The first Wednesday in February means more exciting blues coming your way courtesy of the Cascade Blues Association’s monthly membership meeting at The Eagles Aerie on Hawthorne. Your CBA always brings you the very best in blues and blues-related music in an all-ages friendly venue, and we also strive to offer some familiar musical friends or maybe some that’ll be new to you. These meetings are also entertaining and worth spending a couple hours with us every time out.
Opening the evening this month will be Corvallis’ favorite acoustic bluesters Dave Plaehn and Jeff Hino. This duet hasn’t played for us for several years, but they’re super talented and work in the traditional format of harmonica and National steel guitar, with the occasional banjo. Their repertoire is rooted in bare bones country blues and 2020 marks the 30th anniversary for Dave and Jeff’s musical journey together.
A typical Plaehn and Hino set features traditional blues, originals, and contemporary and creative interpretations of current artists like Taj Mahal, Sonny Landreth, and John Mayall. But Dave and Jeff can just as easily surprise the audience with the high and lonesome sound of a country blues gospel song. It’s a blues-based musical Cuisinart, with an enjoyable and varied blend in every performance.
Plaehn and Hino will certainly get things jumping, and expect the roof to be raised to an even more elevated level following them as Robbie Laws will take the stage. Robbie will be leading a power trio with the combination of blues strength of drummer Eric Ching, keyboardist Ben Partain and Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards Hall of Famer and the recipient of the “Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement award guitarist Robbie Laws. Definitely a set that going to cook!
Expect this set to offer selections of bluesy guitar, a touch of funkiness with steady drumming and keyboards holding the groove and bass both at the same time. This is a tight outfit who have played with many of the very best the Northwest has to offer and they work off one another to perfection and they’ll be bringing the goodies to the Eagles to get you all out on the dance floor.
The East Portland Eagles Aerie, 4904 SE Hawthorne St. Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm. CBA members always Free, non-members $5.00. All ages welcome.