Blues Event Calendar for Portland Oregon, and the surrounding areas.
The week's events
Aug 13, '17August 13, 2017Brody Buster's One Man BandArea 52 Bar & Music Venue Sunday JamNorman Sylvester BandSteve CheseboroughArthur Moore's Harmonica Party
August 13, 2017 –Vinyl Tap Bar & Grill2099 SE Oak Grove BlvdVTBOak Grove, ORRobbie Laws Sunday JamThe Tornadoes Sunday Blues Jam
August 13, 2017 –
The Sunday night blues jam continues at The Blue Diamond! This fine venue is located at 2016 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland.
Festivities begin at 6 PM with a set by the host band, then the jam goes until 9 PM. I will be taking over with help from my friend the very talented Timmer Blakely who will be filling in for Allen Markel on bass while Allen is on tour with the Sugar Ray Rayford band. We also are very fortunate to have Dennis Lusk on keyboards!
September's special guest line up will be:
9/3 a very special mystery guest to be announced, 9/10 Dover Weinberg (Robert Cray Band) and Mitch Kashmar, 9/17 Whit Draper and Mitch Kashmar, 9/24 Ken Brewer. Stay tuned for upcoming guests as I've got some new candidates to add to the mix. It's been such a blast to get to play music with some of Portland's finest blues musicians and I'm excited about what's to come!
Aug 14, '17August 14, 2017James ClemBen Rice
August 14, 2017 –
His music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original. His guitar playing earns labels like "fearless," "inventive" and "powerful," and he routinely brings audiences to their feet with his stunning and emotionally honest vocal delivery. Ben is as much home fronting his electric blues band as he is captivating a crowd solo with nothing but his voice and his resonator guitar.Blues Dance! Julie Amici, Mitch Kashmar, Ben Rice, And Dean Mueller
August 14, 2017 –
Four of the areas most respected and exciting blues musicians, Julie Amici, Mitch Kashmar, Ben Rice, and Dean Mueller, will be performing together in the intimate setting of the Lake Theater on Monday, August 14th. For this show, the theater will be clearing space up front for dancing, and the music will be geared more for dancers. This is a rare opportunity to see this group perform together as they are usually out fronting their own bands. These four musicians will be mixing it up all night in what is sure to be a creative and intimate one-time performance.
Julie Amici has been a rising star in the Portland Blues scene for a couple of years. She was nominated for Muddy Awards in 2015 and 2016 and recently won the Journey To Memphis Solo/duo competition to earn the honor to represent the CBA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis January 2018. Website: julieamici.com
West Coast harmonica player Mitch Kashmar (1960/Santa Barbara, CA - ) is one of the California disciples who soaked up the sound and the soul of Chicago and Mississippi and Cali-customized it. His theory is the California harp scene started with Arkansas native George "Harmonica" Smith, who settled in L.A. soon after leaving Muddy Waters' band. "Rod got some of it and Kim Wilson got some," Kashmar says of Smith's fat, rounded tones, which often sounded more like an entire horn section than a man with a harmonica. "I got some of it from them." Like Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds singer and harmonica legend, Kashmar grew up in Santa Barbara. " would come back at holiday time, climb down from the T-Birds and play gigs with us," says Kashmar, who played with Wilson in 1981 while the T-Birds were recording Butt Rockin'. "He's one of those guys who'll do it right up till it's over and then some."
Ben Rice is deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original. His guitar playing earns labels like "fearless," "inventive" and "powerful," and he routinely brings audiences to their feet with his stunning and emotionally honest vocal delivery. Ben is as much home fronting his electric blues band as he is captivating a crowd solo with nothing but his voice and his resonator guitar.
