Julie Amici and Dean Mueller
Julie Amici and Dean Mueller

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller photo by Darina Nayret

Julie Amici and Dean Mueller will be celebrating the release of their CD, I Loved You So… with a special show at The Lake Theater & Café featuring an all-star cast. The album is an old school Americana CD described as “a thick, low-simmering stew of blues, folk, and country peppered with subtle hints of jazz and gospel.” The on-line music magazine For Folks Sake wrote that I Loved You So . . . “[n]estled comfortably in the soles of old-school Americana, the kind of music that they create transports listeners into home-sewn stories of family, life, and love….”

Guest artists joining Julie and Dean will be Alan Hager, Thad Beckman, Adam Scramstad, and Alan Jones. Scramstad will also open the evening with a set of tunes from his forthcoming release It’s A Long Way To Go.

Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State St, Lake Oswego. Monday April 20, 7:00 pm. $20.00 general admission, $100.00 VIP tables (seats four, closest to the stage) at Laketheatercafe.com. All ages.


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Lake Theater & Cafe brings you an opportunity to experience live original music at its best – with the songs, stories and strategies behind them from the songwriters themselves. This intimate and wonderful show features AJ Fullerton from Colorado along with Northwest-based musicians Steve Itterly, Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon and Pat McDougall performing and speaking. It will have you appreciating the passion behind the prose.

AJ Fullerton is a young multi-award winning roots and rock guitarist and songwriter that is fast making fans all over the world from his authentic style, busy touring schedule including the Big Blues Bender and lyrics that get right to the heart of the matter. He was raised in rural Colorado and is well-known for his skillful guitar, and powerful vocals and is often called “Beyond his years”. His playing style falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music and the groove based up-tempo sensibilities of Hill County & Delta Blues. His awards have includes the Colorado Blues Society Members’ Choice Awards, best guitarist, best vocals, songwriter and recording, among others.


Steve Itterly is an accomplished guitarist from Washington State (and apparently didn’t provide a bio)

The event will also include Portland favorites Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon and Pat McDougall.

Lake Theater & Café, 106 S State St, Lake Oswego. Monday, March 23, 7:00 pm. General admission $15.00, VIP tables (seat four, closest to the stage) $100.00. All ages.

Four Trains Runnin’ Muddy Waters Tribute

Four Trains Runnin’ Muddy Waters TributeFour Trains Runnin’ is a Muddy Waters Tribute show that features four internationally acclaimed blues musicians who relish in the performance of old school traditional blues. Featuring the songs of Muddy Waters and his influences performed in their original style. This show’s artists have accepted many Muddy Awards over their lifetime. Alan Hager on guitar, Mitch Kashmar on harmonica, Jimi Bott on drums, and Dean Mueller on bass.

Lake Theater & Café, 106 S State St, Lake Oswego. Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm. Dance floor admission $10.00 (no seats or standing), $20.00 general admission, VIP Seats (one of six seats along the bar) $25.00, Laketheatercafe.com. all ages.

John Clifton

Bluesman John Clifton has dedicated himself to the genre that wasn’t getting the respect it deserved. But when you’re a frontman who delivers the goods straight from the heart, soul and gut, the blues become relevant. From the first note of the first song on stage, you know Clifton is the man in charge. Great musicians play off one another and take each other to new heights when they do. John taps into honest emotions, and by doing so, he brings the band along for the ride. Originality and fire in his harp and vocal stylings. Electrifying excitement consistently brought onstage. This is what keeps the John Clifton Band new and entertaining every time they take the stage!

Catfish Lou’s, 6540 SW Fallbrook Pl, Beaverton. Saturday, March 21, 8:00 pm. $8.00 advance Tickettomato.com, $10.00 at door.

Amanda Fish

Amanda Fish

Amanda Fish began as a singer songwriter in late 2012, refining her original material as a solo act for 2 years before she formed her band in early 2014, a Roots Rock and Soul project featuring  Amanda’s signature gritty lyrics belted out with her ‘from-the-gut’ vocals. In 2015, she released her first all-original LP, “Down In The Dirt“, on VizzTone Label Group, for which she was awarded the 2016 “Sean Costello Rising Star” Blues Blast Music Award. Amanda became a semifinalist in the 2017 International Blues Challenge where she garnered acclaim from new fans and industry professionals alike. From her performance at the IBC, she was able to start touring the US and Canada. In 2018, Amanda released her second all original studio album, “Free“, on VizzTone Label Group, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and nabbing a 2019 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album.

