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East Portland Eagles Lodge to Host
2019 Journey To Memphis Competition

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

Beale Street

The 2019 Cascade Blues Association Journey To Memphis competition will take place over the weekend of Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Eighteen acts will face off for the right to represent the Cascade Blues Association and the region at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN (January 28 – February 1, 2020). Past CBA acts have fared well in Memphis including Karen Lovely, Ty Curtis, and Rae Gordon each taking home prizes from the finals.

Each act will play twenty-minute sets before a group of judges scoring them on blues content, vocals, instrumentation, originality, and stage presence. The top two scoring acts from each night will move onto the finals to be held at the Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4 where the overall winner will be determined.

The competition will be held at The East Portland Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd. $10.00 admission each day (proceeds to be awarded as prize money to help defray some of the travel expense to Memphis). All ages welcome.

  FRIDAY, May 10   SATURDAY, May 11
7:10
Kenny Lee & The Sundowners
7:15
GreyDogz
8:15
Justus Reece
7:50
Generation Headstrong
8:50
Tom Gilberts Band
8:25
Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys
9:25
Mick Schafer Band
8:55
Bob Shoemaker & Anni Piper
9:55
Louis Creed & The Geezer
9:30
Project Tsunami
10:30
Nikki Jones Band
10:05
Jimmy Haggard Band
11:00
Altai Band
10:40
Fenix Rising
11:35
Billy Dee & The Hoodoos
11:15
E. Wayne Jones Band

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