April General Membership Meeting

Please join The Cascade Blues Association as we kick off a new year in a new venue for our membership meetings —  The McMenamins Mission Theater. This is going to be the perfect way to begin 2019 since we’re bringing in some of the finest blues musicians of the region for this first meeting at The Mission.

Starting the year off will be a set from our 2018 Journey To Memphis winner Ben Rice, who will be heading to Tennessee later this month to represent us at the International Blues Challenge. A two-time finalist at the IBC and recipient of the St. Blues Guitar Award for best guitarist in the solo/duo competition. This year he was the winner of two Muddy Awards this year for contemporary act and the “Curtis Salgado” male vocalist categories.

Ben’s website explains that “[h]is music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original. His guitar playing earns labels like ‘fearless,’ ‘inventive’ and ‘powerful,’ and he routinely brings audiences to their feet with his stunning and emotionally honest vocal delivery. Ben is as much home fronting his electric blues band as he is captivating a crowd solo with nothing but his voice and his resonator guitar.”

For the second set of music, we will feature this year’s recipient of a Cascade Blues Association’s Lifetime Achievement Muddy Award, Robbie Laws, playing with his Swing Trio. Renowned as a master guitarist, Robbie has been the recipient of the Muddy Award for electric guitar nine times and has shared the stage alongside some of the very best blues artists of our time, including Albert Collins and Ronnie Earl. Laws possesses the inherent ability to authentically convey different musical styles such as 1940’s Jump Swing, traditional country blues, Piedmont, Delta, early Texas, and Chicago, yet is comfortable playing uptown jazz as well as progressive rock.

Robbie will be performing at the meeting with his Swing Trio, which teams him with drummer Eric Ching and organist Ben Partain. This is guaranteed to be one groovin’ set of tasty music you won’t want to miss.

And of course we will have our popular free ticket drawing and winner-take-all drawing, so don’t miss out on the chance on your chance to win fun prizes. It is still one of the best blues happening taking place every month — no matter the venue. Great music and good friends, what could possibly be better?

The Mission Theater is located at, 1624 NW Glisan Street. Festivities begin at 7:00 pm and the fun is free to CBA members (please show current membership card at door) and $5.00 for non-members. All ages welcome.

2021 Muddy Awards

30th Annual Muddy AwardsThe 30th annual Muddy Awards took on a new venue, new format and an old look for the actual award, and it all came across in spectacular fashion. Now including multiple short showcases featuring nominated acts, everything fell in line and on time. The big winners of the night had to be Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager, with their recording Rough Cut taking home both the best Northwest and National Recording awards, while they also were named the top Traditional Blues Act. To put just an extra touch to it all, Alan Hager was also named the Electric Guitar recipient. Four new inductees into the Muddy Hall of Fame (a person needs to win a respective category three consecutive years for this honor): Alan Hager (Electric Guitar), Steve Kerin (Keyboards), LaRhonda Steele (“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist) and Mary Flower (“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar). The “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement was presented to Robbie Laws.

Special thanks goes out to board member James Kosek for taking a lead, obtaining the venue and putting together the new format, Paul Wyss for putting together the presentation, and Wendy Schumer, Greg Johnson, and Shelley Garrett for multiple behind the scenes work. To all of the board members for their hard work and the numerous volunteers necessary this year to provide work at the front door and in the green room

The 2018 Muddy Awards Winners are:

Contemporary Blues Act: Ben Rice

“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act: Norman Sylvester Band

Traditional Blues Act: Curtis Salagado & Alan Hager

New Act: Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys

Regional Act: Hank Shreve Band

“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist: LaRhonda Steele (Hall of Fame induction)

“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist: Ben Rice

Electric Guitar: Alan Hager (Hall of Fame induction)

“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar: Mary Flower (Hall of Fame induction)

Bass: Lisa Mann

Keyboard: Steve Kerin (Hall of Fame induction)

“Jimi Bott” Drums: Brian Foxworth

Harmonica: Mitch Kashmar

Horns: Pete Moss

Venue: Catfish Lou’s

“The Hurley Award”: Jeri Davis-Paletta

Northwest Recording: Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager- “Rough Cut”

National Recording: Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager – “Rough Cut”

Northwest Event: Benefit for David Kahl

Performance of The Year: Beth Hart @ Waterfront Blues Festival

“George Page” Back What You Believe In: Steve Pringle

“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement: Robbie Laws

OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS

OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS

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 Secrearty 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

Merry Larsen - Candidate for CBA Treasurer

Merry Larsen – Candidate for CBA TreasurerMerry Larsen - Candidate for CBA Treasurer

Qualifications:
Work experience in sales & marketing.
Past National Oregon Director for General Federation of Junior Women’s Clubs

CBA Contributions:
At-large Board Member from 1996, 1997, 2012 & 2013.
Treasurer for past 5 years
3 year Sub-committee (not on the Board): Scholarship Program. Raised funds with events, set guidelines & selected recipients
21 years backstage co-captain WFBF
Lead or committee member on CBA produced events

Goals:
Maintain the CBA as a financially sound organization.
Increase participation & communication within the community, CBA members & Board.

