Category: PDX Blues Event

CBA 30 – A Once In A Lifetime Benefit Concert

Cascade Blues Association 30th Anniversary Celebration

Cascade Blues Association 30th Anniversary The Cascade Blues Association is proud to present CBA 30 – A Once in a Lifetime Benefit Concert, along with McMenamins Crystal Ballroom and Music Millennium, to celebrate the CBA’s thirtieth anniversary of supporting, promoting, and preserving the blues in the Pacific Northwest. Formed in late December 1986, for the past thirty years the organization has continuously worked at focusing on our local, regional, and national touring talent that has made the Northwest a hotbed in the international blues scene. Our community definitely overflows with an abundance of blues musicians, both past and present and this event is aimed at

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Malian Blues Rocker Vieux Farka Toure

Vieux Farka Toure

Vieux Farka ToureIf you look at the musicians of Mali you just might find a direct link between Africa and the blues. Especially when you consider the late guitarist Ali Farke Toure and the family tradition carried on by his son Vieux Farka Toure. It was not a career that his father had intended or wished upon his son. He wanted him to become a soldier. But the talent was there and Vieux found his father’s blessings.

Vieux was originally a drummer, but found his true calling with the guitar. His fiery playing has earned him respect as one of the

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Norman Sylvester presents “A Phenomenal Concert – The Journey of Blues and Gospel in America”

On Friday, June 2, Norman Sylvester  will be hosting “A Phenomenal Concert – The Journey of Blues and Gospel in America” at the Alberta Rose Theatre. This all-star event will focus on the music from the cradle of birth in Africa, the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, to our urban cities.

Performing at this event along with be the Norman Sylvester Revue featuring local musicians LaRhonda Steele, Leeanne Sylvester, Bill Rhoades, Renato Caranto, Peter Moss with special guests Chata Addy  (Ghanaian Drumming and Dance), and Tevis Hodge Jr. (Acoustic Delta Blues and Ragtime).

Also, as part of this

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Squrl Music Presents Blues Music Award Nominee Nick Moss Band

Nick Moss Band

Nick Moss BandNick Moss has been recognized as one the great guitarists of his generation, garnering accolades from  the likes of Buddy Guy and others. His recording career spans decades working with some of the giants of the blues such as Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers, and The Legendary Blues Band.  As a solo artist heading his own band, he has released multiple albums that have become staples at blues radio outlets worldwide, including his latest release, From The Root To The Fruit, that earned Blues Music Award nominations for Best Contemporary Album and Album of the Year.

Nick Moss Band has

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Opening Round Of The 2017 Journey To Memphis Competition Set For First Weekend In June At The Vinyl Tap

Last Chance To Enter The 2017 Journey To Memphis

Since 1999, the Cascade Blues Association has sent local acts to represent our organization and region in The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. Over the years, our competition, the Journey To Memphis, has selected a terrific collection of some of our top talent, including several who have made the finals such as Junkyard Jane, Blind Rhino and Ben Rice & The iLLamtics, and even those who’ve taken home some of the top prizes, Ty Curtis Band – 2nd place 2009, Karen Lovely – 2nd place 2010, and most recently Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers – 3rd

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Guitarist Doyle Bramhall II To Visit Mission Theater

Doyle Bramhall II

Doyle Bramhall IIDoyle Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers, and producers in contemporary music. Indeed, none other than Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has worked with for more than a decade, lauds him as one of the most gifted guitarists he has ever encountered. As the son of the late Texas music legend Doyle Bramhall, he was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock ‘n’ roll styles indigenous to Texas.  The younger Bramhall – a rare and distinctive guitarist who plays left-handed, but with his instrument strung for a right-hander and flipped backwards – …

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Registration Open For 2017 Blues In The Gorge Acoustic Blues Guitar Camp

2017 Blues in the Gorge

Blues In The Gorge Acoustic Blues Guitar CampThis coming September, the fourth annual Blues In The Gorge acoustic blues guitar camp will return to the Menucha Retreat & Conference Center. Presented by Menucha and co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association, this year’s instructors will feature world-renowned artists Guy Davis, Mary Flower, Orville Johnson, and Valerie Turner. Guests will immerse themselves in music, enjoying up to four workshops each day, with instructor concerts and jams each night.

It’s not too early to register as participants are limited to only 46 to ensure plenty of instructor attention for all. Happening September 30 through October 4, Menucha Retreat & Conference …

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Cascade Blues Association Schedules Extravaganza For Its 30th Anniversary Celebration

Cascade Blues Association 30th Anniversary Celebration

30th Anniversary CelebrationIn December 1986, a small group of Portland area blues fans decided to form a society to help support, promote, and preserve the blues and related music. It was named the Cascade Blues Association as it was the only blues society in the Northwest at the time as the former Oregon Blues Society in Eugene had folded. Thirty years later the Cascade Blues Association is still alive. And to celebrate, it’s throwing a party with the aid of many of the local performers who have been stalwarts in our music community throughout our tenure.

The party will take place on …

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Duff’s Garage Last Hurrah

Duff’s Garage

Duff’s GarageWith a great deal of sadness we witness the loss of one of Portland’s iconic blues venues as Duff’s Garage closes its doors in April. During the last fifteen years, Portland’s music community have seen much growth in the number of its musicians, it benefit showcases, and touring artists. And now they will all find it a bit tougher to locate a room to play in the city.

So although it is bittersweet, Jon and Jennifer Wallace will be closing Duff’s with one final celebration of their fifteen year history, going out in style with a night of jumping blues …

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Paris Slim Tours Oregon In April

Paris Slim

Paris SlimFormer Portland resident and Delta Groove recording artist, Franck Goldwasser, aka Paris Slim, will be heading back to Oregon for a spring tour that will be making stops at numerous venues and will also feature special guests along the way. Without doubt, Paris Slim is one of the finest and most creative international guitarists. He has a handful of critically-acclaimed solo recording and a WC Handy Award (Blues Music Award) nomination for his disc Blues For Esther. Since moving to the United States from France in the 1980s, Paris Slim has been a mainstay of the West Coast blues …

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