The 2014 edition of the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey To Memphis, to select our representatives at the next International Blues Challenge, will take place on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th at The Lehrer. Twelve acts will compete before three judges, playing twenty minute sets and being scored in five categories (blues content, vocals, instrumentation, originality and stage presence), with the top two highest scoring acts each night advancing to the finals at the Waterfront Blues Festival on Friday, July 4th.

Over the years, the Cascade Blues Association has been privileged to send some of our region’s best performers, with several making it to the semi-finals and four acts that have reached the finals, two placing in second place overall. This year is another stellar year of exceptional acts that have entered, many old hats who’ve been involved in the Journey to Memphis and the IBC before, and some up and coming newcomers who will surely be making their mark as well.

Start times for the event will be 9:00 pm both nights. Admission is $10.00 each night (and that includes friends, family, wives, roadies, etc. of the acts performing as this is how we raise the money to be awarded to our winners). The Lehrer is located at 8775 SW Canyon Lane. They have a large dance floor, great sightlines and good food, so come on out and cheer on your favorites.

Schedule for each night is as follows:

Friday, June 6th

9:00 – Pat Stilwell Band
9:30 – Ben Rice & The iLLamatics
10:00 – Land of the Living
10:30 – Anne Weiss
11:00 – Rae Gordon Band
11:30 – Papa Dynamite & The Jive

Saturday, June 7th

9:00  – Martin Henry & The Blues Benders
9:30 – Tim Connor
10:00 – David Pinsky & Phil Newton
10:30 – Gabriel Cox
11:00 – Tevis Hodge Jr.
11:30 – Still Water Vibes