Midnight at The Crossroads - Oct. 22 Echo Theater

Midnight at The Crossroads
Oct. 22, Echo Theater

By Marie Walters

We are partnering with Querencia Dance Productions to promote a completely different kind of blues show on Oct. 22. “Midnight at the Crossroads” is a celebration of the blues and burlesque, an adult-oriented show presented dinner theater style at Portland’s Echo Theater.

We are ecstatic to feature Portland’s First Lady of the Blues and her band — the LaRhonda Steele Band — providing the live soundtrack, plus performances by Dahlia Kash, Fannie Fuller, Viper and featured performer from Seattle, Nox Falls “The Naughty Body.” BeeBee Sanchez, whom many of you may remember from her years volunteering on the hospitality team at the Waterfront Blues Fest South Stage, will emcee and perform.

Watch this space for the ticket link when they go on sale in September!

Melody Guy-Ketcham August 8th

Melody Guy-Ketcham August 8th at Artichoke Music 7pm

Artichoke Music is pleased to welcome a uniquely gifted songwriter and performer, Melody Guy. She reaches fans and inspires them to follow her through a life’s journey of love, loss and independent triumph of the spirit. Artists of varying genres have recorded her songs from Sherrie Austin to Jesse James. “She sings with passion and beauty from the depths of her soul and writes from a real place that few writers rarely even touch upon” “You’d have to be dead to not feel something when Melody Guy sings.”— Steve Seskin American Singer/Songwriter / Author – www.steveseskin.com

Melody back on the road as a troubadour, visiting fans and weaving tales that resonate with music lovers across a wide range of styles. Her live performances with her band have garnered even more attention, sharing the stage with Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers, Leon Russell and Tanya Tucker, where Melody earned a standing ovation at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

After achieving success with her last release “Diamond On The Street,” Melody recently completed the long awaited “Dry The Rivers” album, Produced by famed musician and producer Michael Webb and recorded in Nashville, TN. She is currently on tour and will be making a stop here with stops throughout the Southwest and California. Join us.

Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. There are no printed tickets for Artichoke events. You will receive and email confirming your purchase and we will place your name on the will call list. Tables of 4 may are reserved in advance. Location of seating is first come first served.

This performance will be livestreamed free simultaneously and will include tip jar links for artist.

Kara Grainger August 12th

Kara Grainger August 12th at the Alberta St Pub. 8:30pm

(CBA co-sponsored event)

With Pat McDougall on keys, David Guy (from Nashville) bass and Simon Lucas, drums

Her music career began in a small suburban town of Sydney Australia and since then has taken her on an incredible journey throughout the globe.  Combining tasteful blues and slide guitar, soulful vocals and a heartfelt approach to songwriting, Kara’s truly unique sound will leave you uplifted, inspired and always wanting more.

At the age of 16 Kara joined with her brother Mitch Grainger to form the band “Papa Lips”. The band toured consistently throughout Australia and produced two studio albums that received national air play.

The band was heavily influenced by the sounds of Stax recording in Memphis, and by the Funky style of blues and soul that derived from New Orleans.

In 2008 Kara signed to Australian label “Craving Records” and was invited to the US by producer David Kalish where she recorded her debut solo album. The recording entitled “Grand and Green River” received critical acclaim and remained in the top 30 of the Americana Charts for 38 straight weeks.

Since then Kara has made three further albums whilst residing in the US. In 2011 “LA Blues” was recorded live at Studio City Sound. The cd paid tribute to some of Kara’s earliest blues inspirations and in 2013 Kara recorded and released” Shiver and Sigh” through Los Angeles record label “Eclecto Groove.” The album was produced by Grammy award winning producer David Z with some of LA’s finest musicians, including Mike Finnigan, Hutch Hutchinson, James Gadson and Kirk Fletcher among others.

One of Kara’s touring highlights was performing in Northeast India for the Himalayan Blues Foundation. Her performance at the “18 degrees cultural Festival” introduced the local community to roots and blues music for the very first time.

She has traveled to Indonesia several times to perform at the Jakarta International Blues Festival, performing together with her US band and as a special guest with “The Jakarta all Women Blues Review”.

