Category: Past PDX Blues Event

The Power Of Two, Rae Gordon and Stacy Jones In A Double Headliner At Duff’s Garage – Nov. 8th

Two of the Pacific Northwest’s most powerful blues beltin’ ladies will both be appearing on the same show at Duff’s Garage on Saturday, November 8th. Seattle’s Stacy Jones, the winner of the Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues (BB) Award in 2014 for Female Vocalist teams up with the Cascade Blues Association 2013 Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist of the Year recipient Rae Gordon (and Rae is nominated again this year). Both front extraordinarily strong bands and are sure to ignite the stage with some fiery, jump out of your seat and hit the dance floor blues.

Stacy …

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Rising Star Shakey Graves To Play The Wonder Ballroom- Nov 14th

Shakey Graves - photo by Kirk StewartShakey Graves, real name Alejandro Rose-Garcia, was named by NPR as one of the top ten artists fans should’ve known in 2012. With two successful albums under his belt blending an emotionally driven blend of folk and blues, Graves is on the path to greatness with highly anticipated shows around the country. The Austin-based performer has knocked audiences out in New York’s anti-folk scene, the underground music world of Los Angeles and was recently a headlining performer at Oregon’s own Pickathon Festival with shows that have been termed as mesmerizing.

Graves will be back in Portland for a show at …

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IBC Fundraiser & CD Release Party For David Pinsky & Phil Newton – Nov 6th

Last June, Southern Oregon blues duo David Pinsky & Phil Newton won the right to represent the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis this coming January at the International Blues Challenge by taking the top scores in the Journey To Memphis competition in the solo/duo category. This will be their second trip to the IBC as they performed their last year as the representatives for Eugene’s Rainy Day Blues Society. Always a fun time on stage, the two are sensational story tellers and first-class musicians working in a guitar-harmonica format. Recently the pair have put together their very first recording together …

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Rockin’ PF Out! A Concert For Awareness & Fundraising At The Lehrer – Nov. 2nd

Just what is IPF – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis? That is the question I asked earlier this year when I learned that my brother-in-law, Bruce Williamson and my friend, Tommy Royer were seriously impaired by IPF. I have come to understand that this disease makes it increasingly difficult for oxygen to get into the blood due to progressive scarring in the lungs. In most instances doctors are unable to identify the cause of PF and the only real treatment is a lung transplant. Today both Bruce and Tommy are on the transplant list waiting for the call.

On Sunday, November 2…

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Cee Cee James’ Birthday Celebration At Duff’s Garage (CANCELLED)

Cee Cee James has been on a steady rising climb the past few years as she continues to break open doors to venues and stages around the country. The 2014 winners of the Britt Festival Rising Stars competition and the 2013 recipient of the Blues Blast Award for song of the year for her original “I Have A Right To Sing The Blues,” Cee Cee has been receiving huge praise for her recordings and her dynamic performances. A deep throated voice that is easily recognizable makes for her blues uniquely her own. Add in a snap perfect, on the mark …

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Mt. Hood Jazz Festival Presents – Jazz In Schools and Round Robin


What: Jazz clinics for teachers and students of jazz, with Chris Brown (drums), John Nastos (saxophone), Susie Jones(saxophone), Kenney Polson(saxophone), Stan Bock(trombone),

When: October 10, 2014, 10:00am-2:30pm

Where: David Douglas HS Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th, Portland, OR

Who: Music teachers, music students if accompanied by music teacher, and general public

Admission: Free!


What: Live jazz in Historic Downtown Gresham

When: October 10, 2014

Admission: Free!


Chris Brown Quartet @ Spinellas Restaurant, 436 N. Main, Gresham, 7:30-8:30, 9:00-10:00pm

Dan Balmer and Go By Train @ Hoppy Brewer, …

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NW Film Center Offering Two Films Of Blues Music At The Annual Reel Music Festival

The NW Film Center presents their 32nd annual Reel Music Festival, and as usual they have included a little blues music as a treat. This year’s event will be held at The Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum from October 10th through the 22nd.

Gary DavisOn Saturday, October 18th, at 7:00 pm, be sure to catch “Harlem Street Singer: The Guitar Gospel Of Reverend Gary Davis.” One of the truly great American ragtime, blues and gospel musicians, Reverend Gary Davis’ (1896-1972) unique style and virtuoso skill on the guitar made him an icon during …

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Folk-Blues Hero Chris Smither At The Alberta Rose-Oct 9th

Rolling Stone magazine’s David Fricke describes Chris Smither as, “a folk-blues singer-songwriter admired and covered by vocalists such as Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris, grew up in New Orleans and told illuminating stories about trying to be a solo cat in a saxophone and trombone city in the Sixties, learning from Lightnin’ Hopkins records and the New Orleans-based bluesman Babe Stovall, then running with fellow ‘New Dylans’ like Townes Van Zandt.”

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. His latest release, Still On the Levee, is a career-spanning retrospective double …

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The Banditos Set To Liven Things Up At Duff’s Garage-Oct 24th

The Banditos Band sews together honky tonk, R&B and beard-rock sounds in an unforced, carousing-soundtrack way. In 2013, Paste Magazine named Banditos to its “12 Alabama Bands You Should Listen to Now.” The band is now based in Nashville and are aimed to become one of the hottest acts hitting the concert circuit across America with their latest release, The Breeze, showcasing their raw and ragged sound that comes across in a raucous manner on stage. With a trio of vocalists, including full-belted powerhouse Mary Richardson (who may remind you of Brittany Howard), Corey Parsons and Steve Pierce, they perform …

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Coco Montoya CD Release Party At Jimmy Mak’s-Oct. 23rd

Guitar hero Coco Montoya will be showcasing his newest CD, the double-disc live recording Songs From The Road, recorded in Seattle’s Triple Door, at a special performance at Jimmy Mak’s on Thursday, October 23rd. Montoya has worked as a member of both Albert Collins and John Mayall’s Band (where he teamed up with Walter Trout) before heading off onto his own successful solo career. Expect to hear many favorite songs from throughout Coco’s outstanding career. An exciting live performer, you’re going to want to catch this dynamic show and also pick up a copy of the CD so …

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