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Plan on joining us at The Eagles Lodge for our monthly General Membership Meeting where you are guaranteed to find some fun times with two sets of blues, a bunch of fun give-aways for our lucky ticket drawings, and good times with special friends. This month we have two acts that we know you’re going to love, so come on out and check them out.

Thad Beckman – photo by Greg Johnson

A professional musician for close to 40 years, Thad Beckman has paid his dues on the dusty roads which run from Oregon to California to New Jersey to Texas to Amsterdam to Vienna and points in between. His finely-crafted original songs are the story of life, the voice of modern America…from the growling Delta blues of the Deep South to evocative contemporary folk blues…bound by the common thread of experience gleaned from the road.

Thad Beckman, is a prolific songwriter, having written and produced seven solo albums, whom Tom Russel as called, “One of America’s best guitar players and a damn good songwriter” As a guitarist, Thad Beckman has been hired by Bo Diddley, The Shirelles, Earl Thomas, Tom Russell, and as a bandleader has found himself sharing the stage with such renowned artists as B.B. King, Albert Collins, James Cotton, The Band, Emmylou Harris, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Los Lobos, Dave Alvin, Jimmy Webb, and The Flatlanders to name a few. Thad has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman playing guitar for Tom Russell.

Founded by guitarist and band leader Josh Makosky and his high school best friend Rich Staats, Love Sloth is a mutation of their original band August In Blue. Makosky has been playing music since he was five, starting on piano and picking up guitar when he was ten. He studied music at a local community college and a few years later with a desire to play for more than just his friends, he began hitting jams around town and fell in love with the local blues scene. Finding a  calling for the blues he started playing regularly with musicians such as Angel Bouchet and Lucy Hammond, then touring with American Idol favorite and super-diva Naomi Tstsuoka and also with his friend, the award-winning Ben Rice.

Although founded as primarily a blues-rock band, Love Sloth, with its own sound has been crafted from many styles, blending the genres of blues and R&B, funk and high-energy rock. Through several line-up changes, the band released their debut recording 2017. Staats ended up moving to Arizona, leaving a vacuum within the group which was filled by Nathan Mayers taking on the second guitar position, with the band rounded out by the amazingly talented Juliet Terrill on bass and Chandler Bowerman holding it all together on drums.

Live onstage is where this band shines. They have a belief in writing fun, relatable songs and strive at delivering a fun and energetic musical experience that will make their audiences want to see them again and again.

The East Portland Eagles Aerie, 4904 SE Hawthorne St. Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm. Members always Free, Non-members $5.00. All ages welcome.

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The first Wednesday in February means more exciting blues coming your way courtesy of the Cascade Blues Association’s monthly membership meeting at The Eagles Aerie on Hawthorne. Your CBA always brings you the very best in blues and blues-related music in an all-ages friendly venue, and we also strive to offer some familiar musical friends or maybe some that’ll be new to you. These meetings are also entertaining and worth spending a couple hours with us every time out.

Dave Plaehn and Jeff HinoOpening the evening this month will be Corvallis’ favorite acoustic bluesters Dave Plaehn and Jeff Hino. This duet hasn’t played for us for several years, but they’re super talented and work in the traditional format of harmonica and National steel guitar, with the occasional banjo. Their repertoire is rooted in bare bones country blues and 2020 marks the 30th anniversary for Dave and Jeff’s musical journey together.

A typical Plaehn and Hino set features traditional blues, originals, and contemporary and creative interpretations of current artists like Taj Mahal, Sonny Landreth, and John Mayall. But Dave and Jeff can just as easily surprise the audience with the high and lonesome sound of a country blues gospel song. It’s a blues-based musical Cuisinart, with an enjoyable and varied blend in every performance.

Robbie LawsPlaehn and Hino will certainly get things jumping, and expect the roof to be raised to an even more elevated level following them as Robbie Laws will take the stage. Robbie will be leading a power trio with the combination of blues strength of drummer Eric Ching, keyboardist Ben Partain and Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards Hall of Famer and the recipient of the “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement award guitarist Robbie Laws. Definitely a set that going to cook!