Dean Mueller is a local icon, playing bass with legendary Duffy Bishop as well as being a founding member of the Insomniacs. Dean curates the Music Monday series and performs with Julie Amici across the region. The duo has been nominated for a Muddy Awards for Best New Act and Best Traditional Act and won the Journey To Memphis CBA competition.Tickets available online until 4 pm day of the show.Jesse Meade
August 14, 2017 –
Jesse Meade is a singer-songwriter now living in Eugene, Oregon. He accompanies himself with his own finger-style, acoustic guitar playing while performing both original material and an array of cover songs. His influences include musicians like Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Chuck Willis, Elizabeth Cotten, Otis Redding, Jimmie Rodgers, Aretha Franklin, Percy Mayfield, John Hurt, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and Dinah Washington.
Currently he is performing all over the Northwest while also writing and recording new music.
"Oh, how that voice strums our heartstrings! Jesse Meade has long impressed crowds in our town (and a lot of other places) with his wondrous noodling and beautiful singing. Meade is both unforgettably mellow and a powerful performer who keeps the audience glued to the stage."
"He is Jesse Meade, and Eugene thinks he rocks."
Eugene WeeklyLloyd Jones (Solo Acoustic)
Aug 15, '17August 15, 2017Big Yellow Taxi Acoustic JamTee Hee! Tuesdays Hosted by Rae Gordon
August 15, 2017 –
Laugh until you cry...or sing the blues!
Comedy & Music Open Mic - With Rae Gordon, featuring Kivett Bednar & Tracy Fordice
Bring your best laugh & your instrument!
Sign-ups start at 6:30, show starts at 7Heavy Sugar
Aug 16, '17August 16, 2017Rowell-Quinby ProjectRobbie Laws - Blue Wednesdays
August 16, 2017 –
Join us every Wednesday for a jam session hosted by the award-winning Robbie Laws!
Robbie Laws is one of the most decorated and in demand blues guitarists in the Pacific Northwest. He has been honored with 21 Portland Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards, nine of which were for ‘Best Electric Guitarist", the ‘Best Blues Act ' award from the Seattle based Washington Blues Society and the 'Outstanding Achievement in Blues' award from the Portland Music Association . In September 2015, Robbie joined an esteemed roster of artists as a TrueFire Educator and recently launched his newest online guitar course '30 Penta Sonic Blues Licks You Must Know'.
Having played with guitar legends from Albert Collins to Ronnie Earl, Robbie is an internationally recognized Blues Guitar Master who has thrilled festival and concert audiences for over 15 years with his sheer technical prowess on the guitar, his soulful voice, impressive stage presence and likeable personality. Laws possesses the inherent ability to authentically convey styles such as nineteen forties, jump swing, traditional country blues, Piedmont, Delta, early Texas and Chicago, yet is comfortable playing uptown jazz as well as progressive rock.
Laws recently toured the lower Baja region of Mexico for the highly acclaimed 'Rockin' Blues Extravanganza' and the 'Cabo Blues Guitar Boot Camp'. The Gringo Gazette touted this performance tour as " the best ever musical performance of a band in Los Cabos in the past 20 years".
Robbie has shared the stage with a long list of great legends and has performed at many notable blues festivals as well as being a regular favorite at arguably the best and second largest blues festival in the United States, the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. Throughout his career, Laws has released six recordings with rave reviews and notable airplay up and down the West Coast, including Alaska and Canada. All of his previous recordings have been awarded "Best Recording of the Year" in the Pacific Northwest. Robbie's latest recording 'Between the Lines' was released in December 2013 and he is currently in the studio working on his next album.
Laws is also co-owner of 'Robbie Laws School of Guitar PDX' with his wife Jerri. This is a music company that offers the guitar player several options on their personal journey of learning how to play the guitar along with an optional performance component if the student so desires. This company offers online, private and group guitar lessons as well as workshops held live on the web, locally, regionally and at festivals around the world. His mission is to keep the blues alive and available for generations to come. "Each generation leaves a fingerprint on the music" says Laws. "It's about keeping the music fresh and viable for the next one".Soul Cookin'Billy D and the Hoodoos
Aug 17, '17August 17, 2017Steve CheseboroughThe HereaftersBen Rice Band
August 17, 2017 –
Ben Rice Band hosts bi-weekly residency at one of Portland's Old School Music Venue and Club, Clyde's Prime Rib on NE Sandy. 8 to 11pm the first and third Thursday of every month! A mix of original Blues, Soul, Americana with lots of slide guitar and funky covers of classic American Roots music.Ray BonnevilleJust FriendsMidnight's Children
August 17, 2017 –
Midnight’s Children is a funk/r&b/soul band hailing out of Portland, OR. They play a rocking and always grooving mix of originals and covers spanning a variety of styles and generations, from Prince to Jon Cleary to Erykah Badu and all the mystery in between. Consisting of members all active in the Portland music scene already, they'll be sure to incite audiences to get down!
