Muddy Waters Birthday Celebration

Muddy Waters Birthday CelebrationThe Northwest’s top Muddy Waters Tribute show will be returning on April 3 to the Muddy Award winning Lake Theater & Cafe, 106 N State St in Lake Oswego. The show will feature four internationally acclaimed blues musicians who relish in the performance of old school traditional blues. This night will feature the songs of Muddy Waters and his influences performed in their original style.

All four of the band members, Alan Hager, Mitch Kashmar, Jimi Bott and Dean Mueller, have won multiple Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards and have performed around the world with their individual projects.

Alan Hager won the Muddy Award in 2016 for electric guitar and has been performing and touring with Curtis Salgado for a number of years. Considered one of Portland’s finest masters of traditional finger-picking guitar, he is a life-long student of the music and life of Muddy Waters.

A Muddy Waters shows is not the same without harmonica, and filling the shoes of the great Little Walter will be Muddy Award Hall of Fame member Mitch Kashmar.  One of the most soulful and powerful blues singers in the business today; his blues harp playing is second to none for creativity, drive and excitement.

Blues Music Award winning drummer Jimi Bott. Jimi has received so many Muddy Awards that they named the drum award after him. Perhaps the most qualified old school blues drummer in the world, Bott has played with Mark Hummel, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers and The Mannish Boys over the years.

And finally, on the upright bass will be the multi Muddy Award winning Dean Mueller. Mueller was a Blues Music Award nominee with his former band The Insomniacs and is a faculty member at Port Townsend Blues workshop where he has had the opportunity to play upright bass with many of the blues greats past and present. As one of the dwindling few who still play blues on the doghouse, he will deliver the blues bass as it was originally conceived.

Show time for the Muddy Waters Tribute will be 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission be purchased online at

The Mannish Boys

The Mannish BoysEvoking the spirit of such legendary R&B revues as Johnny Otis, Ike Turner, or even the American Folk Blues Festival, The Mannish Boys look to single handedly restore this grand tradition and carry it forward into the 21st Century. The group’s various incarnations have consistently been comprised of some of the very best musicians in the blues and this latest version may be one of their best, featuring Sugaray Rayford on vocals, guitar hero Kid Ramos, bassist Willie J. Campbell and drummer Jimi Bott.

The fundamental concept of the band was simple; assemble a group of like-minded musicians to capture the spirit and joy of this timeless music and reintroduce it for a new generation to appreciate and discover. This project, which was only initially envisioned as a one-time testimony to the power of the blues, has now given way to a new institution privileged with the task of preserving this music and presenting it as a vital, living, breathing entity.

The Mannish Boys will be heading to The Birk for a spectacular night of entertainment on Friday, April 7. Show time begins at 7:30, but be sure to arrive early as this one is guaranteed to pack the house. Tickets for The Mannish Boys can be purchased in advance for $25.00 at or for $30.00 at the door if still available. The Birk is located at 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld.  Call the venue for reserved seating at 503-755-2722.

Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly

Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary KadderlyLisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly join forces to bring you a show at The Lake Theater & Café on Monday, April 10 complete with soulful performances, three-part harmonies, and powerful interpretations. Since these three women emerge from different musical backgrounds, their show will cover the blues, soul, jazz, and pop, and is packed with original music…some of it brand new. All three performers are on-stage throughout the show, creating a band with three lead singers, three songwriters, and three times the energy and joy to share with audiences.

With two Blues Music Awards, eight Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards and a Blues Blast Award, Lisa Mann has been a major force on the national blues scene for a number of years. Mann’s voice effortlessly straddles the line between the honey sweet warmth of the South, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from rock to Memphis soul.

Bre Gregg has one foot in the blues and the other in swampy soul. Although her red hair and freckles remind you of a sweet Irish lass, if you close your eyes and change your expectations, you will hear strong influences from Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, and maybe even a dash of Patsy Cline.

With a range of musical styles that reaches from jazz and blues to R&B, country western and pop, long-time Portland favorite Mary Kadderly is a singer and songwriter with a truly distinctive voice that’s soothing, authentic, and compelling.

Joining Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg, and Mary Kadderly will be one of Portland’s finest guitar players, Dan Gildea, fresh off a European tour performing with blues vocalist Earl Thomas Bridgeman Jr.