Expect this set to offer selections of bluesy guitar, a touch of funkiness with steady drumming and keyboards holding the groove and bass both at the same time. This is a tight outfit who have played with many of the very best the Northwest has to offer and they work off one another to perfection and they’ll be bringing the goodies to the Eagles to get you all out on the dance floor.

The East Portland Eagles Aerie, 4904 SE Hawthorne St. Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm. CBA members always Free, non-members $5.00. All ages welcome.

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Here it is another year and because New Years Day actually falls on Wednesday 1 this time around, we are pushing our monthly general membership meeting back one week to the 8th. This will allow everybody the opportunity to recuperate from all the partying and football over the previous two days. But it gives us a few extra days to plan ahead to attend the meeting and witness some more fantastic blues to kick off the year just right. Because we plan on celebrating 2020 with you every month of the year in a big way!!

The Jenny Moriarty ExperienceOpening the evening will The Jenny Moriarty Experience (JME), a stylized blues and jazz for the next roaring 20s. The band combines decades of music experience exploring the vast genres of rock, blues, and jazz.

Anybody that has been active in Portland’s Blue’s scene will be familiar with Jenny‘s powerful and expressive vocals as she has  performed with many of Portland’s more prominent musicians. JME provides Jenny perhaps her most versatile and expressive vehicle where she can truly display her performance abilities and musicality.

The instrumental aspects of JME are anchored by Steve Maliszewski on bass and Brad Bleidt on piano.  Steve displays his incredible musical talents on both upright and electric bass in his ability to creatively provide a solid foundation for the ensemble’s wide array of music but also in his incredible soloing abilities. Brad’s primary piano focus is providing a rich imaginative harmonic interpretation to Jenny’s varied repertoire while injecting complementary solos to round out the ensemble’s stylizing.

Jenny, Steve, and Brad are active performers in Portland’s music venues with other projects such Bedazzle, Beacon Street Titans, and The Mystic Mama Band

Generation HeadstrongFor the second set, we’re bringing the kids back to The Eagles. When Generation Headstrong participated in the Journey To Memphis competition here last May, they won everybody’s hearts and brought the crowd to their feet dancing. Expect more of the same as they’ll have an hour long set rather than the timed set allowed by the J2M.

Generation Headstrong is quickly emerging as one of the area’s most explosive and captivating youth rock and blues bands. After playing together in a local music program for two years, this ambitious group took the stage as an official band in February 2019. Not long after, Generation Headstrong competed in the Journey to Memphis Competition, where they earned a chance to represent Cascade Blues Association as the youth act at the 2020 International Blues Competition in Memphis.

Age knows no bounds for this young group of musicians. Their song choices are complex and powerful, with inspiration coming from many diverse genres and artists. Early on as a band, this group gravitated toward rock/metal classics and some progressive rock. However, more recently, they have found a love for the blues, especially songs that have a strong blues-rock vibe. Currently they strive to find rock and blues-rock cover songs to add their twist to, but they are working hard writing some of their own originals to add to their set list soon.

Generation Headstrong’s dynamic rhythm section is made up of two young brothers Jameson and Bennett Fyfe. Jameson, the youngest in the band at nine years old, is the band’s energetic and animated drummer. Bennett, at 11 years old, is the band’s commanding frontman bass player and lead vocalist. At fourteen, Grayson Much consistently shreds lead guitar and sings vocals while the talented Aiden Baird, also fourteen, shares the load of lead/rhythm guitar. They’re ready to light the stages on Beale Street on fire in Memphis, but they’re going to take care of business doing just that here at home first. Don’t miss out!!

The East Portland Eagles Aerie, 4904 SE Hawthorne St. Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm. Members always Free (show your current card at the door), non-members $5.00. All ages.

