Month: January 2016

Minneapolis’s The 4onthefloor To Perform at Mississippi Studios: Feb. 2nd

4onthefloor - press photoThe 4onthefloor deliver stompin’ blues with an alarming intensity. 4onthefloor was born in the bottom of a bourbon bottle with the idea that it’s effing time to have some fun and make amazing music. Audiences immediately take to the infectious driving feel of not one, but four bass drums pulsing to the beat of the songs. The music is inspired by the gutsy stomp of the Delta Blues and the hoe-downs from America’s past and present. While 4onthefloor prides themselves on their original songs, they also love putting their signature stomp on covers from the likes of Wilco to Tom …

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Mark Hummel’s All Star Harmonica Blowout – Feb. 3rd

Celebrate Mark Hummel’s twenty-fifth anniversary of presenting sensational Blues Harmonica Blowouts when he returns to The Aladdin Theater on Wednesday, February 3 with what just may be one of his best line-ups ever. Joining the Blues Music Award winning Hummel will be amazing harp masters Curtis Salgado, Lazy Lester, Jason Ricci, Aki Kumar, and Big Jon Atkinson. Tremendous blowers like these need to be backed up with a heavy-hitting band, too. So Hummel has gathered guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty and rhythm section RW Grigsby (bass) and Wes Starr (drums). This band is worth the admission alone, but …

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Fiona Boyes Comes ‘Home’ To Visit Portland with Multiple Shows: Feb. 5th & 14th

Fiona Boyes - press photo by Brandy Kayzakian-RoweAustralian blues artist and former Portland resident Fiona Boyes returns for a couple weeks to her second home for a long awaited visit that will include multiple shows and various band lineups. A five-time Blues Music Award nominee (including being up for the Koko Taylor Award for traditional female artist this year), the 2003 International Blues Challenge solo/duo winner and on the heels of a new recording, Box & Dice that is receiving rave reviews from around the world, she is surely going to be welcomed back with big crowds every night. Touted as a master at both acoustic and …

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Jeff Jensen Returns To Portland For Rare Performance: Feb. 12th

When guitarist Jeff Jensen moved from Portland to Memphis he really had no clue what he would find there. Teaming up with harmonica player Brandon Santini shortly after his arrival was the right move at the time as it propelled his career into a steady path to success. After playing with Santini for a couple years, Jensen decided it was time to reform his band and to look at creating solo work again. Now, following two highly successful recordings, with his latest, Morose Elephant, receiving airplay on over 400 radio stations, a tour that took him to ten countries …

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NW Women Rhythm & Blues Valentine’s Day Extravaganza – Feb. 14th

This Valentine’s Day, consider the Trails End Saloon as your holiday destination for an incredible evening with the NW Women Rhythm & Blues Valentine’s Day Extravaganza. This celebration includes many of Portland’s finest vocalists and musicians, featuring an all-star collection of talent with Sonny Hess, Lisa Mann, Vicki Stevens, Rae Gordon, Lady True Blue, Saeeda Wright, and Sarah Clarke. If this amazing group of ladies is not enough, they’re throwing into the mix drummer and vocalist Brian Foxworth. Definitely a winning combination for what will certainly be a highly enjoyable night.

It all happens on Sunday, February 14 starting at …

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Lisa Mann & Ben Rice Team Up For Performance At Jimmy Mak’s: Feb. 12th

Two of Portland’s hottest rising blues stars have been tag-teaming their way across the country in a number of shows to the excitement of many new fans. So it’s only fitting that they bring that excitement home to give their local fans a little taste.

Lisa Mann Blues Music Awards - photo by Greg JohnsonBlues Music Award winner and the recipient of the Blues Blast Sean Costello Rising Star Award Lisa Mann is paired with two-time International Blues Challenge finalist and the St Blues Guitar Award winner for best guitarist in the 2015 IBC solo/duo competition Ben Rice. That’s a killer combination and between the two of them would …

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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Return To Alberta Rose Theatre: Feb. 18th

TommyCastro - press photo by Lewis MacDonaldOne of the West Coast’s most beloved bluesmen, Tommy Castro, has garnered a great deal of acclaim over his four decade career. With fourteen albums and numerous Blues Music Awards nominations and wins, including the coveted Band of the Year and BB King Entertainer of the Year, he has definitely sealed his name in blues history. His shows are exciting, and feature a crack outfit that has worked with him for a number of years, including bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown making up The Painkillers. His latest album, Method To My Madness, continues his …

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Benefit Concert For Ward Stroud – Feb. 19th

It wasn’t too long ago that Ward Stroud helmed a jam at the Trails End Saloon every Sunday night. But not too long ago his career focus turned more towards his work in hair design and as an artist. That doesn’t mean that he won’t show up at a venue every now and then and throw down some feisty guitar licks, a little Native American flute, and maybe even a bit of the didjerido, too. Well, Ward will be coming out for a special occasion back at the Trails End for a night of music to help raise needed funds …

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Seattle Blues-Rockers Ayron Jones and The Way Coming To Portland: Feb. 19th

Ayron Jones and The Way - press photoSeattle guitarist Ayron Jones’ playing style has often been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan with perhaps with a hint of Nirvana and a touch of hip-hop. In other words, it’s old school and modern combined with an edge of attitude. His blues-rock guitar is filled with raw energy as he leads his three-piece outfit The Way and has been drawing a lot of attention throughout the Northwest and beyond, opening shows for artists like BB King, Robert Cray and Robin Trower, to being a feature performer at festivals like Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, and the Waterfront Blues …

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Cascade Blues Association’s Red, White, & Blues Dance – Feb. 14th

The Cascade Blues Association presents its fourteenth annual Valentine’s Day celebration with the Red, White, & Blues Dance (formerly the Sweethearts Dance). This year’s event will be happening at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97222, on Sunday, February 14, at 5:00 pm (doors open at 4PM).

We will have entertainment from three terrific acts this year.  Opening the night will be a performance from Robbie Laws, one of the most beloved guitarists in the Portland area. He is the recipient of 21 Muddy Awards, including nine for best electric guitar player. Throughout his tenure on …

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