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.

41st Annual Good in the Hood

41st Annual Good in the Hood
Multicultural Festival Goes Virtual!
June 26-27

One of the longest running festivals in Portland goes virtual this year.  The event is being live streamed from 3-7 p.m. each day.

Get updated information and register for the free live stream here:

If you sign up before June 10, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes — wine tasting for four, tickets to a private concert, a bike, T-shirts and more.

Here is a video from Norman Sylvester, who has been a part of this from the beginning.

Waterfront Blues Festival July 2-5, 2021

Waterfront Blues Festival July 2-5, 2021

It’s getting closer!

With safety at the forefront of planning, the festival is moving less than a mile “Upriver” to The Lot at Zidell Yards, Portland’s premier socially-distanced, outdoor performance venue, located in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Each day of the festival will include two separately ticketed shows, featuring several performances from amazing local, regional and national artists.

Tickets go on sale June 1 at 10 AM!  

Tickets for each show will be $75 GA & $100 VIP per person, with seating pods sold as 2, 4, and 6-person groups. Seating pods will be clearly marked and socially-distanced with at least 6 feet between each pod. Each pod will come furnished with chairs and a side table. Your pod will become your festival home where you are free to dance, sip on a cold beverage, and enjoy the music.

Each day of the festival will include two separately ticketed shows — an Afternoon Show from 12-4 PM and an Evening Show from 6-10 PM. There are no multi-day passes available this year.

If you have additional questions, please call Ticket Tomato at 1-800-820-9884 between 10 AM – 5 PM PST, Monday through Friday.

Can’t make it to Portland this summer? The festival is coming to you this July 4th weekend as we have FREE radio and livestream options for the 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival ‘Upriver.’ Here are the ways you can enjoy every show at home:

  • July 2-5 from 12-4 PM: Tune into KBOO on 90.7 FM or stream online at
  • July 2-5 from 6-10 PM: Watch the concert live at

To read and listen to this year’s performers use this link

Waterfront Blues Festival July 2-5, 2021

As some of you may know, the Waterfront Blues Festival will be taking place this year, but in a new location and a much different format.

Things are changing at a very rapid pace, as the organizers keep abreast of the changing rules to try to make this work.

The Cascade Blues Association has been an integral part of the festival since its inception. We don’t know what that’s going to look like this year, but we are in close contact with the festival leadership.

Do know that the CBA is ready to support them, even though we won’t be able to gather in person in the way we have been in the past. A big thank you to all of our members who pay dues, so that we can funnel their contributions to support this signature Portland Blues event.

At this point a CBA Merchandise Booth is up in the air and we probably won’t need any volunteers to man the access points for the stage.

I’m going to provide the current information here, but do encourage you to use the links at the bottom of this article for the most up-to-date information.

From their website 4/28/21


Music lovers and fans will come together again July 2-5, 2021 for the Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver!” We are returning with an unforgettable, in-person and socially-distanced event that will be a Waterfront Blues Fest like no other.

With safety at the forefront of planning, the festival is moving less than a mile “Upriver” to The Lot at Zidell Yards, Portland’s premier socially-distanced, outdoor performance venue, located in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Each day of the festival will include two separately ticketed shows, featuring several performances from amazing local, regional and national artists. Livestream tickets will also be available so our fans near and far can join the fun.

Plans, tickets and artists will be announced in May, so stay tuned!

Health and safety remain our top priority, so all events will be in full compliance with current local and state gathering guidelines. To ensure the safety of our fans and our community, we will be offering socially-distanced seating pods for your quaran-team. Tickets will be purchased by the pod (2, 4, and 6-person pods), instead of individual tickets. Your pod will become your festival home where you are free to dance, sip on a cold beverage, and enjoy the music. Full safety measures will be published prior to tickets going on sale in May.

At this time, we are offering refunds for all 2020 pass holders. 2020 purchased tickets will not roll over for the 2021 festival. Please head to our TICKETS page to learn more about how to request a refund or donate to help keep blues music alive.

As a way to thank you for your loyalty, 2020 pass holders will get first access to tickets for the 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival events. Keep an eye out for an email from us in May for more information. Thank you for showing us so much love and support — we can’t wait to be listening to the blues with you this summer!


Blue Diamond Bar & Grill that's Nasty

The Blue Diamond presents – That’s Nasty

Back by popular demand

Dirty blues is a tradition that goes way back to the days of Jelly Roll Morton and Ma Rainey. It’s been kept alive over the years by Chitlin’ Circuit artists like Barbara Carr and Denise LaSalle.