In 2011 she toured Japan opening the show for “The Swampers and Donnie Fritts”, the infamous house Rhythm section for “Fame Recordings” in Muscle Shoals…She has taken her band to Switzerland where she performed at the “Sierre Blues Festival” as well as “Lucerne”. The band has also toured in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Spain.

In 2015 Kara performed at the “Beautiful Swamp Festival” in Calais France and to sellout crowds on her debut tour of the UK. Another highlight was preforming at “Ronnie Scotts”, London’s premier blues and jazz venue.

In the US Kara has performed at several Festivals such as ‘The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival’, ‘Blues from the Top’ in Colorado and “Austin City Limits”. She has also opened the show for many extraordinary acts such as Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Jonny Lang, to name a few.

Tickets at  http://albertastreetpub.com/music

Key Events and Save the Dates! September 2021

August 2021 – Key Events and Save the Dates!

8/3 Johnny Burgin Band with Joel Astley, Backroom/Catfish Lou’s

8/4 Johnny Burgin & Joel Astley CBA Livestream Membership Meeting at Artichoke Music

8/6 Johnny Burgin Band with Joel Astley, Murphy’s Watering Hole, Bingen

8/8 Melody Guy-Ketcham, Artichoke Music

8/11 Carlton Jackson-Celebration of Life-CANCELLED DUE TO COVID CONCERNS

8/21 Curtis Salgado Band, Billy Blues

8/26 Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Billy Blues

8/28 Lloyd Jones Band, The Pines Estate, Hood River

8/28 Curtis Salgado Band, The Garages

9/9 Allman Betts, Roseland Theater

8/12 Kara Grainger Band, Alberta St. Pub

9/11 CBA Journey to Memphis Competition, Artichoke Music

9/11 Sonny Hess Birthday Bash, Blue Diamond

9/24 Duffy Bishop, Alberta Rose Theatre

9/29 Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Alberta Rose Theatre

9/30 Ruthie Foster, Mary Flower, Alberta Rose Theatre

10/7 Booker T Jones, Alberta Rose Theatre

10/10 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert, Aladdin Theater

10/15 Robert Cray, Aladdin Theater

10/17 Blues for Slim Lively, A Benefit for Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson, Crystal Ballroom

10/18 John Hiatt and the Jerry Douglas Band, Revolution Hall

11/7 Chris Hamann Celebration of Life, Catfish Lou’s

11/9 Paul Thorn, Alberta Rose Theatre

11/14 Los Lobos, Aladdin Theater

11/11 JJ Grey & Mofro, Crystal Ballroom

11/18 The Record Company, Roseland Theater

12/1 Marc Broussard, Revolution Hall

12/12 CBA Holiday Party, Moose Lodge



3/23 Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Revolution Hall

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



Thanks to Mike & Debra Penk for editing this!

Key Events and Save the Dates! September 2021

Key Events and Save the Dates! July 2021

7/1 – Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Dean Mueller at Strum Guitars

7/4 – Frank “Paris Slim” Goldwasser, Tony Coleman & John Mazzocco, Double Barrel Brewing, Hood River

7/7 – Adam Scramstad, CBA Livestream Membership Meeting at Artichoke (see the member newsletter for the process to win reservations. This is a members-only FREE show, but seating is limited, and reservations are required,)

7/16 – Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Blues Night

7/17 – First Benefit for CBA President Greg Johnson, Mulino Blues Festival https://www.facebook.com/events/1244692015965100?ref=newsfeed

7/21 – The CBA Presents Johnny Wheels & the Swamp Donkeys at The Botanist House

8/4 – Johnny Bergin & Joel Astley CBA Livestream Membership Meeting at Artichoke (see members newsletter for the process to win reservations)

9/11 – CBA Journey to Memphis Competition

9/28 – Too Slim & the Taildraggers at the Alberta Rose Theatre

10/10 – Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert, The Aladdin Theater

10/17 – Benefit for Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson, Crystal Ballroom

11/7 – Chris Hamann Celebration of Life, Catfish Lou’s

11/18 – The Record Company, Roseland Theater

11/18 – John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas, Revolution Hall

1/21/22 – Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Jack London

34th Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Virtual Festival

34th Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Virtual Festival
Sunday, July 18, at 5 p.m.

