Blues Event Calendar for Portland Oregon, and the surrounding areas.
The week's events
- May 12, '19May 12, 2019Madeline Crawford "Celebration of Life"
May 12, 2019 –Milwaukie Comminity Center10666 SE 42nd Ave.MWCCMilwaukie, OR
Madeline was a huge supporter and member of the CBA. She volunteered for the Waterfront Blues Festival for years. The following musicians are scheduled to play in her honor, Josh Makosky, Billy Hagen Band w/Jimi Hardin, Johnny Vargo, Rockin' Robb, Scott Dundry, Scott Steele.Steve CheseboroughBayou Boyz with Dan BerkeryKevin Selfe Blues JamRobbie Laws JamSavoy Brown
- May 13, '19May 13, 2019Chris Baum Project "A Night of Steely Dan"
May 13, 2019 –
$5 suggested donation
Attend a preview and dress rehearsal of The Chris Baum Project's Night of Steely Dan event. The main event is in June at a semi-private event, but YOU get to see it in advance at Catfish Lou's!
For tickets and information visit www.chrisbaumproject.comDoug MacLeod
May 13, 2019 –
Please join us for an intimate evening with Blues Music Award winner Doug MacLeod, a true blues master and storyteller, and always one of our favorites!
He recently won the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year ‘Break The Chain’ and the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year.
MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.
“Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.” - Blues Music Magazine
“Doug MacLeod is an acoustic roots master. He has been using guitars and voice to create his own unique musical vision for over fifty years...” - Elwood Blues aka Dan AykroydBayou Boyz with Jimmy Russell
- May 14, '19May 14, 2019AC Porter Blues Jam w/guestsKim Field & the Perfect Gentlemen
May 14, 2019 –
- May 15, '19May 15, 2019Algorhythmics Happy HourBilly D. & Ben RiceDoug Rowell's Flying Guitar Circus w/Johnny Burgin
May 15, 2019 –Ed Neumann & Friends w/Nico Wind & Scott White
May 15, 2019 –
Nico Wind & Scott White are guestsFenix Rising w/Melissa BuchananRobin Trower, Terry RobbSoul Cookin'
- May 16, '19May 16, 2019Bottleneck Blues BandDave Roberts Westside Blues Jam
May 16, 2019 –Lloyd Jones "Chicken Bones Trio"Steve CheseboroughBen Rice BandBilly D.Chadd Rupp 1-4-5 Blues PartyEd Neumann & Friends w/Jason "JT" Thomas
May 16, 2019 –Mick Schafer BandRobin Trower, Terry RobbSteve Kerin
- May 17, '19May 17, 2019James ClemSportin' Lifers featuring Erin Wallace!
May 17, 2019 –Secret Society Ballroom116 NE RussellSSPortland, OR
Happy hour dance party!64 Taphouse Anniversary w Lisa Mann, Ben Rice & Sonny Hess
May 17, 2019 –Lisa Mann, Sonny Hess & Ben Rice
May 17, 2019 –John NemethKevin Selfe and The Tornadoes
May 17, 2019 –Matt BrownNorman Sylvester BandReggie Houston returns to Catfish Lou's!
May 17, 2019 –
A seventh-generation New Orleanian, Reggie Houston was born on July 2, 1947, to Ralph Houston, a pianist and acoustic bassist, and Margarete Houston, an educator and social activist. Reggie embraced education and followed in his parents footsteps to become an arts education advocate, teacher, and world-renowned saxophonist.
Reggie was inspired to study saxophone at age 10, after seeing Ray Charles play alto sax at Lincoln Beach Amusement Park, where Fats Domino also performed during Reggie's childhood. Years later, Reggie would share the stage with both musical giants, and spend 22 years as a member of Fats Domino's band, before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2004.
Highlights of Reggie’s time in Portland include:
Serving as one of the teachers who prepared The American Music Program high school students for their 2015 1st place win at Lincoln Center's prestigious Essentially Ellington competition that featured 88 high school jazz bands from across the US.
