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Janiva Magness at the Lan Su Chinese Garden

This summer, the Lan Su Chinese Garden will be holding special Tuesdays by Twilight performances and on Tuesday, July 30th they will be featuring a special night with the sensational Janiva Magness. One of the most electrifying and entertaining performers on the blues scene today, Janiva Magness has won multiple Blues Music Awards over the years, including two just this last May for Contemporary Female Artist and Song of the Year, “I Won’t Cry” from her latest Alligator release Stronger For It.

Janiva Magness posseses a voice that draws you to her. Full of emotion, often full of sass, she


The Third Annual CBA Rummage Sale Is Coming

Hey everybody! It’s time to clean out all of your closets, garage and basement. While you’re at it . . . your neighbors, too! The third annual Cascade Blues Association rummage Sale is coming and your donated items are needed and welcome. This year’s sale will be held at The Bomber, 13515 SE McLoughlin in Milwaukie on Saturday, September 7th, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Come on out


A Quick Take – Even More Shows in July!

July just seems to be packed full of great performances from local and touring acts, but here is a quick look at a few other blues acts hitting the area that you may be interested to checking out.

On Saturday, July 6th, British blues-rocker Sandi Thom will be doing an in-store performance at Music Millennium at 3:00 pm. That same night at the Oregon Zoo, one of the leading influential

Tuck Foster & The Mossrites

This Eastern Washington-based band led by multi-award winning vocalist & harmonica player Tuck Foster will be hitting several stops in our area in July. This is sure to be an entertaining group, as Foster is joined by some of Washington’s finest musicians making up The Mossrites: bass player Patrick T Moss, guitarist Jason Moore and drummer Mike “Choo Choo Train” Geho. The band plays exceptional Chicago style electric blues. Members of both the Inland Empire Blues Society in Spokane and the Walla Walla Blues Society rave about Tuck Foster & The Mossrites and you have four opportunities to see for


Doheny Blues Festival and Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival

By Wendy Schumer

My annual trek to SoCal this year for Doheny Blues Festival (May 18-19) was accompanied by an extension of the journey to include Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival (May 25-26). I made a commitment to write up something for the BluesNotes about each of these festivals so here goes:


Doheny Blues Fest (http://www.dohenybluesfestival.com) carries a pretty hefty price tag –(VIP ~$200 for early bird) and what does one get? Well for starters the …

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Unsung Blues Hero Ray Varner Contributes His Talents by Promoting the Blues

By Laurie Morrisey
A while back, I approached Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Talent Coordinator, Peter Dammann, and asked him about some of the unsung heroes of the festival. The first name that came to his mind was Ray Varner. Ray worked at the Fed-Ex Stage for about 10 years, although he’s retired now.

He was the perfect guy for that gig. I relied on his judgment a lot; he was one of the people, especially in the early years, that encouraged me to go after some of the

CBA Picnic August 4, 2013

Shelley Swaffer

Just one month until the picnic and this year promises to be a great time! This year we will be entertained by:

12:00 – 1:00 Sonny Hess & Vicki Stevens
1:00 – 1:45 Rae Gordon and Her Big   Band
2:00 – 300 Ken DeRouchie Band
3:15 – 4:15 Boogie Bone
4:30 – ? August in Blue

In between sets we will have a water balloon toss, a 3 legged race, piñatas and other fun activities to enjoy. There will be a craft area for the young folk as well as piñatas for them too!

The CBA will be …

Mississippi Blues-Roots Musician Paul Thorn to Appear at the Alberta Rose

Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer before sharing his experiences with the world as a singer-songwriter. His songwriting has brought comparisons to the likes of John Prine and John Hiatt and he has been hailed as “The Mark Twain of Americana.” His performances are captivating, covering his original music and top-notch covers done in his own unique style. A rising star, Paul

26thAnnual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival July 19 – 21


This year’s 26th Anniversary of the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is shaping up tobe the best rhythm & blues PARTY yet! COME SEE WHY! The Award-Winning WinthropMusic Association presents the Festival July 19-21, 2013 at the Blues Ranch in Winthrop, Washington, nestled in the beautiful Methow Valley in the heart of the North Cascades, surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest.




 Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk


New Music To Note:


A listing of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted:

Al Lerman – Live At The Acoustic Grill (Self Release)


David Egan – David Egan (Self Produced)