Category: Band Stand

Bandstand January 2016

Drop Dead Red and Martin Henry & Freedom Street Band

Both of these bands would like to thank all of our followers, family, friends, and all the wonderful venues we played during 2015. We appreciate you all so much!
A big thank you to the Cascade Blues Association for having both of these bands perform during September and October. The audience was so appreciative and with lots of dancing, it made for wonderful fun-filled evenings!
We wish you all a healthy, happy and joyful holiday season and hope to see you out and about in 2016.
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Bandstand December 2015

Billy D

Hi everyone — Billy D here. We don’t submit to bandstand that often, so first, congrats to all the Muddy winners and nominees. There’s a lot of great music and musicians in Portland and the surrounding area. I’m honored to be part of it. The current line-up in Billy D & The Hoodoos is myself, Mark Nerby on drums, and Joe Casimir on bass and vox. We have two upcoming shows, at our absolute two favorite venues. Our Christmas Party will be on Saturday December 19, at O’Connors, then New Years Eve at The Trails End Saloon. After …

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Big Things Happening At Trails End Saloon In December

Aside from the annual Northwest Women R&B Christmas Concert taking place on Sunday, December 13 (see separate article), the Trails End Saloon, 1320 Main Street, Oregon City, has a number of superb shows happening during the month of December. Check these out:

On Sunday, December 6, Rae Gordon will be presenting a Youthful Christmas at 2:00 pm. This will happen during her regularly scheduled monthly Gospel Sunday show, this month featuring the talents of three young artists who’ll be sitting in.

Friday, December 12 will see the return of Men In Blues. This will be an 8:30 show and will …

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Cherie’s Blues Highway

Not long after relocating from Washington to the Portland area, Cherie Robbins kicked off her monthly concert series Cherie’s Blues Highway last February at The Lehrer Pub & Eatery. She scheduled performers who may not perform regularly together and placed them into a family friendly, all ages atmosphere, and each month, the audiences grew larger and more enthusiastic.

If you missed the series, here are the performers whom she brought to the shows: February: Jada Amy with Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond; March: Franco Paletta & The Stingers with Alfie Harpo; April: The Joanne Broh Band with Lisa Mann & …

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Bandstand November 2015

Dave Fleschner/The Blues Cabaret

Congratulations to all the Muddy Award Nominees, and I’m honored and humbled to be considered for an award in the company of great players like Dover Weinberg, Steve Kerin, and Ed Neumann.  When I first moved to Portland in 1996, Dover was gracious enough to have me sit in with the Jim Mesi Band at the Candlelight, and that was a wonderful introduction to the Portland Blues Scene.

Almost twenty years later, having had the opportunity to tour the world as a band-member and or musical director with Curtis Salgado, Earl Thomas, John Nemeth and Karen …

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October 2015 Band Stand

Lloyd Jones

Our busiest summer of all time! I tell you, been workin’ it like a rental car baby! Came home feeling strong and a little amazed to still be able to go non-stop in planes, trains and vans.

After several dates in Canada, and festivals in Salt Lake City, it was off to Europe. My friends in Denmark are a big help with booking, road managing and hangabillty. The trip ended in Luxembourg with pals from home–Dover Weinberg, Robert Cray, and Richard Cousins–had a moment for visiting.

Did some solo touring back in the U.S. and a tiny vacation.…

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September 2015 Bandstand

Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls
Greetings CBA Members and more,

It’s been a busy summer and also a lot of fun. We have had some great shows and been to a lot of fun places. Hope to see everyone in the months to come.

Well we have finally completed our long awaited new CD, and it’s a good one!

It’s entitled, Out of the Blues and features 11 original songs from the band, and one penned by George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt’s “other guitarist). We have also enlisted the help of some of Portland’s finest musicians to add their flare to …

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Bandstand August 2015

James Clem

Hi friends,

It was great playing the Waterfront Blues Festival last month, and my new blues CD Road’s Gettin’ Muddy was released the morning of the festival. I am getting some really good feedback about that CD. If you are expecting just solo acoustic guitar on this, think again, as this was planned with an ensemble sound from the get go. Recorded live in the studio to analog tape by recording whiz Ron Rogers. We had a smokin’ hot rhythm section with some very special guests such as Mary Flower, Darka Dusty and my old buddy Jeff Masters …

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Bandstand July 2015

Bottleneck Blues Band
2015 has been the year of Bottleneck Blues Band. After the release of our first CD, Twenty First Century Blues, in December, the band took off. The first big event was performing at the Winter Blues Fest which led us to a slot at the Gorge Blues Fest. The band comes off a win at the first round of the Journey to Memphis and is flying high into the Waterfront Blues Fest at noon on the 4th of July at the Backporch Stage for the second round. August is shaping up to be a great month for …

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Bandstand May 2015

James Clem

Hi friends,

My new CD, Sugar Moon, is out now and available at Music Millennium, online for downloads, and CD sales at It should be on iTunes as well by the time you read this. Give a listen to the sample tracks if you can. You can also hear some complete tracks on my website. I am getting a lot of really positive reaction to this recording.

This was a long term project where producer/engineer Ron Rogers and I got some of Portland’s best musicians–such as Reggie Houston, Mary Flower, Johnnie Ward and lots more–and put them …

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