Soul Queens & Blues Kings

Soul Queens & Blues Kings

This very special showcase will celebrate several of the icons of Soul and the Blues pioneers who helped shape the history of music as a benefit for Health Care for All Oregon. Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester brings together some of our local R&B favorites: Lenanne Miller, Renato Caranto, LaRhonda Steele, Rae Gordan, Myrtle Brown, Ken DeRouchie, Jay “Bird” Koder, Tevis Hodge Jr., Kim Field, Doug Rowell, and many more for an amazing night of Soul & Blues!

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 pm. $25.00 Eventbrite.com, $30.00 at the door. VIP tickets available in advance $75.00 includes: reserved seating area for show. Pre-show Cocktail Hour 6pm~7pm next door @ Classic Piano with special guest Michael Allen Harrison on piano. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres and a commemorative piece. Plus, a post show meet-and-greet and photo op with artists. All ages.

Zucchero

Italian singer/songwriter Adelmo Fornaciari, better known as Zucchero, is one of his country’s most beloved musicians of his generation. He has released eleven studio albums and worked with a variety of musicians — from Miles Davis to Bono — and the late Ray Charles acclaimed Zucchero “one of the greatest blues musicians he ever worked with.” A house-hold name in Italy, he sells out stadiums and his recording Blues became one of the country’s biggest selling albums of all time. His music is largely inspired by gospel, soul, blues, and rock music, and alternates between Italian ballads and more rhythmic R&B-boogie-like pieces. He is credited as the “father of Italian blues.”

Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 pm. $39.50 revolutionhall.com. All ages.

Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur is best known for “Midnight At The Oasis” although she has toured extensively worldwide for over four decades and has released 41 albums covering all genres of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Big Band, as well as several award-winning children’s albums. Often joining forces with other fine artists, she has recorded and produced, on-average, an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and Blues Music Awards. These last few years have seen the 50th Anniversary Kweskin Jug Band Reunion concerts, gospel collaborations with the Campbell Brothers, performances with Bill Wyman and The Rhythm Kings, and notable reissues of her early recordings with Jim Kweskin. She remains a revered and preeminent interpreter of American Roots music.

Also on the show will be Eliza Gilkyson, a twice Grammy-nominated folk singer/songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots, and Americana circles.

Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Sunday, April 19, 8:00 pm. $24.00 advance at albertarosetheatre.com, $29.00 at the door. Minors okay when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster photo by Greg Johnson

Hailing from the tightly-knit musical community of Austin, Texas, award-winning singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster has found herself performing with Bonnie Raitt, standing on stage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater, and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. Her latest album, Joy Comes Back, described as “some folk, some blues, some soul, some rock, some gospel,” illustrates Ruthie’s genre-spanning talent. Ruthie has been nominated for three Grammys, and has won multiple Blues Music Awards and Austin Music Awards, plus the Grand Prix du Disque from Académie Charles-Cros in France.

Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Friday, April 17, 8:00 pm. General admission $33.00 Albertarosetheatre.com, $40.00 at the door. VIP seating (first seven rows, center section) $48.00, available in advance only. Minors ok when accompanied by a parent or guardian

Pat Donohue
Pat Donohue

Pat Donohue photo by Greg Johnson

2016 Grammy-winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions and dazzling instrumentals. Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Donohue’s influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, and Miles Davis, and he successfully blends jazz and blues with folk in a seamless mix. In 2005, Donohue received a Grammy for his participation on Pink Guitar, a compilation of Henry Mancini tunes on acoustic guitar.  Additionally, he has received several Minnesota Music Awards and in 1983, the title of National Finger Picking Guitar Champion.

Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St. Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm. $21.00 general admission advance tickets at Portandfolkmusic.org, $25.00 at the door, discounts for PFS members and children 18 & younger.

 

 

John Bunzow

John BunzowJohn Bunzow will celebrate his new self-produced CD “Concrete Paradise” with several local appearances. For his sixth release, John traveled to Nashville where he worked with legendary producer Brad Jones (Hayes Carll, Bobby Bare Jr, Steve Forbert), thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign that made the project possible.

