Devin Phillips

Devin PhillipsBorn and reared in New Orleans, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. By 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (whose alumni include Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton). There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors. Performing, touring and recording with top artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Lenny Kravitz and Los Hombres Caliente  soon followed. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Phillips relocated to Portland and has since been warmly embraced with frequent appearances at festivals and an induction into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall Of Fame.

Black & Blue was formed to perform a thorough repertoire of New Orleans traditional jazz from artists such as Sidney Bechet, Buddy Bolden & Louis Armstrong. The history of this period is strongly reinstated with joyfully swinging rhythms, vibrant multi-horn polyphony with a deep connection to the blues. The band’s personnel includes prominent Portland musicians Paul Mazzio, John Moak, Chance Hayden and Eric Gruber.

Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State St, Lake Oswego. Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm.  $15.00 general admission All ages.

CBA Holiday Party

CBA Holiday PartyJoin the Cascade Blues Association for our annual Holiday Party, again returning to the East Portland Moose Lodge. The doors open at noon, with performances throughout the day — The JT Wise Band, Gerle Haggard, Timothy James and Tave Fasce Drake, closing out with PDX Social playing with a full horn section. Timothy and Tave will be your emcees throughout the day, playing acoustic guitars between sets. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes.

Members are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.

The Moose Lodge is a very family friendly space: pool and shuffleboard are free and you can play darts for a reasonable charge. This is an all ages event.

The East Portland Moose Lodge 1891, 16411 NE Halsey St. Noon – 6:00 pm. CBA members are free and all others pay only a $5.00 donation to attend.CBA Holiday Party

Kick Off The New Year at The Garages Satellite Pub

Kick Off The New Year at The Garages Satellite PubAt The Garages Satellite Pub will be bringing in the new year with three great acts: The Cliffhangers playing classic rock with a twist, prodigal young bluesman Timothy James and his band, and Vahalla’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin. It’s a little something for everyone.

The night will also feature a prime rib banquet buffet, 1 free drink ticket and a free photo booth all included in your admission.

At The Garages Satellite Pub, 4810 SW Western Ave., Beaverton. 6:00 pm – 1:00 am. Reservations required, $35.00 with buffet, $25.00 general admission

Biggest Blues NYE Bash In The Metro Area

Biggest Blues NYE Bash In The Metro Area

Catfish Lou’s & Legends is throwing the party of the decade with three of your favorite bands. The night will begin with Sister Mercy, then move on to a set from Norman Sylvester, and then finishes with a performance from Rae Gordon. It will take place in both the music room and the event center, with countdowns to midnight happening in both rooms. Plus there will be a tournament in the billiards room. Midnight champagne toast, party favors and a raffle to win $200 cash grand prize. Full menu and full bar are available until 2am.

Catfish Lou’s & Legends, 6540 SW Fallbrook Pl, Beaverton. 7:00 pm, $45.00 at

Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band

Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues BandCanada’s award winning classic bluesman, Harpdog Brown was last seen in Portland at Waterfront Blues Festival, but now he’s back to cure our holiday hangovers and he’s bringing his incredible Uptown Blues Band along for the ride. His new album, For Love and Money, is a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans with a terrific piano-driven blues vibe that features great horn players. It’s guaranteed to lift you up.

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is”, he recently explained. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band.

Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State St, Lake Oswego, Monday, December 30. 7:00 pm. General admission $20.00, VIP tables $100.00 (seats four, closest to the stage) at All ages.

Lisa Mann & Lara Price

Triple Threat - Lisa Mann Ben Rice & Lara PriceThis trio of musicians come from different corners of the “big tent” that is the Blues. This show will be the first time these three performers have shared the stage in this unique combination.  Let them take you through all the permutations of contemporary and traditional blues, with original songs as well as classic tunes you’ll sing along with.

Ben Rice is a three-time Blues Music Award nominee, the winner of Triple Threat - Lisa Mann Ben Rice & Lara Pricethe 2019 Sean Costello Rising Star Award from Blues Blast, a two-time finalist in the International Blues Challenge and a Hall of Fame inductee of the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards.

Lisa Mann is a two-time Blues Music Award recipient for Bass Player of the Year, the 2015 Sean Costello Rising Star recipient, a CBA Muddy Awards Hall of Fame inductee and has been nominated for a European Blues Award this year.

