Local Musicians Receiving Award Nominations

Curtis Salgado Headlines The Chowder & Brewfest

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.Terry Robb - Confessin’ My Dues

Local Musicians Receiving Award NominationsOn 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.

Journey To Memphis Competition 2021

2020 Journey To MemphisThe 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

Association.

  • 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.

Thank You To Holiday Party Volunteers

Thank You To Holiday Party VolunteersThe Holiday Party on Sunday December 8th required a lot of volunteer help.

Thank you!

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!

Cascade Blues Association, Many Opportunities for CBA Volunteers

Cascade Blues Association, Many Opportunities for CBA Volunteers

Greg Johnson-President

Shelley Garrett-Vice President

Merry Larsen-Treasurer

Marie Walters-Secretary

Mike Todd-Membership Secretary, Welcome!

 

Returning At-Large Members

Randy Murphy, Kim Allmaras. Brad Bleidt, Ron Johnson

CBA Holiday Party

CBA Holiday PartyJoin the Cascade Blues Association for our annual Holiday Party, again returning to the East Portland Moose Lodge. The doors open at noon, with performances throughout the day — The JT Wise Band, Gerle Haggard, Timothy James and Tave Fasce Drake, closing out with PDX Social playing with a full horn section. Timothy and Tave will be your emcees throughout the day, playing acoustic guitars between sets. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes.

Members are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.

The Moose Lodge is a very family friendly space: pool and shuffleboard are free and you can play darts for a reasonable charge. This is an all ages event.

The East Portland Moose Lodge 1891, 16411 NE Halsey St. Noon – 6:00 pm. CBA members are free and all others pay only a $5.00 donation to attend.CBA Holiday Party

2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition

2020 Best Self-Produced CD CompetitionSince 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.

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 after November 1, 2018 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.

All entries for the CBA must be received no later than the October 2 membership meeting at The East Portland Eagles Lodge. Entries can be mailed to: BSPCD c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 6566, Portland, Oregon 97228 (must be postmarked no later than October 1 if mailed) or can be delivered in person at the October general membership meeting.

Blues Blast Awards Honors Ben Rice

Congratulations to Ben Rice for being named the 2019 recipient of the Sean Costello Rising Star Award from the Blues Blast Awards. It is hard for us to believe that Ben is a “rising star” as he has been such a solid presence in our region for the better part of two decades. Along with his Blues Music Award nominations, this has been quite a ride for him this year gaining much-deserved international recognition. The Cascade Blues Association is proud of Ben’s accomplishments and we foresee it as only the beginning of many more honors to come.

CBA Autographed Guitar Winner
CBA Autographed Guitar Winner

Autographed Guitar winner Lina with CBA President Greg Johnson

The CBA extends its congratulations to Lina, the winner of this year’s CBA autographed guitar. Multiple signatures from some of the blues world’s renowned musicians adorned the guitar, which the CBA offered in a raffle at the Waterfront Blues Festival and other venues during the last year. Thanks as well to everyone who purchased tickets to help raise funds for the CBA.

2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition

2020 Best Self-Produced CD CompetitionSince 2005, The Blues Foundation has annually held a competition to recognize excellence in independent blues recordings. The 2020 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.

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 after November 1, 2018 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.

All entries for the CBA must be received no later than the October 2 membership meeting at The East Portland Eagles Lodge. Entries can be mailed to: BSPCD c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 6566, Portland, Oregon 97228 or can be delivered in person at the August, September or October general membership meetings.

It may be September, but the summer heat is a long way from being over. Especially when it comes to blues performances in Portland and its region. That’ll certainly be true for the September Cascade Blues Association General Membership Meeting. And to make sure that’s the case we’re bringing back two of our strongest acts over the past few years, both who represented our organization in Memphis and continue to do the Northwest proud every time they take the stage.

September General Membership MeetingJulie Amici and Dean Mueller will be kicking off the meeting with the help of Thad Beckman on guitar. Julie and Dean just recently finished their upcoming album “I Loved You So,”and since the early feedback has been so strong, they’re holding off officially releasing the album while they prepare to launch it nationally. Many of the tunes from the album will be presented during their set at the meeting, giving the CBA membership early access their original music.

This pair has been nominated for three Muddy Awards and were the winners of the 2017 Solo/Duo Competition for Journey To Memphis. Much of the material they developed for the International Blues Challenge made it onto the new record giving this Americana album a distinct blues flavor.

Julie’s strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50’s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean’s bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs. With this deep background of musical taste and expertise, Julie and Dean have developed their own unique style that is hard to define, yet intimately familiar and broadly approachable to a wide varied audience.

September General Membership MeetingFor the second set of the night, we will be bringing back Sister Mercy. Fonted by the amazing vocal prowess of April Brown, they’ve quickly become one of Portland’s favorite blues band.  Winner of the Journey to Memphis in both 2015 and 2017, Sister Mercy went on to compete in in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and placed in the semi-finals in 2016 and 2018.  Their latest album “Diamonds” has steadily been gaining critical international acclaim for the band’s powerhouse vocals and original songwriting.

Vocal harmonies are the key to the unique quality of the band with Scott Garcia on vocals and guitar, Roger Espinor on vocals and drums, John Webb, vocals and bass and Debby Espinor, keys and vocals.

Nominated for the Best New Band and Best Contemporary Blues Band Muddy Awards by the CBA, Sister Mercy will make you want to dance the days and nights away.  Expect another album in 2020 as the band is busy in the studio writing and recording new material. And expect an fun, entertaining evening as they take the The Garages Stage.

CBA Membership Meeting-Location change for this date only to: 
The Garages, 4810 SW Western Ave. Beaverton, Wednesday, September 4. 7:00 pm. Members are always free. Non-members $5.00. all ages until 9pm
We apologize for the late notice!