I’m back in Portland after a long trip to Charleston, S.C., over the holidays. Played a few shows, taught a workshop, visited friends and family. And shivered in the sunny south—I got stuck there three days longer than I planned, due to a snow and ice storm that shut down the airport.
I’m looking forward to playing a concert 8-10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the new Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell. Being in that wonderful listening room will give me a chance to tell stories, answer questions, engage the audience more than is usually possible at a pub, restaurant or outdoor event. Come on by for some 1920’s to 30’s-style blues and a little ragtime, with a side of stories and history.
Yes, although I’m a dyed-in-the-wool blues performer, I actually cut my teeth playing instrumental ragtime pieces. And it’s time to dust some of those off, since I’m a featured performer at the Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival, March 22-24 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. They invited me because they want to introduce some early blues to go with the early jazz and ragtime. But little do they know I’m going to slip in a few ragtime guitar numbers, too. You’ll get a preview of that at the Artichoke concert.
And if pubs or restaurants are more your style, come hear me at my regular shows 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays at EaT: an Oyster Bar, 3808 N Williams, and 4-6 p.m. Sundays at Upright Brewing, 240 N Broadway. Cheers!
Band Stand Feb 2018