Trails End Saloon. The day-long concert is aimed at helping the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children bring holiday joy to its patients and also acquire much needed medical equipment. Admission is either a new toy or a minimum $5.00 donation, with monies being used to purchase medical equipment. All performers at the show are playing for free so that all funds received will go directly to the hospital.

Alongside Francine West & The High Speed …

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Acoustic Showcase Fundraiser To Send Justus Reece To The IBC – Nov. 8th

For the first time during the Cascade Blues Association’s relationship with The Blues Foundation, we will be sending a performer to the Foundation’s International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. Nineteen-year-old Justus Reece is a solo guitarist who competed with the adults in this year’s Journey To Memphis, and because he was the only artist under 21 in the event was asked if he would consider representing the CBA.
Traveling to Memphis is expensive, so Justus is hosting an Acoustic Showcase at The Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E Main Street in Hillsboro on Sunday, November 8. Joining Justus will be Oregon …

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Cigar Box Guitar Scratch Off With Nathan James and Ben Rice – Nov. 9th

Nathan James - photo by Jon NaugleWhat could possibly be better than an adept guitarist working a slide on a cigar box guitar? How about two such masters working together? That is exactly what you’ll be hearing at The Lake Theatre & Café on Monday, November 9 as Nathan James and Ben Rice join together for what is sure to be a thrilling night of blues. And since both tend to use their own creations combining cigar box and washboards, the event will be known as a “Scratch Off” noting the distinct sound the instruments can produce.

Nathan James has long been known as one of …

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