Ramblings – March 2022
by Anni Piper
Congratulations to Robert Umali Evans, the new vice president of the Cascade Blues Association. I have to give him full credit for holding this organization together during a difficult transition time. Much work goes on administratively to keep the CBA running, not to mention planning for future events. Thank you, Robert, for taking this on – you’re the man of the hour.
The board is simply jubilant to welcome our newest at-large board members – Betsy Clayton, Clay Clayton, James Ortega and Ben Rice. It feels like we have a great balance of music creators, music appreciators and dancers involved. We come from diverse backgrounds and it’s so exciting to have everyone willing to share their opinions and skills.
The Garages in Lake Oswego is our new home for the monthly member meetings. I know this is a controversial choice for some, but the board decided that having a venue where all ages could attend was a priority. I’m willing to help with car pooling for those who are coming from North Portland – hit me up! We feature LaRhonda Steele and Sugar Roots in March, and April is Josh Makosky and Tall Static.
Speaking of the member meeting, there was some discussion among the board about holding a second member meeting monthly in North Portland or Vancouver. We could have a band at The Garages and a solo/duo act each month at a northern venue. What do you think? Let the president know!
Do you want to perform at the Waterfront Blues Festival? Then enter the Cascade Blues Association Journey to Memphis competition 2022. Heats will be late May or early June at a venue to be determined. The two top scoring bands and solo/duo acts will battle it out on the Fourth of July weekend at Waterfront Blues Festival to see who represents us at the International Blues Challenge in 2023. More information coming soon.