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, $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, $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 All ages. Ron Artis II & The Truth open.

New Iberians

New Iberians

In February, The New Iberians will be celebrating their twentieth-annual Mardi Gras Dance Party by bringing their own blend of Louisiana zydeco with a taste of blues to the Bare Bones Café and Bar. Joining them again this year will be Swamp Thang, offering their swampy soul and rock & roll in a zydeco fashion. This Fat Tuesday party includes some of Portland’s foremost players bringing an authentic feel to the dance floor. With your admission there will be free gumbo and King Cake.

Bare Bones Café & Bar, 2900 SE Belmont St. Tuesday, February 25, 8:00 pm. $15.00

Albert Cummings

Albert CummingsIt’s been said that you don’t choose the blues – it chooses you. For guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings, no words could ring more true. Cummings masterful guitar wizardry has drawn comparisons to iconic axe legends Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has graced the stage with such esteemed luminaries as Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and BB King King, who called Cummings “a great guitarist.” With mesmerizing extended guitar jams, Cummings’ Fender Strat sings while he takes you on a twisting and turning blues roller coaster.

Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Tuesday, February 25, 8:00 pm. $20.00 advance at, $24.00 at the door.

Rose City Kings

Rose City Kings

The Rose City Kings are well known for their exciting live performances and have released five critically acclaimed albums. The band will be returning to The Lake Theater & Café for their second annual Lundi Gras Celebration, which will certainly be a wonderful celebration with a packed house and the party spirit of Mardi Gras! Rose City Kings’ bluesy grooves will shake you to the bone, and the writing and performances will hit you right in the heart. Get ready for a foot stomping, hand clapping good time.

The Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State Street, Lake Oswego. Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm. $15.00 general admission, VIP tables are sold out. All ages.

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus

Mysti Krewe of NimbusYou’re invited to Join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus as they celebrate Carnival season with the Northwest’s most authentic Mardi Gras events.

On Saturday 22, the Tenth Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball will be held at The Wonder Ballroom. There will be a costume contest, the crowning of the new King and Queen, King Cake, dancing to the tunes of the Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band and plenty of lagniappe provided by the Mysti Krewe.

On Fat Tuesday, the group will host its annual free Mardi Gras Parade down N Mississippi Ave, complete with throws including their ever-popular limited number of decorated mini umbrellas and a kids costume contest.

A post parade celebration will happen at Mississippi Studios with the Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band.

Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. Saturday, February 22, 6:30 pm. $30.00 21 & over.

Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Tuesday, February 25, 8:00 pm. $5.00 21 & over.

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Kate Vargas

Kate Vargas“There doesn’t seem to be very much that singer-songwriter-storyteller Kate Vargas is too afraid to reveal. Listen as her tales of love (‘If You Love Me’) and the devil (‘Throw the Devil Back’) weave their way through a riotous brew of folk, blues and rock, delivered by an undeniably unique voice, and arrangements that sound old timey but – at a close listen – are not. It’s like the sound of a favorite bourbon come to life: gritty, but with loads of personality to spare.” – The Deli Magazine

Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. Wednesday, January 29. 9:00 pm. $10.00 21 & over. Eric McFadden opens.