Bandstand Sept 2017

Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones

Looky Here Blues Fans!

With exotic summer touring from Italy to Alaska, LaRhonda Steele and Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones will join forces for a Spectacular Double Show/Concert Saturday September 23rd at Portlands “loveable” Catfish Lou’s Lounge, restaurant, and dance emporium (2460 NE 24th , PDX)!!!  LaRhonda will be featured early in the evening singing songs from her latest recording and the Join “The Lloyd Jones Struggle” for delightful collaboration! Don’t miss this first appearance back home for both artists since the Waterfront Blues Fest. We sold the place out back in April, so get your tickets early!! (503-309-1203)

BTW – Speaking of Catfish Lou’s, I would like to mention our new Thursday night music creation of “The Swamp –O- Phonics” w/ Mark Shark (Slide Guitar, Mandolin, mastery of open tunings, and vocals), Carlton Jackson (Drums and occasional vocals), Lloyd Jones (vocals, multitude of exotic guitars, magic new songs, stories of the known and unknown universe). The first few weeks we will host special traveling artists. The first will be the spectacular and big-time Delta Groove recording artist favorite of mine… the beloved… TERRY HANCK!!! That’s Thursday September 7th.

Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones


David Kahl – Soul Cookin’, Bayou Boyz, and Other News

Well now, it looks like we survived the Summer and are readying ourselves for a lively Fall. For me, this has been a season of transitions and, difficult though they were, I’ve been lucky to have all manner of support from too many of you to list.

At the beginning of the season, my muse and the love of my life, Lynn Marie, went into Cornerstone, a skilled nursing facility that is, truly, a blessing. I am thankful for the loving care and attention they provide, allowing me to play my gigs without worry. Gratitude also goes out to Duffy Bishop, Chris Carlson, Mitch Kashmar, and many others who have visited Lynn and made the transition easier. I’ve also been able to address my own, long neglected health issues and, so far, it looks good.

Sad to say that, because of these issues, I had to say goodbye to playing with Ty Curtis, my last gig being on a high note, at Waterfront Blues Festival, with him and Robbie Laws. Fortunately, I had plenty of good distractions at Hotel Rose – the series there was as successful as could be, with United By Music North America “Blues Brunch”, Happy Hour Acoustic Series, and “Midnight Rose: Hotel Rose After Dark”, this year hosted by the Bayou Boyz and special guests. Thanks to all who contributed to making this a memorable year.

Keeping my eyes on the musical prize, I was blessed to have the support of many musical friends – Boyd Small’s Blues Allstars, Robbie Laws, and, on a weekly basis, Soul Cookin’ and the Bayou Boyz. These last two keep the juices and the chops in good form. Those who know me best know that the joy of playing is not found in just filling out the calendar, but in the spirit of communion, camaraderie, and community that is provided. What’s been greatest about our Sunday evenings and Wednesday nights has been how the musical family has grown. The core – Brian Foxworth, Don Worth, Lloyd Jones, Mark “Shark” Schatzkamer, Steve Kerin, Dover Weinberg, and Louis Pain – has been augmented and enhanced by others – Jesse Lee Young, Paul Brainard, Pete Moss, Les Hutchinson, Karen Lovely, Kris Deelane, Peter Dammann, and others. You are all the pillars of my strength.

With this said, there’s more. A year ago, I had an idea that is now becoming a reality. The Creative Community Cooperative Project is a proposal for creating equity for working-class creatives. We’re an Oregon registered non-profit, now on our way to certified 501(c)3 status. It’s a model for building high impact, small footprint cultural communities that provide living and work space, performance and exhibition venues, and a range of human services for artists and artisans trying to survive in this city. The vision is for this developing into a network of such cultural safe spaces and, already, we’ve got interest from places as far away as Austin, New Orleans, and even Missoula, Montana. Be prepared. By year’s end, you’re going to be asked for some sort of support and involvement. You won’t be sorry to step in. There’s a lot of work, but it’s parsed out in easily attainable bits. You, my friends, are the agents for the change that you want to see and I am blessed to have you with me. More to come.


David Kahl 


Don Shultz

Hello Blues Lovers!

The Sunday night blues jam continues at The Blue Diamond! This fine venue is located at 2016 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland.

Festivities begin at 6 PM with a set by the host band, then the jam goes until 9 PM. I will be taking over with help from my friend the very talented Timmer Blakely who will be filling in for Allen Markel on bass while Allen is on tour with the Sugar Ray Rayford band.  We also are very fortunate to have Dennis Lusk on keyboards!

September’s special guest line up will be:

9/3 a very special mystery guest to be announced, 9/10 Dover Weinberg (Robert Cray Band) and Mitch Kashmar, 9/17 Whit Draper and Mitch Kashmar, 9/24 Ken Brewer. Stay tuned for upcoming guests as I’ve got some new candidates to add to the mix. It’s been such a blast to get to play music with some of Portland’s finest blues musicians and I’m excited about what’s to come!

Please come on out and support live music at The Blue Diamond, they have a great staff, yummy food, and support our local music scene by having live music 7 nights a week!

Don Shultz