April 7th Member Drawings

April 7th Member Drawings – How to WIN!!!

If you are a current CBA member, we are offering you a chance to win prizes during the “Virtual CBA Membership Meeting/Livestream”

This month, in addition to our usual CD give-a-way, you can also win a table for 4 for the Sonny Hess Trio show at Artichoke Music on Saturday April 18th.

Here is how to win during the livestream that starts at 7pm:

  • For the CD drawing…in the “comments” type in “I’m a proud CBA member
  • If you’d like to be entered to win the show tickets too, type in “I’m a proud CBA member and I love live music

I’ll be using the current membership file plus any PayPal online renewals through April 6th.

Winners will be announced on Facebook in the Cascade Blues Association Group by end of day Wednesday April 8th.

CD’s will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.  If you win the show tickets, I will let you know how to redeem them.  Please be prepared to follow current Covid guidelines.


Good luck!  Shelley

A Special Thank You Announcement from Randy Oxford


Hey everyone,


After more than four decades in the music business, I have made the decision to retire from it all.

For me, this is the right decision at the right time.

I have had a fun and fulfilling career that I would not trade for anything in the world if given the opportunity to do it all over again.

It would be a monumental undertaking for me to mention and to thank all the people, organizations and places of music by name that have had a meaningful impact on my career and in my life.

So, for now, I want to send out a heartfelt “thank you”!  To all in the music world (both on and off stage) and to the many fans who have enriched my life in ways that cannot be expressed in writing.

I am truly fortunate and incredibly grateful to have experienced such a career, meeting so many amazing souls along the way.

I will not be a stranger to the music world.  I will still be a big supporter of live music and you will never know when or where you may see me next. 😊

I hope to keep in touch with everyone now and then, and I can always be reached through my email account at oxfordrandy@gmail.com

Life is short. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Faith, Hope and Love have been the driving forces for me throughout my career and will continue to be for this next stage of my life.


Thank you all and God bless.



Inaugural Village Blues Festival 

Inaugural Village Blues Festival 

Eugene’s Rainy Day Blues Society presents the first Village Blues Festival to be held in Cottage Grove, Oregon, on Saturday, September 5 at The Village Green. Eugene is located in a county who have moved beyond phase one of the Covid-19 regulations, so they’re able to hold outdoor events that can allow larger crowds. This event will be socially distanced and safety precautions will be in place. 

Performing at the event will be a multitude of Northwest favorites, headlined by Portland’s Anni Piper; the Pacific NW Women’s Blues Revue with Sonny Hess, Joanne Broh, Kathryn Grimm and Theresa Fratto; and Fret Logic with Jerry Zybach, Stan Welch, Rick Markstrom and Mike Hatgis. The day’s festivities will be hosted by Froggy. 

Village Blues Festival, Saturday, September 5, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. The Village Green, 725 Row River Road, Cottage Grove. Advance General Tickets $40.00 ($30.00 for Rainy Day members) at Rainydayblues.org 



11:00 am – Froggy 

11:45 am – Henry Cooper Trio 

12:50 pm – Lloyd Tolbert Band 

2:00 pm – Jimmy Haggard Band 

3:15 pm – Fret Logic 

4:30 pm – Pacific NW Women’s Blues Revue 

5:45 pm – Anni Piper 


Gorge Acoustic Blues Masters

Blues in the Gorge Now An Online Camp 

Like so many other performances and events during the time of pandemic, the Menucha Blues In the Gorge has also had to adapt. But rather than cancelling or postponing as many have done, they’ll still be holding their acoustic guitar classes, but it’ll happen online.  

Since the class size for this camp has always been limited, with so many students per each class and instructor, all will be held through the magic of the Internet. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in a long weekend of classes, conversations, and music-making with four world class blues players/teachers. You’ll be able to attend up to 12 classes via Zoom AND you will have access to the other 12 class recordings for a year! That’s 24 classes! Each teacher will teach 6 different classes (we’ll have the descriptions up soon). 

As always, the instructors are world-class, led by Portland’s own Mary Flower, she will be joined by Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Jim Kweskin and Kristina Olsen 

It’ll all take place ther weekend of October 7 – 11. Enrollment is $300.00; though the classes may already be filled, go to https://menucha.infusionsoft.app/app/form/blueswaitlistform?cookieUUID=9e7a5b2a-0be5-4183-9e42-8eed32ff44dc for further information as often they have cancellations. 

Co-Sponsored by Cascade Blues Association 

Cathedral Park Free Jazz Festival

40th Cathedral Park Free Jazz Festival 

Will Be Virtual, Streaming Live Online 

July 17, 18 and 19, 2020 

Portland, Oregon, June 27 2020 – Like jazz, life in the time of the pandemic is about improvisation.   

This year, the 40th annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival will be virtual, streaming live online at https://www.twitch.tv/cathedralparkjazz Friday through Sunday, July 17-19, 2020, thanks to presenting sponsor, Oregonians Credit Union, and the organizer, the Jazz Society of OregonFor the past 39 years, this long-running free festival has beens held in North Portland’s Cathedral Park under the historic St Johns Bridge.  

