Month: April 2016

The Dustbowl Revival Brings A Hodgepodge Of American Music To The Doug Fir: 5/2

Bluegrass, Swing, Hot jazz, Pre-war blues, Southern soul, New Orleans funk — the Dustbowl Revival is an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes fresh fire from familiar coal. But this isn’t a throwback band; it’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap. Their latest album, With A Lampshade

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Inaugural Concert At The Lake Theater Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Woody Guthrie & his Northwest Music 5/9

Seventy-five years ago, folk player and American songwriting icon Woody Guthrie spent time in Portland recording a series of songs about the Columbia River and the people of the Northwest for the Bonneville Power Administration. Seventeen of those songs were originally recorded, some that have become legendary examples of American history, such as “Roll On Columbia,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Grand Coulee Dam” and “Pastures of Plenty.” But there were still nine more written that have not seen any release up until this time. To recognize Guthrie’s groundbreaking work, author Greg Vandy will release the book 26 Songs in 30 Days along …

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Gospel Legends The Blind Boys Of Alabama Return To Portland 5/13

blind boys of ALWhen legendary gospel titans The Blind Boys of Alabama perform, it’s a roof-raising musical event. Their soaring voices and powerful energy have been thrilling crowds around the world for seven decades. They’re stronger than ever, and this five-time Grammy Award winners can be counted on for a truly uplifting experience. With multiple Grammy Awards for traditional gospel recording and the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the band first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s and original member Jimmy Carter still performs with the group today. Touring throughout the South during the Jim Crow …

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Lisa Mann Releases New CD, Hard Times, Bad Decisions, With A Party At The Rose Room 5/13

Lisa Mann - photo by Miri StibevkaIn May, Blues Music Award and Sean Costello Rising Star winner, and Cascade Blues Association Muddy Hall of Fame member Lisa Mann is releasing her newest album, Hard Times, Bad Decisions. To celebrate, on Friday, May 13 Lisa Mann will be holding a CD release party at The Rose Room. The new disc is filled with special guests and Lisa has invited a few of her good friends to join her at the party. Alongside will be Her Really Good Band members JT Thomas on guitar and Michael Ballash on drums (sorry Brian Harris will be touring with Curtis …

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Untapped Music Festival Happening In Kennewick, Washington 5/13 & 14

The 20th annual Untapped Music Festival will take place in Kennewick, Washington on the weekend of May 13 & 14. The performances begin on Friday night at the Clover Island Inn with a show featuring Commander Cody. The main festival then moves over to the Benton County Fairgrounds on Saturday where blues performers will include The Delgado Brothers, Hamilton Loomis, Lloyd Jones, Ben Rice, and Billy Stoops and The Dirt Angels. The festival is a mix of blues and country/rock music on two stages. For more information including ticket prices and lodging, visit their website at untappedblues.com.…

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IBC Champs The Delgado Brothers At The Birk 5/15

Driven by a fierce independence, unified by family, and fortified by the brotherhood of music, the Delgado Brothers deliver the musical goods: topical, anthem-worthy songs complemented by call-to-action lyrics and East L.A. Soul.  For over 30 years the Delgado Brothers have been music makers, collaborators, and ordinary citizens; raising children, grieving the loss of parents, marrying and divorcing.  All of this life experience may explain their flare for illuminating everyman’s joys, sorrows, triumphs, and losses. A wide spectrum of people, undivided by culture, age, or socioeconomic status, have long embraced The Brothers’ music.

Delgado Brothers - SepiaOften referred to as Los Angeles’ best …

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Star of The Voice, Javier Colon At Mississippi Studios 5/16

javier colonYou might recognize young Javier Colon as the initial winner of the television show The Voice, but Colon has been bringing his “acoustic soul” style of music to audiences before that as a member of both the funk band EMCQ and the Derek Trucks Band. Deciding to take on his own solo career, he has created his own unique style of music blending R&B, folk, soul, rock, and country with his stunningly soulful voice, uncanny writing ability, and a commanding stage presence. With a handful of solo recordings, including the 2016 release Gravity, he has currently embarked on an …

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Hamilton Loomis Brings His Exciting Live Show To Portland 5/17

Texas-born Hamilton Loomis is the son of musician parents who exposed him to blues, rock, and soul, so it’s no surprise that music ran in his veins. With instruments readily available around the house, he mastered multiple instruments while honing his musical skills performing regularly as part of Hamilton Loomis - photo by Greg Johnsonhis family’s doo-wop group. While still a teenager, Loomis met the legendary Bo Diddley, and the two became close friends. He learned how to entertain and take command of a stage through Diddley and has always followed the advice given him by the elder bluesman to “innovate, don’t imitate.” Loomis is at …

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Canadian Blues Star Matt Anderson Coming To The White Eagle 5/19

Matt Andersen-Photo by Sean SiskCanadian bluesman Matt Anderson has already made quite the name for himself by winning the solo/duo competition in the International Blues Challenge in 2010, a European Blues Award for best solo artist in 2013, and numerous Maple and Juno Awards (Canada’s own Blues Music Awards and Grammy equivalents respectively). Anderson will be hitting the road on an extensive tour promoting his latest recording, Honest Man, with a full band, The Bona Fide, behind him that includes drummer Geoff Arsenault, keyboardist Chris Kirby, and Monkey Junk frontman and bassist Steve Marriner (also an International Blues Challenge winner). Anderson is always …

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Soul Sensation Charles Bradley To Hit The Crystal Ballroom 5/19

LTM - Charles Bradley (10)[1]As a teenager, Charles Bradley was stirred to become a performer by James Brown. Nicknamed “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Bradley’s debut album, No Time For Dreaming, was released just a few years back in 2011, and his rise to stardom has been steady paced for an artist already in his fifties. He has also been the focus of the documentary Soul of America and his funky and soulful stage performances are enthralling, bringing to mind not only artists like Brown, but also the deep Southern soul flavor of Otis Redding.

On Thursday, May 19, Charles Bradley will return …

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