Best Self-Produced CD 2023

Cascade Blues Association
Best Self-Produced CD
2023 competition now open!

  1. Entries are now open for the best self-produced CD competition. The winner will represent the Cascade Blues Association in the International Blues Foundation Best Self-Produced CD competition 2023.
  2. The artist submitting the CD, or at least one member of the band, must be a Cascade Blues Association Member.
  3. Entry fee is $25. Payment can be made via check made out to ‘Cascade Blues Association’ and included with your entry, or made via PayPal to
  4. Entries are open now and close on midnight September 25 2022. Entries may be mailed to: Cascade Blues Association Best Self-Produced CD, PO Box 6566, Portland OR 97228-6566
  5. Entries must include –
  • 7 copies of the CD
  • phone and email contact details for the entrant
  • Cascade Blues Association member number
  1. Eligible entries are those released between September 25, 2021 and September 25, 2022.
  2. Compilations are not eligible.
  3. A performer who has previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly WC Handy Award) shall not be eligible for this competition. A CD issued in the name of an otherwise eligible performer which also includes the contributions of a Blues Music Award nominee may be ineligible, depending on the extent of the contribution. Please contact the President directly to confirm eligibility.
  4. A CD on a record label that has previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award shall not be eligible for this competition.
July 2022 General Membership Meeting

July 2022
General Membership Meeting

Join us for the Cascade Blues Association member meeting at The Garages on July 6 at 6pm. After a huge festival weekend, we know you will need some more blues to help you recover. Please come and support our meeting and our artists, to keep the blues alive in Portland all year long. Opening act is the Shelly Rudolph Duo, followed by AC Porter Band. See you there!

Ramblings - May 2022

Ramblings June 2022

Our Blues Notes and email blast this month are going to be very brief. So if you’re looking online, and asking yourself, where’s the content, don’t hold your breath. All our efforts have gone into the relaunch of the print edition of Blues Notes, which will be ready for you in late June. Pick up a copy at the Waterfront Blues Festival, the member meeting at The Garages, or one of these great locations.

Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd Portland OR 97202, open Wed-Sat 12-5pm

Catfish Lou’s / Legends Billiard Room, 6540 SW Fallbrook Pl, Beaverton OR 97008, open Monday-Friday 5pm-midnight, Saturday and Sunday 11am till late

CI Bar and Grill, 18786 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Tualatin OR, 97062, open 7 days 7am-12.30am

Mekong Bistro, 8200 NE Siskiyou st, Portland OR 97220, open 7 days 6-11pm

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th ave Portland 97215, open 7 days noon-2am

Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside st Portland OR 97214, open 10am-10pm every day except Sunday, 11am-9pm

Parkers Hideout, 5821 SE Johnson Creek Blvd, Portland OR 97206, open 7 days 2-10pm

Slims, 8635 N Lombard St Portland OR 97203, open 7 days 7am -2.30am

Tigardville Station, 12370 SW Main st Tigard 97223, open 7 days 11am-130am

3 Tracks Music, 7419 N Burlington Ave, Portland OR 97203, open Tues-Thurs 2-530pm, Fri Sat 12-530pm

Do you have a business where we can leave copies of our free magazine? Please get in touch with the President.

Congratulations to our Journey to Memphis finalists – the TJ Wong Trio, James Ortega Y Los Demon Drivers, The Fabulous Bad Cats and the Pat Stillwell Band. Thanks everyone that helped make the heats at Mekong Bistro such a great event. The contenders will compete for the chance to represent Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN 2023. The finals are at the Waterfront Blues Festival on Monday July 4th from 1130am.

Stop by the Cider Summit where we will have a Cascade Blues Association fundraising and merchandise booth, June 10 and 11, Fields Neighborhood Park PDX.

Join us at the member meeting on June 1st at the Garages from 6pm. Featuring the Chris Stone and Robbie Laws duo, followed by the Pat Stillwell band. This is the easiest place to sign up for volunteering at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Why volunteer? No you won’t get free entry, but a little birdie told me some of our volunteers will be getting backstage access, so sign up now.

See you for the print edition!


Bandstand - Bandstand from Froggy - Bandstand - Lloyd Jones

Squrl Presents Shows in the Columbia Gorge!

Saturday Aug 13th, Rick Estrin and Nightcats  ( benefit for the Rowena Wildlife Clinic)
Best Western HR Inn, (on the water next to toll bridge) 7-10 show Tix $30 TBA
Sun Aug 21st Henry Cooper’s Blues All-Stars (Henry-Guitar, Kim Field-Harp, Jimi Bott-Drums, Ed Neuman-Keys/Bass)
The Pines Vineyard in The Dalles (MillCreek Rd)  Showtime 4-7 Tix $20 TBA

Rick Estrin and Nightcats

2023 Journey to Memphis Finalists

Journey to Memphis
Youth Showcase Contest 2022
Entries now open

The Cascade Blues Association will appoint one youth showcase act to perform at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2023.

  1. Entries are now open and will close at midnight on June 20 2022. The winner will be announced at the Journey to Memphis competition final at Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4th.
  2. All members in the act must be under 21 years of age to enter.
  3. At least one member of the act must be a Cascade Blues Association member to enter.
  4. To enter, each act must provide i) Cascade Blues Association member number ii) a link to one song iii) an essay of 250 words or less titled ‘why I would like to represent the city of Portland at the International Blues Challenge’.
  5. Entries must be emailed to
  6. Entry is free and judging will be from the CBA board members