February 2022
General Membership Meeting

The Cascade Blues Association is holding its membership meeting at the Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave Portland, resuming the standard format of spotlighting two different acts in one evening. In February we’ll have the Groovetramps getting the party started, followed by the Kenny Lavitz Band for the second set.

Groovetramps:

The CBA welcomes the Groovetramps down from Seattle. Melanie Owen rocks both bass & vocals, and Joseph Barton wields guitar & vocal as well.

It has been said that Melanie has the voice of a finely tuned Volkswagen, and that Joseph plays guitar like he’s fighting off a bear. Let’s us be the judge of that, okay? Their show is humorous and honest, bringing originals and their favorites with a deep respect for the blues and its origins.

Kenny Lavitz Band:

Kenny is a gifted artist and rhythmic explorer who blurs the lines between jazz, rock and blues. Along with his compelling original songwriting and sublime vocals, Kenny produces a distinctive sound entirely his own.

He’s backed up on stage by his band: Jeff Langston (bass), Ben Partain (keys) and Scott Van Dusen (drums). Surely to be a treat!

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CBA Members get in free, guests pay $5
Start time: 6:30pm
(21+ only)
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There will be drawings for prizes and we’ll have memberships available on site — what better time to sign up or renew! Still only $25 for a 1 year membership.
Please use the main entrance to be sure you pick up your raffle tickets

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SPARE ROOM COVID-19 POLICY:
The venue now requires all customers, performers and staff to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours before entering the Spare Room, OR to provide proof of COVID-19 immunization (at least two weeks after final dose) with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.

Acceptable as proof of vaccination:
CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date that the last dose was administered, digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device, or printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card.

Acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test:
Digital or printed photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that includes the name of the customer or performer.

PLEASE NOTE:
These confirmations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the Spare Room.

Free COVID-19 testing in your area may be found by resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required in all indoor spaces in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, unless seated at a table. Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves.

Entry requirements are subject to change.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding!

 

January 2022 General Membership Meeting

January 2022
General Membership Meeting

with

Andrew Matthews / Tall Static

Wednesday January 5th
Meeting begins: 6:30 pm

The Cascade Blues Association is holding its membership meeting at the Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave Portland, continuing the standard format of spotlighting two different performances. This month Andrew Matthews will kick off the first set at 6:30pm followed by Tall Static after the break.
 
Andrew Matthews:
This teen guitar player has been making waves on the local music scene, from the time he first began playing at area youth jams at age 15, now scoring accolades and high level recognition playing both small venues and blowing away audiences with the Andrew Matthews Band. Tonight he’ll be taking us back to his roots with a solo acoustic blues set.
Look for Dale Payne’s interview with Andrew in the upcoming issue of BluesNotes on the CBA website (January 2022)
Tall Static:
Cling-free blues, R&B and funk.
Tall Static is a four-piece force of nature playing blues, R&B and funk with energy, dynamics and heart.
Pat McDougall – keyboards, vocals
Ed Pierce – drums
Whit Draper – guitar, vocals
Jim Solberg – bass, vocals
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CBA Members get in free, guests pay $5
Start time: 6:30pm
(21+ only)
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SPARE ROOM COVID-19 POLICY:
The venue now requires all customers, performers and staff to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours before entering the Spare Room, OR to provide proof of COVID-19 immunization (at least two weeks after final dose) with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.
Acceptable as proof of vaccination:
CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date that the last dose was administered, digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device, or printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card.
Acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test:
Digital or printed photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that includes the name of the customer or performer.
PLEASE NOTE:
These confirmations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the Spare Room.
Free COVID-19 testing in your area may be found by resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required in all indoor spaces in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, unless seated at a table. Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves.
Entry requirements are subject to change. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding!
December 2021 General Membership Meeting

December 2021 General Membership Meeting

with

JT Wise / Vintage Soul

Wednesday Decmber 1st
Meeting begins: 6:30 pm

The Cascade Blues Association is holding its membership meeting at the Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave Portland, continuing the standard format of spotlighting two different performances. This month Portland duo JT Wise will open for Vintage Soul! 
 

