Always one of the Cascade Blues Association’s largest events of the year is the Journey To Memphis; our regional competition to select our representatives from the region to compete in The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge next year in Memphis, Tennessee. This year’s event returns to the newly renovated Trails End Saloon in Oregon City on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, starting at 8:00 pm both nights.
This year we have fourteen entries; seven will compete each night before a set of three judges scoring the acts on blues content, instrumentation talent, vocal talent, originality and stage presence. All will have a timed 30-minute set and the two highest scoring acts from each night will advance to the finals held on July 4th at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.
Admission to the Journey To Memphis is $10.00 each night. All admissions will cover the cost of production and form the base prize received by the winners to help defray their traveling expenses to Memphis.
Scheduled Times and Act Sets are as follows (note: these are subject to change as the acts are not required to play a full 30-minute set. If they go overtime, they will be penalized a point for every 10 seconds over.)
Friday, June 7th:
- 8:00 – Howard Wade
- 8:40 – Alan Hager & Dave Fleschner
- 9:20 – Rae Gordon Band
- 10:00 – Alan Benson Experience
- 10:40 – Chad Rupp & Josh Makosky
- 11:20 – The Mojo Blasters
- 12:00 – Ben Rice Band
Saturday, June 8th:
- 8:00 – Rose City Rats featuring Savanna Coen
- 8:40 – David Pinsky & Phil Newton
- 9:20 – Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band
- 10:00 – Tevis Hodge, Jr.
- 10:40 – Beacon Street Titans
- 11:20 – The Hitmen
- 12:00 – Rae Gordon & Gaddis Cavenah (Duo)