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.
2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition
UPDATE: The Blues Foundation has cancelled the 2021 International Blues Challenge and all the events, including the Best Self Produced CD competition, due to the pandemic crisis. They look forward to holding the event in 2022.
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 6. 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 October7.
Here is a list of local Blues & Roots Musicians**
Please help if you are able to!
Ben Rice, paypal.me/BenRiceMusic
Big Monti paypal.me/BigMontiNashville, Venmo @Monti-Big
Brian Foxworth, Venmo @Foxworth-Brian, Zelle @BrianFoxworth, Cash app @BrianFoxworth
Chad Rupp, paypal.me/chadrupp (Divine Fire Pepper)
Dave Kahl, Ldkahl2000@yahoo.com
Dave Melyan, paypal.me/DaveMelyan
Dave Roberts, paypal.me/DaveOnDrums
David K. Matthews, paypal.me/2davidmatthews1
Duffy Bishop/Chris Carlson, paypal.me/guitarchris
Edwin Coleman III, email@example.com
Hank Shreve, paypal.me/HenryShreve
Jason Thomas, paypal.me/JasonJTThomas
John Bunzow, paypal.me/johnbunzowmusic, Venmo @John-Bunzow
Julie Amici https://julieamici.com/happy-hour/
Kivett Bednar, Venmo @kivettbednar
Lisa Mann, paypal.me/lisamarkel1
Lloyd Jones, paypal.me/LloydHaveMercyJones
Louis Pain, paypal.me/KingLouiePain
Mary Flower, paypal.me/maryflowermusic
Melody Guy, Venmo @Melody-Guy2
Rae Gordon, Venmo @bluesrae, paypal firstname.lastname@example.org
Tave Fasce Drake, Venmo @TaveFasceDrake, Paypal, PayPal.Me/tavefasce
Terry Robb www.paypal.me/terryrobbguitar
**contact us at email@example.com to be added
from the Cascade Blues Association
If you’re reading this and you’re a member of the Cascade Blues Association the website now contains your monthly issue of the BluesNotes online. Due to the coronavirus situation and its serious impact on all our lives, we have had to make some difficult and unforeseen decisions. All of the content that is usually printed is now available here on the website by clicking on each heading above for now. The pandemic has led to the state-wide stay at home order, shutting down venues and businesses and preventing gatherings. These circumstances have created a tremendous hardship for local musicians and venues with the loss of performance dates and subsequent loss of income. Please bear with us as we navigate our new reality.
The major consequence of the coronavirus pandemic for the Cascade Blues Association is the cancellation of our monthly membership meetings. Most of our monthly revenue comes from membership, merchandise, and raffle-ticket sales at our meetings, and our advertising income for shows has dried up as well. Further, with no local gigs scheduled, the calendar we provide is basically nonexistent. Without this income, it’s clear we simply cannot afford to print BluesNotes. The cost behind putting the paper together and mailing it would deplete the budget we have for this year long before we even approach the end of December. So, at least for the next couple months, perhaps for however long this pandemic continues, the BluesNotes will only be available online for our members. Once the situation begins to straighten out, we will have to look at how our finances are holding out before we return to printing the paper.
Our general membership meetings are also on hold until the stay-at-home order is lifted and we can again congregate in groups and bars/restaurants are allowed to operate. As we did in April, we have cancelled the meeting scheduled for May. The acts scheduled to perform in May were contacted and have accepted an offer to perform at September’s meeting. Hopefully all will be back to normal, or at least as close to normal as possible, by then. If more meetings need to be cancelled we will let all know in advance.
Thank you for your understanding. But even more, thank you for being Cascade Blues Association members.
– CBA Board of Directors
By Marie Walters
This rookie’s first Journey To Memphis was a whirlwind of preparation, travel, showcases, jams, performances, and eateries — all topped off with lack of sleep. I was lucky to be traveling with IBC ‘veterans’ so I had plenty of advice on how to navigate my week on Beale Street, starting with “you simply can’t see it all.” And that’s the truth! With over 200 bands and musicians performing in 17 different venues over four days, 10,000 steps a day was easy while crisscrossing Beale Street trying to catch every act I wanted to see. These included the CBA’s own entries: Generation Headstrong in the Youth Showcase, Louis Creed and the Geezer in the Solo/Duo category, and Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys (JW/SD) competing with other bands.
Although I also wanted to see other artists who’d previously played Portland, including Duffy Bishop, Blue Moon Marquee, and JW Jones (in HOROJO Trio), not to mention showcases and jams with local favorites, it wasn’t possible to be everywhere I wanted to be.
All competitors performed twice during the quarterfinals on Wednesday and Thursday. By the second day there was buzz about JW/SD, and bodies were packed right out to the street wanting to check out this powerhouse band! Late that night they announced the Donkeys made it to the semi-finals and we all celebrated well into the wee hours.
Friday we learned when and where JW/SD were playing that evening. Meanwhile the Youth Showcase took place early evening across 12 different venues. Generation Headstrong had an early slot and did a great job on stage, building on all they learned in workshops that week. The audience loved their set, especially their covers of Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” and “Walking the Dog”!
Even at the larger venue, Johnny and the Donkeys had the place packed inside and out, receiving standing ovations for their out-of-the-ballpark set. Nobody was really surprised when they announced JW/SD were among the eight bands going to the finals at the Orpheum on Saturday — but everyone sure was thrilled!
