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Performance Venue Project – Progress Report

Performance Venue Project Progress Report 7/28/20  The shutdown of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected musicians and venues particularly hard. As we re-open the economy we can see independent music venues struggling; some are trying to balance physical spacing and capacity limits and some are no longer offering live music, while others will stay closed.  […]

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Ramblings On My Mind August 2020

Ramblings on My Mind August 2020 Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Association President  It has been a strange long year with seemingly no end in sight at this point as to when we’ll be able to visit our favorite venues to enjoy live blues, or music of any kind for that matter. That is of course if […]

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Gerald McClendon – Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now 

Gerald McClendon  Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now Delta Roots Records by Greg Johnson  Chicago vocalist Gerald McClendon releases his latest disc, Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now, offering a dozen original tracks that blend everything you can possibly desire in pure R&B and soul music, done in the bluesiest of fashions. Using the basic themes of undying love, […]

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July General Meeting Cancelled 

July General Meeting Cancelled We had hoped for better news this month, but Covid-19 continues to change our plans on a regular basis as of late. With the current postponement of the reopening of Multnomah County, the effects will also alter our chances of holding our monthly meetings until further changes can take place. We […]

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Linsey Alexander – Live at Rosa’s 

Linsey Alexander  Live at Rosa’s Delmark Records   by John Taylor  The “Hoochie Man” lives. And Linsey Alexander, whose blues are as authentic and Chicago as they come, is living well, if his “Live at Rosa’s” album, released May 15, is any indication.  The eight-song collection comes from a recent show at the storied Chicago blues club, […]

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New Music Releases July 2020

New Music Releases July 2020 There is so much good music out there. To help sort through it, we recommend starting here.  Albert Castiglia – Wild and Free (Gulf Coast Records)  Ana Popovic – Live For Live (Artist Exclusive)  Crystal Shawanda – Church House Blues (True North Records)  Gerald McClendon – Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now […]

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David Jacobs-Strain, Christopher Worth and Haley Johnsen – New EPs to be Released Simultaneously

David Jacobs-Strain, Christopher Worth and Haley Johnsen New EPs to be Released Simultaneously Three of the area’s brightest young artists will come together for one special night to release new music EPs at the Alberta Rose Theatre.  David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet known for both his virtuosity and spirit […]

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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival-ONLINE

40th Cathedral Park Free Jazz Festival  Will Be Virtual, Streaming Live Online  July 17, 18 and 19, 2020  Portland, Oregon, June 27 2020 – Like jazz, life in the time of the pandemic is about improvisation.    This year, the 40th annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival will be virtual, streaming live online at https://www.twitch.tv/cathedralparkjazz Friday through Sunday, July 17-19, 2020, thanks to presenting sponsor, Oregonians Credit Union, and the organizer, the Jazz Society of Oregon. For […]