The 44s press photo

The 44s press photo

Just a few short weeks following their last show at Duff’s Garage, Los Angeles-based blues-roots band The 44s will be making a return trip for an encore performance on Saturday, September 14th. This is a group of road dogs, constantly on the move across the country and they have found a huge following in Portland, making it one of their favorite stops.  Their outstanding blend of Chicago and West Coast styled blues driven by the sizzling guitar and vocals of Johnny Main alongside harmonica master Tex Nakamura is without doubt some of the hottest material stemming from the West Coast today.

The 44s Portland shows are becoming extremely popular, with crowds increasing with every appearance. Make plans early to catch them as they come back to Duff’s Garage, 1635 SE 7th. Showtime is 9:00 with a $12.00 admission at the door. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so you can receive a $1.00 discount when showing your current membership card when you enter.


Toney Rocks press photoToney Rocks has been described as having the “soul of the blues…”, being “A cross between John Lee Hooker and Albert King”. But, according to Toney Rocks, “I’m much more than a blues cliche’. My sound is progressive and channels influences from country, arena rock, electronic, and world music.” Diving into the abyss of blues rooted rock music, delivering a bold hybrid of high energy music peppered with electronic elements, his show has earned comparisons by fans to jazz fusion great, Jean Luc Ponty and soul blues giant, Robert Cray.

Mentored by American folk hero, David Bromberg, Toney Rocks is considered an epitome of the do-it-yourself musician, personally recording all the music featured in his solo shows and albums. “David (Bromberg) always tells me to ‘strip it down and work as much as you can’. But really, me going solo and doing-it-myself came out of necessity.” Read more

Southern Hospitality press photo  Dubbed by some critics as an upcoming “Southern blues-rock super group,” Southern Hospitality is breathing new life into revered music idioms for the next generation and have been compared to acts like The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band and Little Feat. Big time accolades without doubt, but when you have a core group that’s made up of lap steel guitarist Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire JP Soars and the 2013 Blues Music Award winning keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright, sparks are sure to fly every time they hit a stage.  They share much love for the songs of the South. The hot jazz and funk of New Orleans, classic country, gospel, soul, and blues that became rock ‘n’ roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis. The band is currently touring in support of their debut album Easy Livin’, produced by Tab Benoit who has said, “Damon, Victor and JP are the future of roots music.”

Southern Hospitality will be making their first ever performance in Portland at Duff’s Garage (1635 SE 7th) on Friday, September 6th for a 9:00 pm show.  Admission is $15.00 and Cascade Blues Association members can receive a $1.00 discount by showing their current cards at the door for this co-sponsored event. Guaranteed to be one of the biggest shows of the year and certain to be packed. Don’t miss out!