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Well, the end of another year is upon us and your CBA has seen a number of changes during that time — moving our memberships meetings from Catfish Lou’s to a temporary home at The Mission Theater, then finding a permanent location at The East Portland Eagles Lodge, along with adding color to BluesNotes and kicking off a Musicians Directory. Our board has grown as well and we’re starting to see the revision of some of our older programs that have been sorely missing for a while, for instance, offering a “Blues in the Schools” grant to Julie Amici in support of her efforts to bring LaRhonda Steele to rural coastal communities hungry for musical programs.

But you all already know all that, so let’s get to the meat and potatoes. That’s our monthly general membership meeting and the great music we’ll be bringing to you. And this month, as usual, we mean great!!

Mark SharkWe’ll be starting the night off with Mark Shark. With over forty years of guitar playing experience he brought his unique talents to the Pacific Northwest a few years back. This multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer, author and educator has had the good fortune to share the stage and studio with many of his own personal heroes during his career, including Jackson Browne, Jesse Ed Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, and John Trudell. That right there should be enough to show just what an amazing artist we have in our midst with Mark.

He is currently working on two recordings. The first is titled Wild Seed with John Trudell’s band Bad Dog, featuring songs from the late indigenous performers Trudell and Jesse Ed Davis. He is also finishing up a blues project he started many years ago with Grammy nominee Terry Wilson (Teresa James, Eric Burdon) titled Treasure Room set to be released in 2020. The album will feature an all star line-up with Teresa James, Lloyd Jones, Johnny Lee Schell, Tony Braunegal, Todd Roibinson, Doug Legacy, Gary Ferguson, Joe-Mack MacCarthy, the late Terry Evans, and John “Juke” Logan.

Joining Mark Shark for his performance is Portland horn master Joe-Mack McCarthy, fresh off a lengthy tour with The Proven Ones.

the Ken DeRouchie BandNot to be outdone, the second set of the night will also be a thrill-ride as six-time Muddy Award nominees for the “Lloyd Jones” R&B Act, the Ken DeRouchie Band will ignite the Eagles Lodge with their get down and funky good time music. This 8-piece band runs the gamut playing soul, funk, R&B, and blues, with four-part harmonies and featuring original music from Ken DeRouchie alongside a few handpicked twists on classic tunes. Influences on the band include everything from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Koko Taylor, Steely Dan, Jill Scott, and Galactic.

Top players from the Northwest join DeRouchie, including Northwest soul phenom, Arietta Ward (DooDoo Funk All-stars), long-time KDB bassist Rob Busey (Robbie Laws), virtuoso guitarist Jeff Knudson (Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band), keyboardist Brian Harris (Curtis Salgado), drummer Paul Ansotegui, Pete Peterson on tenor sax and Caleb Denison on trumpet.  This band has had the pleasure of opening for such national acts as Cheap Trick, Blood Sweat and Tears, Curtis Salgado, Robben Ford, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, and Leftover Salmon.

Portland Radio legend Steve Pringle wrote “Ken and his band bring it each and every night. Horns that moan and wail, guitars that grind and soothe and a rhythm section tighter than a frogs ass. The KDB has a story to tell, pull up a chair.”

So don’t be sorry that you miss this month’s membership meeting, haul yourself down to The Eagles and join in on this party in the making.

The East Portland Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne St, Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm. Members are always free (show us your current cards), non-members $5.00. All ages welcome.

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The Cascade Blues Association continues our long-standing tradition of bringing great music to our members with our monthly general membership meeting. We’re always striving to offer some of the top talent of our region, favorites and perhaps someone new that will spark your interest to catch at our fine venues in the area.

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For October, we are pleased to bring Mojo Holler back to play for us. Mojo Holler weaves threads from mountain ranges to the Mississippi Delta into a tapestry of indie folk rock.  Formed as a duo in 2012, “Missi & Mister Baker,” the pair released their debut album, “Where Black Ravens Flew,” in late 2014, and were tapped to showcase at South By Southwest in 2016.  Its founder, Louis Black, said of the pair: “Why Missi had to move to Portland from Austin in order for The Bakers to channel their inner Mississippi Fred McDowell, I do not know.  But she did, and they did.” The album combines complex rock guitar and country stylings with rich vocals that hearken Joplin and Fleetwood Mac.

Lisa Lepine, the late Portland music promotion legend, described the pair:  “They weave their dark, modern spirituals from shared roots in magic, ‘mericana, and metaphysics.  Mister Baker, like Robert Johnson before him, may have made a deal with the devil — channeling an innate genius through lap steel, slide and dobro.  Missi’s earthy voice brings burning intensity to each song. Picture them sitting knee-to-knee on a Southern Delta, watching the dark moon rise and singing from their eternal souls.”

For the second act of the night, we bring the Cascade Blues Association debut of Kim Field and The Perfect Gentlemen.  A new, all-star roots-music group fronted by harmonica player and vocalist Kim Field, and a  band made up of Alan Hager (guitar and vocals), Whit Draper (guitar and vocals), Albert Reda (bass, keyboards, and vocals), and Ed Pierce (drums and vocals).

The group’s members have performed throughout the United States and Europe at such showcases as Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Canada’s Tremblant Blues Festival, the Lucerne Blues Festival, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, and on the Legendary Blues Cruise. They have shared stages with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Walter Horton, Big Mama Thornton, the Drifters, and the Coasters.

Individually, the members of the Perfect Gentlemen have been honored by the Cascade Blues Association with a total of 27 Muddy Awards for their instrumental prowess and their recordings. Guitarist Alan Hager, bassist/keyboardist Albert Reda, and guitarist Whit Draper have all been inducted in the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame.

With their international reputations as true blues stars, Kim Field and the Perfect Gentleman are sure to quickly establish themselves as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier R&B acts.

The East Portland Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne St. Wednesday, October 2. 7:00 pm. Free for members, $5.00 non-members. All ages.

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!

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The summer is in full swing and the Cascade Blues Association has been present at a number of happenings all over the city this year. One spot that you can always count on us being at is our own monthly membership meetings, where you’re certain to be entertained by some of the finest blues artists in the region. Whether well-known musicians or new acts about to break out, we’re here to introduce, or re-introduce, this talent to you. This month however, we do not need to introduce anyone as our two acts have made their names highly regarded in our home town and well beyond.

August’s General Membership Meeting 2019 Mary FlowerOpening the night will be one of the world’s finest acoustic guitar players. Mary Flower has toured the world and brings smiles to all who listen to her exquisite playing and witness her charming stage personality. Mary Flower’s immense finger picking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of inventive, dexterous, and mesmerizing artistry. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story, and her precise and well-crafted material.

Originally scheduled to perform for us last February, Mary was forced to cancel due to illness, but it works out all the better to have her play for us now as she has recently dropped her latest recording, Livin’ With The Blues Again, on the Little Village Foundation label. The album is filled with new material that will become instant favorites alongside her deep catalog of brilliant musicianship that have long been praised by fans and critics alike.

The second set of the night will be in the hands of popular harmonica playing bandleader Franco & The Stingers. August’s General Membership Meeting 2019 franco PallettaSince breaking into the Portland blues scene in the mid-80s, Paletta has become one of the mainstays of the city’s blues community. His dynamic harp style, strong vocals and outstanding songwriting reflect his personality and make him instantly recognizable on stage.

There have been many variations of The Stingers over the years, and the band has twice represented the Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The current line-up may be the best yet, with Tom Gilberts’ exceptional guitar work and the dynamic rhythm section held down by drummer Chandler Bowerman and bassist Timmer Blakely. This powerful set is likely to light the East Portland Eagles Lodge on fire and bring the roof down — in a good way of course. Be prepared to party!

The East Portland Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne St. Wednesday, August 7. 7:00 pm. Members are always Free,  non-members $5.00. All ages welcome.

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Due to the Waterfront Blues Festival occurring the first week of July, the Cascade Blues Association General membership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at The East Portland Eagles Lodge at 7:00 pm. Note that we’re meeting on Thursday, not Wednesday, for July’s meeting only. In August we’ll be back to our regular Wednesday evening schedule.

We’re sure that after a couple days off from the blues festival you’re going to be ready for more music, so come out to The Hawthorne Eagles Lodge for a couple fun sets of blues — it’s the right way to kick off your weekend a day early.

Our good friends David Pinsky and Phil Newton will be driving up from Medford to bring you a traditional acoustic guitar and harmonica performance. Longtime friends David and Phil have been a major part of the Southern Oregon Blues scene for over thirty years and have joined forces as an acoustic/electric duo. David’s propulsive guitar, welded with Phil’s harmonica chops, offer a steady groove reminiscent of the 1960s  Chicago style duets. The two on occasion will also employ a twin harp attack. Both David and Phil bring decades of vocal experience, with David concentrating on his original compositions and Phil interpreting Blues and roots. David and Phil are also past winners of the Journey to Memphis competition and have represented The Cascade Blues Association in Memphis during the International Blues Challenge. Dave has also represented The CBA as a solo performer. They have released two CDs together and are also committed to Blues education and teaching Blues to local kids to keep the Blues alive in the tradition of the great Delta masters.

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For the second set, we welcome the Pat Stilwell Band. Formed in 2010, the band is a solid group of journeymen musicians that possess a great musical chemistry. The band is led by Pat Stilwell. Pat has lived in many places across the country, picking up musical flavors from each of his stops along the way, and has fronted a number of bands including the popular Seattle-based band The Cyclones. Since moving to Portland in 2009, he has been making his mark on the local music scene with his innovative guitar work, soulful vocals, and skillfully crafted original songs.  His playing and songwriting reflect a deep connection with the blues, infused with the many influences that have informed his style.  In addition to his skills as a guitarist, Pat is also an accomplished blues violinist.

Band members include keyboardist Michael McGinty. Trained in his youth on trumpet and jazz piano he has performed in rock, soul, and fusion groups from New England to the Virgin Islands. While living in San Diego he worked with renowned vocalist Michelle Lundeen. Now in Portland he has played with various groups including Mr. Misu and Dept. of R&B.

Drummer Doug Adair has paid his dues with just about every genre there is, including rock, blues, funk, and country.  Playing professionally from the 70’s on, and aside from the Pat Stilwell Band he currently performs and fills in with a number of local artists including Kenny Lavitz, Ken Brewer, Rae Gordon, and Ben Rice.

The newest addition to the band Kirk Byant, an in-demand top level bassist who has travelled the globe touring in various high-profiled bands, garnering five Grammy nominations along the way with Bay Area jazz group Second Nature. While living in the bay area, Kirk has performed with a musical who’s who of that region for three decades, with experiences ranging from rock to jazz to blues, and everything in between.

Pat Stilwell is also celebrating the release of his new CD, Tales From The Riverside. Expect to hear new music from the recording and other favorites.

The East Portland Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne St., Thursday, July 11. 7:00 pm. Members are Free, non-members $5.00. All ages welcome.

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What a terrific turn-out we had for our initial General Membership Meeting at The Eagles last month — so many people we have not seen for a long time and many first timers, too. Bringing music back to inner South East Portland looks like it will be a very good thing indeed for all. Well, when you have great crowds, then you definitely need to bring in some great music to entertain them as well. And we’re planning on doing just that every month.

General Membership Meeting - James clemSo, for June we’re bringing back a long-time friend who hasn’t played for us in some time. James Clem is a master of not only blues guitar, but he is one of the finest ukulele players that you can find anywhere, and in 2015 Clem released an acclaimed uke-based CD, Sugar Moon. The instrument has skyrocketed worldwide the last few years and James has performed at ukulele festivals in the US and Europe. Every fall he does a four-week tour in Europe with blues gigs to a very loyal following. Be prepared to hear both uke and guitar music during his set, as he will also be presenting new material from his forthcoming blues CD, titled Stuff You Gotta Watch, set for a June 15 release date.

General Membership Meeting - Dan HessThe second set of the night will bring another friend who has not performed for the CBA in way too long a time period, the Dan Hess Band. Primarily a blues and R&B outfit, they have a variety of older and newer blues material that is highly recognizable and extremely danceable. A very professional and tight band, that along with Dan on guitar features Fenix Sanders on sax, Juliet Teriill on bass, and Chandler Bowerman on drums. This is a sensational outfit that plays regularly around the Portland area and it’s ready to transform our meeting into a party.

General Membership Meeting at East Portland Eagles Lodge, 4904 SW Hawthorne Blvd. Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm. Free for members, $5.00 non-members. All ages welcome.

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Welcome to our new home as we move into The East Portland Eagles Lodge. And to start our path in the right direction of offering superb blues performances, we’re delighted to bring two great sets that are guaranteed to set the right pace of things to come.

Starting off will be a magical pairing of John Bunzow and Albert Reda, two highly successful artists with a wealth of history behind them.

It is John Bunzow’s mix of eclectic musical influences – meldling blues, country, rock and even jazz – that have helped establish him as an original artist of heartfelt depth, substance and style. He’s as likely to draw on his love of the music of scuffling barroom bard Tom Waits, as he is the smooth R&B and soul of Marvin Gaye, the iconic folk wisdom of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Ry Cooder or the blues of Albert King.

After beginning his musical career in the Northwest scene playing in popular all-original bands Cowboy Angels and X-Angels for over two decades, John set his sights on songwriter heaven, Nashville. Scoring both a songwriting contract with EMI Nashville/Famous Music and a recording contract with Liberty/Capitol Records, he quickly found his services in big demand with Nashville recording artists and had the opportunity to write for and perform with some of country and rock music’s biggest names.

But as Nashville and country music trends shifted away from salt-of-the-earth working singer-songwriters , Bunzow returned to Portland, Oregon where he continues to hone his sizable talents. He’s found old fans and new ones as he tirelessly tours Northwest nightclubs, concert halls, festival stages, casinos, wineries and resorts playing original cuts and creating music that touches the heart of anybody who’s ever raised a little hell on a Saturday night, or felt the pangs of love gone bad.

Those familiar with the Pacific Northwest music scene need little introduction to Albert Reda. Over the years he has received numerous awards while supporting artists of all stripes playing his bass, piano, and singing.  He has been honored by the Cascade Blues Association 11 Muddy Awards and Hall of Fame status for his basswork.

Reda moved to Portland from San Francisco 25 years ago and has since performed alongside a variety of musicians such as Terry Robb, Duffy Bishop, Lloyd Jones, Bill Rhoades, Robbie Laws, The Shanghai Woolies, John Bunzow and many others. A much in-demand session artist, he has released two solo recordings, continues to play with many of Portland’s finest musicians and singers, and spends his days on his teaching practice, working primarily with students of elementary school age.

The second set of the night brings the Tom Gilberts Band. You will not find a more enthusiastic music lover than Tom Gilberts. It is his passion and obsession. It is from this perspective that he approaches his writing, performance and production – the pure joy of it. A multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass (electric and upright) and cello, his music influences and interests are widely varied and have no real bounds. They range from blues, jazz, art rock, avant guard, shoe gaze, pop, blues, rock, country to metal. His guitar focus has been on improvisation, and his influences are myriad. Classically trained, he has performed with the OSU Symphony Orchestra, The Mavens, Sweet Honey Dijpon Jazz Band, Nicole Campbell, and most recently with Franco Paletta & The Stingers.

A board-certified physician specializing in Internal Medicine as a profession, music has also captured his interest, passion and love. He has recorded three albums, with his most recent the critically-acclaime Grit. Joining Tom for his Cascade Blues Association debut will be longtime local jazz ace Wade Kirtley on Hammond B-3, drummer and vocalist Brian Foxworth who is a inductee of both the Oregon Music and Cascade Blues AssociationHall of Fames, and Joe Aloia who holds a master in music and teaches guitar and bass at various schools will be on bass.

The East Portland Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 7:00 pm. Free for CBA members, non-members $5.00. All ages are welcome.