The Lake Theater & Café is located at 106 N. State St. in Lake Oswego. Tickets for The Trifecta can be purchased at the venue’s website for $15.00.

2017 Inner City Blues Festival

2017 Inner City Blues FestivalThe 2017 Inner City Blues Festival returns to the Eagles Lodge Saturday, April 22. Originally in the 1980s and 1990s, the festival was a community  event for various civil rights and social justice causes. Since its return six years ago it has been a major supporter of the cause Health Care For All Oregon, the campaign to bring universal health coverage to everyone (

This year’s event once again brings a sensational line-up of all-star musicians and dancers, featuring: Norman Sylvester Band; Obo Addy legacy Project “Okropong;” Mary Flower; Tevis Hodge Jr.; Mic Crenshaw; Sheohorn; The Strange Tones with The Volcano Vixens; Boco Alegria; Steve Cheseborough; Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones; Tony Ozier “Doo Doo Funk;” Mad As Hell Doctors, Nurses & Interns!. Special emcees for the night will be Paul Knauls, Renee Mitchell, and Ken Boddie.

The Eagles Lodge is located at 7611 N Exeter Ave. (at the intersections N Lombard & Exeter). The Inner City Blues Festival will begin at 5:30 pm and run until midnight.  Advance tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online at or at the following outlets: Music Millennium, Geneva’s Shear Perfection, Peninsula Station, Musician’s Union Hall and the Cascade Blues Association’s general membership meetings. Admission at the door day of show is $25.00.


Nick Moss
Nick Moss

photo Michael Heeschen

Nick Moss has been recognized as one the great guitarists of his generation, garnering accolades from  the likes of Buddy Guy among many others. His recording career spans decades working with some of the giants of the blues such as Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers, and The Legendary Blues Band.  As a solo artist heading his band, Moss has released multiple albums that have gone on to become staples at blues radio outlets worldwide. This includes his latest release, From The Root To The Fruit, that has garnered Blues Music Award nominations for both Best Contemporary Album and Album of the Year.

Nick Moss Band has a legion of fans that flock to his shows knowing that each night will be a grand musical experiment. There will be sonic textures to discover and new sounds to stir the soul. The super-tight band consists of Nick Moss on lead guitars/vocals, Nick Fane on bass, Patrick Seals on drums, Taylor Streiff on keyboards, and Michael Ledbetter on rhythm guitar/vocals (considered by many as one of the absolute best vocalists in the blues). The Nick Moss Band is also nominated for a Blues Music Award for Band of the Year.

On Sunday, April 30, Nick Moss Band will be performing an early evening show at The Birk, 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld. Show time starts at 5:00 pm and is expected to pack the house, so get there early. Doors will open at noon for this all ages event. Admission is $20.00 at the door and tickets can be purchased in advance through for $15.00.

Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears

Anatomy texts might not show it, but the greatest soul and blues music leaves no doubt that the hip bone is directly connected to the heart. A fact that’s driven home in every note laid down by Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears with their kind of gritty attitude and deliciously greasy groove–consciousness that’d pass muster in the toughest juke joint.Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears

With a voice that’s one part Joe Tex and one part Tyrone Davis, Lewis is a songwriter who creates his music naturally and cites James Brown and Lightnin’ Hopkins as two of his greatest influences. The Honeybears is one of those outfits that can communicate without speaking and their flow is showcased by their performances on stage. “Lewis has an amazing ability to just draw people in,” states Honeybears guitarist Zach Ernst. “For a lot of people, the blues is a museum piece, but Joe brings it into the moment.”

Touring in support of their recently released disc, Backlash, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will perform at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Avenue, on Sunday, April 9 at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $16.00 advance through or $18.00 day of show at the door. Opening the show will be Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson’s solo project Dams of the West.

Guy Davis

Menucha Retreat & Conference Center and Cascade Blues Association present Blues in the Gorge featuring
Guy Davis, Mary Flower, Orville Johnson, and Valerie Turner

February 8, 2017, Corbett, Ore:
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center and Cascade Blues Association present the fourth annual Blues in the Gorge, Oregon’s premier acoustic blues guitar camp, held at Menucha in the Columbia River Gorge, about 30 minutes from Portland. Dates are September 30 – October 4, 2017.