Catfish Lou’s, 6540 SW Fallbrook Pl, Beaverton. Saturday, March 14, 8:00 pm. $15.00 advance Tickettomato.com, $18.00 at the door.

Benefit For Fenix Sanders

Fenix Sanders – photo by Andree Pothier

A benefit has been scheduled to help Fenix Sanders meet the expenses of a month-long hospital stay following surgery recently that also meant lost revenue due to missed work. The event will take place at The Blue Diamond on the Fenix Rising Band’s regular Wednesday night gig, and starting with the second set they will be joined through the night by numerous well-known local musicians, which will surely comprise some truly remarkable combinations. This will be Fenix’ first time back on stage since early December, and though he still is yet to be able to play his saxophone, he will be bringing his soulful vocals to the show. Admission is your donation, please give generously who has been entertaining us every Wednesday night for the past twenty years.

Blue Diamond, 2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 pm. Donations requested.


Little Eva - Eva McCoy

 Little Eva - Eva McCoyPortland’s music community comes together in support of 10-year old Eva McCoy who underwent an emergency liver transplant Nov. 16th, 2019. Severe complications kept her hospitalized at Seattle Children’s Hospital for almost 3 months. Eva is the younger daughter of guitarist Larry McCoy, manager of Portland Music Company’s Broadway store and long-time guitarist with Rich Layton & Tough Town.

Artists from across Portland’s musical spectrum will come together on behalf of Larry’s daughter for a 5-hour event billed as Honky-Tonk Rock, Rhythm & Blues for Little Eva! Scheduled to appear will be bands: The Strange Tones, The Jumptown Aces, Wes Youssi & The Country Champs, Rich Layton & Tough Town, and the Portland Music Company All-Stars. Special guests sitting in throughout the event will be Rae Gordon, April Brown, Mark Shark, Franco Paletta and more TBA.

All proceeds raised from the admission, donations, silent auction items and raffle tickets will be donated on Eva’s behalf to the Children’s Organ Transplant Organization, a nationwide non-profit that assists children and their families with fundraising for transplant-related costs. (http://cota.org)

McMenamins Kennedy School Gym, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Sunday March 29, 3:00pm. Admission $15.00

David Jacobs-Strain

David Jacobs-Strain

Three of the area’s brightest young artists will come together for one special night to release of new music Eps at the Alberta Rose Theatre.

David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon. His live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.  It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne.

Christopher Worth, better known locally as Worth, has become known for his unique style of bohemian blues which he developed as a street performer traveling across the US and Europe. His songs are timeless and real and are tied together by the power and purity of his voice.

Together, Strain and Worth have collaborated with performances the past couple years and have created new music that they will be sharing and releasing at this show.

Haley Johnsen’s newest release, When You Lit The Sky, s a soulful helping of blues and pop songwriting with nostalgic arrangements, and a window into the great passions of an artist whose dynamic vocals soar and whose heart is eternally, vulnerably, human.

Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000NE Alberta St., Saturday, March 28, 8:00 pm. $15.00 advance at Etix.com, $20.00 at the door. VIP seating (first few rows center stage) available for $30.00. Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has been recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States — a three-dimensional talent with a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice and a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. With a bluesman’s respect for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for—and successful melding of—contemporary songwriting, Seth sublimely incorporates a range of styles with warmth and grace. Country Standard Time described Walker best: “If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.”

Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave. Friday, March 27, 9:00 pm. $10.00 Ticketweb.com. 21 & over. Austin’s Jesse Dayton opens.

Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples, to name a few. Osborne has released several acclaimed albums and continues to tour extensively in various configurations — with her own band, as Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, and as an acoustic duo and trio.

Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. Friday, March 27, 8:00 pm. $39.50 general admission Revolutionhall.com. 21 & over. Indie and harmonic vocal band The Weepies opens the night.