Fundraiser for Fly Me To The Moon

On Sunday, May 19, four of Portland’s most beloved musical acts will take the stage to raise money for Fly Me To The Moon, a new nonprofit organization that delivers live music performances to seniors in assisted living, retirement communities, and memory care facilities.

Organization founder and producer, Dean Mueller, hopes to raise funds and create awareness of the program through this concert. To showcase the music, Mueller selected the newly renovated Alberta Abbey, a community arts center in NE Portland, to host the show. The lineup includes the Duffy Bishop Band, 3 Leg Torso, Aaron Meyer, and Julie Amici.


The first set will feature Portland’s own rock violinist Aaron Meyer, followed by the critically acclaimed 3 Leg Torso, an ensemble featuring original modern chamber music with wildly unique instrumentation.  The second set opens with the award-winning Julie Amici, then the beloved electric blues powerhouse Duffy Bishop.


Fly Me To The Moon was formed in partnership with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) in 2018.  Its mission is to bring professional, high-quality, and affordable live music events to retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities. Mueller explains that the program is encountering an increasing demand as we have a deeper understanding of the effects of live music on the senior population.

“The scientific evidence supports what we have always suspected,” Mueller said, “that music can stimulate feelings of joy and harmony in seniors.”

But for Mueller, it’s about more than science.  In the many years he’s performed for seniors, he has seen the positive impact the music has on their emotional state.

“As a musician, it touches my heart,” he said. “When we play music they know, from the era of their youth, it clearly stimulates their memory and takes them to a sweeter place.”


There are still opportunities to become a sponsor of this event.  Any businesses or interested parties should email




the Eighth Annual Inner City Blues Festival

the Eighth Annual Inner City Blues Festival The Eighth Annual Inner City Blues Festival, “Healing the Healthcare Blues,” returns April 27 to the North Portland Eagles Lodge. The event is a fundraiser for Health Care for All-Oregon, an advocacy organization working to bring an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, and publicly funded health care system to Oregon.

The Blues Festival is a fundraiser for Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO), an organization working to educate Oregonians and advocate for universal, publicly-funded health care. HCAO is a statewide non-profit organization of health care professionals, faith communities, business owners, labor unions, community groups, and individuals all working together to bring: Better Health Care, To More People, For Less Money

Inner City Blues Festival once again brings together Portland’s best Blues performers to raise awareness and support for the cause of universal health care. As if six hours of music isn’t enough, there will also be a silent auction, two bars, dinners and desserts available for purchase, as well as information tables offered by various community organizations.

This year’s musical line-up features: Norman Sylvester Band w/ Leanne Miller & Renato Caranto, Tevis Hodge Jr. & Timothy James w/ Norman Sylvester “Blues Guitar Generations,” Richard Arnold Duo, LaRhonda Steele Band, Shoehorn, Nurseband w/ Mad as Hell Doctors, Interns & Nurses, Bloco Alegria, Bayou Boyz w/ Lloyd Jones, and Steve Cheseborough.

North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter & Lombard. Saturday, April 27, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm. $25.00 advance at

Southern Songwriter Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett’s unique approach to American roots music — Texas blues, classic country, and Cajun soul — has Southern Songwriter Charley Crockettearned him an audience on both sides of the Atlantic. Cutting his teeth as a street performer in both New York and New Orleans, Crockett learned how to project and hold a crowd’s attention as he performed a long list of classic sounds from the jug bands, brass players, and fellow songwriters with whom he shared the street. Filled with vivid storytelling, raw honesty, and a rich Southern heritage, these experiences would eventually inspire his original music.

“When people ask me what I do, I tell them I play Texas and Louisians music,” he says proudly. “People call me a stylistic chameleon, and I like that. It’s blues. It’s country. It’s just music.”

Polaris Hall, 635 N Killingsworth Ct. Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 pm. $13.00 advance at, $15.00 at the door. 21 & over.

Carvin Jones

Buddy Miles called Carvin Jones “The New King of Strings,” and The Cascade Blues Association is proud to announce Jones’ first appearance in Portland at The Big Legrowlski.

Guitarist magazine ranked Jones as one of the top fifty blues guitarists of all time, and his show, dubbed “The Ultimate Guitar Experience of the Year” will showcase Jone’s extraordinary musicianship.

While performing in over thirty-seven countries and playing as many as 330 shows a year, Jones has shared the stage and toured with many musical legends including BB King, Santana, Jeff Beck, Albert King, Albert Collins, The Animals, REO Speedwagon, Jimmy Vaughan, Double Trouble, and many more. In September 2016, he appeared on the late night show Radio 3 on Spain’s RTVE National Television which drew 20 million viewers. On June 23, 2016 he performed his biggest show to date in Valladolid, Spain as 60,000 people attended Jones’ 50th Birthday show.

The Carvin Jones Band website features an extensive tour schedule, and Jones’ guitar licks and showmanship promise to be something we haven’t seen in the NW in a very Long time. Check it out for yourself at and get your soon as this show is sure to sell out. Tickets are available at

The Big Legrowlski is located at 812 NW Couch St. Portland, Oregon 97209

Be sure to keep an eye out on and in BluesNotes for special packages, promotions, and interviews with “the new king of strings, Carvin Jones.

The Soul Of Africa - Bassekou Kouyate

Two of Africa’s most famed musicians, Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate, are touring together to showcase how the roots of American music and the blues derive from the sounds of Mali and West Africa.

The Soul Of Africa - Habib KoitéMalian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, and he takes some unique approaches to playing the guitar. He tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as one would on a kamale n’goni. At other times Habib plays music that sounds closer to the blues or flamenco, two styles he studied under Khalilou Traoré a veteran of the legendary Afro-Cuban band Maravillas du Mali. Unlike the griots, his singing style is restrained and intimate with varying cadenced rhythms and melodies.


The Soul Of Africa - Bassekou KouyateGrammy nominated Bassekou Kouyate, descended from a long line of griots, is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He is a virtuoso, innovator, stronghold of tradition all at the same time. “Kouyate can make notes bend like light rays in the desert heat,” wrote Time Out magazine. He has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali and has shared the stage with the likes of Youssou N‘Dour, Ali Farka Toure, Bela Fleck, The Kronos Quartet, and Taj Mahal.

Koité and Kouyate will perform at The Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm. $30.00 advance, $35.00 door. All ages.

Celebration of Joni Mitchell

Celebration of Joni MitchellJoin guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Kathryn Grimm for her, Celebration of Joni Mitchell, as she recreates the music of Joni Mitchell. Hailed as one of the greatest performers of the past fifty years, Mitchell has created an amazing legacy of music including such as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio,” “Both Sides Now,” “Free Man In Paris,” and many more. She has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining Grimm for this special tribute will be guitarist Sonny Hess, bass player Leah Hinchcliff, and drummer Ward Griffiths.

The Blue Diamond, 2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00 in advance at

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

Tommy CastroNight after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge, and it’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks, and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans and has always left them screaming for more. Castro is a six-time Blues Music Award winner, including taking home the coveted BB King Entertainer of the Year award twice.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (the band currently features bass player Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown) will be making a visit to Portland for a performance at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, on Friday, February 24 for an 8:00 pm show.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at for $20.00 or at the door day of show for $25.00. This event is open to minors under 21 when accompanied by a parent or guardian.