There will be drawings for prizes and we’ll have merch and memberships available on site — what better time to sign up or renew! Still only $25 for a 1 year membership. Please use the main entrance to be sure you pick up your raffle tickets.

JT Wise:
The Pacific Northwest husband and wife songwriters perform bluesy, roots music that is dynamic, not ordinary and crosses musical traditions. Americana’s breadth is as deep as it is wide. They are inspiring musicians with vocal harmonies, improvisation and toe tapping rhythms.
JT has a distinctive guitar style and tone giving them a signature sound. His guitar influences read like a Crossroads Festival running the full spectrum of the great guitarists and beyond. They will stretch out on a song in the tradition of the great jam bands taking the song where it may lead.
Vintage Soul:
Vintage Soul is ready to deliver your dose of That Feel Good Music to members and guests! Join Steve Kerin, Ben Jones, Brian Foxworth, and Chance Hayden for a guaranteed good time that’ll have you on your feet!
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CBA Members get in free, guests pay $5
Start time: 6:30pm
(21+ only)
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SPARE ROOM COVID-19 POLICY:
The venue now requires all customers, performers and staff to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours before entering the Spare Room, OR to provide proof of COVID-19 immunization (at least two weeks after final dose) with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.
Acceptable as proof of vaccination:
CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date that the last dose was administered,
digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device, or printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card.
Acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test:
Digital or printed photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that includes the name of the customer or performer.
PLEASE NOTE:
These confirmations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the Spare Room.
Free COVID-19 testing in your area may be found by resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required in all indoor spaces in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, unless seated at a table. Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves.
Entry requirements are subject to change.

​Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding!

October 2021 General Membership Meeting

October 2021 General Membership Meeting

This month the Cascade Blues Association moves its membership meeting to the Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave Portland, and returns to its standard format of spotlighting two different performances!

The first set will feature the past year’s Journey To Memphis Challenger in the solo/duo category, Froggy William Hyland (lap steel, harmonica, guitars, vocals), who performed as ‘The Geezer’ along with Louis Creed Peterson at the 2020 International Blues Challenge.
Froggy will have the honor of passing the Memphis torch to this year’s challengers, the winners of the 2021 Journey To Memphis, Sugar Roots featuring Chad Rupp. This band is made up of some very talented players including: guitarist Jason JT Thomas, keyboardist Sam Gendler, bassist Timmer Blakely and drummer Chandler Bowerman.
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CBA Members get in FREE, guests pay $5
Downbeat 6:30pm (this show is 21+)
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There will be drawings for prizes and we’ll have merch and memberships available on site — what better time to sign up or renew! Still only $25 for a 1 year membership
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SPARE ROOM COVID-19 POLICY:
The venue now requires all customers, performers and staff to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours before entering the Spare Room, OR to provide proof of COVID-19 immunization (at least two weeks after final dose) with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.
Acceptable as proof of vaccination:
CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date that the last dose was administered,
digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device, or printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card.
Acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test:
Digital or printed photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that includes the name of the customer or performer.
PLEASE NOTE:
These confirmations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the Spare Room.
Free COVID-19 testing in your area may be found by resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required in all indoor spaces in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, unless seated at a table. Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves.
Entry requirements are subject to change.

​Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding!

Cascade Blues Association Monthly Meeting - LIVE with Tevis Hodge Jr Wednesday September 1st at 7pm

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music
Present Tevis Hodge Jr

Wednesday September 1st at 7pm

The CBA is pleased to present Tevis Hodge Jr, an up-and-coming guitar player in Portland whose set list is dominated by traditional blues and ragtime. He is also more than capable of letting loose with modern stuff that will knock the socks off even the most jaded blues fan.

Many players his age don’t bother learning the cultural and political context of the music they play. Tevis is the exact opposite. He knows his stuff weaving knowledge of the music and artists who made it into every performance, which is what makes him such a compelling young performer.