Blues in the Gorge is five days with four outstanding instructors in a beautiful setting.  Guests immerse themselves in music, enjoying up to four workshops each day and instructor concerts and jams each night.

There is an early bird discount of $100 off for those who register before the end of March. Space is strictly limited to 46 participants to ensure plenty of instructor attention for all.  Registration is open at

Instructors will present a Blues Masters concert open to the public on Sunday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. Location TBA.
2017 Faculty Bios

Guy Davis

Guy DavisGuy Davis’ parallel careers – as a musician, an author, a music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor—mark him as a Renaissance man, yet the blues remain his first and greatest love.

Growing up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis), he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age. Guy’s one-man play, The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues, premiered Off-Broadway in the ‘90s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star Off-Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, winning the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award. He followed the footsteps of another blues legend when he joined the Broadway production of Finian’s Rainbow, playing the part originally done in 1947 by Sonny Terry. Along the way he cut nine acclaimed albums for the Red House label and three for his own label, Smokeydoke Records; and was nominated for nearly a dozen Blues Awards.

Davis has earned acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-­‐traveled voice and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s taken his music to television (the Conan O’Brien and David Letterman shows) and radio (A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, E-­Town), as well as performing at theaters and festivals. And he’s played the four corners of the world, with a recent tour taking him from the Equator to the Arctic Circle.

Mary Flower, Artistic Director and Instructor

Mary Flower’s immense fingerpicking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her warm-as-honey-and-whiskey voice comforts like a winter quilt and soothes like a summer breeze.

An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated to Portland in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals and concert stages domestically and abroad, including Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Calgary Folk Festival, among many.

A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship (top 3 both years, and the only woman), a nominee in 2008 and 2012 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and a 2011 and 2014 Portland Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.

Flower’s 10 recordings, including her last four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records – Bywater Dance, Instrumental Breakdown, Bridges and Misery Loves Company – show a deep command of and love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.

Orville Johnson

2017 Blues in the Gorge - Orville JohnsonOrville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music.

He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the thirty-some years he’s lived there, appearing on over 400 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, commercials, producing 22 CDs for other artists, hosting a roots music radio show, and appearing in the 1997 film “Georgia” with Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Mare Winningham, on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.

Orville is also known as a patient and insightful teacher of music and has taught often at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Blues Workshop, Euro-Blues Workshop, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop and others. He has several teaching videos and DVDs and CDs of his own music available.

Valerie Turner

2017 Blues in the Gorge - Valerie TurnerValerie Turner is a native New Yorker with roots in Virginia and Georgia. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar which is a broad genre that includes blues, fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel. She also dabbles with washboard, spoons, and banjo. Valerie’s first Country Blues guitar lessons were with Jack Baker in Greenwich Village and her eclectic repertoire was later influenced by her studies with both John Cephas and Woody Mann. She is an exceptional finger picker and her guitar playing is reminiscent of traditional blues greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Etta Baker and Elizabeth Cotton.

Turner and her husband perform together under the name “Piedmont Bluz.” They are dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. They have been entertaining audiences at venues from Washington State to Jerusalem and are much loved wherever they go. The duo feel that “there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said” so they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

About Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Located 30 minutes from the Portland airport in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Menucha is just down the road but a world away. For over 60 years Menucha has hosted nonprofit groups, family reunions, etc., in our historic property, nourishing them with home cooked meals and inviting them to wander our 102 beautiful acres. Menucha also welcomes individuals who come to programs we offer in the areas of faith, music, and art. Our mission is enriching lives through hospitality, learning, reflection and renewal.

Visit our website for more information or to register:

Contacts for Menucha’s Blues in the Gorge

Lori Nance, Program Director

Lauren Deming, Marketing Director

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
PO Box 8 / 38711 E. Historic Columbia River Highway
Corbett, OR 97019


On Saturday, March 4, the non-profit West Valley Community Campus will be holding their first ever Old School Music Festival & Sleep-Over. Located in the old Willamina Union High School, this event will feature a variety of some of the finest regional musicians covering the gamut from rock, blues, folk, bluegrass and punk. Artists scheduled to appear include Hillstomp, Root Jack, Cedar Teeth, The Jackalope Saints, The John Dough Boys, Ezra Bell and An Unquiet Grave. This unique festival will take place indoors and as the name implies you can camp out in the gymnasium setting up your tents just like in grade school or hook-up your RVs outside.

