Coming Soon - CBA Needs Analysis

Coming Soon – CBA Needs Analysis

By CBA staff

In the coming weeks, the CBA Planning Committee will be distributing a needs analysis email to members, venues and performers currently listed in the CBA database. The purpose of this project is to understand how and where the Cascade Blues Association is serving the community well, and where the CBA can make improvements.

This analysis will arrive in the form of a survey. When you receive yours, please set aside a few minutes to complete the survey form and submit it. We want to capture up-to-the-minute community perspectives — otherwise we’re planning in a vacuum.

Every voice counts, The planning committee cannot stress enough how important each member’s viewpoints will be in prioritizing the planning process, so please be thoughtful and sincere in your feedback.

Tickets on Sale Now for the 42nd Blues Music Awards

Tickets on Sale Now for the 42nd Blues Music Awards!

While everyone hoped this year’s Blues Music Awards might be able to see us gather for a live event, the 2021 BMAs will again be presented virtually on Sunday, June 6, starting at 2 p.m. Pacific time.

The Blues Foundation has partnered with Mandolin to provide a high quality, enhanced viewing experience. Host Big Llou brings the party to celebrate outstanding achievements of blues musicians across 25 categories, and he’ll also bring out several blues artists for surprise appearances. Of course, a solemn tribute will be paid to the many artists who sadly passed this last year.

Tickets to the livestream of the virtual BMAs begin at just $20 for one entry to the event. The VIP package for $50 will allow you to join the VIP Blues Lounge sponsored by Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for Art Tipaldi’s lively backstage conversation with five of your favorite blues stars. Early purchasers are eligible to receive a “Taste of Memphis” box of treats.

More information can be found HERE []





CBA President Greg Johnson diagnosed with cancer

CBA President Greg Johnson diagnosed with cancer

Now for some sad news. If you aren’t on Facebook, you may not know that CBA President Greg Johnson was recently diagnosed with cancer. 

The blues community is stepping up to help Greg and his wife Cherie, please help if you can.
Read below for the details from the GoFundMe introduction story below, here is the link to the campaign.

“This GoFundMe campaign is being created for Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson, Portland’s Cascade Blues Association President, who was recently diagnosed with cancer by Tracy Pain.

On Tuesday, March 23rd, Greg was rushed to the ER by his wife Cherie Johnson with abdominal pain.  Upon examination and tests, it was determined that Greg had a potentially dangerous obstruction and had to undergo emergency surgery the following day.  During that surgery, the doctors discovered a mass and performed a biopsy.  That mass was later confirmed as cancer.

While Greg’s doctors were able to successfully treat his obstruction, the news of the cancer was an unexpected and devastating blow to both Greg and Cherie. Aside from the challenges Greg faces in recovering from the invasive surgery he’s just endured (which in itself will involve special care and rehabilitation in the weeks ahead), he is now faced with many months of radiation treatment, chemo, and additional surgeries. As you can imagine, this has been a life changing event for both Greg and Cherie; Greg was forced into taking an immediate leave of absence from his job and Cherie has had to dramatically cut her hours at work to help with her husband’s treatment and recovery.

Both Greg and Cherie have been extremely active in the Blues/ Music community for many years, supporting hundreds of musicians as well as innumerable music industry events and workers.  In particular, they’ve always stepped up in a big way when others have been stricken with cancer or other serious illness.  Now, it’s Greg and Cherie who need our help.  Please, show your support for this amazing, loving couple as they cope with the medical crisis they’re facing.  The upcoming weeks ahead will be critical as Greg undergoes more testing to see how far his cancer has advanced.  We will be posting updates as they come in.”

Debby Espinor and Angie deRouchie have also set up a meal train, the link is here.  If you can’t deliver a meal, but still want to help, the meal train also has options to donate restaurant or grubhub gift cards.

Cherie has also asked Terry Currier, Joey Scruggs and Shelley Garrett to work on a benefit.  Due to COVID we are going to wait until fall.

Lu’s Jukebox - Lucinda Williams

Lu’s Jukebox – Lucinda Williams
Offers a Series of Streaming Performances

Join award-winning, revered singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams on an unprecedented musical journey spanning time and multiple genres with her latest endeavor, Lu’s Jukebox! This eight-episode series of mostly full-band, in-studio performances will feature a themed set of songs, curated by the multi-Grammy award winner. As a bonus, she’ll introduce an occasional Lu-rarity or new song that fits each episode’s theme. 

