Key Events - Save the Date! 2022 May

Key Events – Save the Date! 2022 May

May

5/1 – Booker T. Jones Alberta Rose Theater

5/5 – St Paul & The Broken Bones, Crystal Ballroom

5/10—Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Roseland Theater

5/21 – David Bromberg Aladdin Theater

5/24 – Dave Mason Aladdin Theater

5/26 – Journey to Memphis competition Mekong Bistro

June

6/4 – Bobby Rush Jack London Revue

6/14 – Fantastic Negrito Aladdin Theater

6/24-25 – Gorge Blues and Brews Festival

July
7/1-4 – Waterfront Blues Festival
7/15-17 – Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
August
8/7 – Little Feat with Hot Tuna Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
8/12 – Rick Estrin Jack London Revue
8/26-27 Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival
October
10/14 – Carvin Jones Lincoln Performance Hall

 

Thanks to Mike and Debra Penk for keeping us updated! Are we missing something? Let us know HERE

 

Key Events - Save the Date! 2022 May

Key Events – Save the Date! 2022 April

April

4/2 & 4/3 — Valerie June, Aladdin Theater

4/3 – Sugar Roots IBC fundraiser, The Garages

4/6 – CBA member meeting with Josh Makosky and Tall Static, 6pm The Garages

4/8 – Hillstomp Mississippi Studios

4/21Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge Duo, Revolution Hall

May

5/1 – Booker T. Jones Alberta Rose Theater

5/5 – St Paul & The Broken Bones, Crystal Ballroom

5/10—Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Roseland Theater

5/21 – David Bromberg Aladdin Theater

5/24 – Dave Mason Aladdin Theater

5/26 – Journey to Memphis competition Mekong Bistro

June

6/14 – Fantastic Negrito Aladdin Theater

6/24-25 – Gorge Blues and Brews Festival

July
7/1-4 – Waterfront Blues Festival
7/15-17 – Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
August
8/7 – Little Feat with Hot Tuna Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

 

Thanks to Mike and Debra Penk for keeping us updated! Are we missing something? Let us know HERE

 

Key Events - Save the Date! 2022 May

Key Events – Save the Date! 2022 March

March

3/2 – Albert Cummings, Jack London

3/4—Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Keller Auditorium

3/18 – Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Jack London

3/23 — Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Revolution Hall

3/24 — Ana Popovic, Alberta Rose Theatre

3/30— Keb Mo, Brothers, Revolution Hall

April

4/2 & 4/3 — Valerie June, Aladdin Theater

4/21Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge Duo, Revolution Hall

May

5/1 – Booker T. Jones Alberta Rose Theater

5/5 – St Paul & The Broken Bones, Crystal Ballroom

5/10—Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Roseland Theater

5/24 – Dave Mason Aladdin Theater

July
7/1-4 – Waterfront Blues Festival
7/15-17 – Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
August
8/7 – Little Feat with Hot Tuna Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

 

Thanks to Mike and Debra Penk for keeping us updated! Are we missing something? Let us know HERE

 

Key Events - Save the Date! 2022 May

Key Events – Save the Date!

2022

February

2/10 — Allen Stone, Roseland Theater

2/11—North Mississippi Allstars, Aladdin Theater

March

3/2 – Albert Cummings, Jack London

3/4—Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Keller Auditorium

3/18 – Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Jack London

3/23 — Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Revolution Hall

3/24 — Ana Popovic, Alberta Rose Theatre

3/30— Keb Mo, Brothers, Revolution Hall

April

4/2 & 4/3 — Valerie June, Aladdin Theater

4/21Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge Duo, Revolution Hall

May

5/1 – Booker T. Jones Alberta Rose Theater

5/5 – St Paul & The Broken Bones, Crystal Ballroom

5/10—Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Roseland Theater

July
7/1-4 – Waterfront Blues Festival
August
8/7 – Little Feat with Hot Tuna Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

 

Thanks to Mike and Debra Penk for keeping us updated! Are we missing something? Let us know HERE

 

THE HOLIDAY PARTY RETURNS

THE HOLIDAY PARTY RETURNS!

By Anni Piper

 

Why am I reading this? – The Cascade Blues Association Holiday Party is back

Where’s the fun? – Loyal Order of Moose East Portland Lodge, 16411 NE Halsey St.

When’s it happening? – Sunday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 1.30 p.m., music from 2-6 p.m.