-Norm Eder, May 2020

The Membership Meeting is going LIVE and IN-PERSON at Artichoke Music on September 1st! In light of changing pandemic requirements there will be limited seating available for CBA members and friends to join us at Artichoke Music. Please note that the venue requires proof of full vaccination, or a negative Covid-19 test within the prior 48 hour period.

We will also be live streaming the performance on Facebook.

Doors will open to Members-only at 6:15pm. Pending available seating, both Members and Guests may enter after 6:45pm.
CBA members get in free and Guests pay just $5

Virtual Tip Jars:

Venmo: @TevisHodgeJr

PayPal: tevishodgejr@gmail.com

Support the Cascade Blues Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit by clicking on the gold Donate button at: https://cascadebluesassociation.org

Artichoke Community Music, also a 501(c)3 non-profit, at https://paypal.me/artichokecafe

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music  Present Livestream with Johnny Burgin and Joel Astley

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music
Present Chicago/Seattle Blues Duo
Johnny Burgin and Joel Astley

Two Great Sounds That Sound Great Together!

We are excited to host two incredible musicians from out of town: Guitarist Johnny Burgin, returning to Portland from time spent in NOLA and points east; and Seattle-based harpist Joel Astley, multi-award winner at the Washington Blues Society. Some may recognize Johnny’s Chicago sound, while others enjoyed Astley’s regular live stream art+music shows over the past year.

The Membership Meeting is going LIVE and IN-PERSON in August!

We’ll be live streaming the performance on Facebook PLUS up to 48 CBA members and friends can watch from inside Artichoke Music.

Doors will open to Members-only at 6:15pm. Pending available seating, both Members and Guests may enter after 6:45pm. First come, first seated. CBA members get in free and Guests pay just $5.

Johnny Burgin earns his name as The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US.  Johnny grew up in Mississippi and went to University of Chicago at 18, but ended up attending “blues university”.  Johnny met a DJ on the college radio station who took him to see the Howlin’ Wolf-style singer Tail Dragger on the West Side of Chicago.  Tail Dragger took Johnny under his wing and gave him his first professional gigs, and from there Johnny learned quickly and went on to tour or gig with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold.  He’s been praised by the Cascade Blues Association for his “stunning guitar playing– the pure Chicago styled sound”.

Johnny’s played on dozens of records as a sideman and as a leader, he’s released ten CDs on Delmark and Vizztone records.  His Johnny Burgin Live features special guests Charlie Musselwhite, Nancy Wright and Rae Gordon and debuted at #3 on the Living Blues Blues Radio Chart.  His latest effort No Border Blues: Japan came from Johnny’s many tours and long relationships in Japan and is the first American compilation of the underground Japanese blues scene.  Vintage Guitar stated: “Stellar fretwork, gloriously loose, earthy and immediate Chicago blues”.  Johnny and his blues partner Stephanie Tice host the No Border Blues podcast, the only blues podcast focused exclusively on international blues artists.  He was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for Howlin’ at Greaseland, a Howlin’ Wolf tribute, Best Live Recording in 2020 from Blues Blast magazine, and is up for three Independent Blues Awards in 2021.

“His guitar style is raw and rude and real– on the vocal side, a nice original style– he’s damn good!” –Elvin Bishop

“An adventurous musician who’s never shy about taking chances.”  – Marty Gunther, Blues Blast

 

Award winning singer, songwriter and harmonica player Joel Astley was a visual artist for 20 years before abruptly jumping headlong into music. Since starting his first band in 2014, he has been performing around The Pacific Northwest and beyond, and has quickly risen to local favorite. He has been recognized by the Washington Blues Society with several music awards including Best Blues Harmonica 2018-2021, Best Male Vocalist 2019 & 2021, Best Songwriter 2020-2021, and in 2020 released award-winning album Grit City with the T-town Aces. He currently leads Seattle-based High Note Group.

