Month: July 2016

The Lake Theater & Café Welcomes A.J. Croce – Aug. 1st

AJ CroceFrom his debut as a jazz-influenced, blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with at age eighteen opening for B.B. King. In the span of a twenty-plus-year career, A.J. has headlined festivals, concerts, and major listening venues worldwide. He has performed on shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, E!, and CNN, and he has shared the stage with an innumerable list of eclectic artists from Willie Nelson to Ray Charles, …

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CBA Member Picnic – August 7th

cba-picnicIt’s time for one of the most anticipated events of the year — the annual Cascade Blues Association members picnic. Taking place on Sunday, August 7th, it is open to CBA members and their families only, and is one of the best perks of belonging to the CBA.  What does that mean? Who can come? FAMILY= 2 adults and up to 3 children under 18 living at the same address.  Additional “family” will be subject to a $5.00 entry fee.

Not a member or your membership has expired? Not to worry. You can join or renew at the picnic.

The …

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Fiona Boyes’ “Homecoming” Offers A Pair Of Shows

Fiona Boyes - press photo by Brandy Kayzakian-RoweReviewers have described blues guitarist and singer, Fiona Boyes, as a “musical anomaly,” “Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin,” or simply as “scaring the hell” out of them.  She was the first woman and non-American to win the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and blues greats Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin described her as one of the best female guitar players since Memphis Minnie, which would place her in the running as one of the best guitarists, period. Her career spans over twenty-five years and thirteen recordings, and it has also taken her around the world and earned her multiple award nominations …

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Devon Allman and Owen Campbell – Twin Bill At The Birk – Aug. 9th

devon-allmanTwo of the blues world’s fast-rising stars, Devon Allman and Owen Campbell, are currently on tour throughout the United States together with a stop at The Birk on Tuesday, August 9.

Devon Allman could have coasted through a career with his surname alone. In the world of rock ‘n roll, being an Allman is like being a Kennedy — you’re born into prestige, but much like Jakob Dylan (son of Bob) or Nora Jones (daughter of Ravi Shankar), Allman has proven hesitant to cash in on his revered heritage. Rather, he’s forged his own path as a blues rocker, forgoing …

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Award-Winning Bronze, Blues & Brews Festival Celebrates 20 Years With Outstanding Line-Up


The Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winning Bronze, Blues & Brews Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in style with perhaps its strongest line-up ever! Located in Joseph, Oregon at the base of one of “Oregon’s Seven Wonders,” the Wallowa Mountains, this event will bring over twenty micro-brews on tap, Northwest wines, and some of the very best national and regional acts within the unique backdrop of Joseph City Park.

This year’s event will begin Friday, August 12 starting at 6:00 pm, with a jam night hosted by the 2016 International Blues Challenge winning band The Delgado Brothers, …

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Toney Rocks Brings His Progressive Blues-Rock Shows For Two Nights

toney-rocksToney Rocks is an artist who can never be pigeon-holed into one specific style of music. While Rocks has been influenced by pretty much everyone from Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson, to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa, he is a unique player who often describes his music as “progressive blues-rock.” Rocks further explains his style this way: “think about if Keb’ Mo’ and Jackson Browne were stuck at Jimi Hendrix’s House” or if we were to “Just imagine if Pink Floyd went blues.” In other words, Rocks music is an intriguing concoction of many influences and styles

Usually performing …

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West Coast Guitar Legend Chris Cain – Aug. 13th & 14th

cain-chitownChris Cain’s jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery, while his passion and intensity are a blend of his mother’s Greek ancestry combined with his father’s soulful black heritage.

Hailed as one of the finest guitarists on the West Coast since his debut 1987 recording, Late Night City Blues, garnered four WC Handy Awards (now named Blues Music Awards) nominations, the self-taught Cain is innovative, creative, and one of …

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Rising Star Danielle Nicole Returns To Oregon With a Trio of Appearances

Danielle Nicole - photo by Greg JohnsonDanielle Nicole (born Danielle Nicole Schnebelen) has lived a lifetime of music. Since she was a little child, she grew up in a musical family and had her first public performance at the age of 12. Learning various instruments early and exposure to a wealth of music through her parents and grandparents, she was part of the band Trampled Under Foot with her two brothers that went on the win the International Blues Challenge in 2008 and saw her receive a Blues Music Award for bass player of the year in 2014. After nine years in Trampled Under Foot, Nicole …

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Bay Area Guitarist Daniel Castro Heads Back To The Birk – Aug. 19th

“Daniel Castro is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins he has added the three T’s taste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers.” – Dave Rubin — Guitar Player Magazine

Daniel Castro - press photoDescribing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A more accurate description would be that Castro is a highly accomplished guitarist …

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Karen Lovely and Jonn Del Toro Richardson – Together For One Night Only In Portland – Aug. 19th

Karen Lovely and Jonn Del Toro Richardson - photo by Greg JohnsonThere is one thing for certain regarding the International Blues Challenge — the people you meet there often become life-long friends. Many musicians have forged strong bonds at the IBC over the years and as a result work with one another frequently. Such is the case with Karen Lovely and Jonn Del Toro Richardson.

Karen Lovely burst into Oregon’s elite blues scene with her participation in the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey To Memphis that led her to the IBC where she claimed second place in 2010. Since then she has been skyrocketing as a major artist with international tours and …

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