Ted Horowitz, better known to the world as Popa Chubby has not performed in Portland in a number of years. So if you’re a fan of heavy-Popa Chubbyhitting, rocking blues, then you’re not going to want to miss these two rare appearance in Oregon. His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, starting out in the punk scene, yet the blues has always been the foundation of his playing style.

“Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin,” explains Popa Chubby, “when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the blues and I keep it alive in my music.”

Well, I’m sure his shows here in Oregon will not come to that danger point, but you know his blues are going to be deadly in his approach and powerful playing. This one will bust down the doors and burn up the stage.

Popa Chubby will be appearing at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd on Tuesday, October 7th. Showtime is 9:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 and this is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored show, so do not forget your membership card to receive a $1.00 discount at the door.

And if you miss out on Tuesday, or if you just cannot get enough, head out to The Birk Wednesday, October 8th for an early dinner show at 7:00 pm. The Birk is located at 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld, Oregon.

Rae Gordon band is headed to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis to represent the Cascade Blues Association – and you can help send her get there – and have fun at the same time. CBC temp file  


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For the past couple years, Oregon Music Hall of Fame member Linda Hornbuckle has valiantly been fighting cancer. And it hasn’t been an easy fight. Linda needs our community’s help as this battle continues to heap medical expenses upon her. So some of her musical friends are coming together to hold a benefit concert for her titled “More Love For Linda” to be held at the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday, October 14th.

An all-star line-up of friends will be on hand, including Quarterflash, Linda Hornbuckle Band, Patrick Lamb. Liv Warfield, Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, Soul Vaccination, Norman Sylvester, Eddie Martinez, with many other guest artists expected.

Tickets are available at www.crystalballroompdx.com and www.tickettomato.com. A limited number of 150 VIP tickets are also available as long as they last for $100.00 which will include exclusive access to the mezzanine, a VIP lanyard and event poster. VIP tickets available through www.tickettomato.com only with all funds and ticket fees double-backing to support Linda. General admission is $20.00.

The Crystal Ballroom is located at 1332 West Burnside. Showtime is 7:00 pm.

Please come out and show your love and support for one of Portland’s most beloved artists. She has given all of us her heart for so many years, let’s give a little back to Linda.

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Long time Portland musician Tom Royer has been battling Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and is in desperate need of a lung transplant. Please visit http://www.gofundme.com/efjsrg to help out with your donations. A benefit concert has been scheduled for Monday, October 20th at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th, to assist in raising the necessary funds. Tom Royer has worked with many of the finest musicians in Portland over the years, including DK Stewart, Paul deLay, Duffy Bishop, Linda Hornbuckle, The Cowboy Angels, The Mayther Brothers, Dub Dubrie, Benny Wilson, Lloyd Jones, Turtle Vandemarr and many, many others, especially alongside his wife Lily Wilde in a number of configurations. The last benefit held for Tom was packed full of many of the most renowned and beloved musicians in the region. Please make plans on attending this event. This event was just being pieced together at press time, so please watch the CBA Facebook and website, or the Soul Sisters Productions Facebook page and the gofundme.com sites for updated details.

Doug MacLeod is one of the blues premier storytellers and entertainers. The recipient of two Blues Music Awards in 2014, acoustic artist of the year and acoustic album of the year for There’s A Time, MacLeod is able to engage his audiences with his passionate guitar work and an ever-present smile. His music as described by the Nashville Blues Society are “Songs that hit you in the heart and go straight to your soul.” This is honest music, often with a sense of humor and always stunning in its presentation. A Doug MacLeod performance always keeps your attention and talking about for days afterward.

Always a favorite in the Portland area, Doug MacLeod will be returning once again for a night of storytelling and exceptional guitar at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd, for a 9:00 pm show on Thursday, October 16th. This is a CBA co-sponsored event, so bring your membership card to receive a $1.00 discount off the $15.00 admission.

Doug MacLeod will also be appearing in Hood River at The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State Street, on Friday, October 17th. Showtime is 7:30, tickets are $20.00 and this show is open to all ages.

This past July, the Rae Gordon Band won the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey To Memphis competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival, earning the rights to represent the region at The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Tennessee this coming January. Though the band did receive prize money to help them defray the expense of traveling to Memphis, they still need to raise more in order to take part in this competition happening on historic Beale Street over five days.