Highlights of this year’s three-day festival celebrating jazz, blues, R&B, and funk: pianist and vocalist Steve Kerin and the Bayou Boyz, originally from Louisiana but now calling Portland home; violinist Eddie Parentechannelling the great jazz violinists like Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, and Joe Venuto; and soulful vocalist Saeeda Wright and her nine-piece orchestraSaeeda has sung backup for Prince, Lalah Hathaway, Live Warfield and others. 

 The complete lineup is as follows: 

Friday July 17 begins with Tevis Hodge, Jrthen two acts that have each been finalists in the  International Blues Challenge”: the Rae Gordon Bandfollowed by Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys. Steve Kerin and the Bayou Boyz will wrap up the evening. 

Saturday July 18 kicks off with the popular Roosevelt High School Band, followed by the Eddie Parente Quartet, Outer Orbit, Latin-favorite Picante, and finally Saeeda Wright as the closing act. 

Sunday July 19 starts with the Minidoka Swing Band, then the John Butler Quartet, followed by the Christopher Brown Quartet, the Mel Brown Trio featuring special guest vocalist Shirley Nanette, and the Ethio-soul Tezeta Band taking it home.  

“This is the 40th consecutive year of the festival, which was started by a group of volunteers commemorating the construction of beautiful Cathedral Park,” said Rita Rega, Jazz Society of Oregon board member and artistic director. “It has evolved into a celebration of Portland’s diverse jazz music sceneIt is also the longest-running community event in the Greater Portland area. While this year’s event won’t be in our usual spectacular outdoor setting, the spirit and music of the festival live on. 

In addition to Oregonians Credit Union, sponsors include: METRO, Bill Mattecheck, Deschutes Brewing, Stoller Family Estate Wines, Shine Distillery, and The 1905 Jazz Club 

Background – Cathedral Park Jazz Festival 

This year marks the 40th consecutive year of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, which has been managed for the past six years by the Jazz Society of Oregon. 

“This is a free, non-profit festival that provides the best in jazz, blues, R&B and soul, from around the greater Portland/Vancouver area,” said Rega. “In fact, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is both the longest-running free annual jazz festival west of the Mississippi – and Portland’s longest-running annual community event.” 

About the Jazz Society of Oregon 

The Jazz Society of Oregon is an all-volunteer non-profit organization 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote the local jazz scene in Portland and the rest of Oregon.  The Society supports jazz educationas well as fostering a greater appreciation of this thoroughly American art form. 

Information on the 40th Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, including specific times of the livestream  can be found at https://jazzoregon.org/2020-festival  

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Image attached (photo credit: Chris Lazarus): photo of the Jazz Society of Oregon’s free Cathedral Park Jazz Festival taken pre-Covid-19 in 2018.  The 2020 festival takes place July 17, 18 & 19th will be livestreamed at https://www.twitch.tv/cathedralparkjazz. 


Cascade Blues Association, Many Opportunities for CBA Volunteers

We are currently working on a web version of the CBA Business Directory where You will be able to submit your Business as well as search the categories for the Blues Business that you need. Stay tuned It will be up soon.


The Capacitors




Rich Layton & Tough Town

Swampadelic Texas Blues

richlayton.us | 503-381-8171


Sister Mercy


206-300-7533, Debby Espinor



Billy D. & the Hoodoos

Traditional blues elements infused

with a silky-smooth pop sensibility




Tom Gilberts




Lisa Mann

2x Blues Music Award winner



Curtis Salgado


Intrepid Artists: 704-358-4777


Timmer Blakely-Pro Bass




The Strange Tones




Franco Paletta & The Stingers

Contemporary Dancin’ Blues

“Catch A Blues Buzz”

(503) 515-1622



The Garages Satellite Pub




Doug Rowell




Nikki Jones Blues Band




Mojo Holler

Roots Americana with heavy doses

of slide & steel. mojoholler.com


Mike Branch Band




The Norman Sylvester Band

Have blues, will travel!

503-419-7093 | bluboog@msn.com




Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers


(402) 802-3975


The Ventilators

We love to play clubs and private

parties! Tom Bader 503 318-0644


Ken DeRouchie Band




Terry Robb

Original, award winning blues

guitar & Americana terryrobb.com


Ben Rice

Muddy Award Winning vocalist

3x Blues Music Award

Nominee 2019! www.BenRiceLive.com



Julie Amici – Singer

Julie Amici Band



John Bunzow




Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band

Vintage Blues – A little bit Chicago

& a Lotta New Orleans!