Tickets for the Old School Music Festival & Sleep-Over are available at westvalleycommunitycampus.or starting at $25.00, with children under 12 for free. You can also purchase tent and RV reservations. The West Valley Community Center is located at 226 SE Washington Street in Willamina, Oregon. It all starts at 4:00 pm on March 4 and continues until 2:00 pm Sunday, March 5.

Buck Johnson

Buck JohnsonSinger/songwriter Buck Johnson hails from the back roads of Shady Grove, Alabama, just outside Birmingham where he grew up singing Gospel throughout the South with his musical family. Since then he has performed in churches, bars, festivals and concert halls throughout the world. He is currently the keyboardist and backing vocalist for legendary rock band Aerosmith and has also toured and recorded with such notable artists as The Doobie Brothers, Tal Bachman, John Waite, Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles and many more. As a songwriter, Buck has been influenced by the music he grew up with…namely Southern-Rock, Gospel, Blues and many English bands that were influenced by music of the South such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, and many others.

Buck is excited about the release of his debut album, Enjoying The Ride, and is currently touring in support of the disc. The music showcases songs that reflect his life journey with all its ups and downs.  Buck Johnson will be performing two nights in Northern Oregon to help celebrate the release.

On Saturday, March 11, Buck Johnson will be at The Birk, 11139 Hwy 202, Birkenfeld for a 7:00 pm show. Tickets can be purchased in advance through for $20.00 or at the door day of show for $25.00.

Then on Thursday, March 16, Buck will be appearing at Duff’s Garage in Portland at 9:00 pm. Duff’s is located at 2530 NE 82nd. Contact the venue for admission information 503-234-2337.

In the cold winter months, live music lovers usually have to wait for the summer festival season to kick up their heels and dance to local and nationally acclaimed acts. LeeAnn Gibbons had an idea, with humble beginnings over a conversation at the kitchen table, to counteract the dreary days of winter with music, while at the same time benefitting charity.

Now in its sixth year, the Winter Blues Festival offers some of the best local and national acts, highlighting some of the biggest stars of the West Coast from California to Washington.

  • Lloyd Jones, Portland’s award-winning total package when it comes to the blues and roots music. A much sought after entertainer throughout the United States, he is also known as one of the founding members of the blues in the area as it is known today.
  • Cee Cee James, based in Washington, is as raw and real as it gets. Capable of bringing an audience to its knees with her performances, she is a gifted songwriter and she’ll bring THE MISSION OF S.O.U.L. to the Winter Blues Festival stage.
  • Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers, fresh back from competing in the International Blues Challenge and capturing 3rd place overall in an event that saw more than 260 acts from around the world. Rae is a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Hall of Fame inductee, winning the “Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist award the past three years.
  • Guitarist and singer/songwriter CD Woodbury is an 8-time winner of Washington Blues Society awards and has had his recordings continue to rise on charts.
  • Long-time local favorite and nationally acclaimed musicians, Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings/Queens will finish the night with a special All-Star jam. Harmonica player Bill Rhoades is known as the “Godfather” of the Northwest Blues” and has long been credited with being one of the reasons the Northwest scene is well known for good blues throughout the world.
  • California-based band Jim Gustin and Truth Jones is a high energy soulful, blues act that has been turning heads wherever they go. The mix of the smoky raspy vocals from Big Jim Gustin paired with the strong and lovely voice of Jeri Goldenhar are a sweet and delicious combination.

The Winter Blues Festival has helped many charities throughout the years including C.H.A.P. (Children’s Healing Arts Project), the Oregon Food Bank and United By Music North America. This year’s charity beneficiary is the Youth Music Project, an organization based in West Linn, but providing services throughout the Portland Metro area. The Festival will also be accepting donations for the Oregon Food Bank and request six cans of food or purchase an emergency food box for $10.00 at the door to help feed the hungry in our region.

The Winter Blues Festival is held at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge & Ballroom, 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd, on Saturday, March 11. Doors open at 2:30 pm, with music beginning at 3:00 pm. The venue offers large dance floors, a full service bar and food menu, on-site parking and is across the street from the MAX Orange line and bus stops.  There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

For tickets plus lodging and camping information, please visit