Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly

Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary KadderlyLisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly join forces to bring you a show at The Lake Theater & Café on Monday, April 10 complete with soulful performances, three-part harmonies, and powerful interpretations. Since these three women emerge from different musical backgrounds, their show will cover the blues, soul, jazz, and pop, and is packed with original music…some of it brand new. All three performers are on-stage throughout the show, creating a band with three lead singers, three songwriters, and three times the energy and joy to share with audiences.

With two Blues Music Awards, eight Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards and a Blues Blast Award, Lisa Mann has been a major force on the national blues scene for a number of years. Mann’s voice effortlessly straddles the line between the honey sweet warmth of the South, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from rock to Memphis soul.

Bre Gregg has one foot in the blues and the other in swampy soul. Although her red hair and freckles remind you of a sweet Irish lass, if you close your eyes and change your expectations, you will hear strong influences from Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, and maybe even a dash of Patsy Cline.

With a range of musical styles that reaches from jazz and blues to R&B, country western and pop, long-time Portland favorite Mary Kadderly is a singer and songwriter with a truly distinctive voice that’s soothing, authentic, and compelling.

Joining Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly will be one of Portland’s finest guitar players, Dan Gildea, fresh off a European tour performing with blues vocalist Earl Thomas Bridgeman Jr.

The Lake Theater & Café is located at 106 N. State St. in Lake Oswego. Tickets for The Trifecta can be purchased at the venue’s website for $15.00.

2017 Inner City Blues Festival

2017 Inner City Blues FestivalThe 2017 Inner City Blues Festival returns to the Eagles Lodge Saturday, April 22. Originally in the 1980s and 1990s, the festival was a community  event for various civil rights and social justice causes. Since its return six years ago it has been a major supporter of the cause Health Care For All Oregon, the campaign to bring universal health coverage to everyone (

This year’s event once again brings a sensational line-up of all-star musicians and dancers, featuring: Norman Sylvester Band; Obo Addy legacy Project “Okropong;” Mary Flower; Tevis Hodge Jr.; Mic Crenshaw; Sheohorn; The Strange Tones with The Volcano Vixens; Boco Alegria; Steve Cheseborough; Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones; Tony Ozier “Doo Doo Funk;” Mad As Hell Doctors, Nurses & Interns!. Special emcees for the night will be Paul Knauls, Renee Mitchell, and Ken Boddie.

The Eagles Lodge is located at 7611 N Exeter Ave. (at the intersections N Lombard & Exeter). The Inner City Blues Festival will begin at 5:30 pm and run until midnight.  Advance tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online at or at the following outlets: Music Millennium, Geneva’s Shear Perfection, Peninsula Station, Musician’s Union Hall and the Cascade Blues Association’s general membership meetings. Admission at the door day of show is $25.00.


Jimmy Makarounis at Jimmy Mak's

Musical Inspiration: Honoring Jimmy Mak will take place on Sunday, April 23 at The Roseland Theater. This tribute concert honors Jimmy Makarounis, the late owner of Portland’s premier jazz club Jimmy Mak’s. The three set program will feature noted musicians who performed at the club during its twenty year run.

“Jimmy Makarounis created much more than a jazz club,” explained event producer Tony Starlight. “Jimmy Mak’s was a cultural institution that put Portland on the map as a true music city.”Jimmy Makarounis at Jimmy Mak's

The April 23 event, which will be part of the 2017 Soul’d Out Festival, will feature one set each by iconic Portland jazz drummer Mel Brown’s hard-bop septet and his award-winning Hammond B-3 organ quintet, which will back well-known instrumentalists and vocalists who have played at the club over the past two decades, including Bobby Torres, Dan Balmer, LaRhonda Steele, and Andy Stokes. A third set backed by The Yachtsmen will feature funk, R&B and rock performances by saxophonist Patrick Lamb, vocalists Jarrod Lawson, Paul Creighton, and Moose E. Lee, and the Soul Vaccination Horns. Various jazz dignitaries will speak throughout the evening, and an after-party featuring the Chris Brown Quartet will take place in the Roseland’s ground-floor club, Peter’s Room, right after the concert concludes.

A percentage of the event’s proceeds will be used to fund a jazz scholarship at Portland State University in Makarounis’ name. “Jimmy Mak’s was one of the only clubs in Portland music history to open its doors to minors for early shows,” Starlight said. “This provided an opportunity for middle-school and high-school kids to be exposed to world-class players and educators like Mel Brown, Alan Jones, Dan Balmer, and Gordon Lee, providing an educational experience like no school in town.”

The Roseland Theater is located at 8 NW 6th Avenue. Tickets for this extraordinary event are available at for $25.00 general admission on the floor, $35.00 for balcony seating and $65.00 per person for VIP table seating on the main floor (each table seats 8 people) This is a 21 and over event. Show time is 7:00 pm.

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

photo Michael Heeschen

Nick Moss has been recognized as one the great guitarists of his generation, garnering accolades from  the likes of Buddy Guy among many others. His recording career spans decades working with some of the giants of the blues such as Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers, and The Legendary Blues Band.  As a solo artist heading his band, Moss has released multiple albums that have gone on to become staples at blues radio outlets worldwide. This includes his latest release, From The Root To The Fruit, that has garnered Blues Music Award nominations for both Best Contemporary Album and Album of the Year.

Nick Moss Band has a legion of fans that flock to his shows knowing that each night will be a grand musical experiment. There will be sonic textures to discover and new sounds to stir the soul. The super-tight band consists of Nick Moss on lead guitars/vocals, Nick Fane on bass, Patrick Seals on drums, Taylor Streiff on keyboards, and Michael Ledbetter on rhythm guitar/vocals (considered by many as one of the absolute best vocalists in the blues). The Nick Moss Band is also nominated for a Blues Music Award for Band of the Year.

