Entries by Wendy Schumer

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CBA Holiday Party Dec. 11th!

CBA Holiday PartyThe annual CBA Holiday Party is set for Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Moose Lodge, 16411 NE Halsey, Portland, and it is open to everyone, so bring your family and friends and have some fun. The lodge members are really excited to share their place with us and are preparing a great menu for us to enjoy. Their more than reasonable prices for food and drinks may be your first holiday gift. For faster service, the best way to pay is always cash, but the lodge will accept credit cards. We will again set up a table for you to …

Rae Gordon’s We Three Kings Christmas Show with the West Coast Kings

Plan on joining Rae Gordon along with three incredible guitarists representing the West Coast for the annual We Three Kings Christmas Show on Saturday, December 17 at the Trails End Saloon. It will be a sensational  night of celebrating the holiday fun with friends and music.

This year’s guitarists will include Salem, Oregon’s own Garry Meziere, Seattle, Washington’s CD Woodbury, and San Francisco Angelo Rossi (also known as AJ Crawdaddy) representing California’s blues scene. Backing the Rae and the guitar trio will be a fantastic band made up of Pat McDougall on keys, Al Hooten on bass, Ed Pierce on …

End of the Year Celebration with Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band with Ben Rice

Blues Music Award winner Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band will help you say goodbye to 2016 with a heaping helping of original blues, blues-rock, and R&B when they are joined by special guest International Blues Challenge’s best guitarist award winner Ben Rice! It will all take place at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Avenue on Friday, December 30 at 8:00 pm.

Lisa Mann Blues Music Awards - photo by Greg JohnsonLisa Mann has been inducted in the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame, has won Blues Blast’s Sean Costello Rising Star Award and received the Blues Music Award for best bassist two consecutive years in 2015 …

Thunder Brothers and Ben Rice Take On The Trails End

thunder-brothers-press-photoTwo Muddy Award winning acts will supply a double header at The Trails End Saloon with the Thunder Brothers and Ben Rice. On the heels of their highly successful show at the venue in October, they were quickly booked again. Now, the Thunder Brothers will be celebrating the release of their eponymous titled EP and their recent Best New Act Muddy Award. Michael Quinby, Doug Rowell, Timmer Blakely, and Edwin Coleman III are ready to tear up the stage and bring the crowd to their feet with their brand of power blues.

Opening the night will be an acoustic set …

Crime-A-Billy Christmas Returns with Two Shows

strange-tonesThe Strange Tones continue their holiday tradition by bringing an all new Crime-A-Billy Christmas for the holiday season. This year the band will present two shows bringing back all their friends, plus a new Strange Tones “vintage” TV special titled “A Mysterious Encounter on Crime-A-Billy Mountain.”

Count on catching the band starring Suburban Slim, Guitar Julie, Andy Strange and Andy Gauthier with the Volcano Snow Vixens, Jim Wallace, Tracey Fordice, Randy Yearout, Jim Toussaint, Elvin Alfred Priestly, the giant Gingerbread Men, nutcrackers and maybe even a surprise visit from a jolly man dressed in red.

The first show will take …

Lloyd Jones Will Be Singing With Santa’s Sweet Angels For The Holidays

lloyd-jones-press-photoPortland’s iconic bluesman Lloyd Jones will be helping to bring in the holidays right this year with a special happening at Jimmy Mak’s on Saturday, December 17. Two complete concerts that’ll find Mr. Jones “Singing with Santa’s Sweet Angels.” And angels they truly are, bringing two of Portland’s most beloved female singers, 2016 Muddy Award winner LaRhonda Steele and two-time Blues Music Award winner Lisa Mann, alongside Teresa James, making the trip to the Rose City from Los Angeles just for this occasion. Each of these ladies as well as Lloyd Jones are fantastic performers and vocalists who can offer …


What’s on Tap for December’s General Membership Meeting …

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder Street, Portland
Wednesday, December 7 – 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00 (NOTE: THIS WILL INCREASE TO $5.00 IN JANUARY 2017)
Opening Acoustic Set – David Brothers
Second Electric Set – The Pining Hearts

It’s December everybody, which means this is one of the most important membership meetings of the year as we will be holding the election to determine who will hold the officer positions for your Cascade Blues Association’s Board of Directors. Make sure that you bring your current membership card to receive a ballot to cast your choices.

Aside from …

Just This One – Local Blues Legend Paul deLay Returns to Portland in a New Musical Play

Ten years after his untimely death, the much-loved and dearly-missed Paul deLay returns to Portland when playwright Wayne Harrel presents a concert reading of a new musical featuring dozens of deLay’s songs and the story of his redemptive rise from addiction to adulation.

Just This One premieres Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, with a full cast of top local blues performers, including LaRhonda Steele, Lisa Mann, Saeeda Wright, Hank Shreve, and Dave Fleschner, and starring international blues singer Sugaray Rayford.

The event is a co-production with Northwest Theatre Workshop, with additional support …

Thank You CBA Volunteers!

Beginning this month in BluesNotes, the Cascade Blues Association will recognize the dedicated volunteers who stepped up during the previous month to assist at our events.

The CBA would like to extend a huge thank you to the following individuals who volunteered their time to help us out at this year’s Muddy Awards. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated:

Adam Carter
Carol Hamley
Cathy Merge-Martin
Rick Martin
Susan Johnson
Jon Pierce…

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2016 Muddy Awards — A Night To Remember

The Cascade Blues Association’s 28th Annual Muddy Awards was held on Wednesday, November 2 at The Melody Ballroom to once again another full house of fans and musicians. Honoring those acts, performers, venues, events, recordings and performances who helped raise the bar on the Northwest’s blues scene over the past year in twenty-two categories.

Three artists were big winners taking home two awards each: Andy Stokes for the “Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist and the “Lloyd Jones” R&B Act; the Ben Rice Band taking both the Contemporary and Traditional Blues Act awards; and Dave Kahl for the Bass award and …