Month: December 2015


mysti-500pxOn February 6, 2016, Portland’s Mysti Krewe of Nimbus will produce the 6th annual Mardi Gras Ball at the Wonder Ballroom (128 NE Russell Street). This year’s festivities will feature Mardi Gras Indian group The Northside Skull and Bones Gang, old-style jazz and swing comb The Bridgetown Sextet, The Too Loose Cajun and Zydeco Band, and a PDX All-Star Tribute to the late, great New Orleans musician, arranger, songwriter, and record producer  Allen Toussaint.

The theme for 2016’s Mardi Gras party will be announced on January 6, or Twelfth Night, and The Ball will also include a costume contest and …

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Rising Artist JD McPherson At The Wonder Ballroom: Jan 13th

JD McPherson - press photoSinger-songwriter JD McPherson has taken the essence of early, Little Richard and the Johnny Burnette Trio influenced, rock & roll, tossed in some 12-bar blues, blended it with modern studio techniques, and up-dated everything into his personal, hybrid style. His original explorations into music are innovative and unique and led to development of its own genre. McPherson broke out with his debut disc Signs & Signifiers in 2012 and captured audiences’ attention with the YouTube video for “North Side Gal.” He has been on a steady upward path ever since, drawing large crowds to his performances and a new album, …

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Shemekia Copeland Brings Her Powerhouse Vocals Back To Portland!: Jan 13th

Shemekia Copeland - photo by Greg JohnsonShemekia Copeland is definitely one of those great artists who seem to get better over time. Not that she wasn’t terrific already, but her latest release, Outskirts Of Love, just may be the finest of her young career to date. It has already garnered a Grammy nomination, and there surely will not be a surprise if it ends up on the Blues Music Awards ballot, too. But Shemekia is not just fantastic on record, she is a dynamic, crowd-enthralling performer, too. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled …

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Big Head Todd & The Monsters Celebrates Black Beehive With Portland Performance: Jan 15th

Big Head Todd and the Monsters - press photoSince their formation in the mid-’80s, Big Head Todd & the Monsters have continued to evolve and explore, moving beyond their Colorado club circuit roots to become one of the most adventurous, respected, and durable bands in America. They have honed their collective stew of influences into a trademark hybrid that’s immediately recognizable. Their current release, Black Beehive is a collection of new studio tracks that bandleader Todd Park Mohr states allows them to truly reach their audience through the language of the blues, something they developed significantly with their previous release 100 Years of Robert Johnson. As the …

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Sonny Hess Brings BB King Tribute Show To Jimmy Mak’s: Jan 16th

BB King - press photoWhen BB King passed away last year, the world lost an irreplaceable voice, not only for the blues world but for music in general. King was a fitting name for the man, as he influenced more musicians, particularly guitar players, than anyone could possibly imagine. In tribute of King, many of Portland’s finest guitar players will gather at Jimmy Mak’s on Saturday, January 16 to pay their respects. Organized by Sonny Hess, the night will also include fellow stringers Jim Mesi, Norman Sylvester, Peter Dammann, Ken DeRouchie, as well as top flight artists Lisa Mann, Lady True Blue, Vicki Stevens, …

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Slide Guitar Wizard Sonny Landreth To Appear At The Aladdin Theater; Jan 20th

On Wednesday, January 20, Louisiana’s home–grown slide guitar master Sonny Landreth returns to Portland for a performance at the Aladdin Theater supporting his stellar latest recording, Bound By The Blues. Landreth’s career is awe-inspiring and not only as a key go-to session artist. Landreth has also recorded with John Mayall and John Hiatt, toured with Jimmy Buffett as part of the Coral Reefer Band, and has appeared in every one of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals. Plus, he has put together a stellar solo career of his own, releasing critically acclaimed albums such as Blues Attack, The Road

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Charmaine Neville and Reggie Houston Reunite For A Night At Jimmy Mak’s: Jan, 21st

Charmaine Neville - press photoLong before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans or Reggie Houston relocated to Portland and garnered Muddy Awards, Charmaine Neville and Reggie Houston had worked together for a number of years to the delight of fans living in and visiting the Crescent City. The saxophone sounds of Houston had backed the great Fats Domino for twenty-two years, and Charmaine continues the legacy of New Orleans first family of funk (the daughter of Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers). Together they bring a jazzy magical blend that is not lost amongst the music community in Portland where the two have taken the …

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Eagle Rock Gospel Singers To Perform At Mississippi Studios; Jan 31st

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers - press photoWill Wadsworth formed The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010 following a failed relationship, a band dissolution, and a scary airplane ride. To regenerate his interest in music, he and his roommate, Jeremy Horton, gathered friends together to sing old gospel songs. They sang songs inspired by their love of Washington Phillips, The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe — you know, the real classics — and held house parties just so they could perform. Soon enough, a large, shifting group of people came each week to join in on the weekly jams. There could be …

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Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blow-Out Celebrates 25 Years With Portland Concert; Feb 3rd


Always a must-see show whenever it comes to town, Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blow-Outs are consistently one of the best blues groupings to be found. For the past twenty-five years, Hummel has brought together the top names in harmonica to be a part of these performances, and for the silver anniversary showcase he has amassed one of the best yet!

Alongside the Blues Music Award harmonica player Mark Hummel himself the featured line-up this year will be: 82-year-old swamp legend and Blues Hall of Fame member Lazy Lester, Blues Music Award Entertainer of the Year winner and Portland’s own Curtis …

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What’s on Tap for January General Membership Meeting …

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Dave Mullany with Nayibe Rojas & Kevin Selfe
Second Electric Set – The Tablerockers

It’s a new year and we’ll be starting a whole new line-up of great blues performances for our monthly meetings, guaranteed to bring exciting good times for all in attendance. Always the best way to start each month to wet your blues appetite while hanging out with friends and fellow blues appreciators.

Opening the night will be Dave Mullany, a guitar player with roots …

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