The Cascade Blues Association celebrated thirty years of supporting, promoting, and preserving the blues in the Northwest with a huge show at the historic McMenamins Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, May 21. Our members and blues lovers came out in force for a day packed with nine sets of music featuring some of the best loved artists who have given so much enjoyment to us all over the past three decades. All of the musicians donated their time to help the Cascade Blues Association raise funds to help keep the organization running.
Musical sets were presented in order by Terry Robb & Adam Scramstad, Mary Flower & Spud Siegal, Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings/Queens with Dave Mathis & Mike Moothart, Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band, The Strange Tones with The Volcano Vixens, Ty Curtis Band with Robbie Laws, Rae Gordon Band with Karen Lovely, Lloyd Jones Struggle with Bobby Torres, Norman Sylvester Band with Arietta Ward, and closing the night was the Duffy Bishop Band.
An event of this size takes a lot of work and efforts from many people. The Cascade Blues Association Board of Directors worked the entire show with a staff of volunteers running everything from silent auction, raffle tickets, merchandise sales, green room, access, set-up and break-down and numerous other positions and needs. Stage hands from JBL Sound all volunteered their time arriving early in the morning and staying late. McMenamins gave us a generous bargain on the use of both the main ballroom and Lola’s Room downstairs for our meet-and-greet and green room needs. Printing was donated by both Cory Burden at Cedar House Media and Mike Crider, with poster design by Andy Strange. Duffy Bishop & Chris Carlson were able to drive out from Florida thanks to a generous donation from David Leiken & Double Tee Productions. And Kathy Rose who photographed the meet-and-greet guests.
Thanks to the production team who worked on this event for several months: Joey Scruggs, Terry Currier, Greg Johnson, James “Coach” Hurley, and Lydia Salvey.
Thanks to all the musicians who performed throughout the day: Adam Scramstad, Al Hooten, Allan Kalik,Andy Gautier, Andy Strange, Arietta Ward, Bill Rhoades, Bobby Torres, Brad Ulrich, Chris Carlson, Chris Mercer, Chuck Laiti, Darryl Johnson, Dave Fleschner, Dave Kahl, Dave Mathis, Dean Mueller, Duffy Bishop, Ed Pierce, “Guitar” Julie Strange, Jennifer Smieja, Jenny Hauser, Jerry Jacques, Joe McCarthy, Jolie Clausen, Karen Lovely, Katie Angel, Kivett Bednar, Lefty Head, Lenanne Sylvester, Lloyd Jones, Louis Pain, Mary Flower, Mike Moothart, Newell Briggs, Norman Sylvester, Pat McDougall, Paul Shoemaker, Peter Dammann, Peter Moss, Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner, Rae Gordon, Rick Obbink, Rob Shoemaker, Robert Lee, Robbie Laws, Scott Franklin, Spud Siegal, Steve Kerin, Talia Giardini, Terry Robb, Tim Shaughnessy, Tom Goicoechea, Ty Curtis.
And the biggest thanks of all to our members and blues fans who attended the CBA 30 concert. You are the reason why the Cascade Blues Association has existed for thirty years and will ensure that it continues for many more.