What’s the lineup? – Nikki Jones, James Ortega Y Los Demon Drivers, Billy D and the Hoodoos, Fenix Project

What will it cost me? – CBA and Lodge members get in free, $5 admission for non-members. Join or renew your CBA membership at the party and get a free CBA bag or hat

What else is happening, apart from the music? – Dancing, dessert table, silent auction, raffle, gift wrapping and 30% off select CBA merchandise

Why should I go? – Apart from having a great time, this is the biggest fundraiser event of the year for the CBA. Our bands are volunteering their time for this event, so please come along to support them and tip generously

What if I don’t want dessert? – Don’t worry, our friends at the Moose will have a selection of bar food appetizers available for purchase

What should I bring? – A mouthwatering holiday dessert to share, cash preferred at the bar, mask, dancing shoes and holiday cheer

Key Events - Save the Date! 2022 May

Key Events — Save the Date!

 

December 2021

12/1 — Marc Broussard, Revolution Hall

12/5–IBC fundraiser for Rae Gordon & Brady Goss and The Sugar Roots, Trail’s End Saloon, 1pm

12/8 & 12/9 — Black Pumas, Roseland Theater

12/12 — CBA Holiday Party, Moose Lodge

 

2022

1/21 — Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Jack London

1/22—Michael Bean Celebration of Life—Catfish Lou’s & Legends Billiard Room

2/10 — Allen Stone, Roseland Theater

2/11—North Mississippi Allstars, Aladdin Theater

3/04—Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Keller Auditorium

3/23 — Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Revolution Hall

3/24 — Ana Popovic, Alberta Rose Theatre

3/30— Keb Mo, Brothers, Revolution Hall

4/2 & 4/3 — Valerie June, Aladdin Theater

4/21Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge Duo, Revolution Hall

5/10—Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Roseland Theater

 

Thanks to Mike and Debra Penk for adding to and editing this!

 

Sugar Roots IBC Fundraiser

Sugar Roots IBC Fundraiser
and Turkey Day recovery event

 

Saturday, Nov. 27

Garages Satellite Pub, 4810 SW Western Ave., Beaverton

$12.50 advance-$15 at the door (suggested donation)

 

Raising funds to send The Sugar Roots to Memphis in January 2022 to represent the CBA and the PNW in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge.

 

Emcee — Rae Gordon

Raffles

Prizes

Sugar Roots Featuring Chad Rupp

Sugar Roots Featuring Chad Rupp is a Portland-based blues band formed by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Chad Rupp, guitarist Jason “JT” Thomas, keyboardist Sam Gendler, bassist Timmer Blakely and drummer Chandler Bowerman.

This band was forged from the roots of Portland’s uniquely prodigious local blues scene with three Portland natives and two extremely talented transplants who appreciate the legacy of Portland’s musical history and the amazing musicians who have provided a lasting tradition of blues performance. Sugar Roots draws on inspiration from Portland greats like Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Jim Mesi, Paul deLay, DK Stewart and Norman Sylvester, along with their supporting bandmates.

The band’s name is a nod to a popular local blues band, Brown Sugar, a pioneering staple of Portland’s live music scene.

Here’s what frontman Chad Rupp says about the band’s formation:

“Really, the band came together because we had been playing together regularly pre-pandemic for a few years at a popular local jam session, The 1-4-5 Blues Jam Party, and we were having a great time!

“Sam Gendler and Chandler Bowerman brought their experience and mojo from the LA and Illinois scenes, combined with veteran local and national act musicians Timmer Blakely and Jason “JT” Thomas. This group really became a tight and organic unit for me to work with.

“When we looked at the chemistry we had, we decided that we should be recording and gigging together more! These guys have made it possible for me to stretch out on stage leading to some fun and powerful performances for me, personally!“

Key Events - Save the Date! 2022 May

Key Events — Save the Date!

