Blues Event Calendar for Portland Oregon, and the surrounding areas.
The week's events
- Oct 6, '19October 6, 2019Ben RiceSteve CheseboroughKevin Selfe Blues JamRobbie Laws Jam **
- Oct 7, '19October 7, 2019Lloyd Jones/NW Songwriters w/ Cal Scott
October 7, 2019 –Multnomah VillageMUV
It's an honor to be invited to join this level of songwriters. I'll be bringing some great new songs!
$15 at brownpapertickets.comMary Flower & The BBQ Boys
October 7, 2019 –
Her appearance belies a superhuman ability to turn her hands into hyperactive blues finger-picking machines…' - WILLAMETTE WEEK
'Superlative…such a high level of proficiency that your heart will beat faster and your blood race.' - DOWNBEAT Magazine
Mary Flower’s award-winning fingerpicking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect. When she joins with the BBQ Boys, a joyous blend of blues, ragtime and swing is born.
The BBQ Boys are a 4 piece Jazz, blues and jug band that has performed with many well known artists such as Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, David Grisman, Dan Hicks and Mary Flower.
Originally the Barbecue Orchestra, it was started by famed washtub bass and jug blower Fritz Richmond (of the original Jim Kweskin Jug Band) and Turtle VanDemarr (guitar player with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks). In 2008 Fritz passed on to jug band heaven and Turtle began playing music in his daughter’s band. The remaining members Stew, Spud and Doc added (after many agonizing tryouts) a sousaphone player par excellence, Mark.
The BBQ Boys have played many concerts with Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band, in San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, The Roots and Rhythm Festival in Providence,R.I., Club 47 in MA, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland,OR and The National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville, KY.
In 2013 they joined forces with Mary Flower as a jazz and blues infected jug band (sans jug) and have created new masterpieces of old standbys and originals by Mary and Spud, adding rich harmonies and searing solos.
The BBQ Boys are:
Stew Dodge on fiddle and vocals.
Spud Siegel on mandolin, mandola and vocals.
Doc Stein on dobro, guitar and vocals.
Mark Vehrencamp on sousaphone.Bayou Boyz with Jimmy Russell **
- Oct 8, '19October 8, 2019Vinyl Tap Blues Jam w/Ben Partain, Michael Osborn
October 8, 2019 –Chad Rupp's Delta Sessions w/guest **
October 8, 2019 –
Chad Rupp, Dave Kahl & Chandler Bowerman
- Oct 9, '19October 9, 2019Doug Rowell's Flying Guitar Circus w/Mike Branch
October 9, 2019 –
$3Fenix RisingSoul Cookin'
- Oct 10, '19October 10, 2019JT Wise BandSteve CheseboroughBen Rice BandBlack Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
October 10, 2019 –Polaris Hall635 N. KillingsworthPHNKPortland, OR
BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS AT POLARIS HALL
Texas native Black Joe Lewis discovered his love for the blues soon after learning to play guitar in his late teens. "I grew up on hip-hop and whatever my dad was listening to-Springsteen and Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway. Once I picked up the guitar I started getting into the deep cuts," Lewis recalls. Naming Lightnin' Hopkins and Iggy Pop among his main inspirations, he formed Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears in 2007, releasing his major label debut the following year.
Known for their incendiary, full-throttle live show, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are currently on tour in support of their latest release, “The Difference Between Me and You.” The influence of Albert King’s heavy grooves, R.L. Burnside’s punked-up blues, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s storytelling, and The Rolling Stones’ soulfully layered horns are all omnipresent throughout the album.
Polaris Hall, 635 N Killingsworth Ct. Thursday, October 10. 8:00 pm. $20.00 Eventbrite.com. 21 & over.Chadd Rupp 1-4-5 Blues PartyEd Neumann & Friends w/Rouke Vanderveen
October 10, 2019 –Steve KerinHot Tea ColdSonghoy Blues
October 10, 2019 –
Songhoy Blues: A Fusion of Traditional Malian Music and Desert Blues
Songhoy Blues’ music is unique, exciting, contagious, and paradigm-shifting. These Sons of Mali are musical refugees, groundbreaking artists, virtuoso performers, and finally survivors.
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. Thursday, October 10. 9:00 pm. $18.00 - $20>00 Eventbrite.com. 21 & over.
- Oct 11, '19October 11, 2019Mojo Holler **Norman Sylvester BandJJ Grey**
October 11, 2019 –
JJ Grey: North Florida Sage and Soul-Bent Swamp Rocker
Onstage, JJ Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty. From his days of playing greasy local juke joints to now headlining major festivals, he 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.
The farms and swamps of his youth are as much a part of Grey's music as the Louisiana swamp-blues tradition or his collection of old Stax records. As a boy, Grey was drawn to country-rockers and the luminaries of Memphis soul, along with the street sounds of Run-DMC. Merging these traditions, and working with a blue-collar ethic that brooked no bullshit, Grey began touring as Mofro in the late '90s, with backbeats that crossed Steve Cropper with George Clinton
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Friday, October 11. 8:00 pm. $32.50 advance Ticketfly,com, $35.00 day of show. All ages.Lisa Mann TrioSister MercyHarvey Brindell & The Tablerockers
October 11, 2019 –
- Oct 12, '19October 12, 2019Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers
October 12, 2019 –Prosperity Pie Shop7814 SW Capitol Hwy.PPPSPortland, ORTracey Fordice BandJT Wise Duo13th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert
October 12, 2019 –
13th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert
The Oregon Music Hall of Fame will celebrate its induction class of 2019 with a spectacular celebration that benefits their music in the schools and scholarship programs. The night will include performances by inductees Pond, Little Sue, Sequel, Michael Hurley, and Mark Lindsay. There will also be a live auction including autographed guitars by the National, Chicago, John Prine, The B-52s, and the Indigo Girls.
This year’s inductees include the musical acts 3 Leg Torso, Dick Berk, Little Sue, Mark Lindsay, Michael Allen Harrison, Pond, and Michael Hurley; side players Joanna Bole and bluesman John Mazzocco; and from the music industry, Larry Crane, Gary Houston, Paul Knauls, and Don MacLeod.
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Saturday, October 12. 7:00 pm. $30.00 advance at Ticketfly, $35.00 day of show. VIP tickets $100.00 advance include prime seating, collectable laminated pass, a Gary Houston limited edition hand pulled signed and numbered poster plus entrance to the catered after-induction party with the inductees, musicians, and other VIPs. All ages welcome."Nina Simone Tribute" LaRhonda Steele, Julie Amici **
October 12, 2019 –North County Recreation District36155 9th StNCRDNehalem, OR
tickets@ www.cannonbeacharts.orgLisa Mann & Jason JT ThomasLouis & the GeezersTracey Fordice Band