Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly The Return of Trifecta

Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly The Return of Trifecta

Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly — collectively known as The Trifecta — will be returning for another spectacular performance featuring their three-part harmony. Coming from different musical backgrounds, expect a night filled with blues, soul, jazz, and pop — with favorite covers and many original numbers. All three artists will be onstage together for the entire night creating a band with three lead singers, three songwriters, and the three times the energy and joy to share with their audiences. Guitarist Dan Gildea will also be joining these incredible ladies, it’s definitely a show that’ll be filled with soulful performances and powerful interpretation.

Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State Street, Lake Oswego. Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm. General admission $15.00, VIP Tables (seating four, closest to stage) $80.00 at All ages welcomed.

Colin James Trio
Colin James Trio

Colin James – photo by Marie Walters

If you grew up north of the border, blues guitarist Colin James needs no introduction. Since his first single hit the charts in 1986, he’s been a household name whose music spans the genres of rock, blues, jump blues, and R&B for over three decades. Last month he was honored with a Maple Blues Award for Electric Act of the Year by the Toronto Blues Society, and last year his 19th studio album, Miles To Go, garnered a Juno award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Blues Album.

It’s been Five Long Years (see what I did there?) since James has played Portland, following his 2015 album, Hearts On Fire, when Curtis Salgado joined him and guitarist Chris Caddell on stage for a few tunes. Caddell is returning this time along with harp player Steve Marriner, a Maple Blues’ Harmonica Player of the Year (an honor he shares with Harpdog Brown).

Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta St. Sunday, March 8, 8:00 pm.  General Admission $20.00 Advance, $25.00 at the door, $35.00 Preferred seating (first 7 rows in the center section – available in advance only). Minors ok when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

By Marie Walters

The Winter Music Festival returns to The Milwaukie Elks Lodge for its ninth year, featuring an impressive collection of Northwest-based musicians. The day-long indoor event will be held on two stages, featuring performances by Norman Sylvester, Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon, The Strange Tones, Chris Hamman Band with special guest Johnny Wheels, Lady A Band, and Generator.

This year’s beneficiary will be Backpack Buddies. This organization provides children from low income families with bags of nutritious food each weekend during the school year to supplement those days they are unable to receive free or low-cost meals at their schools.

Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 11231 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie. Saturday, March 7, music begins at 3:00 pm, doors open 2:00 pm. General admission tickets are $30.00, $100.00 Supporter tickets for two at; see website for table reservations.

Coco Montoya

Coco MontoyaBetween his white-hot guitar playing and soulful, passionate vocals, Coco Montoya has talent to burn. In a career that spans nearly four decades, he’s gone from drumming for blues icon Albert Collins to holding the lead guitar spot in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to leading his own band and touring worldwide. Montoya is revered for his ability to move from subtly melodic guitar playing to slash-and-burn pyrotechnics. Equally forceful are his deep, soul-baring vocals. Years of constant touring, playing unforgettable shows at clubs, concert halls, and festivals, have earned him his position at the top of the contemporary blues world.

Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave. Friday, March 6, 9:00 pm. $20.00 21 & over.

Disraeli Gears Tour

Disraeli Gears TourThis unique project began in 2017 with a handful of concerts celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Cream’ in Australia and New Zealand. The show was so well-received that The Music of Cream has now been seen over one hundred times, often selling out, by tens of thousands of fans across North America and the U.K. Featuring family members Kofi Baker (son of Ginger Baker) on drums and Will Johns (Eric Clapton’s nephew) on guitar and vocals, alongside master musicians Sean McNabb and Chris Shutters.

Along with the legendary music, the show features storytelling, photographs, and integrated videos, many of which have not been seen before. For 2020, The Music Of Cream will honor the landmark 1967 recording, Disraeli Gears, often considered Cream’s crowning achievement, by performing the album in its entirety, followed by ‘Clapton Classics’ including hits like “Cocaine,” “Layla,” “Crossroads,” and “Wonderful Tonight” along with other Cream hits and rarities that fans have asked for.

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Thursday, March 5, 8:00 pm. $35.00 All ages.

Julie Amici and Dean Mueller

Please join Julie Amici and Dean Mueller at they celebrate the release of singles from their upcoming CD “I Loved You So…”. Adam Scramstad will open the show with songs from his upcoming release, and Thad Beckman adds his guitar expertise to the mix with Julie and Dean. You can expect a night of original music from this collection of talented songwriters!

Strum Guitars, 1415 SE Stark St. Saturday, March 21, 7:00 pm. $10.00.

9th Annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival

9th Annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival

9th Annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival, 3 days, 30 acts, in 10 venues (all within walking distance) in beautiful downtown Walla Walla. This year’s headliners are Grammy nominees Sugaray Rayford and Randy McAllister, and fresh from Eric Clapton’s 2019 Crossroads festival, Artur Menezes, along with top Northwest roots, blues, Americana, funk, and rock artists. Multiple events taking place over the weekend including the Friday night kick-off show, Saturday Guitar Crawl, Sunday Gospel Brunch and of course “The Big Show” taking place Saturday.

Various venues in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. March 13 – 15. See for multiple ticket packages and line-ups for each day.

Patrick Droney

Patrick DroneyNashville-based blues musicians Patrick Droney was awarded the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Star Award Recipient for 2006 as the country’s most promising blues musician, Steven Johnson, grandson of the legendary bluesman and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation, hails – “Patrick blew us away. We were amazed that a musician that young could play with that much skill and dexterity and with that much soul.” A soulful pop singer/songwriter and virtuosic guitarist in the vein of John Mayer, Droney arrived on the national scene in his early teens and has spent time on the road working with the likes of BB King and James Brown.


The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Wednesday, February 19, 8:00 pm. $15.00 at Eventbrite. All ages.

Deb Ryder Visits Portland

Deb Ryder Visits PortlandDeb Ryder has been a rising star for the past few years. In fact she was nominated for the Sean Costello Rising Star award recently. This vocalist charms audiences with her soulful and gritty voice. She will be visiting Portland in February and is scheduled to perform at two shows during her time in Portland.

Clyde’s Prime Rib (with Ben Rice), 5474 NE Sandy Blvd. Thursday, February 27, 8:00 pm. 21 & over.

Vinyl Tap (with Mitch Kashmar), 2099 SE Oak Grove Blvd, Oak Grove. Friday, February 28, 8:00 pm. 21 & over.

Dustbowl Revival

Based out of Venice, California, the Dustbowl Revival are a large string and brass ensemble whose colorful combination of swing, bluegrass, jazz, and Americana have earned them a national following. Bandleader and principal songwriter Zach Lupetin founded the core group in 2007 after he placed and ad on Craigslist searching for collaborators and instrumentalists. Known for their rowdy, energetic live shows, the group’s lineup has swelled to as large as 15 members including various horns, mandolin, banjo, accordion, clarinet, and the dueling vocals of Lupetin and co-vocalist Liz Beebe. Their first LP, 2011’s Holy Ghost Station, introduced their versatile sound on record, with an emphasis on old-timey rave-ups and early gospel and swing.

 Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi St. Thursday, February 20, 8:00 pm. $17.00 advance, $20.00 at the door. 21 & over.