 

November 2021

11/3 — “Mini” Muddy Awards, Lovejoy Rooftop at Botanist

11/9 — Paul Thorn, Alberta Rose Theatre

11/14 — Los Lobos, Aladdin Theater

11/11 — JJ Grey and Mofro, Crystal Ballroom

11/18 — The Record Company, Roseland Theater

11/20 — JD Simo, Jack London

11/22 — Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Crystal Ballroom

11/27 — The Sugar Roots IBC Fundraiser, At the Garages

 

December 2021

12/1 — Marc Broussard, Revolution Hall

12/8 & 12/9 — Black Pumas, Roseland Theater

12/12 — CBA Holiday Party, Moose Lodge

12/16 — TBA, Lovejoy Rooftop at Botanist/CBA cosponsor

 

2022

1/21 — Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Jack London

2/10 — Allen Stone, Roseland Theater

3/23 — Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Revolution Hall

3/24 — Ana Popovic, Alberta Rose Theatre

4/2 & 4/3 — Valerie June, Aladdin Theater

4/21Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge Duo, Revolution Hall

 

 

Thanks to Mike and Debra Penk for adding to and editing this!

 

the 2021 Mini Muddy Awards

Cascade Blues Association Presents the 2021 ‘Mini’ Muddy Awards

Wednesday November 3rd, 2021
Doors open: 5 pm / Event begins: 6 pm

The Cascade Blues Association presents the ‘Mini’ Muddy Awards, honoring musical achievements from the past two-year period (Sept 1, 2019, through Aug 31, 2021) as awards are handed out recognizing outstanding musicians, venues, recordings, events, and more.

This year’s ceremony will include ten categories, including some new ones, that best reflect the modified circumstances that have existed over the past year and a half, and voted on by CBA members in mid-October through an online ballot.

 

2021 CBA Muddy Awards Nominees

Virtual Live Stream Performance-2020-2021

Lisa Mann

Lloyd Jones

Steve Kerin

 

Virtual Live Stream Production-2020-2021

Artichoke Music-CBA Livestream-Gary Furlow

Lisa Mann

Steve Kerin

 

Best Venue-2020-2021

At the Garages

Blue Diamond

Botanist (Lovejoy Rooftop)

 

NW Event of the Year-2020-2021

Bluesmania-Benefit for Steve Pringle-Roseland Theater

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival-Blues Night

Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival

 

Live Performance of the Year-2020-2021

Curtis Salgado-Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver”

Lloyd Jones-Cathedral Park Jazz Festival-Blues Night

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats-Jack London

 

NW Recording -2020-2021

Ben Rice “Shake a Hand”

Lisa Mann “Old Girl”

Rae Gordon Band “Wrong Kind of Love”

 

National Recording of the Year-2020-2021

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram-662

Curtis Salgado Damage Control

Lloyd Jones-Tennessee Run

 

Dance Ambassador-2020-2021

Beth Lucci

Jim Vail

Will Crowe

 

George Page “Back What You Believe In”-2020-2021

BOD vote

 

Paul deLay “Lifetime Achievement”

Coach “Jim Hurley”

La Rhonda Steele

Tom Wendt

 

We have some great celebrity presenters!  Arietta Ward will present the “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary Flower will present the new Virtual Livestream Production and Terry Currier the award for “George Page” Back What You Believe In.

Many thanks to Ben Rice and Rae Gordon for assembling great sets of music, and for everyone donating their time and talent to perform!Ben Rice All Stars

Josh Makosky, Anni Piper, Melanie Owen, Pat McDougall, James Thornton, Chris Stone, Chandler Bowerman, Froggy William Hyland

Rae Gordon’s All Original Hour

Lisa Mann, Kivett Bednar, LaRhonda Steele, Jason Thomas, John Bunzow & Denny Bixby, Brady Goss, Ed Pierce

About Botanist
For those unfamiliar with Botanist, we are your thoughtful, intentional home away from home neighborhood destination bar/restaurant located in the heart of the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. In the local community, we are known for our personalized style of hospitality, creative cocktails, and delectable tapas and entrées.

Offering strictly outdoor seating, Walk Up Stairs to the Rooftop. Pup Friendly (leashed)

Lovejoy Rooftop is the event side of Botanist House

COVID Policy: Strictly outdoor seating

The heater/air exchanger is 1 million BTUs moving the air out of there as efficiently as if the tent sides were open. It was designed by an engineer specifically for Covid.

Mask up!

Please note that our staff has been fully vaccinated from the first available opportunity. Tables are spaced further apart. Masks required upon entry, when not seated at your table, and when interacting with staff – staff is also masked.

Parking

There is ample street parking with many 2-hour meters. Paid street parking ends at 7pm.  There is also a paid lot on Kearney just across the street that can be accessed at 6pm.