Born in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, this collection of songs and stories will also benefit the struggling independent music venues that have helped foster her decades-long career, including both the Aladdin Theater and Revolution Hall in Portland. A percentage of each ticket will go directly to the venue through which it was purchased. 

Lu has poured her heart and soul into each of these episodes. From hand-selecting the songs to giving it her all in the studio, this series has been a journey you won’t want to miss. 

“We’ve actually wanted to do a cover series for a long time now, but never had the time with my touring schedule”, says Williams. “I guess the silver lining in all of this has been to be able to really get inside the songs of some of my favorite artists – see what makes them tick. My hope for this project is that we’ll be able to help as many venues as we can. They’re our homes, as artists. We have to take care of them, for the sake of live music to come.” 

Tracked live by Grammy award-winning producer Ray Kennedy and captured in HD video by Neighborhoods Apart Productions (John Prine, Jason Isbell) your ticket ensures the highest quality content available and one hell of a rock and roll show, all from the comfort of your own home. 

Stream each episode individually, or check out our ticketing bundles. Digital audio downloads — as well as CD and vinyl pre-orders, are available for purchase. 

Purchase your admission at through either the Aladdin Theater or Revolution Hall websites. Various ticket packages are available. Show time is 7 p.m. CT. 

Thursday, November 12: Southern Soul: From Memphis to Muscle Shoals & More  

Thursday, November 19: Bob’s Back Pages: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs 

Thursday, December 3: Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night of ‘60s Country Classics 

Thursday, December 17: Have Yourself a Rockin’ Little Christmas with Lucinda 

Thursday, December 31: It’s Only Rock and Roll: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones 


CBA Board Important Message

CBA Officers Voting Timeline for 2021 Service Terms

Reminder, all elected positions are voted on each year.

General job descriptions follow below, with a more detailed list for the Treasurer position.

*****As Greg noted in his “Ramblings” we have a critical need for a Treasurer

By 11/5-Intent to Run, bio due to Greg include qualifications, send email to

11/9-11/30 Online Membership voting

12/1 Winners will be announced in the Membership email blast and on the CBA website


From the CBA ByLaws

7.3     President. The President shall supervise and direct the business of the corporation. In addition, the President shall preside at meetings of the Members and of the Board of Directors.  The President has the right to make Executive decisions only in situations where the board is deadlocked on a decision. Such decisions will be communicated to the Board via email in a timely manner.  

7.4     Vice President. In the absence of the President or as occasionally designated by the President or Board of Directors, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President. The Vice President will act as counsel to the President when Executive decisions are deemed necessary. 

7.5     Secretary. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings of the Membership and Board of Directors, see that all notices are given in accordance with these Bylaws as required by law, and be custodian of the corporate records. The Secretary shall maintain a list of all generally authorized CBA activities. The Secretary will distribute the monthly meeting minutes to the Board of Directors within 1 week after the monthly meeting.  The minutes will also be stored in a shared location so that backup copies are securely maintained.  The Secretary will also be responsible for creating and distributing the agenda for each monthly meeting at least 24 hours before the date of said meeting.  

7.6     Membership Secretary. The Membership Secretary shall keep the Membership roster current and accurate.  This includes sending out membership cards to all new and renewed members, sending notices to members when membership is about to expire, providing the membership mailing list to the Editor of the Blues Notes so that members receive their newsletter. The Membership Secretary (or their designee) is encouraged to be at the monthly meetings to enroll new members, provide membership cards and update the roster.  This membership roster should be up to date and accurate and include all contact information – address, email, and phone as well as any volunteer interests.  The Membership secretary will be responsible for managing the member database and providing current membership lists to be used at key member meetings such as the picnic, the Muddy Awards, the Holiday party and any other events that will require checking membership status.  The Corporation will provide the Membership Secretary with a laptop and other tools in order for them to do their job effectively.  Since electronic payment is a vehicle that will be used to join the Corporation, the Membership Secretary will be required to monitor electronic submissions and enroll new members promptly upon application submission.  New members and renewing members should receive their authorized Membership cards no later than 1 month after their submission to join or renew.  The Membership Secretary is also responsible for backing up and safely securing all membership data.  