“[Joel] can sing like Lowell Folsom and play like Cary Bell.” – Bluesletter article February 2018

“Joel you can write, you can play harp, and boy can you sing.” – Leslie Fleury KSER Blues Odyssey DJ

 Virtual Tip Jars:

Johnny PayPal:

Johnny Venmo: Johnny-Burgin-1

Joel PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/JoelAstley

Joel Venmo: @Joel-Astley

 

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music  Present Livestream with adam Scramsted

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music
Present Livestream with Adam Scramstad

The Cascade Blues Association in partnership with Artichoke Music, brings the July edition of our Monthly Blues Meeting on Wednesday, July 7th the Livestream is at 7pm on the Artichoke Facebook Page.Adam Scramstad

Adam Scramstad is an award winning Solo Acoustic Finger-style & Blues Musician, born and raised in Oregon. Scramstad’s repertoire covers a broad range of early American Folk, Blues artists’ work, although he is primarily known as a strong and creative songwriter in his own-right. Adam’s debut Solo album “No Sun Around Blues” climbed to #33 on the Roots Music Radio Blues Chart. December 2020 marked the highly anticipated release of Scramstad’s new album “It’s a Long Way to Go”. From CBA President Greg Johnson’s January Blues Notes Review: “It has been a long time since his 2006 debut release, No Sun Around Blues, but rest assured he has not been idle during those years. Working on his music and playing with friends, he has put together a new disc that proves he is an artist ready for worldwide attention. That disc, It’s a Long Way to Go, easily stands among the absolute best acoustic blues and Americana releases. Simply said, it’s that good and more.” Although he maintains a focus on Solo Acoustic Delta Slide & Country Blues, Adam is also known for his work with Blues Guitar Legend Terry Robb as an acoustic duo. You can hear Adam’s electric guitar work throughout the Terry Robb Band releases “Muddyvishnu” & “Confessin’ My Dues”.

“He plays a driving kind of solo acoustic blues reminiscent of another Oregonian, the late John Fahey” – “guitar playing is quite good throughout, clean and acoustic” – Gary Whitehouse, The Green Man Review

“Adam Scramstad, an insanely talented delta/country bluesman that shouldn’t need an introduction.” – “Adam’s beautiful and humanistic playing pops up now and again as I endlessly scroll through repetitive memes, and I always stop and take a listen” – Corvallis Advocate

PayPal.Me/AdamScramstad

www.adamscramstad.com

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music  Present Livestream with adam Scramsted

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music
Present Livestream with James Clem 

The Cascade Blues Association in partnership with Artichoke Music, brings the June edition of our Monthly Blues Meeting on Wednesday, June 2. 

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music Present Livestream with James Clem This month’s meeting will feature American Roots musician, James Clem. With over thirty years of playing down home roots music, he has performed in about every style of music in the genre. His main focus now is a mix of acoustic Delta blues, ragtime, vintage country and swing for which he has received worldwide acclaim. Calling the Pacific Northwest home, he has played throughout the region and has toured Europe several times. In addition to his soulful vocals and finger picking and slide guitar skills, Clem is also known as a premier ukulele player. He has played several festivals including the Seattle, Portland and Irish ukulele festivals and the London Ukulele Cabaret in England, as well as multiple blues guitar gigs in England, Belgium, France and Holland. Aside from performing, Clem also teaches guitar and has released three outstanding recordings, Stuff You Gotta Watch, Sugar Moon and Road’s Getting’ Muddy. 

Inspired at a young age living in Los Angeles by the blues musicians he saw at the famed Ash Grove folk club, including artists like Bukka White, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Johnny Shines. Clem worked with local bands, The Spruell Brothers and Tobacco Road opening shows for local acts like The Blasters, John Hiatt, Rod Piazza and James Harmon. He even toured with renowned Detroit-based musician Chick Willis whose single “Stoop Down Baby” was a regional hit. 

Clem eventually found himself favoring working as an acoustic artist, playing clubs in Los Angeles on acoustic guitar. One night he had an enamored fan approach him, he stated, “I just have to tell you that you are one of the best guitarists I’ve heard and I love what you are doing.” That fan turned out to be John Fogarty. 

Wednesday, June 2, 7:00 pm. Free simulcast on Artichoke Music’s Facebook live music feed. 

Please tip James during his performance at paypal.ce/JamesClemmusic  

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music  Present Livestream with adam Scramsted

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music 
Present Livestream with King Louie & Renato Caranto

The Cascade Blues Association in partnership with Artichoke Music, brings the May edition of our monthly blues meeting on Wednesday, May 5.