Portland Streetcar

Runs on two sides of the block, along NW 14th Ave and also down Lovejoy

As with all the CBA shows at Lovejoy Rooftop, this is a fundraiser for the Elevate Unity Benefit Music Series, supporting local musicians, live music venues and staff.

Tickets at:
https://www.tickettomato.com/…/cba-presents-the-2021…

$15 General / $10 for current CBA Members / $20 at the Door

21 & Over / Tickets are Non-Refundable / Performers subject to change.

 

Seating is limited due to the city and state restrictions. Ticket purchase is suggested to ensure entry.

Robert Cray Band - Oct. 15 - Aladdin Theater

Robert Cray Band
Oct. 15 – Aladdin Theater

Interviews with Robert Cray and Dover Weinberg

By Kirk Anderson

The Influence: Born in Clarksdale, Miss., in early 1931, Sam Cooke made the most of his 33 years traversing this Earth. He was on the downside of a racially segregated society in central Mississippi and on the heels of some of the original blues greats. He transitioned many artists from gospel into secular practitioners of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul. “A Change is Gonna Come” is a favorite of lovers of Cooke’s bluesier side about an ever-running man who yearns to have a better life. He knows this means leaving the fast life behind someday and that inevitably …” A Change is Gonna Come.”

Peter Guralnick’s Sam Cooke autobiography, “Dream Boogie” is a delicious trip through Sam’s influences, those he influenced and the music sliding from the blues, gospel, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Driving ambition, roots in the Mississippi Delta, a rise to the top with his career, people he helped as well as the unpolished dark side …oh, man! I want to read this history again. Amazon it if you must, but wouldn’t it be more fun to go down to the local bookstore? And that would help support your local community.

What the heck is the connection between Sam Cooke and Robert Cray Band’s new tour? Robert is quick to share the pre-recording story of him and producer Steve Jordan kicking around a definitive feeling for the upcoming recording.  Robert notes that Steve sent him a recording of some Sam Cooke’s tunes and again the two clicked right into the new record.

The Interviews:

Two members of the Robert Cray Band have ties to the area. Robert spent his early years in Fort Lewis just south of Seattle and Dover Weinberg (keyboards) makes his home near the City of Roses. An exciting but busy time for a musician is getting ready for — and starting — the first week or so of a tour. It’s a time of anticipation and a time of relearning to click with other musicians. So it is with appreciation that both took time out to talk with the Cascade Blues Association.

Dover was up first just a few days prior to the start of their fall 2021 tour in support of “That’s What I Heard.” Blues Notes readers will remember the article last year of another record released right before the pandemic started.

In talking about recording “That’s What I Heard,” Dover remembers that the grand piano that Nat King Cole played during his stint at Capitol Records’ Studio B was a prominent part of history that carried a positive ghost to influence the upcoming recordings.

When asked about what instruments he plays on the record and on the road, Dover shared that in the Robert Cray Band, his main ax is the classic Hammond-Leslie pairing for a majority of the texture needed.  When the other needs arise, his Rhodes Electric Piano gives him the versatility to play a lead or rhythm role.

I asked Dover about one of his favorite memories of working with Robert  Cray. He was quick to recall that eight or nine years ago he was just minding his business when his phone rang. He felt compelled to answer, and a cat on the phone claimed he was Dover’s longtime acquaintance, Robert Cray. Robert said he was calling to offer him a slot in his band as keyboardist.  With so many friends who love to get one over on each other, Dover was sure it was a friend playing a joke on him.

Robert tried to convince Dover, but he had been caught one too many times. Finally Robert asked Dover to ask him a question from their past that only he would know. Dover thought for a second and asked Robert to say the nickname that he had for Dover years earlier when they shared time in England.

Oh man, this should be a climax paragraph, but you know, if I tell you the nickname, then everyone would know. We’ll just say that it had to do with a famous English landmark.

Dover has added his blues/rock keyboards to perennial blues in the studio and with road acts from Albert Collins to Otis Rush to Janiva Magnus, Curtis Salgado, Duffy Bishop, Kevin Selfe to Charlie Musselwhite and Elias McDaniel, better known as Bo Diddley. And that’s just eight musicians/bands out of several dozen. He’s been influenced by and continues to influence many others.

Robert’s interview took place about a week and a half later, after the tour had already started.

Robert’s memory of recording was finally entering the building he had driven by so many times, the Capitol Records Building. He remembers walking down the hallway, lined with so many pictures of music’s heroes, who had walked down that same hallway toward that same Studio B to record memories that marked good times throughout our lives. “Respect the building. Respect the people,” notes Robert.

