They say that the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. Well, harmonica master Pete Karnes is no criminal unless you count helping establish the Portland blues scene a crime. And he will be returning the venue where it all began, The White Eagle, 836 N. Russell. This venue helped establish many of the best blues performers back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and the Pete Karnes Blooz Band was one of the most beloved.
Karnes is a committed blues man who has played with many of the legends, including Big Walter Horton, Willie Dixon, Robert Lockwood Jr., J.B. Hutto, Lightning Slim and John Lee Hooker. Joining Karnes for this long-awaited return to Portland, will be several members from his original band, Richard Englund on bass, Doug Smith on sax and Michael Mendenhall on keyboards.
The night will also be extra special as Karnes will be releasing a new CD which is sure to take us back to those extraordinary nights, titled Live At The White Eagle 1982. This is a follow-up disc to his excellent recording released earlier this year, I’m Still Here. Taking that stroll back to that night in 1982, it features two outstanding artists who have since passed away, the late Nick Christmas and one of the West Coast’s premier guitarists Tom McFarland.
This one-night only performance happens on Saturday, September 6th, starting at 9:30 pm. The White Eagle will be extending their hours until 1:30 am in order to give everybody a complete night for this reunion show and CD release party. Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.etix.com for $8.00, or $10.00 at the door. Come on out and relive those memories as the Boogie Man Pete Karnes returns!