Ramblings on My Mind August 2021

Ramblings on My Mind August 2021

Ramblings on My Mind August 2021

by Shelley Garrett CBA VP

News and Upcoming Events

“Blues for Slim Lively, a Benefit for Greg Johnson”

Save the date: Oct. 17 at the Crystal Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 through the Crystal Ballroom website. Angie DeRouchie, who is leading the auction/raffle team says, “We need auction and raffle items!” Use the contact form at pdxbandmerch.com if you have items or services to donate. You can also buy “Team Slim Lively” T-shirts there! Another use of the contact form is to volunteer. The lineup will be announced the first week of August.

Aug. 4 Membership Meeting

The August Membership Meeting with Johnny Burgin and Joel Astley at Artichoke Music (2007 SE Powell) will have limited in-person seating as well as being live streamed. The doors open for CBA members at 6:15 p.m.  If space allows, the public can attend for $5, starting at 6:45 p.m. The bar will be open, but there is no food available, so plan ahead. Music is from 7-8 p.m.

2021 Journey To Memphis

This year’s competition will be on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11th at Artichoke Music.  See more details in the separate announcement.

“Mini Muddy Awards”

Save the date for Wednesday, Nov. 3. We will have an event, but it will look a bit different this year. We’ve suspended some categories and added a few to reflect the shutdown months. Details coming soon.

CBA Holiday Party

(The team is Robert Evans, Jeanette Aglipay, Anni Piper)

Save the date for Sunday, Dec. 12, Moose Lodge, (16411 NE Halsey St.) Auction and raffle items needed for this CBA fundraiser.

The Blues Blast Music Awards voting is open until Aug. 6.

Have you voted yet? (You may only vote once!)

Be sure to vote for your favorite blues artists and music at:


Congratulations to NW musicians Lisa Mann, Harvey Brindell, Curtis Salgado and Lady A, who have been nominated.

Independent Blues Music Awards

Lloyd Jones “I’m thrilled to be nominated for the Independent Blues Music Awards in the categories of Best Modern Roots CD and Best Contemporary Blues Song: “Chicken Bones”!

The voting will continue until August 31 2021. https://www.makingascene.org/independent-blues-awards-2021-vote-now/

I’d be honored for your support for this special recording some of you helped make possible, and the band that brought such joy & funkstivity.”

New home for our Monthly Membership Concert (and meeting)

Starting Oct. 6, we will be at the Spare Room (4830 NE 42nd Ave.) It fits all but one of the criteria we identified while we were searching.

New start time is 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:45.

The criteria identified by the board as we searched

  • Portland city limits
  • Free to us
  • Decent parking
  • Dance floor
  • Capacity of 100
  • Avoid north Portland due to traffic
  • Licensed for under 21 until 9 p.m. This is the only item not covered at the Spare Room yet. We are working with them to get this approved.

Another new item approved by the board is that we will be paying acts to play our meetings — $100 per member, up to $400 for a band. We are very pleased to add this to our support of local musicians.

Johnny Wheels Show at the Botanist-recap

A huge thank-you to Secretary Marie Walters, who was the event leader and to the volunteers, Brad Bleidt, Ron Johnson, Evelyn Silverman, Anni Piper, Immo and Jeanette Aglipay. And a special thank-you to members like George Stevenson, who bought tickets even though he couldn’t attend.

Calendar Coordinator Change

Another huge thank-you to at-large member Robert Evans, who will be taking over the calendar duties. You should still input your own shows at https://cascadebluesassociation.org/event-calendar/ If you have questions for Robert, or need help, use this email address: cascadebluescalendar@gmail.com

How to get involved

If you are considering running for an elected position for the 2022 service year, now would be a good time to join the board as an at-large member.  All are welcome to apply. We have room for five more!

Do you want to help, but don’t want to commit to a full-on board position?  Committee members are needed for the Christopher Mesi Scholarship, Blues in the Schools and the Musicians Relief Fund.

Blues Notes Contributors

Special thanks to Dave Kahl, who put together moving tributes for Carlton Jackson and Tim Shaughnessy

*Note the Celebration of Life for Carlton Sunday, Aug. 22, IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID CONCERNS.

Thanks also to Ed Neumann, Joe McCarthy and Scott White for honoring Johnny Moore, and to John Taylor for writing the article from their remembrances. Use the RIP dropdown on the website to read their tributes.

Thank YOU, CBA members. You have been so supportive as we navigate the new reality without Greg’s involvement. The personal messages mean a lot.

Your hardworking CBA board is Marie Walters-General Secretary, Mike Todd-Membership Director, Mike Day-Treasurer.

At-large directors, Randy Murphy, Brad Bleidt, Ron Johnson, Robert Evans, Jeanette Aglipay, Anni Piper.

Thanks, also to our amazing webmaster Buko, and John Taylor, who in addition to reviewing CD’s and proofing Blues Notes entries, this month jumped in to write!