On Saturday, October 4th, you have the chance to help the band raise these funds, enjoying an afternoon of great blues music while cruising the Willamette River on The Portland Spirit. Every level of The Spirit will have live bands, featuring the Rae Gordon Band and past Journey To Memphis winners Lisa Mann and Franco & The Stingers, plus additional surprise guest appearances. If you have ever been onboard one of the blues cruises during the Waterfront Blues Festival, you already know that this is going to be a fun time.

The Cascade Blues Cruise will board from Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 and food and drink will be available for purchase on the boat. All ticket proceeds from this incredible afternoon of music and cruising on the Willamette will go toward sending the Rae Gordon Band to Memphis, providing airfare, lodging and meals for all of the band members.

To get tickets for the Cascade Blues Cruise and learn more about this incredible event that the Cascade Blues Association supports, please go to: www.raegordon.com/ibc. But hurry, because tickets are going fast!

Help the Rae Gordon Band sail on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015!

Bonnie Raitt is one of the music world’s most loved artists with songs topping the charts over her more than 40-year career incorporating the sounds of blues, rock, folk and country. A nine-time Grammy Award winner and named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 singers of All time, and a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Lifetime Achievement recipient, Raitt may make it to Portland once a year, but here is a great chance to hear her music as presented by some of Portland’s finest musicians.

On Friday, October 3rd, the Alberta Rose Theatre presents Something To Talk About: A Portland Bonnie Raitt Tribute concert. Appearing on this special night will be stellar artists including Anne Weiss, Lisa Mann, David Jacobs-Strain, Bre Gregg, Shelly Rudolph, Ara Lee, Rich Landar, Dan Stueber and Mark Bowden collaborating on a night of music celebrating the Queen of the Bottleneck Blues.

Tickets for this performance are $15.00 advance at www.albertarosetheatre.com or $18.00 at the door. Minors are okay when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Showtime is 8:00 pm. The Alberta Rose Theatre is located at 3000 NE Alberta Street.

Ashbolt CD Release Party posterAshbolt Stewart has been hittin’ those drums for the past 50 years and he is now set to release his very first recording under his own name. Titled Beats Workin’, Ashbolt spent three days last spring down in San Jose, laying down tracks at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios, with a collection of some of the finest blues musicians in the Bay Area. Andersen, besides engineering and overseeing the project also leant his work on guitar, organ and piano. The album includes 17 numbers, with six written by Ashbolt, one from his wife Susie MacDonald and one from Buzz Holland.

To celebrate the release of Beats Workin’, there will be a CD release party at Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th, on Saturday, October 11th, at 9:00 pm. And you know that their will be plenty of friends on hand to help in the celebration. But if that was not enough, it is also Ashbolt’s 65th birthday. So head on over to Montavilla Station, pick up a copy of the new CD and make it one of the most memorable birthdays for Ashbolt Stewart ever!


acoustic concerAcoustic blues masters Pat Donahue, Mary Flower, Robert Jones and Suzy Thompson are gathering to headline a four-day workshop at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon, October 2nd through the 5th, co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association. Unfortunately for those who have not signed up, The Blues in the Gorge workshop event is now full, but you can go to www.menucha.org to place yourself on a waiting list in the event that they have cancellations.

But, you still have the chance to hear these fantastic artists in concert. On Sunday, October 5th, after finishing up with the retreat, they will be presenting a special showcase in Portland open to all at The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street. Four of the finest acoustic musicians of our time teaming up for what will certainly be night full of exciting performances and collaborations.

Showtime is 7:30 pm and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $28.00 day of show. This concert is also co-sponsored by the CBA and you can receive a $2.00 discount on tickets at the door

1800014_10152658711732980_117217686378460006_oThe event is called “End of Summertime” Blues Blast! To benefit “Friends of the Children” we are raising money for school supplies.http://friendspdx.org/support-friends/wish-list . Proceeds to go directly to children in need for school supplies. There is a $10 donation at the door. The theme is Hawaiian. Mumu’s, grass skirts, floral shirts etc.

Friends of the Children – Portland | Wish List  friendspdx.org

The line-up is really incredible. Pus tons of raffle prizes.

Ben Rice Band 2:30-3:10
Tracey Fordice and the 8 balls 3:30-4:10
Rae Gordon 4:30-5:10
Ken DeRouchie 5:30-6:10
Too Loose Cajun/ Zydeco 7:00-7:45