7.7     Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have charge of, custody of and control of all funds of the corporation, shall give and receive monies payable and due to the Corporation from any sources and deposit such money in the name of the Corporation in such banks as may be selected in accordance with these Bylaws. The Treasurer shall maintain a list of generally authorized monetary expenditures approved by the Board. The Treasurer shall be custodian of all financial records, invoices and receipts of the Corporation. The Treasurer shall provide a financial status report to the Board each month which includes all financial transactions of the Corporation.  After each meeting of the membership the Treasurer will count and record monies to be deposited.  This report shall also be stored electronically in a shared location 

Additional details for the Treasurer

Board Position:  Treasurer 

Treasurer is in charge of providing detailed accounting of all funds received and paid out for the organization.  Funds are paid by the treasurer.   

Programs used:  Word, Email, Quickbooks

Approximate average time spend per month:  15 – 20 hours 

Basic Duties:   

  • Pick up mail at Post Office Box weekly
  • Track & keep balances in Bulk Mail Account, Postage Due Account
  • Receive Membership by mail funds & report them to Membership Secretary
  • Receive Blues Notes payments & report them to Blues Notes Editor.  Keep listing of all payments & check them monthly with Editors listing.  Make Copy of all checks for payment reference
  • Responsible for monthly checks: including Rent, Blues Notes Editor, Printer, Webmaster
  • Responsible for yearly expenses:  Insurance, PO Box, Blues Foundation.  Supply copies of these when necessary for events
  • Accounting for Events & merchandise to Board on Monthly Report.  Receive & pay funds at monthly meetings & events.
  • IRS Taxes, Oregon Department of Justice CT-12 filing, State of Oregon Business Renewal
  • Deposit funds in Bank Accounts.  Funds may be deposited into the organizations accounts by another Board member
  • Provide Board with detailed written monthly accounting of all funding activity
  • Keep Board member listing current with the State of Oregon




Catfish Lou's Reopens!

Catfish Lou’s Reopens!

“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” ~Elton John

Music is magical and powerful. It brings us together, heals our hearts, and enables us to express our feelings. From the time I was little, music filled our house, travelled with us in our car, and stayed with us in our hearts. I couldn’t (still can’t) play an instrument to save my life, so I created playlists of my favorite artists for each celebration, broken heart, or road trip. I could always find the perfect theme song to express every emotion from joy to sorrow. Because music helps us feel and it’s as simple as that.

We are all feeling a lot right now. That’s why we want to bring the music back, as safely as possible, to our stages and to our friends. We want to take everyone, ourselves included, out of our heads for a while and into a positive space.

We have worked hard to create a unique experience that will be both intimate and physically distanced!

To protect you and our staff, we’ve moved our shows to our 5,000 sq. ft. event space, doubled the size of the stage, and limited every show to 13 tables of 4 seats each. We want you to relax and take a load off, so to reduce the handling of food, our guest chefs will be taking pre-orders and we will deliver them to your table!

Though the guidelines mean the dance floor is closed, you are welcome and encouraged to dance around your table!

In the past, we’ve seated strangers together and it’s been a great way to make new friends, but in this new phase of shows, we will only seat you with a group if you purchase tickets together. So, book a block of four and encourage your friends to come out for a change of pace.

Please check out our events page on Facebook and purchase your tickets at We look forward to seeing you soon.


Please make the best efforts to arrive as a complete party.  Seating complete parties will significantly decrease the number of people that we will have to escort to their tables.

Abide by the posted signs, social distancing markers, and walking paths.

**Wear your masks upon entry & while walking around the establishment. They do not need to be worn while at your table.**

Take a load off! All food & drink will be ordered and delivered to the table, to minimize the number of people walking around.

Distance Responsibly & Respect other people’s differing comfort levels with social interaction.

Restrooms are limited to five people at a time. There is plenty of room for distancing while waiting in the hallway.

At the end of the show, tables will be released to exit the building by table number to avoid congestion. Please wait for your table number to be called.

We understand that people are still adapting to the new social standards and that mistakes will be made, but blatant disregard for the rules will not be tolerated.

Please help us make all events as safe as possible, so if you see something wrong please let us know.

KBOO Local Blues Radio

Local Blues Radio

Saturdays 5-7PM KBOO 90.7 FM Dr. Jane Manning

Fridays 6-10PM Squrl  4 hours of blues, gospel, soul n zydeco

Oregon Wildfire Sale

Oregon Wildfire Sale Supported by your CBA

Recent fires changed the lives of our community forever.

Help those who lost so much. Donate items or buy. Proceeds go to a non-profit fire fund.


Fire victims shop for free!

Bring ID/proof of recent address.


Oregon City (Location to be announced. Masks required).


TO DONATE: Location will be open for donation drop-off October 30th, noon-8pm.

Items need to be in good condition.

