Month: September 2016

For The Love Of John: A Benefit For John Pounds

john-pounds-press-photoSalem-based bassist John Pounds has long been a favorite of the Oregon music scene, so when he suffered a stroke last March, many of his friends and fans wanted to help him out as much as they could and put together a number of benefit shows down around the Salem area. Well, here’s another chance to help John, show him your love, and experience a great full day of music provided by many of his good friends. For The Love Of John: A Benefit For John Pounds will take place at Bradford’s Sports Lounge, 10346 NE Halsey Street in Portland …

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Lightnin’ Willie and the Poorboys, Hot Blues From Los Angeles                       

lightnin-willie-photo-by-mike-kendall“Los Angeles based bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has developed a particularly intriguing wrinkle on the genre, one that’s cool, airy, with a sinuous groove that infiltrates his audience’s consciousness and invariably gets them on their feet. He has no quarrel with mixing dance with the blues.” – LAWeekly.

Nicknamed “The biggest little blues band on earth,” Lightnin’ Willie & The Poor Boys consists of Lightnin’ Willie on guitar and vocals along with Dennis Gurwell or Michael “Fireball” Murphy on keyboards/ bass and the pocket master Jerry Olson on drums. They are winners of two California Blues Challenges (Southern California and Ventura …

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Duffy Bishop Headlines 2016 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and Concert

duffy_bishop_14_resized_croppedOn Saturday, October 8, the Oregon Music Hall of Fame will present a special evening celebrating this year’s honor roll inductees. The class of 2016 includes prominent musicians and industry members Pete Krebs, Fernando, Brian Berg, Paul Brainard, Tim Ellis, Bart Day, Dave Cutter, the band Sleater-Kinney, plus one of the Northwest’s most favorite blues artists, Duffy Bishop.

Duffy Bishop will also be performing at the concert, as will Three Leg Torso and a set with Fernando and guests Pete Krebs and Paul Brainard. Duffy’s band for the night will include guitarists Chris Carlson and Henry Cooper, bassist Dean Mueller …

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Ellen Whyte Celebrating Five Milestones At Trails End Performance

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Ellen Whyte & The Plus Size Band will perform at The Trails End Saloon on Saturday, October 15 to celebrate five different anniversaries. First, on a personal level the performance will recognize Ellen’s birthday, the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with her husband John Mullins, and John’s retirement after working forty-two years with Human Services Advocacy. Professionally, October will also note Ellen’s twenty-year songwriting collaboration with Garry Mezeire and John as well as the twentieth anniversary of their first release, Different Point Of Blue.

There’re not too many stages that can fit The Plus Sized Band, but the Trails End …

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Spend A Day On The Willamette River On The Portland Blues Cruise

What can be better than a day on the Portland Spirit, floating along the Willamette River, dancing and listening to the sounds of some of our region’s finest blues musicians? This October you’ll have the opportunity to experience three decks of gut-crunching, soul-lifting blues and also help raise funds to send the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey To Memphis winners to Tennessee to compete in the International Blues Challenge in late January/early February.

rae-by-tony-kitterThe Portland Blues Cruise was the brainchild of Rae Gordon while she was searching for a way to raise funds for her band’s trip to the IBC several …

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The Devil Makes Three – Two Nights At Roseland

the-devil-makes-three-press-photoCalifornia’s The Devil Makes Three returns to Portland for a two-night run at the Roseland Theater on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, bringing their hyper-driven blend of bluegrass, blues, rockabilly, ragtime, folk, jazz, and old-timey music in support of the latest release, Redemption & Ruin. The Devil Makes Three inhabit a hardscrabble working-class world full of problem drinkers, tellers of tall tales, pirates, and troublemakers, but they deliver their desperate parables with a charming deadpan wit. The band consists of Pete Bernhard and Cooper McBean on guitars and Lucia Turino on bass. This trio is filled with …

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Renowned Contemporary Jazz & Blues Vocalist Catherine Russell Coming To Portland

catherine-russell-photo-by-sandrine-leeThe Wall Street Journal proclaims Catherine Russell as “ … the best blues and jazz singer going today.”

The Grammy Award-winning vocalist is the rarest of entities – a genuine jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything. Her voice is full-blown femininity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart, and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable. Catherine Russell has released five chart topping albums to date, performed on four continents, and has been a hit on major jazz festivals including Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern International, Tanglewood and more. Her concert repertoire features musical gems from the …

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Dante’s Welcomes The Distinguished Delinquents Tour with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and more

revpeytonsbigdamnband_audiopremiere_splash650A powerful triple headed night will take command on Saturday, October 15 as The Supersuckers and Jesse Dayton joins The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Dante’s.

Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana, Blues, Delta blues, and hillbilly fervor combined with musical acuity as sharp as razor wire. The band has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music giving them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for. Locked in with an audience, The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy, and Ben “Birddog” …

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Julie Amici – Yellow Roses – Release and Kickstarter Launch Party

DeanJulieCurtisLake2Lake Oswego, Oregon, Sept 15, 2016 – Julie Amici will host its “Yellow Roses” Single Release and Kickstarter Launch Event on Oct 17th at Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego. Proceeds from the event will help fund the CD project and resulting tour. The night will feature the debut live performance of Yellow Roses, a viewing of the Kickstarter video, as well as a host of performances from musicians who have performed with Julie Amici along the way including Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Mark Shark, Dan Gildea, Carlton Jackson, and Alan Jones.

“Julie Amici” is the collaboration between …

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Valerie June To Open For Norah Jones At Keller Auditorium

valerie-june-press-photoMulti-instrumentalist and Tennessee native Valerie June performs a diverse conglomeration of American roots music that encompasses traditional spirituals, Americana, classic blues, folk, soul, and bluegrass through stark acoustic rhythms and uncanny slide guitar. She effortlessly shifts between eras and genres. She can be haunting and melancholy, singing of the ghostly darkness of loneliness, or full of warmth and charm, at one moment seductive in a sensual come-on, fragile and vulnerable, the next in a display of naked honesty. Valerie June transports you to another world the moment you hear her voice. It is a voice that has been winning over …

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