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 honoring their creativity as much as the CBA’s involvement.
To help us celebrate thirty years, more than fifty musicians are coming together for this early evening event taking place at the historic McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland. Oregon Music Hall of Fame members Duffy Bishop, Lloyd Jones, Norman Sylvester, Terry Robb, Bill Rhoades, and Bobby Torres are only a small part of this extravaganza of amazing artists. International Blues Challenge winners Karen Lovely, Rae Gordon, and Ty Curtis will also be on hand, as well as many CBA Muddy Award winners and CBA Muddy Hall of Fame inductees
Over the years, the CBA has had its ups and downs as any business will go through. Unfortunately, at this point we are seeing a bit of a struggle financially, so this event is also a benefit to bring us back into a stable frame. We do a number of events that are expensive, and most of the cover for these events comes from our membership’s annual dues. For the past few months we have consistently experienced more outcome in funds than we have been receiving and it is catching up with us. The Muddy Awards, member picnic and holiday party, BluesNotes and various events do add up. Therefore, all of the musicians taking part in CBA 30 have offered their performances to help us get back on our feet.
CBA 30 takes place on Sunday, May 21, starting at 4:00 pm. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom is located at 1332 W Burnside Street. Tickets are available in advance through CascadeTickets.com, the Crystal Ballroom box office or by calling 1-855-CAS-TIXX. A limited number of VIP seats are available for $75.00 each, that include a meet & greet with Duffy Bishop, with a personal photo with Duffy and a signed event poster by her, a VIP pass and reserved seating. This event is 21 & over only.
Headlined by the Duffy Bishop Band, the line-up includes many of our favorites from throughout the years, with nine sets that’ll feature guest artists popping in and out throughout the evening. Time was limited and we had more musicians wanting to participate than we could fit into one night, and we do love and appreciate all. Thank you for being there for us. Here is who you can expect to see:
DUFFY BISHOP BAND
TY CURTIS BAND
LLOYD JONES STRUGGLE
NORMAN SYLVESTER BAND
KINZEL & HYDE
BILL RHOADES & THE PARTY KINGS AND QUEENS
TOO LOOSE CAJUN/ZYDECO BAND
THE STRANGE TONES with THE VOLCANO VIXENS
RAE GORDON & THE BACKSEAT DRIVERS
AND MORE TBA!!
There will be a silent auction and raffle tickets. We are looking for donations for these, please contact one of our board members if you have anything to offer.
A huge thank you goes out to Joey Scruggs, Terry Currier, Greg Johnson, James “Coach” Hurley & his stage crew team, Andy Strange for artwork, and McMenamins for making this event come alive.
Please join us to help the CBA continue our pursuit of keeping the blues at the forefront of the region’s music community and to experience a “Once in a Lifetime” event for the ages.