Shelley Garrett - Candidate for CBA Vice-President

Shelley Garrett – Candidate for CBA Vice-PresidentShelley Garrett - Candidate for CBA Vice-President

Qualifications:
Served as Vice-President in 1995, Secretary from 1993-94
My work experience included leading diverse teams to complete projects

Current Contributions:
Producing the CBA Calendar
Volunteer Coordinator
Spearheading a Budgeting Process for 2019
Drove the change to Online Voting for Officer Positions

Serving as an at-large board member this year has re-affirmed my commitment to the musicians, venues and fans of our amazing blues community. I have the time and energy this position requires and plan to build on the solid foundation that exists while moving forward with new ideas to rebuild membership numbers.

James Kosek - Candidate for CBA President

James Kosek – Candidate for CBA PresidentJames Kosek - Candidate for CBA President

Qualifications:
Currently serving as an At Large Board Member
30+ years of professional sales, marketing and planning experience
Instrumental in the production of this year’s Muddy Awards including the new venue

Goals:
Transparency, Planning, Teamwork and Passion
I will expand the membership by creating new and exciting events that are inclusive to all. I want open dialog from all members. Learning what the members want from this organization. I will inject new energy and give a fresh new look to the Blues community in Portland and beyond.

I look forward to supporting you!
Thank you

Greg Johnson - Candidate for CBA President

Greg JohnsonCandidate for CBA PresidentGreg Johnson - Candidate for CBA President

Qualifications:
CBA Board of Directors since 1998, Vice President 2001, President 2002 to present
Background in Staff, Project & Purchasing Management
Internationally respected & recognized in global blues community. Integrity & honesty.

Recognition: Muddy Awards (Lifetime Achievement, three Back What You Believe); Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award, more

Current Contributions:
BluesNotes prime contributor
Scheduling/Hosting Membership & Board Meetings
Lead on Journey to Memphis, Muddy Awards
Blues Society, Festival, Media, Membership liaison
Multiple other responsibilities

Goals:
Continual support of all local artists. Promotion of new & younger artists. Establishing new events, revising past projects and maintaining organization’s financial stability.

2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition

2019 Best Self-Produced CD CompetitionThe deadline has passed and now all we need do is judge the entries for the Best Self-Produced CD Competition. The winning disc will be submitted to The Blues Foundation as the Cascade Blues Association’s entry this year to compete against other submissions from blues societies around the globe, with the winner announced at the International Blues Challenge in January.

This year’s entry are: Ben Rice – Wish the World Away; Bottleneck Blues Band – Storm Bringer; Dan Lowe & The Skeletal Remains – No Running From the Storm (Songs of Life, Love and Loss); Hank Shreve Band – Trouble; Joanne Broh – Live!; Michael Osborn – Hangin’ On; Randy Morrison Band – Hard Place; and Tom Gilberts – Grit.

Good luck to all.

Dear CBA Members: We are very thankful for the CBA’s support by inviting us to write for this newspaper.

You are all cordially invited to subscribe to our new website on PortlandBlues.com or by emailing us at
info@portlandblues.com

All new subscribers receive a free ticket to a blues concert. Our new website is becoming popular among young blues dancers and we believe our small but important role in CBA’s mission to preserve and promote the blues is through the next generation. Our overarching goal is to be a resource to everyone online, especially young people, and in the process demonstrate on the ground how to reach and retain the next generation of blues lovers. Yes – our project is a lot more than a website. We regularly help organize, promote and/or sponsor blues dances that bridge the generational gap of older and younger blues fans. We usually see 100 or more young people ages 21-39 show up and dance at the shows we’re involved in. We’ve supported blues dances as far away as Eugene, where we recently sponsored a live blues dance with teen blues performer Savanna Coen. On September 25th we had our first “Bluesaraoke” event – a karaoke dance party with singers young and old! We also have an amazing event coming up on November 13th with Julie Amici, and November 27th with Rae Gordon… check the CBA Calendar for these events! Don’t forget to subscribe to our website so we can invite you to all the cool events we have coming up.

Thank you again to the CBA for the warm welcome… we believe a lot more young people will be joining the CBA over the next few years and there’s really no limit to how much the blues community can grow when generations are united.

This message was written by PortlandBlues.com cofounders Daniel Oliver and Robert Evans. You can reach us both at info@portlandblues.com thank you!

Officer Job Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

CBA Board Member-At-Large Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly board meetings and participates through voting in the decision making process of the CBA.
  • Actively initiate and participate in various fund raising and music promoting projects and events of benefit to CBA members and the public at large.
  • Use his or her unique skills on behalf of the CBA to advance its mission and goals.
  • Assist and support officers and other board members on CBA project as directed.
  • Advocate for the preservation and promotion of blues, American Roots, and soul music in Oregon, the Northwest, and nationwide.