Aug 18, '17August 18, 2017Bottleneck Blues BandJunk Yard JaneWil Kinky TrioAl and the BluetonesDC Malone
August 18, 2017 –EastSide Bar and Grill ( formerly Duff’s Garage )2530 NE 82nd AveESBGPortland, OR 97220(503) 234-2337Norman Sylvester BandRobbie Laws Band
August 18, 2017 –
Robbie Laws is one of the most decorated and in demand blues guitarists in the Pacific Northwest. He has been honored with 21 Portland Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards, nine of which were for ‘Best Electric Guitarist", the ‘Best Blues Act ' award from the Seattle based Washington Blues Society and the 'Outstanding Achievement in Blues' award from the Portland Music Association. This is a show you don't want to miss!Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers
August 18, 2017 –
Aug 19, '17August 19, 2017James ClemNorman Sylvester BandBilly D & The HoodoosDRUMMERBOY featuring Noah Bell
August 19, 2017 –Sip D'vineSIP
Jeff "Drummerboy" Hayes
Known by his peers as one of the best blues brothers on the circuit, Jeff Hayes has been banging his drums on a dozen recordings with five different bands that included top talent from Washington, Oregon, Mississippi, Colorado and the U.K. You can find him lending his beat, plus songwriting & lead vocal credits on many pressings over the years.
Playing live is where Jeff is home and he has graced the stages of the major festivals in the Pacific NW and several national festivals including the San Felipe Blues Festival in San Felipe Mexico, King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AK and the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, OR. He has played along side such greats such as the late Pinetop Perkins, Michael Burke, Bob Margolin, Mookie Brill, Peter Damann, Eden Brent, John-Alex Mason, Robbie Jordan and Eric “Two Scoops” Moore.Noah Bell's Bottleneck Blues Band was voted Best New Blues Act in 2015 and nominated for the Best CD of the Year by the Cascade Blues Association. The band is a featured act this year at the Waterfront Blues Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Illwaco Seafood and Blues Festival, The Taste of Tacoma, the Wallace Idaho Blues Festival and the Crawdad Festival.
Bottleneck Blues Band was voted Best New Blues Act in 2015 and nominated for the Best CD of the Year by the Cascade Blues Association. The band is a featured act this year at the Waterfront Blues Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Illwaco Seafood and Blues Festival, The Taste of Tacoma, the Wallace Idaho Blues Festival and the Crawdad Festival.
Bottleneck is fronted by Noah Bell and is backed up by an all-star lineup with Randy Monroe on the bass guitar, Pete Moss on saxophone, Franklin Spicer on keys and Nathan Powell kickin' the drums. Bottleneck plays red-hot funky blues designed to make your body move. They are currently debuting new material to be featured on their second album. Their first CD "Twenty First Century Blues" was warmly received and the band is looking forward to their next recording project.A Melissa Etheridge Tribute with Sonny Hess & Friends
August 19, 2017Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers
August 19, 2017 –The Ship TavernTSTPortland ,
8:00p.m.-11:00p.m.RemedyThe Ken DeRouchie Band
August 19, 2017 –
Join The Ken DeRouchie Band for their first performance on the Catfish Lou’s stage. The Ken DeRouchie Band, an 8 piece Soul/R&B band out of Portland and 3-time Muddy Award nominees for best R&B act of 2014, 2015 and 2016 through the Cascade Blues Association.