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music  Present Livestream with King Louie & Renato CarantoThis month’s meeting will be an evening of jazzy-flavored blues featuring Oregon Music Hall of Fame Louis “King Louie” Pain on B-3 organ and Muddy Award Hall of Fame saxophonist Renato Caranto. These two have been performing together for more than 20 years in various formats of blues, jazz and soul, but perhaps most notably behind the legendary Oregon drummer Mel Brown at both Jimmy Mak’s and Jack London Revue (prior to the pandemic lockdown), as well as regularly at the Waterfront Blues Festival.

Louis Pain originally moved to Oregon from San Francisco. He spent several years as the organist for the famed Paul deLay Blues Band, touring the United States and Europe. He has worked with musicians such as Linda Hornbuckle, LaRhonda Steele, Lloyd Jones, Ty Curtis and has a longtime partnership with soul singer Sweet Baby James Benton.

Philippines-born Renato Caranto has put his horn prowess behind many local musicians since moving to America in 1991. Locating in Portland, he worked with various Top 40 bands, laid down his grooves behind the Norman Sylvester Band and jazz greats such as Tom Grant and Michael Allen Harrison. He has also played with and toured with a number of national touring acts such as Bernard Purdie, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Arturo Sandoval and most recently with Merle Haggard and Esperanza Spalding.

This will be an exciting evening of instrumental blues and jazz.

Wednesday, May 5, 7 p.m., live feed on Artichoke Music’s live Facebook feed.

Venmo or PayPal: @KingLouiePain

Cascade Blues Association / Artichoke Music  Present Livestream with adam Scramsted

CASCADE BLUES ASSOCIATION / ARTICHOKE MUSIC
PRESENT Livestream with Jody Carroll

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th, 7:00 PM,
LIVE FEED ON ARTICHOKE MUSIC’S LIVE FACEBOOK FEED.

CBA Membership Meeting Livestream with Jody CarrollFor our monthly blues performance, the Cascade Blues Association and Artichoke Music present Jody Carroll, a blues and roots performer and songwriter who effortlessly creates bold interpretations of old blues and American folk music, his own songs, stories and improvisational musical journeys. He is a finger style/slide guitar master and amazingly soulful singer, blending flavors of old blues, folk, mountain music, jazz and rock into a true, power-packed gumbo.

His music can be hypnotic and mind-bending with its original styles of acoustic roots guitar as a solo artist or leading the boundary-breaking band Woodbrain. Having performed across the country, in Europe and Japan, Jody has opened for and shared stages with the likes of Buddy Guy, Honeyboy Edwards, Jack Owen, Johnny Winter, RL Burnside, Shemekia Copeland, Sonny Landreth, John Mayall, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite, Roy Book Binder and many others.

Twice Jody’s recordings were selected by the Cascade Blues Association to be entered into The Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD competition. The first, Rain of Days, made it to the final five in 2007. The second entry, Get Inside This House, won the overall competition in 2011. Judges were mesmerized by Jody’s authentic new approach that carried the acoustic blues into an exciting new territory, foregoing many stereotypical paths of the genre.

​Five years ago, Jody began living the life of a true troubadour, moving into a motorhome. He wanted to get to know America better and living it in order to write about it correctly. For a couple of years he landed in the Carolinas and lived the solitary life in his motorhome in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He began to woodshed and write new songs. A collection of his material from the last couple of years came together during the past year’s lockdown, which he recently released as the outstanding double-disc, World of Man.

Aside from music, Jody has also earned a master’s degree in fine arts and has taught painting and drawing at the university level. He has also lectured and presented concerts and private functions on American music. Subjects have included the works of Robert Johnson in a 101-year celebration and a two-part tribute to the ethnomusicologist Harry Smith and the impact of his highly admired collection, Anthology of American Folk Music.

Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m., live feed on Artichoke Music’s live Facebook feed. https://www.facebook.com/events/259634338991226,

This will be posted to YouTube the day after the show.