Looking for somewhere to go on December 31 to hear great blues music while celebrating the New Year? Well, here is a list of events that just might just do the trick.
The 7th annual Governor’s Ball returns for “a higher end experience for a sophisticated discerning clientele” with reserved tickets including a three course dinner by Jake’s. entertainment will fill the likes of everybody, featuring performances from Patrick Lamb, Hit Explosion!, The Christopher Brown Quartet, Lilla, The Denominators, CJ Mickens, 2016 Miss Oregon Alexis Mather, and Dave Dahl & The Killer Granddaddies. — The Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, 7:00 pm. $115.00 and up at Vendini.com
The Boogie Cat’s New Year’s Eve Ball will bring an evening full of fun with a performance by acoustic guitar master Mary Flower, a tribute to the music of Aretha Franklin and Billie Holliday by Lenanne Sylvester Miller, and then to top off the night, The Norman Sylvester Band ushering in the New Year. — North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N Exeter, 8:00 pm. General admission is $20.00, dinner package $30.00, VIP package $50.00. Go to Tickettomato.com for more information.
Karen Lovely will revive her Prohibition Blues show, with an opening set from Dante Zapata. Also joining Karen for the show will be Ben Rice. The whole event will be geared toward the Prohibition era, with 1920’s era cocktails and music featured. Come dressed as a flapper or a gangster and receive a raffle ticket with a chance to win a $200.00 prize. — Catfish Lou’s, 2460 NW 24th, 8:00 pm. $75.00 VIP reserved, $35.00 general admission available in advance at Tickettomato.com. $10.00 after 10:00 pm.
If you’re in the Eugene area, Bill Rhoades has put together one of his outstanding harmonica showcase events with the New Years Eve Blues Harp Showdown. Bill will be joined by harp masters Mike Moothart, Hank Shreve, Kim Field and an all star band consisting of Henry Cooper, Newel Briggs, Byron Case, and Tim Seifert. — Mac’s Nightclub Ballroom, 1626 Willamette Street, Eugene, $15.00 advance at Macsnightclub.com, $20.00 day of show. Or for $25.00, admission will also include access to both the Harp Showdown and Darlene Jackson’s My Band in the nightclub.
2017 International Blues Challenge third place winners and one of Portland’s most beloved acts The Rae Gordon Band will be joined by the incredible Chicago guitar master Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. — The Blue Diamond, 2016 NE Sandy Blvd, 9:00 pm. $48.00 reserved dinner tickets, $28.00 general admission, $15.00 standing room. Tickets available by phone 503-230-9590 or at the venue.
Guitarist Dan Hess brings together a star-filled band including Journey to Memphis band leader Fenix Sanders on saxophone, famed Australian bassist Anni Piper and drum man Chandler Bowerman Band. — Tigardville Station, 12370 SW Main Street, Tigard, 8:00 pm. Venue usually does not have a cover, but check beforehand for the holiday event.
Head on out to Hood River to celebrate the incoming year with the Lloyd Jones Struggle – Hood River Inn, Gorge Room, 1108 East Marina Way. 9:00 pm. Check with venue for ticket information 541-386-2200.