Born in Vietnam and originally making her name on the Bay Area blues scene, Austin’s Lara Price was nominated for 2017 Blues Music Award for Soul-Blues Female Artist of the Year. She has led many rootsy rockin’ blues bands with six recordings under her belt.

Joining them are some of the finest Portland musicians, constituting a “Supergroup”: drummers Michael Ballash and Dave Melyan, guitarist Jason Thomas, Pat McDougall on keys.

At The Garages Satellite Pub, 4810 SW Western Ave., Beaverton. Friday, November 22, 8:00 pm. $12.00 advance when making table reservations at 503-572-7189, $15.00 at the door.

Johnny Wheels and The Swamp Donkeys

Johnny Wheels and The Swamp DonkeysThe first of what will most likely be several fundraisers to help send the Cascade Blues Association’s acts to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge will be held at Mekong Bistro on Sunday, August 25. An all-star event to assist our band entry, Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys, will include appearances from Ben Rice, Lisa Mann, Karen Lovely, Rae Gordon, Nikki Jones, Timothy James, Billy D & The Hoodoos, Michael Osborn and more guests TBA, along with Johnny Wheels and the band himself.

Mekong Bistro, 8200 NE Siskyou Street. Sunday, August 25. 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. $15.00 donation to help send the band to Memphis.

2019 Sisters Rhythm & Brews Festival

2019 Sisters Rhythm & Brews Festival

Sisters Rhythm and Brews Festival is a two-day music event nestled in the small town of Sisters, Oregon. The vision is to supporting the local community by bringing high-quality blues musicians to Central Oregon. The producers see the event as an opportunity to introduce new faces to their community. Ticket holders will enjoy five-star entertainment and award-winning local craft beers, all within walking distance, while supporting environmentally conscious practices. Best of all, visitors get a chance to enjoy our breathtaking mountain scenery.

This year’s event will feature fantastic music including on Friday: The White Buffalo, Joanne Shaw Taylor,Mr. Sipp, and Sassparilla. On Saturday: Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Mr. Sipp, David Jacobs-Strain, Hillstomp, McDougall, and CJ Neary. All performance

Village Green Park, 305 S Fir St. Sisters, Oregon. Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27. Admissions range from $45.00 to $110.00, see for ticket and lodging information.

Blues In The Gorge Workshops

Blues In The Gorge Workshops

Immerse yourself in a long weekend of classes and jams with four world class blues players and teachers. During your stay, take up to 12 classes, enjoy exceptional meals, and in your free time explore the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. We limit enrollment in order to keep Blues in the Gorge Workshops an intimate and unforgettable experience.

Artistic Director and instructor Mary Flower is renowned for her personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues and folk. She is technically dazzling yet grounded in the simplicity of early 20th century American music; her instrumental skill with the Piedmont blues guitar is at a level of mastery that takes most players a lifetime to hone.

This year’s instructors will be Guy Davis, Albaine Falletta, Rich Moore and Mary Flower.

All levels of players are welcome and there will be jumpstart classes available each day for people who are just getting started with the blues.  To get the most out of Blues in the Gorge, participants should know all first position chords (majors, minors, and sevenths) and have some finger picking experience.

Registration now open at Co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association

Blues In The Gorge Workshops at Menucha Retreat, 38711 East Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett, OR. September 25 – 29.

2019 Waterfront Blues Festival

By Don Campbell

2019 Waterfront Blues FestivalBy all accounts, last year’s Waterfront Blues Festival was a smash – another beautiful Fourth of July weekend run along the Willamette River. What many don’t know is the underlying turmoil that nearly closed the gates for good. Festival ownership changes, management shakeups, and new sponsors and beneficiaries – all late in the game – put the fest on the brink.

It took some muscle, grit, huge leaps of faith, motivated new partners, and a little luck, but the 2018 edition came off without a hitch. With a fest led by a strong roster of national, regional and local talent that included not only the traditional side of the blues, but some new acts who are fearlessly pushing the boundaries of the genre and bringing something new to the party, few can dispute the event’s success last year.

2019 Waterfront Blues FestivalAnd that includes what lies and continues to live in the fest’s DNA – a strong sense of community. New beneficiary, the Sunshine Division, continued the event’s long lineage of letting music help those in need.