JW/SD were the first band to play on the Orpheum stage Saturday. They rocked a slightly shorter set to keep within their time slot. All these bands and solo/duo acts were the best of the IBCs and so much talent crossed that stage, but it was nerve racking to wait through 14 more performances and an All Star Showcase before knowing the result!
Finally Blues Foundation President Barbara Newman took the stage to announce the winners. In the band category, HOROJO Trio (with JW Jones, who also won the Gibson Guitarist Award) from Ottawa took first place, the Jose Ramirez Band from D.C. was second, and the Pitbull of Blues Band out of Florida came third.
In the Solo/Duo category, Hector Anchondo from Omaha won first place, and also the Memphis Cigar Box Award. Felix Slim from Long Island took second place and won the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award. Our own Rich Layton was short-listed for Best Self-Produced CD, however Sweet Thing Moonshine Society out of Virginia won in that category. Congratulations to ALL the bands that made it to the finals! If it was difficult for me to narrow down the best beyond the top four or five, I can only imagine how difficult it was for the judges!
The Blues Foundation has announced their nominations for the Blues Music Awards and we want to give a huge shout out to Curtis Salgado for two nods as Instrumental- Vocals and Soul Blues Artist. Also Terry Robb has received a nomination for his spectacular disc Confessin’ My Dues, up for the Acoustic Album award.
On the International Blues Challenge front, the Cascade Blues Association submitted Rich Layton & Tough Town’s recording Salvation Road into the Best Self-Produced CD competition and we’re thrilled to announce that they have reached the five finalists.
Congratulations to all, and the best of luck to each of you.
The Journey To Memphis is the Cascade Blues Association’s regional competition to select the acts that will represent our organization and region in 2021’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Up to 250 acts from around the world converge on Beale Street to perform before the music industry searching for new talent, with the chance to win recognition and prizes that include major festival performances and more. But the only way an act may participate is to win a regional competition held by one of The Blues Foundation’s affiliated societies, like our Cascade Blues Association.
The Journey To Memphis competition consists of two rounds. The opening round will be held this year in early-to-mid-May at a venue to be determined. The event may take place over more than one night depending on the number of acts wishing to compete. Acts are scored by a trio of judges selected for their backgrounds and knowledge of the blues. The highest scoring acts from each night of competition (up to four acts) will advance to the finals held at the Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4th.
Applications to participate in the competition will be accepted from now until Wednesday, April 1 at the Cascade Blues Association membership meeting. No late applications will be accepted. All acts that meet our criteria as described below will be eligible to compete. The performance schedule for the competition is drawn at random.
Here’s the application information:
- Entry fee is $25.00
- Each act must have at least one person in the band who is a member of the Cascade Blues
- Only acts located within the region of Oregon, or Washington are allowed to enter the
Journey To Memphis.
- Any act or member of an act that has been nominated for or received a Blues Music
Awards from The Blues Foundation are ineligible to compete. No exceptions.
- Any act that has competed in the International Blues Challenge two consecutive years,
regardless whether with the same society or as a solo/duo or band act, must sit out a year
before being allowed to compete again. Acts can only participate three times in Memphis
(acts competing previous to 2017 will be grandfathered and may compete three times
starting from 2017).
- Along with your $25.00 application fee, send an up-to-date band bio including names of
all members, a 300 dpi photo of the band, full song samples of the band’s music (this
may be used on a radio broadcast to promote the event), and we need to be made aware
of any band member who may be under 21 years of age at the time of the competition so
the venue is aware ahead of time for Oregon or Washington Liquor Commission laws.
- We require that any act that moves forward in the competition must use the same band
members that they won the rounds with. In other words, if you won with a certain bass
player or drummer at the Waterfront Blues Festival, that bassist and drummer must be in
your band to compete in Memphis. Exceptions will made in rare circumstances beyond the control of the act, such as health issues.
- We do not prevent acts competing with the Cascade Blues Association from doing so
with other societies. All that we ask is that if you win another group’s competition before
ours is held, or if you win ours before theirs, please remove yourself from further
competitions to allow other acts the chance to win the right to go to Memphis.
The Holiday Party on Sunday December 8th required a lot of volunteer help.
CBA member volunteers
Bryan Olson, Jeanette Aglipay, John Fletcher, Leslie Murphy, Tom Rich, Pat Rolsing, Bobby Kouacick, Cherie Johnson, Joe Garofoli, Jon Pierce, Don Geren
Bands- JT Wise Band, Gerle Haggard, PDX Social Club
Emcees Timothy James & Tave Fasche Drake
Volunteer Committee– Jeanette Aglipay, Belinda Clark and Richard LaChapelle
The CBA Board Jamey Winchester (lead and talent for this event) Brad Bleidt (design guru, communication, cat wrangler and post event merchandise handler) Merry Larsen (silent auction) Kim Allmaras (silent auction) Greg Johnson (raffle and announcements) Randy Murphy (front door and pre-event merchandise handler) Katie Allard (front door membership) Ron Johnson (door monitor) and gift wrapper extraordinaire Marie Walters!
And a special thanks to the members who brought the fabulous desserts!
Shelley Garrett-Vice President
Mike Todd-Membership Secretary, Welcome!
Returning At-Large Members
Randy Murphy, Kim Allmaras. Brad Bleidt, Ron Johnson