The album is an eclectic, multi-genre mix of styles, but at its heart are the twelve new songs born from John’s imagination and real-life experiences. One song is inspired by his son and another is a eulogy to his closest friend who passed away late in 2019. He dips into his musical trick bag with acoustic music highlighting his songs and then stretches out with some R&B and blues grooves on others. On this record he hijacks some songs with his tasteful electric guitar soloing and some interesting lyrical and production detours. Recorded in Nashville with “old friends and friends of friends” you’ll find his new release lives up to the high standard John brings to his music.

Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside St. Saturday, April 4, 5:00 pm. In-store performance. Free.

Catfish Lou’s, 6540 SW Fallbrook Pl, Beaverton. Saturday, April 11, 7:00 pm. $10.00. 21 & over

Strum Guitars, 1415 SE Stark St. Saturday, May 2, 7:00 pm. $5.00.

Celebration of Women In Music Melissa Etheridge Tribute with Sonny Hess & Friends
Celebration of Women In Music

Melissa Etheridge Tribute with Sonny Hess & Friends

From its earliest recordings of the 1920s, the history of the blues is brimming with women who’ve played a pivotal role in its development. Vocalists like Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Bessie Smith ruled the concert halls and the jukes of their day. Over time, amazing artists such as Memphis Minnie, Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Big Mama Thornton paved the road leading right to today’s acclaimed musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland, Susan Tedeschi, and many more. In celebration of women in music, five of today’s top blues ladies will join together for a night to recognize those who have led the way and those who continue making their voices heard. Portland’s own Sonny Hess, Lady Kat, Lisa Mann, and Myrtle Brown, will be joined by Austin’s Lara Price and supported by and drummer Kelly Pierce for a night that will surely be long remembered after the final note is played. A not-to-be-missed gathering for sure!

At The Garages Satellite Pub, 4810 SW Western Ave, Beaverton. Friday, April 10, 8:00 pm. $10.00 at the door.

Crossing Borders IV

Crossing Borders IV

BRAVO Youth Orchestras’ annual fundraising concert brings together youth and world-class musicians, and this year’s theme is Africamerica, with music from Ghana, Cuba, and the United States, featuring Alex Addy, Alma and Alex Martinez, and Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester performing alongside our outstanding BRAVO student musicians. There will also be special appearances by Darrell Grant and Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson. This concert has grown in scope and sophistication every year, so get ready for an incredible afternoon of music from around the world!

Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. Sunday, April 5, 4:00 pm. Tickets at Revolutionhall.com, $25.00, $100.00 patron seating, $10.00 student, $5.00 12 & under – all seats reserved.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Tommy Castro & The PainkillersWhether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter has released fifteen albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. He’s performed throughout the world, earning countless fans with sweat-drenched, exhilarating shows. Castro’s bamd, The Painkillers – bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson – have played hundreds of live shows, coalescing into one of the telepathically tightest units Castro has ever assembled and one of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today.

Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Saturday, February 29, 8:00 pm. $22.00 advance at etix.com, $26.00 at the door.

Guitar Hero Eric Gales

Guitar Hero Eric GalesBlues-rock guitarist Eric Gales was originally hailed as a child prodigy when, at the age of four, he first picked up the instrument. With his older brothers Eugene and Manuel (aka Little Jimmy King) showing him songs and licks in the styles of Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, and BB King among others, Gales’s reputation quickly gained steam. He has recorded nineteen albums and was honored with the Blues Music Award for best blues-rock artist of the year in 2019. Currently touring in support of his latest recording, The Bookends, the album features guests such as Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart.

Gales has received many accolades for his skills throughout the years, including words from fellow guitarist Joe Bonamassa who simply labeled Gales as, “[o]ne of the best, if not the best, guitar player in the world.”

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Thursday, February 27, 8:00 pm.  $35.00 Eventbrite.com. All ages. Ron Artis II & The Truth open.