Month: February 2017

Two Opportunities To Catch Blues Music Award Nominee Sugaray Rayford

The Sugaray Rayford Band is made up of world-class musicians. Ralph Carter on bass, Gino Matteo on guitar, Leo Dombecki on keyboards, Lavelle Jones on drums, Allan Walker on sax, and Gary Bivona on trumpet. With the onstage prowess of

California Blues Rockers Hunter & The Dirty Jacks At The Birk

Hunter & The Dirty Jacks

Hunter & The Dirty Jacks are an Americana-crafted rock & roll band with influences based in the blues. Like a smoky whiskey with phosphorescent ice cubes in a blues-tinted glass. Led by frontman Hunter Ackerman and flanked by guitar players

Rock the Village – Rich Layton & The Troublemakers with special guest Jon Koonce

Rich Layton & The Troublemakers

Matt Miner Presents and O’Connor’s Vault welcomes roots rockers Rich Layton & The Troublemakers with special guest Jon Koonce to the heart of Multnomah Village, Friday, March 3 at 7:00pm. Both Rich and Jon are dedicated “keepers of the flame”

Corey & the Tribe Presenting A Diverse Taste Of Musical Styles

Corey & the Tribe

Guitarist and songwriter Corey Kennedy has been described as an alternative, punk, blues, folk, indie artist hailing from Akron, Ohio. That covers a lot of ground in one breath, which only goes deeper with his own description of his act

Randy McAllister Band – Performance & Workshops

Randy McAllister Band

Roustabout, maverick, spiritual, gritty, amazing, genius, wild, bad-ass, soulful… These are some of the words used to describe this Texas bonafide blue blood. He’s been flying in the face of convention his whole career. No smoke, no mirrors, no choreography,

Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers – Women Blues Acts Win Big At International Blues Challenge

International Blues Challenge - Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers

The Blues Foundation’s 33rd annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) was held in Memphis over March 31 through February 4, with more than 260 acts from fourteen countries performing on Beale Street before fans and industry personnel representing blues festivals, recording

G Love & Special Sauce Bringing Their Genre-Blurring Show Back To Portland

G Love & Special Sauce

G Love & Special Sauce return to Portland in celebration of their newly released album, Love Saves The Day, with a performance at The Hawthorne Theatre & Lounge on Thursday, March 23. Love calls the new album, “the fullest realization

Laith Al-Saadi – Star From “The Voice” In Portland

Laith Al-Saadi

In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world. Laith

2017 Inner City Blues Festival “Healing the Healthcare Blues”

The 2017 Inner City Blues Festival returns to the Eagles Lodge Saturday, April 22. Originally in the 1980s and 1990s, the festival was a community event for various civil rights and social justice causes. Since its return six years ago it

Ramblings On My Mind – March 2017

Greg Johnson / CBA President I want to start this month’s column out with a big announcement. The Cascade Blues Association’s 30th Anniversary Concert has been scheduled for Sunday, May 21 to take place at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland.