April General Membership Meeting

March will find us again in our temporary home — The Mission Theater — for our monthly meetings. This is our next to last meeting here before we move in May into our permanent location at The East Eagles Lodge on Hawthorne. During our tenure at The Mission we wanted to showcase some of the most popular blues acts in our area and we’ve certainly succeeded doing so for our March meeting.

Opening our March meeting will be one of the world’s most recognized acoustic guitarists, Mary Flower. Mary is fluent in and master of the artistically tricky Piedmont style of acoustic guitar, a genre that requires intricate picking and an innate sense of subtle harmonics. But Mary — who relocated from Denver to Portland, Oregon in 2004 — is equally rooted in Mississippi blues, especially on her vintage lap-slide. Stir in her love of swing, ragtime, folk, and hot jazz, plus a healthy dose of her own song craft, and you have a modern artist with an ear for the traditional who brings an immediate vibrancy and dynamism to any concert hall and stage performance.

Flower has received many richly deserved accolades; she’s a two-time National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship finalist, a three-time nominee for the Blues Music Awards, a 2009 winner of the coveted Vox Populi award in the Independent Music Award’s Acoustic Song category, and a multiple Muddy Awards, including induction into the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame in 2018 as acoustic guitarist. While the list seems endless, for Flower it’s not about the prizes and awards. Along with her teaching, it’s about making the music come alive onstage and in her recordings. She continues to compose, record, and tour relentlessly, honing and evolving her style rooted in rich tradition but always moving America’s indigenous music forward.

As we had for the February meeting with Lloyd Jones, I asked Lisa Mann if she wouldn’t mind performing at the March meeting. Like Lloyd, Lisa has put together a terrific collection of musicians you’re likely not going to see too often working together in this type of format.

Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals effortlessly moves between a southern Lisa Mann Filminghoney-sweet warmth and the force-of-nature hard rock and rhythm and blues Mann has cultivated during her career. Her clever blues balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. A two-time Blues Music Award winner for best bass player, she has also been awarded the Sean Costello Rising Star Award from Blues Blast magazine, and is a Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame member

Joining Lisa on guitar will be one of the West Coast’s finest guitarist, Michael Osborn. Best known for holding the reigns as lead guitarist for John Lee Hooker’s band for thirteen years, he was also a member of the Charles Ford Band, Sista Monica’s band, and Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings with whom he was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame. Osborn has received multiple Muddy Award nominations leading his own band in Portland, three times for best electric guitarist and twice for Northwest Recording of the Year, including his latest Hangin’ On.

Manning the drums will be Dave Melyan. Dave has worked in multiple bands from the region throughout his career, and toured the world as a member of The Insomniacs, with whom he received a Blues Music Award nomination.  Currently he is working alongside Ben Rice in various combinations, but can also often be found joining artists like Karen Lovely and Lisa Mann on tours around the country. A perennial nominee for the Muddy Awards, Melyan is a true journeyman who can be found performing around the city somewhere almost any night of the week.

Obviously this is another one of our monthly meetings you shouldn’t miss. One more meeting at The Mission following this one and it too will be one you’ll want to see as we will present Ellen Whyte & Jean-Pierre Garau and The Strange Tones on Wednesday, April 3.

Mcmenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St. Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm. CBA Members always Free, non-members $5.00. All ages welcome.

April General Membership Meeting
  • The Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street, Portland
  • Wednesday, February 13 ~ 7:00 pm
  • Members always Free ~ Non-Members $5.00
    (Members please show your current cards at the door)
  • Opening Acoustic Set ~ Terry Robb
  • Second Electric Set ~ Lloyd Jones

The January meeting at McMeniman’s Mission Theater was well received and we will continue bringing some of the absolute best local musicians for the next few months that we continue holding our monthly event here. And even beyond when we determine where we will land once the theater changes their movie format to first-run features which will require the room’s full attention away from performances. In February, we really have a treat in store for you and it’s another one of those shows you just should not miss.

Opening the evening will be Terry Robb, one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature Terry Robb February’s General Membership Meetingfingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music career spanning more than four decades.

The multitude of awards Terry Robb has received speak to his seminal talent as a blues guitarist. Robb has been inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. He single-handedly defined the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar, winning the prize 19 consecutive years from its inception in 1992 to 2011. In 2011, the award was renamed the “Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar Muddy Award to honor his landmark contributions to blues music. In 2017, he received the Muddy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Terry will be releasing a new album on March 1 titled Confessin’ My Blues, so don’t be surprised if he throws out some new material you’re not familiar with. As with everything Terry does it is beyond over the top!

February’s General Membership Meeting Lloyd JonesThe night’s second set will be led by another Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame member Lloyd Jones. A soulful singer and energetic performer, he is a superb songwriter and enjoys telling stories about his past and the musicians he’s admired from the stage. He describes his music as combining New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century.” Like Robb, he has won so many Muddy Awards in the R&B category that the award is now named for him. With six highly acclaimed albums under his belt, Jones recently traveled to Nashville to work with and lay down tracks with some of that city’s most revered musicians and songwriters for a release that’ll be heading our way soon.

Having Lloyd Jones play the meeting is quite an honor and he has pieced together an amazing line-up of talented people to work beside him for the night. Bassist Ben Jones has been a steadfast musician on the local and national scene for more than thirty years. With a list of credentials working with top-notch acts like Curtis Salgado, Patrick Lamb, The Neville Brothers, Jeff Lorber and many, many more. Carlton Jackson is also an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee and a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Hall of Fame member. A highly sought-after drummer, he also hosts his own show on KMHD radio. Rounding out the band is keyboardist Steve Kerin, recently inducted into the Muddy Award Hall of Fame, he brings his background of Louisiana music into his piano work, always with a smile on his face.

Definitely an all-star grouping for this month’s membership meeting. Don’t miss out on the fun!!

Please make note of the date. Moved one week later due to prior commitments at the Mission Theater.

The Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street. 7:00 pm. Free for members, $5.00 non-members. (Members please show your current membership card at the door). All ages welcome.

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.

General Membership Meeting Slated for Wednesday, December 5

For more than the past year we have been holding our monthly membership meetings at Catfish Lou’s thanks to the generosity of Michelle and Michael Bean who stepped forward when our time at The Melody Ballroom came to a close. In January we will move to The Mission Theater, so this month will be our final meeting at Catfish Lou’s.  It is a bittersweet moment, as it has been a wonderful relationship; yet we just needed larger space and a desire to return to an all ages venue. Thank you so much for hosting us for these past months, we could not have done it without you.

So, for the final night at Catfish Lou’s we will be bringing in some long-time friends.

Ken Johnson General Membership Meeting Slated for Wednesday, December 5Ken Johnson opens the night. He is a former CBA board member, has produced a number of festivals, and is one of the original founders of the Hudson Rocket Band. These days he can be found working with either a band or as a solo artist as he will do for us. Ken says, “I’m a lucky man living the life. Music is part of who I am. It always has been and I’m sure will always be my safe place to go! Whether it’s dancing, drumming or creating songs on the guitar it’s something I truly love to do. Music has taken me around the world. The stuff that I play definitely has a blues influence and I am looking forward to sharing some music with you folks!”

We last saw Martin Henry & The Freedom Street Band in August playing at the CBA Concert in the Park. Always entertaining and crowd pleasing, the band returns for a membership meeting. Freedom Street is a tight collection of accomplished musicians from the Northwest, providing great high energy entertainment from a diverse set of songs ranging from rock, blues, country, and R&B. Their goal is to provide a unique and fun musical experience for all. Led by the harmonica playing and songwriter Martin Henry, the band includes lead vocalist Cameron Collins, the dual guitars of Jim Presley and Matt “Willie McGee”, bassist Joanne “Grandma Funk” Mead, drummer Bill Ebert and keyboard man Tim “The Deacon” Doyle and backing vocals from Julie Fairless.Martin Henry & The Freedom Street Band, General Membership Meeting Slated for Wednesday, December 5

So please join us as we have a little party one last time (for now) at Catfish Lou’s. You can win CDs and other prizes just by coming out to enjoy great blues, so don’t forget you free ticket drawing at the door. We will see you there!!

Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Avenue, Wednesday, December 5th, 7:00 pm. Free for CBA members with a current membership card (please show your card at the door), $5.00 for non-members. 21 & over.

What’s on Tap for October’s General Membership Meeting

Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Ave, Portland
Wednesday, October 3 ~ 7:00 pm
Members always Free ~ Non-Members $5.00
(Members please show your current cards at the door)
Opening Acoustic Set ~ Justus Reece
Second Electric Set ~ Louis Creed & The Geezers

The Cascade Blues Association is not just a group to get together with and listen to great blues music. Well, we do offer that, but we also want to provide so much more. One of those goals that we strive for is to support our local musicians and to help younger artists gain the attention that they deserve. For our monthly general membership meeting we are proud to host two young musicians who are making a name for themselves up and down the Willamette Valley. Because we all know that these will be the blues artists that we’ll be listening to hopefully for years to come.

Justus Reece played for us last year when we first started booking shows at Catfish Lou’s. He has been consistently studying guitar while also being aware that he can never know everything, and that the guitar is a lifelong pursuit. He has studied with Terry Robb with whom he has appeared at venues such as The Venetian in Hillsboro for his IBC fundraiser and the Old Liberty Theater in Camas. And aside from the IBC appearance on Beale Street, Justus has performed at events including the Blues4MS concerts, Cathedral Jazz Festival, Portland Blues Cruise, Gorge Blues & Brews, Carlton Crush, and the Waterfront Blues Festival.

The music that Justus performs includes a wide range of styles, not only blues but jazz, folk, funk, jam band, and more. You can expect to see him offer a variety of American music such as ragtime, Piedmont blues, American primitive, Delta blues and other roots music. His inspirations are many, but include among them the diversity of such as Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa, Blind Blake, Yes, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Hunter, and Funkadelic among them. Certainly a young musician with an open mind and on a quest to learn something new from every direction.

The second set of the night will feature another young guitar player, Louis Creed. The last time he played for us he was accompanied by William “Froggy” Hyland, who makes up just one part of Creed’s band The Geezers. Heading up from the southern end of the Willamette River, Louis and Froggy make a rare return to Portland for the Cascade Blues meeting, this time with the more Geezers.

Froggy describes the band as based south of the big city, tearing up winery and brewery venues and local dives from Cottage Grove to Newport to Eugene, and bolstering an emerging music scene in Lebanon, of all places. Louis Creed is the hottest young blues guitarist around, a Black Sabbath acolyte turned blues historian and traditionalist. His singing is fresh, his guitar antics unparalleled.

You may remember Froggy as a Cascade Blues Association representative and semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge, or from his long running blues jam at the Calapooia brewery in Albany. He is currently working on his fourth album of originals, laying down harp licks, lap steel, rhythm guitar and vocals for the band and anyone else with money. More Geezers include Rex Baker on bass holding down the bottom for musical conglomerations in the area, plays with a pick and chews gum at the same time. He may know every tune ever written, or imitate it convincingly. He is a wise guy. Louisiana Andy Lade joined the band with a forged AARP card, adding some second line flavor and the thrill of the unexpected to the lineup. He is a hard working guy who puts it all out there every time.

This is traditional blues, folks. Not a rock band with a harp player. Blues by the masters, a couple of folks who are still alive, and an original or two. This band is hot and Louis fans the flames.

Head on over to Catfish Lou’s for the meeting, try their new menu featuring more fantastic Southern offerings, pick up a drawing ticket at the door for a chance to win prizes and enjoy a terrific night of blues music. What can be better than blues and friends. Hope to see you there.

What’s on Tap for October’s General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 5 – 7:00 pm
Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Ave, Portland
Members always Free – Non-members $5.00
(Members please show your current card at the door)
Opening acoustic set – Julie Amici
Second electric set – Rich Layton & The Troublemakers

Is it just me, or are summers in Portland getting warmer every year? And by warm I mean hot!! Well that summer heat is not going to end with the calendar when it comes to the hot music going on in this city and you can always rely on the Cascade Blues Association to bring the heat the first Wednesday of every month at our general membership meeting.
We’re going to start September off with one of our favorite acoustic duets, Julie Amici. They were the CBA’s solo/duo entry in the International Blues Challenge in 2018 and the rave reviews about their performances and their recording Yellow Roses continue to stream in. The duo is made up of vocalist Julie Yanko and bassist Dean Mueller. The name is derived from Julie’s first name, and “Amici” the original family name of Dean’s father. Much like the name is a melding of the two, the music is much the same, combining Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with Dean’s deeply rooted blues foundation.

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. The pairing of a vocalist and upright acoustic bass is a magical combination that leaves nowhere to hide. It is a setting reserved for the most qualified artists, a mingling that Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller bring together with unexpected delight. Described as “a fresh take on a bygone era that is intimate, alluring, and hauntingly beautiful,” Julie Amici is the right way to start off a new month.

For the second set of the night we’re going to take the musical taste down to the sounds of the Gulf Coast. Rich Layton & The Troublemakers are the house band at the crossroads of twang and tremolo. They pump out a high octane blend of swampified honky tonk blues that sounds like Saturday night in an East Texas roadhouse. It’s music that keeps the dance floor packed and the liquor flowing.

Together more than a decade, the band has released two albums and have performed at multiple festivals and events throughout the NW, including the Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest, The Bite of Seattle, Sunbanks Blues Festival and many more. Each year, Rich joins Lyle Lovett as a special guest when Lyle tours the NW, and he has also played with friends Lucinda Williams, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Dale Watson and the late zydeco great Stanley “Buckwheat Zydeco” Dural jr as they travel through Portland.

Rich is a multiple Muddy Award nominee for harp and is featured along with LaRhonda Steele on the title track of Rae Gordon’s 2017 Album of the Year, “Better Than I Was.” The band has a new album in the works for release later this year, but plans to preview a few of the new songs at the monthly meeting. The band is made up of Rich Layton on harmonica/vocals, Larry McCoy on guitar/vocals, Eric “Haus” Krabbenhoft on bass, and Charles Pike on drums/vocals. Step on to the dance floor with the band as they’ll tell you “There’s no parole for Rock & Roll!” And they’re going to prove it with tons of fun.

It’s always a great choice to come out to the CBA general membership meeting each month, where you know that you’re going to entertained with exciting music and sharing the night with good friends. Plus your chance to win prizes just by being in attendance. Hope to see you all there!

What’s on Tap for October’s General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, August 1 – 7:00 pm
Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Ave., Portland
Members always Free – Non-members $5.00 (Members please show your current cards at the doors)
Opening Set –The Killer Granddaddies (acoustic)
Second Set – Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys

Hard to believe that it has been a full year since we moved our monthly meetings over to Catfish Lou’s. Remember that first night so well, it was miserably hot, but we still packed the room with friends and music. A huge thanks goes out to Michelle Bean and the folks at Catfish Lou’s for giving us a home each month.
This month’s meeting is going to be fun. Of course they all are, right? We’re featuring two bands, both exciting and crowd pleasing for certain. One will be in a different format than you may have seen them mostly as they will be working acoustically. The other is one of the fastest rising acts of the region.

The Killer Granddaddies - What’s on Tap for August’s General Membership MeetingOpening the night will be The Killer Granddaddies. Their genesis began in 1998 when Ladd Justesen sat down with Dave Dahl to play and sing “Lay Down Sally” on the yard at Snake River Correctional Institution. Since then, it’s been quite a ride. Dave got out in late 2004 and sold his first loaves of killer bread at Portland Farmers Market in August of 2005. Ladd got out in 2008 and their friendship—and their music—was rekindled.

The name, “Killer Granddaddies” was used tongue-in-cheek to introduce the band beginning in 2012 when they played “Blues for MS” with drummer Lenny Lanahan and bassist Jerry Skol. The band had been mostly inactive from 2014 until the spring of 2018, when Eric TwoRivers joined Dave, Ladd, and Lenny for rehearsals at Dave’s portable studio—modified from a shipping container. Since then, the Granddaddies have been rehearsing regularly, and playing a few times a month for special events. They play a lot of blues and blues-influenced covers, along with several originals. Usually this is an electric band, but they’ll be playing acoustic tonight with two acoustic guitars, one electric, stand-up bass (w/pick-up) and djembe with shakers, so we’re looking at an extra special treat. And they’re a lot fun to see, so we anticipate a big time CBA welcome to a band that will surely become favorites.

Johnny Wheels is a singer / songwriter / harmonica player inspired by the soul of the Pacific NorthWest. The “Swamp Donkeys” are Johnny’s band-mates who are inspired by Johnny to “live a song” on the edge. Johnny: “Nope! You won’t hear a song exactly the same way twice – that’s what CD’s are for. We like to add some spice of musical exploration” The son of a traveling bass player and singer, Johnny “Wheels” Kennicott had music in his blood since birth, but expressing himself musically took on new importance when Johnny broke his neck in a childhood accident, leaving him Johnny Wheels - What’s on Tap for August’s General Membership Meetingparalyzed from the chest down.

Johnny found, through determined trial and error, he could manipulate his paralyzed diaphragm to not only sing, but also blow the harmonica. Since that time, Johnny has been traveling the Pacific Northwest music scene, spreading the gospel of the blues and the band were finalists in this year’s Journey to Memphis competition.

Collectively, the band hails from Oregon, Texas and California and is typically tagged as a Blues band; Although, the diversity of the members’ musical backgrounds becomes evident as the worlds of R&B, soul, jazz, funk and rock are blended under a blues umbrella. Members include Brandon Logan, Vocals, Guitar; Doug Knoyle, Drums; Michael Rabe, Vocals, Guitar; Sky Wescott, Vocals, Guitar; and Taylor Frazier, Vocals, Bass

One year later and we’re still showcasing hot blues music at Catfish Lou’s. Plan on joining us for more great excitement and friends. You just may be a lucky winner in our drawing, too. See you there!!

What’s on Tap for October’s General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, July 11 – 7:00 pm
Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Ave, Portland
Members always Free – Non-Members $5.00
(Members please show your current cards at the door)
First Acoustic Set – Mojo Holler
Second Electric Set – Hudson Rocket Band

Please make note that this month’s meeting will be the second Wednesday of the month due to the Waterfront Blues Festival and 4th of July holiday occurring the week before.

Attending the monthly Cascade Blues Association’s membership meeting following several days at the Waterfront Blues Festival is certainly a statement for true blues fans. You know, those who just can’t get enough of the great music. It’s also fun to get back together after catching our breaths to talk about the fun we had and preparation for so much more coming up over the summer.

Mojo HollerOpening the evening will be blues newlyweds Missi & John Baker, better known as Mojo Holler. Mojo Holler weaves threads from mountain ranges to the Mississippi Delta into a tapestry of indie alt-folk music. Mister Baker channels innate genius through lap steel, slide, and dobro. Missi is a genuine Appalachian ‘Mountain Mama’ whose vocals bring burning intensity to each song. The pair were lauded by South by Southwest founder Louis Black, who called them the ‘godchildren of Mississippi Fred McDowell.” Bass guitarist Eric Shirazi lends an infectious, funky groove to mix that takes the group to a higher plane.

Formed in 2012 as a duo, they released their debut album, Where Black Ravens Flew, in late 2014, and were tapped to showcase at South By Southwest in 2016. The late Lisa Lepine, a Portland legend in music promotion, said of their mission: “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 — channelling 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.”

Hudson Rocket BandFollowing our break between sets, where we will be making announcements and holding our free ticket drawing, we will be having the Hudson Rocket Band take over to get the house jumping for the second set. Hudsons’ guidance has taken the band to many fantastic festivals and performances. The band followed him to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, five years at the Waterfront Blues Festival, eight years at the Blues By The Sea Festival, Oregon GI Blues, The Bite of Portland, Rock Cut Blues Festival, Sunbanks Music Festival and headlining the Southern Oregon Blues Festival, to name a few. The band has followed him to countless benefits, local clubs and venues of all kinds.

The founding members, (Tommy Lister, Art Viloria, Ken Johnson, Leon Holder & Richie Bean), set the stage for all who followed. As it goes with bands, there have been many personnel changes over the years. The Hudson Rocket Band has performed alongside such greats as Mel Solomon, Paul DeLay, Lloyd Jones, Jim Mesi, Franco Paletta, Robbie Laws, Rae Gordon, Ellen Whyte, Candye Kane, Eric “Two Scoops” More, Kid Lopez, Sonny James and Little Joe Washington. The band has had the pleasure of playing with so many great performers over the years, they all cannot be named.
Hudson (always the missing member) finds a way to get the message to just the right people when it is time. Through his uncanny and extraordinary efforts, some of Portland Oregon’s finest talent has come together in The Hudson Rocket Band. With the current lineup of Cliff Ashmon on harmonica and vocals, Mickie Will on bass and vocals, Gary Jaskowiak on keyboards, Paul Johnson on guitar and vocals and Bill Dutkovik on drums, The Hudson Rocket Band has solidified its membership with a true “Blue” direction, leaving our fans wanting more wherever we go! Like Cliff always says, “Too Much Fun!”

What’s on Tap for October’s General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 6 – 7:00 pm
Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Ave., Portland
Member always Free – Non-members $5.00
(Members please show your current cards at the door)
Opening set – Bayou Boyz
Second set – Arrogant Bastards

Summer is quickly approaching and that means that there will be a lot of music happening throughout the region over the next few months. From festivals to touring acts hitting the venues and our local artists performing in parks and fairs, there is always something going on all summer long in Portland. And of course, even during the summer months, you know that you’ll always find some of the best blues entertainment happening at the Cascade Blues Association monthly membership meetings.

For June, we have a real treat in store for you. For the past few years, prior to the closing of Blackwell’s, the Bayou Boyz had become a staple for Sunday night blues. Despite the venue’s departure, it did not mean the end of the band. In fact, there weekly calendar doubled up as not only are they appearing on Sunday nights at their new home at Spirits, but also on Monday nights at Mekong Bistro.

With a name like Bayou Boyz you just know that they’re going to bring you some swampy Louisiana goodness to the musical front. And they’re always at the top of their game, bringing happy faces and happy dancers.

The band will feature for this show Louisiana’s own Steve Kerin on the keys, drummer and master soulful vocalist Brian Foxworth, guitar slinger Dan Berkery and Dave Kahl handling those fierce rhythms on the bass. These are all Muddy Award winners and some of the absolute best players in Portland, making this set one not to miss.

The second set will feature a newer band making their CBA debut performance, the Arrogant Bastards, who came together in early 2017 with a desire to create and perform music that is raw, exciting and entertaining. Primarily blues based, they’ve put together a group of players that have clicked from the very beginning with  backgrounds as diverse as the songs they play.

Paul (Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals) brings that gritty, swampy, soulful sound of the Gulf Coast, Mike (Lead Guitar and Vocals) has the hard driving blues of Texas and New York rock and roll. John (Bass Guitar) holds down the bottom end with a flash of Motown R&B and a splash of West Coast free spirit. Brad (Keyboards) sprinkles in his East Coast and Southern jazz influenced runs and James (Drums) drives the beat forward with the funkiness reminiscent of the Minneapolis sound.

They are guaranteeing that they will make you want to tap your toes, stomp your feet and get up ‘n’ shake it, as only a funky blues band can do and will not disappoint.

Remember, Catfish Lou’s fills up quickly for the meetings, so get there early enough for the best seats, have some Southern cooking, and don’t forget those drawing tickets at the door for your chance to take home some great prizes. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, May 2 – 7:00 pm
Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Ave., Portland
Members always Free – Non-members $5.00
(Members please show your current cards at the door)
Opening Acoustic Set – Bill Coones Swing & Standards Jazz Band
Second Electric Set – Lee Blake Band

First up will be the Bill Coones Swing & Standards Jazz Band. Don’t let the name fool you, these guys know the blues like the back of their hand and will be bringing a set of sophisticated selections covering a variety of tunes, not just your everyday boogie beat.

The band is led by Bill Coones on upright bass and vocals, who has worked in Portland for decades playing with such renowned acts as Pete Karnes, Tom McFarland, Dan Perz, Larry Adair and Janice Scroggins. Bill’s way of presenting the romantic side of the Standards uniquely his own and is a real crowd pleaser in his soulful delivery of classic tunes from Broadway Shows and the Jazz and Blues scene Drummer Duncan Branom is a graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music and has played alongside some of the biggest names in jazz history, including Leroy Vinegar, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, Barney Kessell and many, many more. The third member of the band is Dave Howell on piano, who in fact is a multi-instrumentalist who studied in Cleveland before moving to the West Coast where he has worked in a number of bands covering styles as diverse as jazz, blues, funk, bebop, big band, and Afrocuban.

For the second set of the night we will see the Lee Blake Trio. Lee has been a familiar performer at our meetings over the years, including an opening set back in January where he filled in for a last minute cancellation. But he has performed mostly as a solo act at the meetings and has been requesting a band slot for some time. We want to oblige him for his patience in waiting for his chance by welcoming the band this month.

Mississippi Lee Blake is an expressive vocalist and sensational guitarist who has been performing around the Portland area since the late 1980s, as both  a solo musician and with groups such as The Rockin’ Razorbacks, The Snake Charmers and The Lee Blake Band. A true bluesman at heart, he can also deliver offerings of R&B, roots and retro-style rock, both covers and original music. Joining Lee will be Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee J. Michael Kearsey on bass. Also a former member of The Rockin’ Razorbacks, Michael has worked with many acts in many stylings over the years including UPEPO and The Brothers of the Baladi, as well as his own radio show, producing various artists and creating his own discs. Rounding out the trio is drummer Guy Maxwell, another long-time Portland music vet whose career goes back to work with acts like Diamond Hill and alongside Terry Robb in Two Lane Blacktop back in the 80s. Guy has worked with Lee over the years and also runs and teaches at his own drum studio in town.

This meeting is sure to be filled with excitement and will bring back memories of past and current Portland music greatness. Don’t miss out and remember by attending you have a chance of winning prizes, so don’t forget to pick up your free drawing ticket at the door. And remember that the acts performing are all playing for free, so feel free to throw something in the tip bucket for them. We’ll see you there!!