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Ramblings on My Mind June 2021

Ramblings on My Mind June 2021 by Shelley Garrett, CBA VP Hello, everyone! There’s a lot of news to share this month as summer heats up! The 2021 version of the Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver,” July 2-5, has been announced, and tickets are on sale to the general public as of June 1. It’s a […]


Musician and Promoter Gary Burford  Passes On

Gary Burford, perhaps one of the best-loved members of the Salem and Oregon music community, passed away this past month after a long-term battle with cancer. He had worked with a number of the Northwest finest bands, including the Boyd Small Big Blues Band, The Terraplanes, the Bob Beck Band, as well as a leader […]


2019 Muddy Awards – In Review

The Cascade Blues Association held its 31st annual Muddy Awards in high fashion, returning for the second straight year to the Alberta Rose Theatre. Twenty-two awards were handed out honoring our members’ selections for their favorite musicians, recordings, venues and events from this past year. Mixed with multiple musical performances, starting with this year’s Journey […]


United By Music Mentor Spotlight

The Lake Theater is delighted to welcome the return of United By Music USA to showcase some of its professional Pacific Northwest Mentors along with Artists in the program. This show will feature professional coaches Lisa Mann, Karen Lovely, Ben Rice, Dave Fleschner, Vicki Stevens-Cofield, and Julie Amici. These professionals will perform songs on their […]


NW Blues/Rock Showcase To Celebrate Veterans

To celebrate our nation’s veterans, the PGN Lodge in Keizer will be hosting an all-day music showcase featuring a number of the best musicians of our region. Featured performers will include Lloyd Jones, Julie Strange, Sonny Hess, Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys, Robbie Laws, Boyd Small, Gary Burford Trio, Kenny Blue Ray, Garry Meziere, […]


Gospel Blues

at West Hills Covenant Church Friday, October 26 and Maranatha Church Saturday, October 27 The new musical Gospel Blues, with music by Janice Scroggins and Dave Fleschner and story by Wayne Harrel, will take the stage this October 26-27 in Portland. Performers include Alonzo Chadwick, Saeeda Wright, and Jelani Greenidge (soloists in the Oregon Symphony […]


Watch Out Memphis, Ben Rice is Headed Your Way!

They say third time is the charm, and that’s what Ben Rice is hoping. He won the privilege to represent the Cascade Blues Association (CBA) at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) for the third time. He was in Memphis for the IBC in 2007 (Ben Rice & The Youth of Blues), 2014 (Ben Rice & […]