Month: February 2016

The Tablerockers Bring You True Chicago Blues

By Harvey Brindell

I arrived in Portland in July 2015 and by early August was working on putting my band together. I recruited a drummer and a bass player who were experienced players but, by their own admission, had little to no experience playing blues. When I said “I play Chicago blues” they both agreed that they also wanted to play that style, and after a few changes to the original line-up and the addition of a harmonica player, The Tablerockers are now booking gigs and playing regularly — and Chicago blues remains our niche.

I’ve spent years listening to, …

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Bill Rhoades Presents The 21st Annual Blues Harmonica Summit – March 19th

Bill Rhoades - photo by Greg JohnsonAre you ready? For those of you who’ve been waiting and wondering – we’re back!

The 2016 Blues Harmonica Summit will be happening on March 19 at the Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., from 8:00 pm to midnight.

At this years show we’re adding some new names and faces. Four of the featured artists have never played the show before. Thought we’d better bring out some of the folks who are making sweet music on the Mississippi Saxophone.

First off, from Seattle will be a fellow who comes highly recommended! I don’t know much about him but they say …

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Acoustic Guitar Summit Playing In Hillsboro: March 4th

Acoustic Guitar Summit - press photoThe  Acoustic Guitar Summit consists of three of the country’s best fingerstyle guitarists, Grammy winners Doug Smith and Mark Hanson along with Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee and Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Hall of Fame recipient Terry Robb. The three have performed together over the years to rave reviews and have been heard on television, major films, and NPR. Their music is a mixture of classic, gypsy jazz, folk, Hawaiian slack key, and blues woven together into intricately crafted fingerpicking masterpieces.

These three amazing artists will be returning to Hillsboro’s Walters Cutural Arts Center, 527 E Main Street, …

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Smooth Hound Smith and Rich Layton & The Troublemakers, Together For One Night At The White Eagle: March 4th

The McMenamins White Eagle Saloon will present a fantastic double-headed night of Americana and roots music as they present Smooth Hound Smith and Rich Layton & The Troublemakers on Friday, March 4.

Smooth Hound Smith - press photoSmooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin’ American roots duo composed of “one-man-band” Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion).  Established in 2012 and currently based in East Nashville, TN, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues. Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies, and a lot of tambourine, they are able to …

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All Star Line-up Pay Tribute To Rockpile – March 5th

Rockpile was one of the premier British pub rock bands of the 1970s. With bassist and guitarist Nick Lowe, guitarist Dave Edmunds, drummer Terry Williams, who became a member of Dire Straits, and guitarist Billy Bremners, who would later join The Pretenders, their music has taken on a cult status and their updated takes on artists such as Joe Tex, Chuck Berry, and Gene Chandler has inspired countless musicians from a variety of genres.

For the second year, a gathering of many of Portland’s finest musicians from different musical styles will return to Duff’s Garage on Saturday, March 5 to …

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The Trifecta Brings Three Distinct Voices Together For First Time

For the first time, Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly will be performing together on the same stage as The Trifecta — a trio of talented ladies who will bring you a show filled with soulful performances, three-part harmony, and powerful musical interpretation sure to make you raise your hands in the air and shout hallelujah!

This spectacular combination combines Blues Music Award recipient Lisa Mann’s bass and vocal prowess ranging from rock to Memphis soul with Bre Gregg’s swampy soul and blues voice influenced by the likes of Nina Simone, Patsy Cline and Bonnie Raitt, and Mary Kadderly’s …

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Three Chances To Catch Acoustic Guitarist, Story-Telling Master Doug MacLeod – March 10th, 11th & 14th

Doug MacLeod - photo by Greg JohnsonDoug MacLeod is a traveling artist who writes and sings original songs that based upon his own life and experiences. A modern day troubadour, MacLeod learned from the old masters, lived the music, and survived the life and now carries forward a valuable tradition through the wit and wisdom of his songwriting and masterful story-telling. Doug MacLeod’s performances are unforgettable and as he will tell you, no two shows are ever alike; they will go “exactly like this” only once. They will make you smile, make you think and will teach you to value what is right and good within …

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Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, Two Shows in Northern Oregon: March 11th

Hunter & the Dirty Jacks - press photoHunter & The Dirty Jacks is an Americana band based in Southern California. Whether it’s blues, rock, heavy, roots, jammin’, or acoustic, their sound is filled with infectious riffs, soaring vocals, and bedrock solid grooves chocked full of high energy and compelling performances. Think a throwback and songwriting style that echoes The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors paired with a modern edge like the Rival Sons, Black Keys, Jack White, Mumford And Sons, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, in a young, hip, accessible package. American Blues Scene describes them as possessing “a tone that precedes millennium rock, but [with] …

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Winter Blues Music Festival Gets a Jump on the Summer Music Season with an International Touch – March 12th

It doesn’t have to be the summer festival season to see some of the best live music from around the nation.  The Winter Blues Festival solves that long wait for summer by bringing top national blues acts off of the big festival stages and into Portland’s own backyard for a day of music and charity while the sun is still hiding.

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The humble idea for this festival began as a conversation at the kitchen table to counteract the dreary days of winter with music while giving back to charity. Now in its fifth year, it has become the …

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Takoma Records Guitar Masters At Artichoke Music: March 12th

takoma_records2On Saturday, March 12, Artichoke Music will present a special night featuring three of the original members of the legendary “Takoma 7,” touring together for the first time, Toulouse Engelhardt, Peter Lang, and Rick Rustin. The late John Fahey hand-selected and signed these three finger-picking guitar masters, along with Leo Kottke and Robbie Basho, to his now cult label, Takoma Records, thus raising the bar for all future acoustic guitarists.

Toulouse Engelhardt, nicknamed the “Segovia of Surf” is renowned for his free-form, lightning fast guitar stylings and colorful, cinematic melodies.

takoma_records4Peter Lang is one of the world’s preeminent 6 and …

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