Crooked Eye Tommy press photoForged in the blood of brothers Tommy and Paddy Marsh, Crooked Eye Tommy casts a spell on the listener with the joy and melancholy of a lifetime of playing music together, and their searing guitar work and passionate, powerful vocal lines lure you in. Crooked Eye Tommy may be a novice band in a genre that is full of history and big name luminaries, but their music has a mouth that speaks with honesty and legs that could carry them to the mighty summit of the blues. Their debut recording, Butterflies & Snakes, received excellent raves across the country and was a finalist in The Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD competition. They also competed in the International Blues Challenge making it to the semi-finals. This is modern day blues, taking bits, and pieces from a combination of musical idols, like T-Bone Walker, Albert King, Johnny Winter, and Jerry Garcia. But this music is nothing rehashed, it is modern day blues that grab their audiences attention with delight.

Crooked Eye Tommy will be appearing at The Birk on Sunday, June 26 for an afternoon show starting at 3:00 pm. Admission is $8.00 at the door. The Birk is located at 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld, Oregon.

Then on Tuesday, June 28, Crooked Eye Tommy will be in at Portland at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd. The show starts at 9:00 pm.


Roy Rogers - press photoRoy Rogers is considered one of the world’s premier slide guitarists performing today. With eight Grammy nominations as producer and performer, and two WC Handy nominations for best guitarist, he is also renowned for his work with artists like John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Rogers has also collaborated with musicians such as Shauna Morrison, Norton Buffalo, and The Doors’ Ray Manzarek. He has recorded many albums over his career, with his latest titled Into The Wild Blue was released in 2015. As a recording artist, producer and composer, he continues to combine diverse music influences to achieve his musical vision. Always eclectic in approach, he is constantly stretching the boundaries of slide guitar.

“Many guitarists dabble in slide guitar, but the number of modern masters can probably be counted on one hand – Roy Rogers is surely one of them….” – Guitar Player

Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, will be coming to The Alberta Rose Theatre on Tuesday, June 21 to rock the house with Delta blues and innovative guitar instrumentation. This 8:00 pm showcase is open to all ages, with minors okay when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are available through for $24.00 advance, $28.00 day of show. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored show, so members can use the code “CBA” when ordering online to receive a $2.00 discount. The Alberta Rose Theatre is located at 3000 NE Alberta Street in Portland.

Gabriel Cox - photo by Greg Johnson (to use with meeting article)Gabriel Cox, young blues rocker from the Portland area, is releasing his second full length album and will be holding two special CD release parties to celebrate.  The album, I Surrender, is already gaining national attention and should leave fans talking for years to come. The new album features some of the regions hottest artist, including Rae Gordon, Hank Shreve, and Miranda Vettrus, backed by an all-star band. Both shows are going to be multi-act events, so don’t miss out on some of the young up-and-coming talent joining Gabe for his special nights.

The first celebration will take place on Saturday, June 11, at Shotski’s, 1230 State Street in Salem. The night will start off at 7:00 pm with guest bands Bluevolution and Never 2 Late taking the stage before Gabe. Admission is only $5.00

Then, one week later, on Saturday, June 18, another triple-header affair will take place at McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell Street, Portland. The showcase will open with Old Mill at 9:00 pm, then Black Sheep Black will play at 10:00 pm. Gabe will take the stage at 11:00 pm. Admission is $8.00.

Join Gabriel Cox for these CD release shows, and watch for him playing as one of the daily featured acts at the Washington County Fair, July 28 thru 31 on the fairground’s main stage.