Here is a great opportunity to help support our local acts representing the Cascade Blues Association at the 2018 International Blues Challenge. Travelling to Memphis is not inexpensive and every cent counts to assist in getting our musicians to Tennessee. All three will join forces for one night on December 1 at the Trails End Saloon, with each playing a full set of music, and your $10.00 admission divvied up to support them all.
Opening the night will be the Youth Showcase representatives Timothy James and the Portland Blues Revival, starting at 7:00 pm. All under 21 years of age, they are a cohesive and talented conglomeration of musicians giving you a good feeling of what the future of Portland’s blues scene has to offer for the future.
At 8:15, our Solo/Duo entry, Julie Amici, will hold court on the stage. Partnered with long-time Portland bassist Dean Mueller (The Insomniacs, Duffy Bishop Band), vocalist Julie Amici brings forth the sultry, savvy style of blues made popular by artists like Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. This two-time Muddy Award nominated duo will take you back to the intimate sounds of a smoky jazz lounge of the 1950s.
Two-time Journey to Memphis champions Sister Mercy will take the stage at 9:45. With a reformed band this past year, they are hotter than ever with the hypnotically powerful voice of April Brown leading the charge. Nominated this year for the Muddy Award for Contemporary Blues Act, the band has been featured at multiple festivals and venues consistently.
The Trails End Saloon is located at 1320 Main Street in downtown Oregon City. Reservations are highly recommended. It’s gonna be rockin’ when these three acts come together. Come out and support our artists make their way to Beale Street! They might even have a Christmas song or two included during the night.