For the first time during the Cascade Blues Association’s relationship with The Blues Foundation, we will be sending a performer to the Foundation’s International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. Nineteen-year-old Justus Reece is a solo guitarist who competed with the adults in this year’s Journey To Memphis, and because he was the only artist under 21 in the event was asked if he would consider representing the CBA.
Traveling to Memphis is expensive, so Justus is hosting an Acoustic Showcase at The Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E Main Street in Hillsboro on Sunday, November 8. Joining Justus will be Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees Terry Robb and Jon Koonce. Also appearing will be 2014 CBA solo/duo representative at the IBC, Tevis Hodge Jr. Showtime is from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm and admission is $10.00. This is a family friendly event open to all ages, with children under 12 getting in free of charge.
Your attendance at the Acoustic Showcase will help get Justus to the IBC, where the future of the blues is discovered every year, not only in the competition, but in the Youth Showcase as well. Justus will be able to meet other young blues artists from around the world, participate in jams for both young musicians and those hosted by recognized touring musicians, as well as being able to explore Beale Street, Memphis, and the Delta firsthand. Let’s give Justus the experience of a lifetime.