The Cascade Blues Association presents its fourteenth annual Valentine’s Day celebration with the Red, White, & Blues Dance (formerly the Sweethearts Dance). This year’s event will be happening at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97222, on Sunday, February 14, at 5:00 pm (doors open at 4PM).

We will have entertainment from three terrific acts this year.  Opening the night will be a performance from Robbie Laws, one of the most beloved guitarists in the Portland area. He is the recipient of 21 Muddy Awards, including nine for best electric guitar player. Throughout his tenure on the blues scene he has performed alongside virtually every local artist as well as legends such as Ronnie Earl, Albert Collins, and Kenny Neal. As a true guitar master — if it has strings, Robbie can play it!

The next act performing is Sister Mercy.   Sister Mercy has been taking the city’s blues community by storm over the past year. With a huge CD release party at The Star Theater, a Muddy nomination for best new act, and winning the CBA’s Journey To Memphis competition while representing our region at the Memphis International Blues Challenge, this band is showing true merit as an act to keep an eye on!

Is there any one artist more on fire the past few years in Portland than Ben Rice? Closing the dance is a two-time recipient of the “Curtis Salgado” Muddy Award for male vocalist of the year. Ben opened for BB King’s final appearance in Oregon and has lately been performing with Lisa Mann and Karen Lovely at various venues around the country. Ben competed in the International Blues Challenge three times, making the finals twice, where he won the St Blues Guitar Award for most promising guitarist in the solo/duo category this past year.

Milwaukie Elks Lodge will have a variety of yummy menu options of food available as well as drinks for great prices.

We will also be having a raffle for amazing CD’s and a silent auction with lots of great items.

Admission for the Red & White Blues Dance is only $10.00 person, or come as a couple and get a bargain rate of $15.00 for the two of you.  Are you an Elks members? You’ll get $2.00 off of the admission fee. The Milwaukie Elks Lodge is located at 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland. Hope to see you there.