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
Kenny Lee & The Sundowners
Justus Reece
Generation Headstrong
Tom Gilberts Band
Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys
Mick Schafer Band
Bob Shoemaker & Anni Piper
Louis Creed & The Geezer
Project Tsunami
Nikki Jones Band
Jimmy Haggard Band
Altai Band
Fenix Rising
Billy Dee & The Hoodoos
E. Wayne Jones Band

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The Portland blues community didn’t start with the guys in Brown Sugar, but they certainly made it seem that way. It wasn’t Jim’s first band either. I remember sitting down with him many years back for a BluesNotes feature article. He told me his stories about Moxie and the trip to Los Angeles with the thought of becoming stars and a recording contract. About traveling to Europe with his band to play for the troops often in actual combat zones. There was Brown Sugar, the Paul deLay Band, his hiatus from Portland living in Seattle, and his return forming the long-running Jim Mesi Band that continued up until the time of his passing.

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In Loving Memory of Jim Mesi

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