Dean Mueller

Bass player/Producer/Promoter



Anni Piper

Road Dawg Touring Company



Robbie Laws Band




Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes




AC Porter & The Livewires





City & Country Blues



Adam Scramstad

Traditional Acoustic Finger-style,

Slide & Delta Blues 541-231-2422



Ashbolt Stewart




Richard Wilkins Blues Band

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Kenny Lee and the Sundowners

Blues Rock



Hollie Olson Band




Rae Gordon Band

National Women In Blues – Board

Member, www.raegordon.com



Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys




Robin Gibson Band

Text 541-280-9065

Soul-Stirrin’ Blues!


The E Wayne Jones Band

Storytelling Blues/Rock



The Eric Sugar Larsen Group

Very High Energy Soul Blues



Eric TwoRivers







Andy Stokes


Northwesl Music & two-time inductee to OMHOF



The New Iberians Zydeco Blues Band


Evan Shlaes 503-238-1838


Kim Field and the Perfect Gentlemen




Fenix Rising Band

Jason Thomas



Kivett Bednar Band

Authentic Texas Blues



Pat Stilwell Band




Nico Wind

Full Circle



Timothy James




Mary Flower






HigherVibeStream media

broadcasting, Josephine P. Elle,


Satan & Adam

Satan & AdamIn 1986, harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could jam on the streets of Harlem with one-man-band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee. Amidst NYC’s racial tension, this Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi bluesman, Satan & Adam, made an unlikely pair. After a chance encounter with members of U2 and a celebrated debut record, they rose to international acclaim—and then Mr. Satan mysteriously disappeared. This documentary, an odyssey 23 years in the making, captures a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak, and the transformative power of music.

Satan & Adam – Hollywood Theater , 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Monday, May 6, 7:30 pm. 80 min.

JJ Grey & Mofro

JJ Grey & Mofro

From his days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. Onstage, Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live – and you truly, absolutely must – You’ll experience the musical fearlessness of the man.

JJ Grey and Mofro will perform at The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside Street, on Friday, February 1 at 8:00 pm. $30.00 advance at Cascadetickets.com. 21 & over.

Dave Keller

Every Soul’s A Star

Catfood Records


For several years now, I have been singing the praises of New England bluesman Dave Keller. An amazing guitarist and songwriter with a voice that drips pure soulful honey, every album Keller puts out convinces me more and more of his immense talent — and I am not alone. His past recordings have taken home the prize from The Blues Foundation for Best Self-Produced CD (2011’s Where I’m Coming From), earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Album of the Year (2014’s Soul Changes) and acclaim from Downbeat Magazine for their best recordings of the year list.

His latest recording, Every Soul’s A Star, continues with the same pace of stellar material that raises the bar every time out. Released on Catfood Records out of Texas, it was produced by the legendary Grammy winning Jim Gaines who brought studio magic to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Allison, Santana, and Van Morrison in the past. Keller is backed by Catfood house band The Rays, made up of some of the finest players from the Lone Star State, including renowned Motown guitarist Johnny McGhee and bassist Bob Trenchard. All of the musicians put forth top of the line performances, but as always with any Keller disc the true star will always be his voice and his knowledge of phrasing his delivery just the right way. His performances can pull at the strings of your heart, filled with emotion that can be deeply filled with love or expressions of such love lost.

Aside from Keller’s superb voice, his craftiness for putting together meaningful lyrics is a true gift. The title track explains that you should look at everybody as an individual, everybody has something to offer and to just be who you are. “You Bring The Sunshine” is a love song that sings about the happiness finding the right person can achieve. In “Old Tricks” despite all the misgivings and pain he has suffered from his partner before, he keeps falling for the same old thing from her again and again. “This Is Gonna Hurt” is a break-up song and “Freedom Is Ours” discusses social issues such as immigration and protest.

The lone cover on the album is Ronnie Shannon’s “Baby I Love You” best known through Aretha Franklin’s stunning presentation. Keller pays tribute to the Queen of Soul yet makes this song all his own with a nice slower and funkier pace.

If you’re not hip already to the wonder of Dave Keller, it’s high time to take a good listen. Every Soul’s A Star rates high amongst this year’s top recordings and make no mistake, Dave Keller is one of the top modern soul bluesmen of our time.

Total Time: 42:06

Don’t Let Them Take Your Joy / Every Soul’s a Star / Baby, I Love You / Old Tricks / You Bring the Sunshine / Freedom Is Ours / This Is Gonna Hurt / It’s All in Your Eyes / Kiss Me Like You Miss Me / When Are You Gonna Cry? / Ain’t Givin’ In

On January 20, help the CBA’s Journey To Memphis winner Ben Rice make his way to the International Blues Challenge at the end of the month by attending an all-star extravaganza of some of Portland’s most amazing talent. This all day event will feature local luminaries such as Karen Lovely, Kivett Bednar, Doug Rowell, Marty Henninger, Dante Zapata, Arrogant Bastards, and a performance by United By Music North America. 100% of all raffle proceeds and admission sales, plus 10% of all bar sales for the event will go towards helping Ben make his way to Memphis.

Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th Avenue. January 20 — Noon until whenever. Admission is your donation, $10.00 minimum recommended. 21 & over.