Blues Event Calendar for Portland Oregon, and the surrounding areas.
The week's events
- Jan 6, '19January 6, 2019Rae Gordon's Gospel SundaySteve CheseboroughBayou BoyzKevin Selfe Blues JamRobbie Laws Blues JamTom Gilberts CD Release Party - "Grit" SPECIAL EVENT
January 6, 2019 –
Tom Gilberts contacted me online and told me that Terry Robb had suggested that I should hear his new album, Grit. Well if Terry is going to recommend something then of course my ears are going to perk up. And I have to say, thank you Terry for moving Tom into my direction.
This mostly instrumental album is a masterpiece of guitar playing. It is a fine example of how so much can be said without words and it is something that truly gifted players are capable of doing. Think of artists like Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Robben Ford, or Terry Robb for that matter. That was what came immediately to mind when first listening. Tom Gilberts has that easy paced, perfectly pitched timbre to his sound and tone that is hypnotic and a pleasure to hear. A nice little jazzy flow that can also bring about touches of funkiness (“Grit”), a tint of country (“Slow It Down”) and down in the alley gritty blues (“Pawn Ticket Blues”). This is a musician who can cover it all and do it with depth and craft. All but two tracks are instrumentals, with the two vocals very engaging and visual with their lyrics and performance.
Grit is a very tasteful recording with all original material written by Gilberts, who also recorded, mixed, engineered and produced everything save for the drum tracks which were handled by Dennis Carter at Falcon Studios. Performing with Gilberts doing the guitar and bass parts, are Doug Knoyle and Brian Foxworth on drums, and Wade Kirtley on Hammond B3 on a number of tracks that accompany Gilberts playing bringing it to yet another level of excellence.
Grit is a hidden treasure that needs to be discovered. A truly amazing piece of art.
Total Time: 40:24
Grit / Driving Song / Pawn Ticket Blues / Whimsy / Bar Fly / Hot Mess / Candle Flicker / Torque / The Grouch / Slow It Down / Walking a Thin Line (Between Love and Fear)
~Greg Johnson, CBA PresidentA Night for the Blues with Kim Field and Whit Draper
January 6, 2019 –
Internationally celebrated harmonica player, guitarist and singer Kim Field began his musical career in New York City, where he worked with the Sting Rays, a group managed by Grammy winner Phil Schaap. Returning to his hometown of Seattle, he teamed up with Isaac Scott, appearing on two albums with the legendary guitarist. Field spent several years fronting the Slamhound Hunters, whose performances and recordings were strongly received in both Europe and the United States. In recent years, Field has performed and recorded steadily with his celebrated Seattle-based band, the Mighty Titans of Tone. During his long career Field has appeared on bills with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Walter Horton, and Big Mama Thornton. He has appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival, in New York Citys Central Park, at Portlands Waterfront Rhythm and Blues Festival, at the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival, and at Seattles Bumbershoot Festival, where he was a featured performer seven years running. Fields songs have appeared in the soundtracks of two feature films, and he has been twice nominated for the Washington State Blues Society Hall of Fame.
Whit Draper many years of experience playing traditional and contemporary blues and roots music have made him a quadruple threat as a guitarist, songwriter, arranger and vocalist. From 1989 to 1993 Whit played acoustic guitar, arranged, and wrote songs for Back Porch Blues, a national touring ensemble specializing in pre-war acoustic blues that won several Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association, including Best New Act, Best Traditional Act, and Best Local Recording. In 1995 his song Ritzville from the album Back to Basics was featured in the film Lewis and Clark and George starring Rose McGowan. Draper also has written for, performed with, and recorded with such notable Portland-based acts as The Sterno Kings, Alan Alexander, Johnny Ward and the Sharkskin Revue, The Reverb Brothers, Bill Rhoades, Sheila Wilcoxson, Lauren Sheehan, The Strange Tones, Will Vintons Freewill Band, and Ed Neumann. Besides lending his considerable skills to The Perfect Gentlemen, Whit is a regular member of A.C. Porter and The Live Wires (winner of the 2011 Muddy Award for Best New Act) and the Sportin Lifers.
- Jan 7, '19January 7, 2019Lilla UnpluggedBayou Boyz
- Jan 8, '19January 8, 2019Heavy Sugar, Alan Hager, John Mazzocco, Carlton Jackson
January 8, 2019N/ABridge City Blues BandKivett Bednar Jam, guest Garry Meziere
January 8, 2019 –The Colossal Organ Trio - Ben Rice, Dave Fleschner & Dave Melyan
January 8, 2019 –
Ben Rice - Dave Fleschner - Dave Melyan
This Tuesday Event is the hottest night in Portland!
It's also taco Tuesday! So we've got tacos in addition to the usual fare.
- Jan 9, '19January 9, 2019Lisa KentDoug Rowell's Flying Guitar Circus, guest Jesse Ruggles
January 9, 2019 –Sonny HessMarty Henninger, Gaddis Cavenah & Ben Partain Weekly Jam
January 9, 2019 –
Join us every Wednesday for a jam session hosted by Marty Henninger & The Uptown Kings! With Ben Partain and Gaddis Cavenah!