This free virtual festival is a gift to you, our beloved fans, and will feature amazing performances recorded especially for this year’s Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival.

Artists include:

The Mavericks

The War and Treaty

Larkin Poe

Sugaray Rayford

Methow Juke Joint Allstars featuring Lady A, Polly O’Keary, Tommy Cook, John Oliver III and David Miller

Joe Louis Walker

Ruthie Foster

Cedric Burnside

Tia Carroll

Too Slim and the Taildraggers

Pine Leaf Boys

LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

The festival will be streamed on both Facebook and YouTube.

Gratitude to all who are making this possible and to Christoffer Lund Andersen, who will be heading the streaming on launch day.


For more information go to





41st Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival July 16-18

41st Annual Cathedral Park
Jazz Festival July 16-18

Festival Line Up

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival lives on LIVE IN THE PARK for our 41st annual jazz festival. The festival kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 16.

Check out our 2021 lineup — see you there!

Friday, July 16 – 4:30 p.m. kickoff (Blues Night July 16)

4:30 – 5:30
Steve Cheseborough

6:00 – 7:00
Sonny Hess & Lady Kat “Smokin’ True Blue”

7:30 – 8:30
Fenix Rising

9:00 – 10:00
Lloyd Jones with The Atlas Horns

Saturday, July 17

1:00 – 2:00
Collective Combo from PSU Jazz

2:30 – 3:30
Michael Raynor Quartet

4:00 – 5:00
Andrew Oliver Trio

5:30 – 6:30
Melao de Cuba

7:00 – 8:00
Korgy & Bass

8:30 – 9:45
Jarrod Lawson

Sunday, July 18

1:00 – 2:00
Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra

2:30 – 3:30
Tony Pacini Trio

4:00 – 5:00
Julianne Johnson with the Ron Steen Quartet 

5:30 – 6:30
500 Miles High (a tribute to Chick Corea)

7:00 – 8:15
Soul Vaccination

Per the Oregon Health Authority, all guests will be asked to wear masks when they enter and leave the area or are visiting common areas like the restrooms or food booths.

For more Information about the Jazz Society of Oregon visit their website:




Jonn Del Toro Richardson

Jonn Del Toro Richardson
July 1 at 7 p.m. Strum Guitars

Please join Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Dean Mueller for a mix of low-down blues and country from Texas.

Based out of Texas, Jonn is an internationally renowned guitar player with a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut Award for his album “Tengo Blues.” He also won the “Rising Star” award at the International Blues competition and has picked up many other national awards and nominations along the way. Jonn continues to tour extensively both in the U.S. and Europe.

Based in Oregon, Dean Mueller earned a Blues Music Award nomination as the bassist with The Insomniacs and has numerous other national awards of his own. Dean is a Pacific NW Journey to Memphis winner and has toured extensively throughout the U.S.

Jonn and Dean have performed many shows together over the years and are excited to team up as a duo for this event.

Tickets are $20 — Covid safety guidelines will be followed, and attendance will be limited. Reservations are highly recommended. You can reserve your spot by stopping by the store, calling them at 971-229-0161 or dropping them an email at strumguitarspdx@gmail.com.

Mulino Blues Festival Benefit

Mulino Blues Festival Benefit for Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson

Saturday, July 17, 1-7 p.m.

Minimum $10 donation requested

BYOB and chair

1-2 p.m. — Young Guns of the Blues (Ben Rice, Tevis Hodge, Timothy James, Justus Reece, Kivett Bednar)

2:15-3:15 — Lisa Ma

3:30-4:30 — Josh Makosky Band

4:45-5:45 — Generation Headstrong

6-7 — All-Star Jam (Dover Weinberg, Timmer Blakely, Don Shultz, Franco Paletta, and surprise guests)

Dano’s Dogs will be on site and is donating all sales from the event to Greg’s GoFundMe:

Parking available on site.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

Fun info about how the Young Guns of the Blues got started: Greg’s wife Cherie originally put it together for Greg’s birthday celebration, but then they went on to play additional sold-out shows!

