The CBA Says Goodbye To Barry Blackwell

Barry Blackwell with friend Cliff Larson - photo courtesy of Cliff Larson

Barry Blackwell with friend Cliff Larson

It is with extremely heavy hearts and regret that we have to announce that Cascade Blues Association Board Member Barry Blackwell passed away on June 4. As a long-time volunteer and a devoted board member, Barry was always the first to step forward to help out. Willing to work long and hard hours doing event set-ups, merchandise tables, watching the stage access gates at the Waterfront Blues Festival, or any task that needed to be handled, Barry was always there. Diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer in December, he continued to attempt to attend meetings when he could despite his discomfort. Barry Blackwell was a good friend to Portland’s blues and music community, and he always had a smile for everybody. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the Cascade Blues Association, but his memory will live forever within us all.

2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Review

All you need to know about the blues you can learn July 1-4 at the 2016 Portland Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. From the deepest roots of blues music, its spread across borders and generations, to the multiple genres that blues has influenced, this year’s diverse lineup offers a chance to see and hear it all, and inexpensively—120 acts on four stages for a mere $10 per day, a third or less of daily admission to most multiple day festivals—all in support of Portland’s food bank.

blues-fest_Panorama3“We've got one of our strongest, most eclectic lineups ever,” said festival director Peter Dammann. “Ranging from some of the finest blues artists on the planet (blues deities Derek Trucks and Jimmie Vaughan, fast-rising young stars Kingfish and Samantha Fish), to Louisiana's most compelling zydeco/cajun acts (Steve Riley, Chubby Carrier), to cutting edge neo-blues acts (ZZ Ward, the Record Company, JJ Grey & Mofro), to the toughest, most soulful funk band on the planet (Maceo Parker), to New Orleans hottest brass band (Soul Rebels) and living funk/R&B legend (Dr. John) to Liv Warfield & the Prince NPG Hornz remembering their late friend and mentor, in a powerful performance I suspect we will never forget.”

Acts headlining the festival’s two main stages represent a dazzling array of blues styles and all its many spin-offs, including funk, soul, blues fusion, rock, and more...

JJ Grey & Mofro


Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tiny Desk Concert

Curtis Salgado

Walk A Mile In My Blues
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    12:00 pm, Skamania County Fairgrounds
  • June 25, 2016 – Kenny Lee & The Sundowners
    3:00 pm, Skamania County Fairgrounds
  • June 25, 2016 – Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
    6:00 pm, Skamania County Fairgrounds
  • June 25, 2016Norman Sylvester Band
    6:00 pm, Lakewood Center For The Arts
  • June 25, 2016James Clem
    7:30 pm, Muddy Rudder
  • June 25, 2016 – Billy D & The Hoodoos
    8:00 pm, Mac's @ The Vets
  • June 25, 2016Harvey Brindell And The Tablerockers
    8:00 pm, Mark's on the Channel
  • June 25, 2016 – Pin & The Horn Its
    8:00 pm, Duff's Garage
  • June 25, 2016Phamous Phaces
    8:30 pm, Trail's End Saloon
  • June 25, 2016 – Silky
    9:00 pm, Blue Diamond
  • June 25, 2016Stevens Hess Band
    9:00 pm, Roadhouse 101
  • June 25, 2016 – the silky mayer band
    9:00 pm, Blue Diamond
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