Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal - press photo“If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska soul shouter and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove.” – No Depression

Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln Nebraska. The award-winning, six-piece band includes some of the area’s most revered and accomplished musicians. Inspired by Stax and Motown, and echoing the styles of New Orleans, Philly, and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era, and joins forces each show with a common goal – to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal’s combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer’s honest lyrics and his soulful (sometimes in-your-face) vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry.

Following what will surely be a couple of dynamic appearances at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival  over the July 4 weekend, you’re going to be begging for more from this hot rising band. Well, you’ll be able to catch them one more time in Portland at the Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta Street, on Tuesday, July 5. Contact the venue for show time and tickets. Opening the night will be Portland’s own psych-folk-rock band, The Pining Hearts.

christone kingfishUnless you’ve been hiding under a rock or have not been paying attention to all the media about young blues phenom Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, it’s time to jump into your car and head down to The Birk for a true awakening. The stories are not hype — this is a musician who just may be the future of the blues. Sure, we’ve heard that before, but Kingfish follows a long line of Delta artists that have helped mentor and teach this young man properly, and he has heeded these lessons with both ears.

Born in 1999, Christone “Kingfish” Ingrtam experienced the sounds of gospel music in church, but he also took note of the great bluesmen of the region including Big Jack Johnson and Michael Burks. From the age of seven Kingfish has been studying music, first with drums, then bass, and now as an exciting, creative guitarist who has shared the stage alongside the likes of Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty, and Bob Margolin. His influences are widespread, ranging from early blues musicians to southern-rock band The Allman Brothers, English blues-rocker Steve Marriott, and funk and R&B god Prince, all of whom have driven Kingfish to expand his own direction in the music he creates.

People everywhere are taking note of Kingfish, and he has appeared on numerous television shows, on festival stages across the country and into Europe, and even performing for President Obama. On Friday, July 8, Kingfish will join Jeff “Drummerboy” Hayes and local musicians to take the stage at The Birk for what will surely be a full house. This show will start at 7:00 with tickets available through for $20.00 advance and $25.00 day of show at the door. The Birk is located at 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld. Don’t miss out on a performance that will certainly be talked about for some time to come!

Born and raised in the swamplands of Louisiana, Brother Dege is the best kept secret in the DeBrother Dege - press photoep South. If you like your music real, then you’re in the right place. This is pure channeled soul minus the big money record label and promotional budgets. Like the possessed love child of Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, he plays a post-Americana style of Delta blues filtered through roots music, rock & roll, and a bunch of other stuff. No tradition can live on without the growing pains of its innovators. Well, here it is: Delta Blues for the twenty-first century in a form that Brother Dege has coined “psyouthern.”

Brother Dege & The Brethren will be bringing their Psyouthern Invasion tour through Oregon in July, with shows in Grants Pass on Saturday, July 9 at G Street Bar & Grill, Eugene at Sam Bond’s Garage on Sunday, July 10, the Trillium Café in Hood River on Monday, July 11, and in Portland at Duff’s Garage on Tuesday, July 12. Contact venues for information on admission and show times.

Brothers And Sister - Allman Brothers Tribute

brothers and sisterThe Allman Brothers were one of the most awe-inspiring live bands of all time, and they were at their creative height in the early 1970s when they released one of the rock era’s seminal live albums, Live At The Fillmore East. Led then by brothers Gregg and Duane Allman, they inspired countless bands with their blues-based, Southern rock inspired material. Such inspiration was behind the creation of one of Portland’s favorite tribute acts, Brothers and Sister, who will be reforming once again for a rare appearance at the Doug Fir Lounge on Thursday, July 14.

Members of Brothers and Sister consist of some of the area’s most prominent musicians: Lewi Longmire (guitar, vocals), Tim Huggins (bass), Matt Cadenelli (drums, vocals), Anita Robinson (guitar), Steve Kerin (keys, vocals), and Ryan Spellman (drums). Plus they will be joined by special guests David Lipkind, Kris Stuart, and Joe McMurrian.

