Month: June 2016

Sam Lay Bluesland screening at Skyline Tavern – July 8th

Sam Lay in BlueslandBluesland, A new documentary film about legendary blues and rock drummer, Sam Lay is going to be screening at the Skyline Tavern in NW Portland on July 8. Terry Robb will be performing a set prior to the screening.

He was on drums when Bob Dylan went Electric at Newport. He was on the road and in the studio with blues greats Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and James Cotton. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as a founding member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and performed at the induction ceremonies.

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Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival – July 3 & 4

Since 1995, the Downtown Corvallis Association has been presenting the Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival during the Fourth of July weekend. Come help celebrate the nation’s birthday July 3 & 4 by the beautiful Willamette Riverfront on First Street between Van Buren and Monroe Avenue. This fun-filled family event features live music, magicians, colorful craft booths, kids activities, an array of food venors, and Oregon wines and microbrews. Come and enjoy the full day and stick around for the fireworks display after dusk on July 4 presented by the Corvallis Jaycees.

This year’s musical line-up will be:

July 3:…

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Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal – Post-Waterfront Show At Alberta Street Pub – July 5

Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal - press photo“If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska soul shouter and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove.” – No Depression

Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln Nebraska. The award-winning, six-piece band includes some of the area’s most revered and accomplished musicians. Inspired by Stax and Motown, and echoing the styles of New Orleans, Philly, and …

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Blues Prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram To Play The Birk – July 8

christone kingfishUnless you’ve been hiding under a rock or have not been paying attention to all the media about young blues phenom Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, it’s time to jump into your car and head down to The Birk for a true awakening. The stories are not hype — this is a musician who just may be the future of the blues. Sure, we’ve heard that before, but Kingfish follows a long line of Delta artists that have helped mentor and teach this young man properly, and he has heeded these lessons with both ears.

Born in 1999, Christone “Kingfish” Ingrtam experienced …

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Brother Dege & The Brethren Oregon Tour: July 12 PDX

Born and raised in the swamplands of Louisiana, Brother Dege is the best kept secret in the DeBrother Dege - press photoep South. If you like your music real, then you’re in the right place. This is pure channeled soul minus the big money record label and promotional budgets. Like the possessed love child of Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, he plays a post-Americana style of Delta blues filtered through roots music, rock & roll, and a bunch of other stuff. No tradition can live on without the growing pains of its innovators. Well, here it is: Delta Blues for the twenty-first …

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Brothers And Sister Recreate The Music Of The Allman Brothers – July 14

brothers and sisterThe Allman Brothers were one of the most awe-inspiring live bands of all time, and they were at their creative height in the early 1970s when they released one of the rock era’s seminal live albums, Live At The Fillmore East. Led then by brothers Gregg and Duane Allman, they inspired countless bands with their blues-based, Southern rock inspired material. Such inspiration was behind the creation of one of Portland’s favorite tribute acts, Brothers and Sister, who will be reforming once again for a rare appearance at the Doug Fir Lounge on Thursday, July 14.

Members of Brothers and …

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Versatile Texas Americana Musician Randy McAllister – July 15

Randy McAllister Band

If Mark Twain had envisioned a twenty-first century roots musician, he might have created a character like Randy McAllister with his easy-going persona and wry, observant wit.

Randy McAllister - photo by Kim LatheRandy McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. His songwriting is filled with heartbreak, humor, high hair, and tall Texas tales this is some of the most original and innovative being written today. While comparisons are not easy, McAllister music suggests a blend of Doug Sahm, John Hiatt, and Delbert McClinton, combined with a blues man’s background and sensibilities. He is one of those rare artists …

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Tony Joe White Bringing The Swamp To The Mission Theater: July 15

Tony Joe White - press photoTony Joe White grew up in Northwest Louisiana, just south of the Arkansas line. On his father’s farm, he was around cotton and knew about working in the fields, as well as the aromas, tastes, and sounds of the swampland. He was also brought up on the stories spun late at night, stories peopled by preacher men and conjure women, serenaded by train whistles and illuminated by spells and signs. From his first club gigs some fifty years ago, these images and memories have taken shape in his songs, and other artists have covered many of his tunes: Brook Benton …

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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Celebrates 36 Years Of Presenting Free Music To Portland – July 15-17

As the longest-running free Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi River, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival celebrates its 36th year with three days of world-class music. The Festival begins Friday night, July 15, with dynamic Blues, R&B, and Soul. Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 will feature all the multiple styles of Jazz in all its glory.

The stage is situated in a natural amphitheater with a backdrop of the beautiful Willamette River to the west and the mighty St Johns Bridge overhead.  The lush, green, and beautifully maintained festival grounds are the perfect place to bring a picnic …

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Portland International Airport Features Local Artist Diane Russell

Portland Soul: Portraits in Jazz & Blues is an exhibit by local artist Diane Russell on display at Concourse E at the Portland International Airport February 9 – July 15.

Diane Russell Group Airport“This exhibit features many of my portraits of the Portland blues and jazz musicians whose music has inspired me to do the work that I do,” explains Russell.” I photographed bands for several years before I began painting and drawing them.  Most of these musicians are still with us, but sadly many have passed away in recent years, which is why it is so important to me to keep documenting …

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