When asked about his guitars of choice, Robert sticks with the American Standard Stratocaster with the Alder body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Finger Board, three Custom Vintage Fender Stratocaster single coil pickups.  He also mentions his preference for using a pair of Matchless Clubman 35 as his main amp with its Class A 35 watts with a 4×10 cabinet.

As an artist whom critics have awarded five Grammy wins over 20 strong records, Robert is always quick to talk about how this isn’t about him, but about the musicians that he’s worked with to ply a profession based on love of music. “Love of playing, listening, sharing. This is what we do every night and we can’t do it without love.”

I asked Robert who he has been listening to recently, and he mentioned Larry Young and Art Blakey.  Both are known as trail-blazers in the blues sister genre, jazz. Larry was an American jazz organist who pioneered a more experimental modal approach to the Hammond.  Larry also is known for his jam with Jimi Hendrix that was captured and then posthumously released on the record, “Nine to the Universe.”

Art is a revered American jazz drummer and bandleader who is influenced by and has influenced the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Wayne Shorter. Want to learn more about the music you love by hearing what your favorite musicians like Robert Cray are being influenced by?  The two cats and their influences are a helluva start.

The Tour: It is with these feelings that the Robert Cray Band brings their 2021 tour to the Aladdin Theater in the Brooklyn neighborhood of southeast Portland, Friday, Oct. 15. The tour that started in September will wind its way across the United States, headed for the Pacific Northwest. A week into the tour, I asked Robert if they are able to bring the vibe from recording at Capitol Records to the tour.

Robert shared that the recording was more than 20 months ago. The lockdown put time between the recordings and the tour.  Locking into each other’s playing at the recordings and the contributions of Steve Jordan, although still remembered, had faded some from muscle memory. But Robert was quick to add that as they play more gigs together, the magic from the recording’s interplay is coming back.

A longtime friend, schooled in the ways of live music, saw an early gig for this tour at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Mich. A fan of Robert Cray since just before Cray’s “Strong Persuader” record came out in 1986, the friend confirms that the current live performance didn’t suffer from the pandemic break.  Adding this first-person gig review to Robert’s comment that more of the recording memories are coming back as the tour progresses makes me mark the Aladdin date on the calendar as “Can’t Miss.”

The Community: Vaudeville is a term I had to look up as this type of early 20th century entertainment was the impetus of so many theater venues being built. Oxford Languages define vaudeville as, “a type of entertainment … featuring a mixture of specialty acts such as burlesque, comedy & song and dance.”

The Aladdin was built in the late 1920s as a venue for Vaudeville acts. The original name was Geller’s Theatre. As the Great Depression hit, a new form of entertainment known to us now as “movies” forced the change for many vaudeville houses to new places for families to enjoy the medium together. With this change, in 1934, the Geller changed its format from vaudeville to movies and changed its name to the Aladdin Theater.

Forty years later saw a change in the makeup of these neighborhoods and the prosperity that America was graced to enjoy post-World War II. In the 1970s and ‘80s, family films turned into adult movie theaters. Then VHS proved too strong for the adult movie theater, leaving the building with a history of performances for the community with property values that had tanked.

This formula has been proved over and over again in Portland, the United States and around the world to provide a low-cost venue with an infrastructure for renovation back to the live performances of the ‘90s through to the present. Forwar- thinking people with their own passion around music invested their fortunes in the community and took the chance to put money into the renovation of the building and booking acts to come in and fill a much-needed hole in the fabric of their communities.

Well, now you’re mentally prepared for the Oct. 15 show of the Robert Cray Band at the Aladdin Theater in Portland. Now you need to get your tickets and start looking around for a pre-concert place for dinner before the show … or just drinks. Maybe make plans to meet up with some of your Cascade Blues Association sisters and brothers.

In doing research for this article, another comment that Robert posted on his website, RobertCray.com, hung with me and I thought you might like it, too.

“Hearing is a funny thing. It’s not just receiving sound – it’s understanding and interpreting it, making sense of variations swirling around in our heads. That’s how people can listen to the same thing, and come away with opposite impressions. The sounds may be the same, but the comprehension isn’t.” Robert Cray – robertcray.com

“My Baby Likes to Boogaloo.”  I hope you’re ready and like to Boogaloo, too.