The 19th Bronze Blues & Brews Festival is set for Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8. The event will be held at the Joseph City Park, Joseph, Oregon. For the Friday Jam Night gates open at 5:30pm with music from 6-10pm. On Saturday, the gates open at noon with music from 12:30-10pm. All ages welcome. Kids 10 and under free.

RSBThis year’s event will feature Royal Southern Brotherhood, Sultans of Slide, Roseland Hunters, Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method, and Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond.

Tickets are available pre-sale for $30 or at the gate for $35. For more information visit the website at

Bronze Blues & Brews has supported the local Joseph, Oregon, community in many ways over the past 19 years.  Here is just a sample of some of the things it has accomplished: Donated over $22,000 to the City of Joseph for improvements to the City Park; Secured partial grant funding for underground power to lower end of City Park; Secured partial grant funding for permanent safety fencing in City Park; Donated over $12,000 to local High School Sports & other programs; Donated over $8,000 to Local High School Arts & Music programs; Established the “Karen Jackson Memorial Award” donating over $4,000 to local charities; Established “Arts & Music Scholarships” to local students and donating over $6,000; and $4,374,000–Conservative estimate of dollars spent in Wallowa County, Oregon over 19 year span by Bronze Blues & Brews non-resident ticket buyers.

Dana Fuchs - photo by Greg JohnsonRaised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, guitarist and vocalist Ana Popovic now lives in Memphis and over the years has proven herself at venues and festivals around the world to be an electrifying live performer. Her shows are a blend of smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumental and tight blues grooves combined with soulful vocals. She has headlined a number of festivals and was the only female guitarist included on the 2014 Experience Hendrix tour. Ana has also performed alongside renowned musicians such as BB King, Joe Bonamassa, Susan Tedeschi, and Buddy Guy. Popovic has been nominated five times for Blues Music Awards, including twice as the Contemporary Female Artist of the Year and has released eight albums over her career, including her latest Blue Room.

Popovic does not make it to the Oregon area very often, so her upcoming performance at The Star Theatre, 13 NW Sixth Ave, on August 1 is a show you should not miss.  Showtime is 9:00 pm and tickets may be purchased in advance through for $18.00. This is a 21 and over only show.

Come join in the fun at the Kalama Music Festival on August 1 at Marine Park along the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington. This year’s event will include a varied selection of blues, R&B, reggae, rock, Motown — just a lot of good music. There will be food and a beer/wine garden and artists/craftspeople will also be showing their wares.

This year’s event will be headlined by Florida-based bluesman JP Soars CD coverJ.P. Soars & The Red Hots. Soars is a past winner of the International Blues Challenge and has received nominations for the Blues Music Awards under his own name and with the all-star band Southern Hospitality. His gravelly voice echoes Howlin’ Wolf, and his guitar and cigar box playing is in a league of its own.

Also on this year’s line-up will be Portland-based blues favorites Franco Paletta & The Stingers, with special guest Franco Paletta & The Stingers Celebrate New CDOregon Music Hall of Fame member Terry Robb on guitar, the genre-crossing sounds of Ocean 503, which offers a diverse musical performance spanning R&B, reggae, funk, and blues, and Southwestern Washington’s blues band The Mojo Blasters. The music of Motown, R&B, and soul will be provided by The Elite, and hip rock, folk, and reggae tunes will be represented by Portland’s band The Sale.

A Cigar Box Guitar Raffle will also be held, offering a hand-made Cigar Box Guitar donated by headliner J.P. Soars, with all proceeds going to the Kalama Helping Hand. Tickets are one dollar, but you can get six for five dollars the day of the event.

The Kalama Music Festival takes place from noon until 9:00 pm, with entry only $10.00 and 2 cans of food. Marine Park is located at 110 West Marine Drive, in Kalama. Tickets may be purchased in advance at

The 5th annual Soulful Giving Blanket Concert presented by Fred Meyer will be held on Saturday, August 1 at the Yoshida Estate, 29330 SE Stark. The event starts at noon and will benefit the Randall Childrens Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Providence Cancer Research Center. Performers this year will include Patrick Lamb, Paul Creighton Project, Ants In The Kitchen, and the Portland Soul All-Stars with LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes and Louis Pain. Tickets are available through for $25.00 – $100.00. For more information, visit

If you have not taken the time to make a trip to Lake Oswego for one of Dean Mueller’s Monday Night Concert Series at The Lake Theater, you are doing yourself a serious disfavor. This small and intimate theater holds less than 100 people and has sensational acoustics and great sight lines. Plus, Mueller has been scheduling some of the best regional acts and touring artists to perform at The Lake.

In August, on Monday 3, you do not want to miss the acoustic Rich DelGrosso photo by Greg Johnsonduet of mandolinist Rich DelGrosso and guitarist Mary Flower. Both have received multiple Blues Music Award nominations and are highly recognized as tow of the best at their respective Mary Flower - press photoinstruments world-wide. DelGrosso hails from Houston while Flower is our own hometown gal, and together they blend with bassist Dean Mueller to acoustic perfection as they proceed through traditional blues, ragtime, and their own original material.

Then on Monday, August 10, make a point to be in Duffy Bishop (photo by Greg Johnson)attendance as the Duffy Bishop Trio will be making their farewell performance before Duffy and her guitarist husband Chris Carlson head back down to Florida for the winter. One of the most beloved couples in the Northwest blues community, this one is guaranteed to sell out. Dean Mueller will accompany the couple on bass and don’t be surprised if Julie Amici makes an appearance with the group as well.

Other Monday shows at The Lake Theater in August will include a blues dance with Dave Fleschner & Alan Hager on the 17, Portland’s own Italian folk band Mbrasctau on the 24, and Muddy Award winning female vocalist Rae Gordon on the 31. All shows start at 7:00 pm.