Bring your instrument, bring your voice, just bring yourself down for this fun-filled jam session.Fenix Project, guest Kathryn GrimmThe Damn StraightSoul Cookin'
- Jan 10, '19January 10, 2019Dave Roberts Westside Blues Jam
January 10, 2019 –JR SimmsSteve CheseboroughChadd Rupp 1-4-5 Blues PartyAC Porter with Allen Markel and Kevin Selfe
January 10, 2019 –
AC Porter is the recipient of two CBA Muddy Awards in the category of Best New/Reformed Act (Bill Rhoades and the Partykings & The Livewires. He has also received nominations for his own band in the same category AND most recently Best Electric Guitar.
Whoever he plays with, AC brings an electricity to the group that is undeniable and magnificent!
For this show he's featuring Allen Markel and Kevin Selfe. This promises to be a night we'll be talking about for a long time.
Free Comedy Show 7-8pm
- Jan 11, '19January 11, 2019Soul Cookin'Ben Rice & Marina Crouse
January 11, 2019 –
Fox Farm Vineyards hosts a special intimate acoustic performance by Ben Rice and Bay area singer Marina Crouse in its Dundee Tasting Room. Marina is in the area promoting her latest album "Never Too Soon" released by the Little Village Foundation. For reservations, call David at 503-538-8466.JT Wise Band
January 11, 2019 –
Grand Lodge is a great spot in Forest Grove. We play from 7-9pm. The JT Wise band features husband and wife songwriters, JT Wise on guitar and vocals and Margaret Wise on bass and vocals. They write, record and produce their music. They are frequent Portland area performers taking their songs to new levels with jam band inspired performances. They are joined by band members Jim Stein on rhythm guitar and Ken Woodside on drums. They have a similar vibe to the Grateful Dead, Phish, Cream, Allman Brothers, and Widespread Panic.
"The band brings much to the musical table. They have their own sound combining musical genres. They are a band to see". Daniel Curran, Positively Entertainment
"I listen to this band and can't figure out what makes JT's guitar leads so different and so great. He sounds like no one else on the planet. I'm on the edge of my seat listening to this band”! - Mary Flower
"I listen to this band and can't figure out what makes JT's guitar leads so different and so great. He sounds like no one else on the planet. I'm on the edge of my seat listening to this band”! - Mary FlowerBest Friends
Chad Rupp Blues Band, featuring Willy Barber, Chandler Bowerman) guest Kenny Blue Ray's Birthday PartyChad Rupp Blues Band, featuring Willy Barber, Chandler Bowerman) guest Kenny Blue Ray's Birthday Party
January 11, 2019 –Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes
January 11, 2019 –Sister Mercy
January 11, 2019 –
SISTER MERCY possesses a high energy, blues driven sound. Lead singer April Brown is mesmerizing with her powerful, beautiful presence, full range vocals and complete joy in performance. The talented Scott Garcia adds guitar and vocal textures. Rounded out with Roger Espinor on drums, John Webb on bass and Debby Espinor on keys. SISTER MERCY has a unique place in the blues along with April Brown's velvet voice the rest of the band supplies strong background vocals and original music. Semifinalist in the International Blues Challenge 2016 and 2018, SISTER MERCY was also nominated for Best New Band and Best Contemporary Blues Band for the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards. SISTER MERCY presents music that is a pleasure for the ears and a show that is a feast for the eyes.
Sister Mercy's soulful, sultry songs suddenly but smoothly transition to funky blues rock in a way that keeps you on the dance floor for hours Michelle Bean (Owner-Catfish Lou’s)
From their opening song, Brown’s powerful vocal delivery and range were quite impressive live, and watching her was mesmerizing at times. A strong performance by a great band with deep roots in the Oregon music scene, when you need your fix of some great gospel-tinged, smoky R&B, go see this band! John Alcala – Vortex MagazineNorman Sylvester
- Jan 12, '19January 12, 2019Robert RichterJT Wise TrioLouis Pain & LaRhonda Steele w/Edwin Coleman III
January 12, 2019 –The Vault at Gastro Mania (was O'Connors)7850 SW Capital Hwy.VGOCPortland, OR 97219Marina Crouse
January 12, 2019 –
MARINA CROUSE, featuring Ben Rice, Dave Melyan and Melanie Owen.
Marina Crouse is one of the most notable rising talents on the San Francisco/Bay Area music scene. Blessed with a lusty contralto voice and a vocal agility that make her at home with a wide range of repertoire, her performances deliver an emotional authenticity that consistently cuts deep. Her recently released album “Never Too Soon” (Little Village Foundation Records) has received many rave reviews. “She sings with the intensity of a Koko Taylor, heartbreak of Etta James, raw emotion of Big Maybelle... Marina Crouse has all it takes to be the next top lady of the Blues. Noel Hayes, DJ KPOO
Doors at 6pm | Music at 8pmSister Rosetta TharpeBottleneck Blues BandJohnny Boy KunkKevin Selfe and The Tornadoes