Contact Shelley Garrett at



Contact Shelley Garrett at




Contact Rae at

A Oregon City Lions Club service project with support from

The Cascade Blues Association (





The Summer Performance Project Committee has worked hard for the past several months to arrange for performances in various Portland parks, and are very pleased to announce that Part 1 of the project is complete!

Portland Parks & Recreation hosted ten gigs for the CBA, and we were able to pay the 22 musicians who played. The participating musicians were Julie Amici Trio, Ken Brewer, Joanne Broh Trio, (with Kathryn Grimm and Sonny Hess), John Bunzow (with Denny Bixby), Mary Flower, Robbie Laws, Mojo Holler, Jenny Moriarty Experience, Lauren Sheehan Trio, LaRhonda Steele Trio.

This project came about because of the COVID-19 shutdowns, and the pandemic continues to affect our lives, our livelihoods, and this project. When we started planning this together with Portland Parks & Rec, we all expected to be in Phase 2 when we started doing the lunchtime gigs for families arriving to pick up food.

Unfortunately, pandemic numbers persist and Portland remains in Phase 1, so we had to follow health directives and change up our plans. Our careful ‘lottery’ system of scheduling performances went partway out the window as Parks & Rec mandated over half the gigs be struck off the schedule.  Many thanks to the musicians who hung in there through so many schedule change-ups!

We also want to recognize all the volunteers and the volunteer committee, including Richard LaChapelle, Jeanette Aglipay, and Belinda Clark, who offered their assistance when we put out a call for it. Unfortunately, we had to put them all on standby in keeping with the health directives that limited the number of people involved. We will be calling on them again when we are ready to schedule the Part 2 performances, though!

Our intention was to be able to share the schedule with members, friends and family, so those who weren’t comfortable going inside venues to hear live music could join us at the parks.  Because we had to severely reduce the number of bodies present for the gigs — which included Parks staff and volunteers, their partners on site, the band members, AND the families arriving for the program — we couldn’t share the locations with our members.

As it was, the committee members slipped into each park ahead of the Free Lunch + Play program opening to set up a spot to perform, erecting a canopy and providing power source, PA, and water if required. Often, it became necessary to slip away from the area in order to keep the numbers under the maximum permitted. The benefit of the same few of us being at all the events was greater efficiency; we could pack up the site in less than 10 minutes!

Circumstances around the pandemic drove our timeline for Part 1 and will continue to determine how and what we can do for Part 2. We still plan on scheduling gigs for the remaining musicians — with Friends and Family invited — and holding these at less-risky ‘safer’ locations. However, we don’t yet know when we’ll be able to do that. We reassess and weigh our options weekly, daily even, and will let everyone know the What, When and Where’s as soon as we figure it all out. In the meantime, we ask that you please bear with us.

The performers pictured in the collage are (clockwise): LaRhonda Steele, Julie Amici, Joanne Broh, Lauren Sheehan, John Bunzow, Mojo Holler, Mary Flower, Ken Brewer, Robbie Laws, Jenny Moriarty Experience. Many more artists yet to come!

📷 Photos by Marie Walters


2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition

2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition
Entries Now Being Accepted

Since 2005, The Blues Foundation has annually held a competition to recognize excellence in independent blues recordings. The Best Self-Produced CD competition is open to affiliated blues societies from around the world to submit one entry each, preferably selected by a regional competition. 

The Cascade Blues Association has taken part in this event since its inception and submitted the overall winner chosen in 2011 — Joe McMurrian’s Get Inside This House. Last year’s entry, Rich Layton & Tough Town’s Salvation Road was one of the top five finalists. 

The CBA is now accepting submissions for this year’s competition. All are welcome to enter with the exception of artists who have been nominated for or received a Blues Music Award, or recordings on labels that have been nominated or received a Blues Music Award. No compilation discs, and only artists from Oregon, Washington or Idaho will be accepted. Only CDs released between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 are eligible.  

Entries will be judged on Blues Content, Musical Performance, Audio Quality and Production Value of the Recording, Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design, and Credits and Liner Note Information by a local committee. The winning local disc selected will be submitted to The Blues Foundation for the international competition, with the winners announced during the finals at the 2021 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. 

Mail your entries to: BSPCD c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 6566, Portland, Oregon 97228. All entries must be received by Wednesday, October 7, postmarked no later than October 6th. Depending on the status of the pandemic situation, if we are able to hold general membership meetings, entries may be dropped off in person at those through October 7th.