The Doug Fir Lounge is located at 830 E Burnside Street. Show time is 9:00 pm and tickets may be purchased in advance through for $10.00 – $12.00. This show is 21 & over only.

Randy McAllister Band

If Mark Twain had envisioned a twenty-first century roots musician, he might have created a character like Randy McAllister with his easy-going persona and wry, observant wit.

Randy McAllister - photo by Kim LatheRandy McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. His songwriting is filled with heartbreak, humor, high hair, and tall Texas tales this is some of the most original and innovative being written today. While comparisons are not easy, McAllister music suggests a blend of Doug Sahm, John Hiatt, and Delbert McClinton, combined with a blues man’s background and sensibilities. He is one of those rare artists who is able to seamlessly weave together genres such as gospel, blues, country, Tex-Mex, rock, and zydeco and come away with something that is uniquely his. Witnessing McAllister perform will also amaze — it is not often that you see a musician behind a set of drums working a perfect shuffle with one hand, playing a harmonica in the other and singing, sometimes all in the same song!

Touring in support of his latest recording, Gristle To Gold, the four-piece Randy McAllister Band will be playing at The Birk, 11139 Hwy 202, Birkenfeld, on Friday, July 15, for a 7:00 pm show. Then on Saturday, July 16 the band will be at the coast playing the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NW US 101, in Lincoln City. Show time is 7:00 pm with tickets $28.00 advance, $30.00 at the door.


Tony Joe White - press photoTony Joe White grew up in Northwest Louisiana, just south of the Arkansas line. On his father’s farm, he was around cotton and knew about working in the fields, as well as the aromas, tastes, and sounds of the swampland. He was also brought up on the stories spun late at night, stories peopled by preacher men and conjure women, serenaded by train whistles and illuminated by spells and signs. From his first club gigs some fifty years ago, these images and memories have taken shape in his songs, and other artists have covered many of his tunes: Brook Benton and Hank Williams with “Rainy Night in Georgia, Dusty Springfield with “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and, of course, Elvis with his version of “Polk Salad Annie.” But other songs of his really couldn’t survive in anyone else’s hands but his;  the ones that flowed over hypnotic single-chord drones, with White’s slithery guitar fills and husky, haunted vocals. He is a link to a time that may already be lost but will be kept alive as long as he keeps revisiting it in song.

Relive that swampy sound and those musical memories as Tony Joe White performs for one night only at McMenamin’s Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street, on Friday, July 15. Show time is 8:00 pm and tickets are $25.00 available through Minors permitted with a parent or guardian.

Opening the show will be Portland’s own Chris Miller and James Sasser, bringing the sounds, flavors, and good times from the honky tonks to the Mission Theater.

As the longest-running free Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi River, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival celebrates its 36th year with three days of world-class music. The Festival begins Friday night, July 15, with dynamic Blues, R&B, and Soul. Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 will feature all the multiple styles of Jazz in all its glory.

The stage is situated in a natural amphitheater with a backdrop of the beautiful Willamette River to the west and the mighty St Johns Bridge overhead.  The lush, green, and beautifully maintained festival grounds are the perfect place to bring a picnic or to purchase delicious offerings available from our food vendors. You are welcome to spread a blanket or set up low-profile beach chairs in the grassy bowl in front of the stage. City regulations prohibit alcohol in the park. However, alcohol may be enjoyed by adults, 21 & over in our shady Beer Garden with full view of the stage.

Celebrating the Cathedral Park and St Johns Community is a major focus of this Festival.  Neighborhood groups will have information booths promoting local businesses and philanthropic organizations. The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival also recognizes the growing hunger problem in our area and has added a Food Drive to benefit area food banks. Barrels to collect donated non-perishable food items will be placed throughout the grounds.

