Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s announcement cancelling any events or gatherings of 250 people for a four-week period, the Cascade Blues Association’s General Membership Meeting scheduled for April 1 has been cancelled.

This decision was difficult. After the CBA board members discussed the issues and then consulted with the musicians scheduled to perform at the meeting, we determined it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel April’s meeting.

Although our meetings do not usually bring in 250 people, there were many factors we needed to consider when making this decision. Our concern was for CBA members, guests, musicians, the sound crew, our board members, and volunteers, both those for the CBA as well as those for The Eagles. Given the fact that many who attend our meetings fall within the age and at-risk categories health authorities suggests should stay away from large gatherings, we wanted to err on the side of caution and avoid exposing anyone to a potential risk of infection.

Though this decision is disappointing, it is also the right and responsible decision to make at this time.

Due to the cancellation, the Journey To Memphis application deadline which was originally set for the conclusion of the meeting, will be extended for one week until April 7. Entries may be mailed (post-marked no later than April 6) to Journey To Memphis (J2M) c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 6566, Portland, OR 97228. Or they can be handed over directly to any CBA board member no later than April 7.

Also, the Waterfront Blues Festival volunteer sign-ups normally begins at the April meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience of those planning on doing so at this meeting, but we will continue the process in both May and June.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.