On Sunday, April 30, Nick Moss Band will be performing an early evening show at The Birk, 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld. Show time starts at 5:00 pm and is expected to pack the house, so get there early. Doors will open at noon for this all ages event. Admission is $20.00 at the door and tickets can be purchased in advance through for $15.00.

Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears

Anatomy texts might not show it, but the greatest soul and blues music leaves no doubt that the hip bone is directly connected to the heart. A fact that’s driven home in every note laid down by Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears with their kind of gritty attitude and deliciously greasy groove–consciousness that’d pass muster in the toughest juke joint.Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears

With a voice that’s one part Joe Tex and one part Tyrone Davis, Lewis is a songwriter who creates his music naturally and cites James Brown and Lightnin’ Hopkins as two of his greatest influences. The Honeybears is one of those outfits that can communicate without speaking and their flow is showcased by their performances on stage. “Lewis has an amazing ability to just draw people in,” states Honeybears guitarist Zach Ernst. “For a lot of people, the blues is a museum piece, but Joe brings it into the moment.”

Touring in support of their recently released disc, Backlash, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will perform at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Avenue, on Sunday, April 9 at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $16.00 advance through or $18.00 day of show at the door. Opening the show will be Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson’s solo project Dams of the West.

Guy Davis

Menucha Retreat & Conference Center and Cascade Blues Association present Blues in the Gorge featuring
Guy Davis, Mary Flower, Orville Johnson, and Valerie Turner

February 8, 2017, Corbett, Ore:
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center and Cascade Blues Association present the fourth annual Blues in the Gorge, Oregon’s premier acoustic blues guitar camp, held at Menucha in the Columbia River Gorge, about 30 minutes from Portland. Dates are September 30 – October 4, 2017.

Blues in the Gorge is five days with four outstanding instructors in a beautiful setting.  Guests immerse themselves in music, enjoying up to four workshops each day and instructor concerts and jams each night.

There is an early bird discount of $100 off for those who register before the end of March. Space is strictly limited to 46 participants to ensure plenty of instructor attention for all.  Registration is open at

Instructors will present a Blues Masters concert open to the public on Sunday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. Location TBA.
2017 Faculty Bios

Guy Davis

Guy DavisGuy Davis’ parallel careers – as a musician, an author, a music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor—mark him as a Renaissance man, yet the blues remain his first and greatest love.

Growing up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis), he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age. Guy’s one-man play, The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues, premiered Off-Broadway in the ‘90s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star Off-Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, winning the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award. He followed the footsteps of another blues legend when he joined the Broadway production of Finian’s Rainbow, playing the part originally done in 1947 by Sonny Terry. Along the way he cut nine acclaimed albums for the Red House label and three for his own label, Smokeydoke Records; and was nominated for nearly a dozen Blues Awards.

Davis has earned acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-­‐traveled voice and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s taken his music to television (the Conan O’Brien and David Letterman shows) and radio (A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, E-­Town), as well as performing at theaters and festivals. And he’s played the four corners of the world, with a recent tour taking him from the Equator to the Arctic Circle.

Mary Flower, Artistic Director and Instructor

Mary Flower’s immense fingerpicking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her warm-as-honey-and-whiskey voice comforts like a winter quilt and soothes like a summer breeze.

An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated to Portland in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals and concert stages domestically and abroad, including Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Calgary Folk Festival, among many.

A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship (top 3 both years, and the only woman), a nominee in 2008 and 2012 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and a 2011 and 2014 Portland Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.

Flower’s 10 recordings, including her last four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records – Bywater Dance, Instrumental Breakdown, Bridges and Misery Loves Company – show a deep command of and love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.

Orville Johnson

2017 Blues in the Gorge - Orville JohnsonOrville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music.

He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the thirty-some years he’s lived there, appearing on over 400 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, commercials, producing 22 CDs for other artists, hosting a roots music radio show, and appearing in the 1997 film “Georgia” with Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Mare Winningham, on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.

Orville is also known as a patient and insightful teacher of music and has taught often at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Blues Workshop, Euro-Blues Workshop, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop and others. He has several teaching videos and DVDs and CDs of his own music available.

Valerie Turner

2017 Blues in the Gorge - Valerie TurnerValerie Turner is a native New Yorker with roots in Virginia and Georgia. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar which is a broad genre that includes blues, fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel. She also dabbles with washboard, spoons, and banjo. Valerie’s first Country Blues guitar lessons were with Jack Baker in Greenwich Village and her eclectic repertoire was later influenced by her studies with both John Cephas and Woody Mann. She is an exceptional finger picker and her guitar playing is reminiscent of traditional blues greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Etta Baker and Elizabeth Cotton.

Turner and her husband perform together under the name “Piedmont Bluz.” They are dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. They have been entertaining audiences at venues from Washington State to Jerusalem and are much loved wherever they go. The duo feel that “there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said” so they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

About Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Located 30 minutes from the Portland airport in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Menucha is just down the road but a world away. For over 60 years Menucha has hosted nonprofit groups, family reunions, etc., in our historic property, nourishing them with home cooked meals and inviting them to wander our 102 beautiful acres. Menucha also welcomes individuals who come to programs we offer in the areas of faith, music, and art. Our mission is enriching lives through hospitality, learning, reflection and renewal.

Visit our website for more information or to register:

Contacts for Menucha’s Blues in the Gorge

Lori Nance, Program Director

Lauren Deming, Marketing Director

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
PO Box 8 / 38711 E. Historic Columbia River Highway
Corbett, OR 97019