The Young Guns of the Blues are:

Ben Rice, multiple Blues Music Award winner and nominee, CBA Hall of Fame,

Kivett Bednar 2018 Willamette Week Best of Portland winner

Tevis Hodge Jr, traditional American music historian and recreator

Justus Reece, blues & jazz finger-stylist

Timothy James, singer songwriter, and youth representative for the CBA at the International Blues Challenge

Each musician has represented the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge over the years.


Paris Slim Super Trio

Paris Slim Super Trio
with Tony Coleman, John Mazzocco

July 4 at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River

Paris Slim Super Trio with Tony Colman-Drums and John Mazzocco-Bass will perform a free show from 5-8 p.m. outside (weather permitting).

Paris Slim

This is possibly the last chance to see him before he moves back to Europe!

Frank Goldwasser dropped out of art school in his native Paris in the spring of 1983 to respond to an invitation by Oakland bluesman Sonny Rhodes to move to the San Francisco Bay Area and pursue his musical aspirations.

Goldwasser had fallen under the spell of bluesmen Elmore James and T-Bone Walker while still a teenager.

Upon arriving in Oakland, he soon landed a job in bandleader and club owner Troyce Key’s Blues Band, playing every weekend at Oakland’s notorious “Home of the West Coast Blues,” Eli’s Mile High Club. As a member of the Eli’s house band, Goldwasser was given the moniker “Paris Slim” and began to develop a following while working with West Coast Blues giants Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton and Jimmy McCracklin.

Key eventually turned over the gig to Paris Slim, who formed his own band and began to bring in such artists as Joe Louis Walker, Sonny Rhodes and Cool Papa. Stints as a sideman with Sunnyland Slim, A.C. Reed, James Harman and Mitch Woods followed.

Goldwasser worked with Charlie Musselwhite’s group in 1985 and performed with his own band at local venues including Larry Blake’s (where he hosted the popular Blue Monday Party for three years), Wolfgang’s, Major Ponds and Jack’s.

Paris Slim appeared on the 1986 San Francisco Blues Festival, Oakland’s Festival at the Lake and The Rose City Blues Festival in Portland.

He released an album, “Blues For Esther,” in 1989 on the Blue Sting label and nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in 1990 in the Best (Foreign) Blues Album category.

In 1990, Paris Slim filled in for the late great Mike Bloomfield for a reunion of the Electric Flag and went on to headline the Rose City Blues Festival.

Paris Slim toured Europe in 1991 on a bill with Joe Houston and Philip Walker and appeared at the Bagneux Blues Festival near Paris in 1993 with Chick Willis and Jerry McCain. In 1994, He returned to Paris, where he recorded and performed with French singer Benoit Blue Boy. Paris Slim teamed-up with Chicago Blues guitarist Steve Freund for an appearance at the 1995 San Francisco Blues Festival.

Tony Coleman

Tony Coleman has had an illustrious career,  touring the world with B.B. King, Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, Katie Webster, Z.Z. Hill, O.V. Wright and Buddy Guy.

His early aspirations led to his meeting soul singer Otis Clay. He quickly joined Clay’s band and toured with him for a couple of years, recording a live album in Tokyo.

Out of touring and recording with Otis Clay came opportunities to work with other major R&B and blues artists. After a jam session in a Chicago club called The High Chaparral, B.B. King jammed with Otis Clay’s rhythm section. B.B. King liked the rhythm section so much that he asked them to join him as his touring band.

So Tony, along with Russell Jackson and Leonard Gill, became B.B. King’s rhythm section. As fate would have it, Tony was only with B.B. for a few months when B.B.’s ex-drummer returned.
Tony  returned to Chicago and rejoined Otis Clay’s band for another tour in Japan. From Otis Clay, Tony moved to Dallas, Texas in 1980 to play drums for Johnnie Taylor. Tony toured with Johnnie for a couple of years and was then asked to join Bobby Blue Bland, with whom he worked for a few years.

In the middle of a combined B.B. King/Bobby Blue Bland tour, B.B. needed a drummer and Tony ended up playing drums for both artists for the remainder of that tour, playing two shows a night. At that point, Tony rejoined B.B. King and then began touring with Mr. King’s organization, performing blues music around the globe.

John Mazzocco

John is a highly sought-after musician (bass) whose credits include John Lee Hooker, Paul deLay and Curtis Salgado. John was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2019.