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The Mighty Mojo Prophets Coming To Duff’s Garage

From Long Beach, California, Rip Cat Recording artists The Mighty Mojo Prophets will be heading to Portland for a show at Duff’s Garage (1635 SE 7th) on Sunday, July 7th at 8:00 pm. Nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2012 for the debut recording, they are currently touring to support their follow-up disc titled Flyin’ Home From Memphis. The band is fronted by vocalist Tom “Big Son” Eliff and guitarist Mitch “Da Switch” Dow, who are continuing the long tradition of first-rate blues originating from Southern California. It is honest, straight-up West Coast blues with a

Duff’s Garage Welcomes Back John Nemeth

John Nemeth has surely come a long ways since his start in Boise, Idaho. He has definitely made a huge name for himself with his reputation as a harmonica player and one of the purest blues vocalists out there today. Besides taking his music around the world, what truly proves the point that Nemeth has made the big time is the fact that he has been nominated for nine Blues Music Awards over the past five years. Five of those this year alone including one for the ultimate prize, the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. That in itself should

Houston Bluesmen Rich DelGrosso and Jonn Del Toro Richardson at Duff’s Garage


The blues’ premier mandolin man Rich DelGrosso was in Portland just this last May where he had a very nice receptive audience at Duff’s Garage. He’ll be returning once again to the venue on Saturday, July 27th and this time he will be bringing his guitar slinging partner Jonn Del Toro Richardson with him. Richardson has worked with artists such as Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy, Gary Moore, Pinetop Perkins and Otis Taylor and is recognized as one of the finest guitarists hailing from Texas today. Together, DelGrosso and Richardson released the outstanding album Times Slips On By, which

David Vest – The Boogie Piano Wizard Is Back

David Vest has certainly shown that he is not only a master at all things piano, but he is somewhat of a traveling man as well. He started his career tearing up the 88s throughout the Chitlin’ Circuit and Texas, where he performed alongside artists like Lavelle White, Faron Young and Jimmy “T-99” Nelson. He even had a part in introducing the world to country legend Tammy Wynette. Later, as we all know, David relocated to Portland where he worked with The Cannonballs and also with The Paul deLay Band. After Paul’s passing, David moved on once again landing in

David Jacobs-Strain Celebrates New CD at Mississippi Studios

As David Jacobs-Strain has grown up before our eyes here in Oregon, his music has stretched beyond imagination reaching heights that have taken him to amongst the very best musicians in today’s roots music. A sensational guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, he is a true triple threat package. David will be returning back to his home state in July with a special CD release show at Mississippi Studios on Wednesday, July 24th celebrating his latest disc Geneseo. He has taken his incredible guitar work around the world, playing at locations like the Kennedy Center, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Folk

Free Concerts in the Parks

One of the greatest perks about living in a city like Portland is the summer concerts in the parks series. Here is a list of the free blues and blues-related shows happening in July. All shows start at 6:30 and are family friendly.


Riverfront Park (SE Spokane & Oaks Pkwy):

July 8 – Nikki Hill


 Mt Tabor Park (SE 69th & Taylor):

 July 16 – Sassparilla


Dawson Park (N Stanton & Williams):

July 10 – Devin Phillips

July 17 – Curtis Salgado

July 24 – Atomic Gumbo

 July 31 – LaRhonda Steele Band

 Willamette Park (SW Macadam

Austin Blues Guitarist & Vocalist Carolyn Wonderland at Alberta Rose Theatre

Carolyn Wonderland is renowned for her over the top live performances. A sensational songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist who just may pick up a trumpet, mandolin, lap-steel, accordion or jump behind a piano, alongside her usual axe of choice, the guitar. This Austin-based artist has worked with artists from that city such as Ruthie Foster, Cindy Cashdollar, Guy Forsythe, and she has also toured with the likes of Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan and Johnny Winter. Dallas Observer musical critic Matt Weitz had this to say about Wonderland: “One of the most impressively powerful voices recently heard anywhere, regardless of sex. Able

Boyd Small, Josh Fulero & Friends – One Venue, Two Nights

Here is a great opportunity to catch up with two former Portland musicians who are temporarily back in town. Boyd Small is a CBA Muddy Award Hall of Fame drummer who now resides in Amsterdam and tours extensively across Europe. What we have known about Boyd’s talents have not been overlooked by the people in The Netherlands either, where he has been nominated twice for the Dutch Blues Awards. Also in town is former Curtis Salgado Band guitarist Josh Fulero, visiting from his current home in Austin, Texas. Josh has also worked in John Nemeth’s touring band and when in

Artful Giving Blanket Concert Featuring a Full Day of Great Music

 The Soulful Giving Foundation will be holding their fourth annual Artful Giving event on Saturday, July 27th on the grounds of Junki and Linda Yoshida’s private estate with Andy Carson, KPTV news & weather reporter acting as master of ceremonies. The Soulful Giving Foundation is a non-profit focused on cancer research, care and treatment within the local region. Proceeds from this event benefit Randall’s Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.

This event has a spectacular musical line-up that includes New Orleans’ premier funk band Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk; the soul, funk and Motown flavors of Mingo Fishtrap; San Francisco