The good news is the 2019 version, set for July 4-7 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, is on firm footing and firing on all cylinders. Even as operating costs skyrocket and shifting demographics continue to alter the music landscape in general, the fest’s heartbeat is strong and, per its long history, remains rooted in and deeply committed to the music.

A full slate of passes and ticket options are available to get you through the gates again this year (visit for complete information) but don’t dawdle – they sell out fast.

2019 Waterfront Blues FestivalFest-goers can take in the full experience, with two main (and alternating) stages, the Front Porch and Crossroads stages, the Louisiana Pavilion, after-hours shows and cruises, blues-swing and Zydeco dance lessons, Fourth of July fireworks, a full complement of food, beverages and fest merchandise, and more. Even the canned food drive is back, with all proceeds going to the Sunshine Division.

Unlike other major festivals, the backbone of the WBF has always been a strong inclusion of top-flight local and regional acts, many of whom have built strong careers here and gone on to greater heights. This year is no exception.

Familiar names include Alligator Records artist Curtis Salgado, Portland’s own MarchFourth marching band, guitarist and producer Terry Robb, former Portlander and now Nashville resident Big Monti Amundson, the mighty Andy Stokes (who recently landed on the Billboard charts), Arietta Ward (daughter of the late, legendary Janice Scroggins) debuting with her own band, Farnell Newton and his Othership Connection James Brown tribute show, soul and worldbeat vocalist Lilla, acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Mary Flower, saxman and New Orleans expat Reggie Houston, the young and talented Samuel E-M (Eisen-Meyer) and his boundary-pushing band Joyful Noise, the legendary Ural Thomas, the mesmerizing Saeeda Wright (Prince’s former backup vocalist) debuting her own project, Washington’s Tim “Too Slim” Langford and his Tail Draggers, Seattle’s Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints, LaRhonda & the Steele Family Band, Ty Curtis and Karen Lovely.

There’s no dearth of major-league talent either. Native son Robert Cray and his band return after a long absence and will help fuel the four-day run along with the explosive Trombone Shorty (who played his first big Northwest gig at WBF in 2010) and his band Orleans Avenue, New Orleans royalty Cyril Neville, Shemekia Copeland (who nabbed two BMA awards recently for Album and Contemporary Blues Album), the hard-working Karl Denson and his funky Tiny Universe, the rowdy St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the well-traveled California Honeydrops, and blues-rockers Vintage Trouble.

And don’t miss the sizzling guitar work of Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, who also got a big break at WBF in 2015 when Buddy Guy called the youngster on stage for his headlining set, a spectacular guitar duel that led to Guy’s producing the new Kingfish recording, just released on Alligator.

For the purists, don’t miss vocalist Sugaray Rayford (a recent BMA winner for Soul Blues Male Artist), newcomer to the fest Delta guitarist and vocalist Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, Bakersfield’s own Brother Yusef, Canada’s Harpdog Brown and his Uptown Blues Band, the fiery Arkansas born-and bred guitarist and showman Lucious Spiller, and singer, saxophonist and guitarist Vanessa Collier (also a recent BMA winner for Instrumentalist-Horn).

If you’re looking for something fresh, try Hawaii’s Ron Artist II & the Truth, and the pure African influence of Mali’s Songhoy Blues, led by Oumar and Aliou Toure.

Fans of TV’s “The Voice” can catch newcomer Sarah Grace and her band the Soul. She packs a big soulful punch in a pint-sized package, and is a triple threat on vocals, trumpet and the mighty Hammond B3. She may surprise you.

Zydeco and Cajun lovers are in for another solid flight of the rollicking party music. Chubby Carrier makes a return to the fest with his Bayou Swamp Band. Check out Louisiana’s Feufollet, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Wayne Singleton and the Same Ol’ 2-Step, and Lil Pookie and the Zydeco Sensations.

This is just a taste. The list goes on, from the Brazilian beat of Bloco Alegria to the traditional blues of Dan Nash, and from the West Coast sounds of Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Terry Hanck and Roy Rogers with Carlos Reyes, to the gospel goodness of the Sons of Soul Revivers and the NW Women in R&B Tribute to Sister Rosetta  Tharpe.

It’s a bountiful four days. Get some rest and remember to hydrate.