Performing for, and helping to coordinate three Hurricane Katrina relief benefits:
Portland, Oregon – Blues for Katrina, organized by the Oregon Food Bank raised $125,000.
Seattle, Washington - a successful tri-state effort, coordinated with the Tipitina's Foundation, that culminated in the first Instruments A-Comin’ fundraiser held outside of New Orleans to raise money and collect musical instruments for Louisiana school children impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Corvallis, Oregon - Rockin’ The Cradle of Jazz, held at The University of Oregon in conjunction with The United Way.
Serving on Portland's Regional Arts & Culture Council Music Panel for Project Grants. RACC Grants Program Officer Lorin Schmit Dunlop recalls, "[Reggie] was really pleased to be asked to serve the Arts Council and the arts community this way... and he was a delight! So knowledgeable and a real gentleman...a real asset on the panel."
Participating by invitation as a founding member of the award-winning Northwest Ray Charles Tribute Band and performing with the Oregon Symphony.
Winning four consecutive Muddy Awards earning him a place in the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame.
Playing the title character in Sherman, Grammy award winning composer Thara Memory’s historical opera about Portland Jumptown-era saxophonist, Sherman Thomas.
Maintaining weekly, long-standing gigs at some of Portland’s most beloved eateries: Tapalaya (8 years), Eats – An Oyster Bar (8 years), and Cannon’s during the summer months (11 years).
Select highlights of Reggie’s time in New Orleans include:
Studied Music Education at Xavier University in New Orleans and Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.
10 years (1973-1983) as a paid employee of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival working as the Jazz Tent stage manager, emcee and booking agent.
When Danny Barker passed away, Reggie was chosen by Greg Stanford and Shannon Powell to be one of the core band members to play his jazz funeral. A tremendous honor.
Performed with, and offered the baritone sax chair in Dr. John’s band.
Performed with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dave Bartholomew.
Co-leader of The Charmaine Neville Band.
Performed regularly with Grammy award winning soul singer Irma Thomas.
Appears on three Peter Gabriel albums.
Recorded with Buffy St. Marie, The Neville Brothers, Indigo Girls, Joan Osborne, Bruce Hornsby, and Mary Flower to name a few.
Performed with Bo Diddly, Chuck Berry, Professor Longhair, Maria Muldaur, Jerry Lee Lewis, Spider John Koerner, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Fats Domino and many more.
Original member of The Survivors, formed in 1982 with composer Ramsey McLean on acoustic bass, fellow saxophonist Charles Neville, keyboardist Sam Henry, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, and vocalist Charmaine Neville. Other players with The Survivors included guitar virtuoso Steve Masakowski, drummer Ricky Sebastian, Bobby McFerrin, and a teen-aged Harry Connick Jr. on one of his very first road gigs.
Reggie’s devotion to his craft, and to sharing his deep knowledge of Louisiana’s history, musicians, and musical genres, stems from a time-honored New Orleans tradition of arts education. Nurtured by his teachers—musical giants like Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Johnny Fernandez, Danny Barker, and Alvin Batiste—the latter of whom learned at the knee of legendary musician Sidney Bechet, referred to by Duke Ellington as “the very epitome of jazz,” Reggie has now picked up the mantle to pass that knowledge on to future generations of musicians.
When funk first developed, exploding onto the scene, Reggie was there—not as an observer, but as a 13 year-old musician playing his first professional gigs with legendary keyboardist David Batiste Sr. and The Gladiators, widely accepted as one of the preeminent and pioneering bands of funk.
Reggie knows the music. It is in his blood. He can trace the many, varied styles and influences of southeast Louisiana music all the way back to pre-colonial Africa. It is this knowledge, coupled with the strong arts education tradition of his hometown that gave rise to Reggie’s newest project, Anonymous Legends: A History of New Orleans Music—the culmination of Reggie’s life’s work.Robin Trower, Terry Robb
- May 18, '19May 18, 2019James ClemJT Wise trioBottleneck Blues BandMac PottsLisa Mann TrioMojo Holler Live at Cider MillNorman Sylvester BandPin & The Horn-itsKim Field and the Perfect GentlemenSonny Hess