“That’s Nasty” continues this raunchy tradition by presenting dirty blues songs not only by these classic artists but with some new originals as well from the performing artists in this show. Lisa Mann, Sonny Hess, Lady Kat, Ellen Whyte, Kathryn Grimm, Myrtle Brown, JT Thomas, Kelly Pierce

If you love the blues and are not faint of heart, you don’t want to miss this show.
2 shows, reservations required.

The Blue Diamond, 2016 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232, Saturday, May 1st 5pm & 7pm shows  $20 (outside).

This will sell out, so get your tickets/reservations here




St Patrick’s Day with Patrick Lamb

St Patrick’s Day with Patrick Lamb

Three-time Muddy Award winner, including twice for horn player of the year, and Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee, saxophonist Patrick Lamb will perform a special St Patrick Day show at The Garages Satellite Pub. Lamb has performed around the world with various jazz, rock and blues musicians including the likes of Gino Vanelli, Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell and Jeff Lorber Fusion.

At The Garages Satellite Pub, 4810 SW Western Avenue, Beaverton, Wednesday, March 17, 6:00 pm, $17.50

Andy Stokes Sings Love Songs

The Legendary Andy Stokes Sings Love Songs – Live Stream

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of the Northwest’s most beloved vocalists, Andy Stokes, as he’ll be presenting a live-stream show. The two-time Oregon Music Hall of Fame member, Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winner for the “Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist and a 2019 Grammy Award nominee, Andy will be singing some of his favorite old-school love songs and maybe a surprise or two. Join one of the funkiest, soulful artists in the region in what will certainly be a show to share with those you love.

Sunday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. (and available up to 36 hours hours for repeat play with purchase). Tickets for this streamlined event are available through for $10.

Blue Diamond Presents Two Shows

Blue Diamond Presents Two Shows in Celebration of Valentine’s

The Blue Diamond will hold two separate performances the night before Valentine’s Day, each featuring some of the Northwest’s top talent. At 5 p.m., the line-up will include Seattle’s Lady A, along with Leah Hinchcliff, Sonny Hess and Kelly Pierce. The second show, starting at 7:30, will showcase LaRhonda Steele, with Lisa Mann, Sonny Hess and Kelly Pierce. Tickets must be purchased in pairs, and include champagne and a dessert. There will be a special dinner menu for the event.

Blue Diamond, 2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Saturday, February 13, 5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., $40, 21 & over. Go to to purchase tickets and get more information.

Curtis Salgado Celebrates New Album

Curtis Salgado Celebrates New Album
With Online Performance From Music Millennium

Award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado, the man NPR calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” is revered worldwide for his ability to wring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. Salgado is famed not only for his powerhouse live shows and 10 previous albums, but for his passionate and insightful original songs. He has been nominated three times for the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year, winning in 2018 for “Walk A Mile In My Blues” from The Beautiful Lowdown. In total, he has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. DownBeat calls his songwriting skills “an impressive gift.” Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful.” Now, after 40 years of recording, performing, touring and songwriting, Salgado is back with Damage Control, his first full band album in four years, and it’s packed with fresh, original material.

Salgado will be celebrating the release of this new album with a live performance simulcast from Portland’s Music Millennium on Facebook Live, hosted by Terry Currier, who’ll also be interviewing Salgado from the store’s stage.

Friday, February 12, 5:00 pm, Free on Facebook Live

Live Christmas Streams from the Alberta Rose Theatre 

Live Christmas Streams from the Alberta Rose Theatre 

Live Christmas Streams from the Alberta Rose Theatre The holidays are upon us and even though we cannot celebrate in venues, the Alberta Rose Theatre will be presenting two Christmas shows through their streaming outlet. For two evenings of some of the finest blues, soul, R&B and gospel please make plans on tuning into these performances. 

On Sunday, December 13, Norman Sylvester and his band play a special holiday show for fans, friends and family on the Portland Music Stream. 

Then one week later, on Sunday, December 20, Enjoy a special Christmas show with a Steele Family Christmas featuring vocalistLaRhonda Steele, pianist Mark Steele and their daughters Lauren and Sarah, along with the Steele Family Band. 

Both shows start at 7:00 pm, and tickets to stream the events are $20.00 each available at