DDennis Jones - photo by Greg Johnsonennis Jones’ feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds and present a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. Known for his high-energy stage performances, sizzling hot guitar solos, and smooth and soulful vocals, Jones is backed by a rhythm section that is second to none. This band rocks the blues like no other!

Dennis Jones will be appearing at The Birk, 11139 Hwy. 202 in Birkenfeld on Sunday, August 2 for a 7:00 pm show.

Then on Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00 pm, he will be playing at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd in Portland. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so make sure to bring your current membership to receive a $1.00 discount at the door.

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Mitch Kashmar & Alan Hager Duet
Second Electric Set – The Reverb Brothers

Summer is flying by and you certainly cannot complain about the availability of great music happening around the region. Festivals, concerts in the parks, touring acts — it’s all more than one person can keep up with. We are certainly blessed to have such a wide selection, and as you know, the best way to kick off each month is with the Cascade Blues Association’s membership meeting. This month we’re handing our members a double-eyed whammy with our annual picnic happening the first Sunday (check the article in BluesNotes) and then our monthly membership meeting the following Wednesday.

As for our August meeting — this will be one not to miss. Both acts are stellar, long-time artists who hardly need any introduction.

Opening the night will be the fierce duo of harmonica ace IMG_2821 kashmarMitch Kashmar and guitar master Alan Hager. Kashmar is known as one of the finest harpists on the West Coast who also delivers soulful vocals. Kashmar records for the Delta Groove label and has been a prominent musician for decades since playing with The Pontiax before going solo. Over those years he has performed onstage alongside talent such as John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, and many others. The late William Clarke stated: “Mitch Kashmar is my absolute favorite blues harp player of his generation, and one of my favorites period! He’s also a first-class vocalist – his singing really knocks me out.”

Joining Kashmar is the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winning guitarist Alan Hager. Hager is a terrific solo musician, and when he plays alongside others artists he is the perfect complimentary guitarist, as those who have played with him, such as Bill Rhoades, Terry Robb, and Dave Fleschner will attest. Hager is well-versed in music history, not just the blues, and has studied at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music and performed as a member of the Boston Symphony and Boston Opera Company as well as several chamber music ensembles. He is a guitarist’s guitarist, as Terry Robb noted: “Alan Hager’s musicianship is the standard by which I judge all others, particularly myself.” High praise indeed!

For the second set of the night, we will be featuring The Reverb Brothers, a strong collection of several of Portland’s best musicians who have been working together for a number The Reverb Brothers - press photoof years. The Reverb Brothers offer a unique take on Americana, with original songs and obscure gems that blend Blues, Country, Soul, New Orleans R&B, Country Blues, and Rock & Roll with a distinctive 1930’s sensibility. With three lead and harmony vocalists, acoustic and electric guitars, blues harp, keyboards, cornet, bass and drums, they always deliver a high energy show that brings people out on the dance floor. Members of the band are: Claes Almroth, keyboards, vocals and harp, Doug Marx, acoustic guitar and vocals, Dave “Gutbucket” Duffield, cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn, Allan Lemley, electric guitar and background vocals, J. Michael Kearsey, bass and vocals, and Fred Ingram, drums.

And don’t forget the free ticket drawing — all in attendance receives a ticket for a chance to win prizes between the sets. There’s always a good time gathering with friends for great blues music, so don’t miss out on the monthly meeting. See you there!

The Alabama Shakes - press photoFormed in Athens, Alabama in 2009, the multi-genre band The Alabama Shakes are on a steady ride and quickly becoming one of the most popular American Roots acts working today. With influences that can range from bluesy grooves to garage rock to psychedelic jams, they incorporate a mix uniquely their own, led by the powerful vocals and guitar work of Brittany Howard. They’re currently on the road supporting their latest album, Sound & Color, and playing before raving audiences.

The Alabama Shakes will return to Portland on Friday, August 7, at McMenamin’s Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR. Showtime is 6:30 pm, with gates opening at 5:00 pm. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $43.00 in advance or at the gate.

The Delta Saints - press photoThe Delta Saints are a Nashville-based band who have stripped their roots/blues sound down to its essence and rearranged the elements into something uniquely their own. Steeped in rock ‘n’ roll’s building blocks – country, R&B, soul and gospel – The Delta Saints explore influences like Jack White, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses and Led Zeppelin. When asked to describe their most recent release, Bones, band leader Ben Ringel stated, “We’re trying to push ourselves forward to do something more modern, but at the same time incorporating where we come from.” A testament to their mixed appeal, they have opened for such diverse acts as Blackberry Smoke, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Taj Mahal, Dickey Betts and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Currently on a cross country tour, The Delta Saints will hit Portland on Saturday, August 8, for a 9:00 pm show at Dante’s, 350 W Burnside. This is a 21 and over only show with tickets available in advance through for $10.00.

Benjamin Booker - photo by Greg JohnsonNew Orleans-based singer/songwriter Benjamin Booker will be returning to the Doug Fir Lounge on August 8 for what is certain to be another exhilarating and energetic performance. Booker’s sound has grown out of his old love of hardcore bands and his new life in the Big Easy. Embracing both Black Flag and the blues, he creates music with a fresh take on traditionally heavy genres. Audiences will be witness to a sound that’s urgent, emotional, and ball -breaking. It’s gritty like late 60s punk Detroit, but in the end, this is a young artist who’s a true blues man, whom The Independent newspaper has described as “frenzied guitar-strumming and raw, soulful vocals that are hair-raising in intensity.”

The Doug Fir Lounge is located at 830 E Burnside. Tickets for this 9:00 pm show are available through for $13.00 – $15.00. This is a 21 and over only event.