Every July means the Waterfront Blues Festival, and that means on the fourth the Cascade Blues Association holds its finals for the Journey to Memphis competition. This year found three bands competing for the title and the right to represent the CBA and the region in Memphis next January at the International Blues Challenge: Nikki Jones Band, Fenix Rising, and Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys. With top-notch performances, a little switch in set times to allow everyone the opportunity to fully participate (thanks to all the acts for doing this), and multiple delays for starts, the end result found Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys as the ultimate winners.
A huge thank you to our three celebrity judges for this year’s finals: Tony Coleman, Marina Crouse and Monti Amundson, and also to our team of Marlena Maseterson as time keeper, Cherie Johnson as score keeper, and Shelley Garrett as judges assistant.
Now it’s time to help Johnny Wheels, our solo/duo entry Louis Creed & The Geezer and our youth showcase act Generation Headstrong raise funds to help them get to Memphis. Congratulations all!