Friday, July 15: Blues, R&B, and Soul 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
5:00  United By Music North America
6:15  Bottleneck Blues Band
7:30  Sister Mercy
9:15  Ken Emerson

Saturday, July 16: Jazz 1:00 PM – 9:45 PM
1:00  American Music Program
2:30  Dan Balmer’s Go By Train
4:00  Dina Y Los Rumberos
5:30  High Water Jazz Band
7:00  Joe Manis Trio
8:30  Errick Lewis & Expressive Vibe – Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire

Sunday, July 17: Jazz 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM
1:00  NOPO Big Band
2:30  Tim Willcox/Charlie Doggett Quartet
4:00  Mel Brown Trio
5:30  Portland Vocal Summit
7:00  TBA

Sammy Eubanks - photo by Greg JohnsonSammy Eubanks CD cover for Trails End ShowSammy Eubanks’ name alone speaks volumes, as does his music. Possibly the most reputable musician in Eastern Washington’s Inland Empire, Eubanks delivers a quality performance every time he takes the stage, playing a variety of blues, country, and rock & roll classics alongside his original music. Many artists and styles have influenced his music, and he demonstrates a diversified talent rarely seen today. Renowned as a vocalist, he is commonly referred to as “The Voice,” and as a spectacular guitar player, Eubanks is a leader in the Northwest music scene. He has won the “Best Male Vocalist” award ten times in the state of Washington and along with the band have won multiple other awards and recognitions. In 2013, they represented the Washington Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and advanced to the semi-finals.

Eubanks has recently released his newest recording titled Sugar Me. The band will be playing on Saturday, July 30 at the Trails End Saloon, 1320 Main Street in Oregon City, for a CD release party. Show time is 8:30 pm. Admission is $8.00. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so show your current membership card at the door to receive a $1.00 discount on admission.

A.J. CroceFrom his debut as a jazz-influenced, blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with his first tour at age eighteen opening up for B.B. King. In the span of a twenty-plus-year career, A.J. has headlined festivals, concerts, and major listening venues worldwide. He has performed on shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, E!, and CNN, and he has shared the stage with an innumerable list of eclectic artists from Willie Nelson to Ray Charles, Bela Fleck to James Brown, Lyle Lovett to Morphine, and Rod Stewart to Ben Harper. An ivory-searing New Orleans piano style established an essential juju, but his exploratory pop gems revealed a spectrum of influences from art rock to Americana and beyond. As the late Allen Toussaint described Croce, “It is a pleasure to witness triple uniqueness: pianist, songwriter, singer and at such a level. Who does he sound like? The answer is himself: A.J. Croce.”

A.J. Croce will be making a pair of stops in Oregon on his current tour. On Saturday, July 30, Croce will appear at The Birk, 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld, for a 7:00 pm show. Tickets may be purchased in advance through for $20.00 advance. Admission at the door will be $25.00.

Then on Monday, August 1, the tour will stop at The Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets for this 7:00 pm show are $20.00 and are available in advance through the venue’s website,

This year’s Waterfront Blues Festival will again welcome the United by Music North America Band. They will perform July 4 at 2:15p on The Front Porch Stage, July 1-4 from 11-1 at Hotel Rose, and on the July 3 “Sail on Sister” DME Blues Cruise.

UBMNA_CBA_United By Music_Jordi de JongeThe UBMNA Band is part of the international performance-based United by Music North America program offering the opportunity for exceptional musicians with intellectual challenges and developmental delays, such as autism, to be selected as UBMNA Artists and coached by UBMNA Mentors to expand their musical talent and learn how to perform as a professional band.

As producing director and co-founder Amanda Gresham explains; “through the equalizing power of music and mentorship provided by the UBMNA program, the artists transcend their challenges, feel worthy, identify as successful, achieve goals, make friends, and know they are valuable and as a result lives are enhanced and transformed daily.” President and co-founder Barbara Hammerman adds that “in North America, the core of our model is collaboration with other similarly-missioned groups to develop opportunities in performance.”

Please contact co-founders Barbara Hammerman and Amanda Gresham at 253.225.7655 or visit their website at for their complete story and information on how you or someone you know can become part of the United by Music North America family. You may also view their entire roster of UBMNA artists, mentors, and details on open mic auditions and upcoming performances.UBMNA United By Music LOGO 1-13-14 CS4

The artists of UBMNA invite you to visit with them, along with their presenting sponsor, in the The Delta Music Experience Louisiana Pavilion and learn more about the band and the program.