Seth Walker

Seth WalkerA soulful singer, skilled songwriter, and guitarist with a sharp, clear tone, Seth Walker has made a name for himself throughout the country, having lived in both Austin and New Orleans and recorded in Nashville. His upbringing brought him contact with classical music alongside country, rock, and pop, but thanks to an uncle he was introduced to the blues in his late teens and here he found himself under the spell of players such as Snooks Eaglin, T-Bone Walker, and BB King. His guitar work is clean with a classic electric tone, while his vocal skills echo Ray Charles, and Delbert McClinton. A compelling performer, Seth Walker has the skills to captivate an audience with his warm unique feel good style.

“This young man is pure talent, a masterful blues guitarist, a singer with some swing in his voice and a writer whose (songs) sound less composed than unleashed.” – Austin American Statesman

With a handful of highly acclaimed recording, Walker is currently celebrating his latest release, Gotta Get Back, with a tour that will be bringing him to the Portland area on Tuesday, January 31 at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd Avenue. Show time will be 8:00 pm and admission at the door is $10.00.

Seth Walker will also be appearing at the Fort Georges Brewery, 1483 Duane Street in Astoria on Sunday, January 28. Contact the venue for more information at (503) 325-7468.

Eric Johnson, long hailed as one of the world’s preeminent electric guitarists, celebrates his acoustic side with his new release EJ. While this album emphasizes Johnson’s formidable skills as a singer-songwriter, his first completely unplugged album is also his most immediate and intimate. For Johnson, the creation of sublime music has always been about the journey inward, an approach shared by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and other visionaries.

Over the years, his unwavering devotion to perfecting his art has become as legendary as his attention to the instruments he plays. This is evident in his songs, interviews and the way he plays guitar and piano. As Stevie Ray Vaughan put it, “The guy has done more trying to be the best that he can be than anybody I’ve ever seen. He plays all the time, and tries to get his instrument in perfect shape all the time. He works hard on his tone, sound, techniques. He does incredible things with all kinds of guitars – electric, lap steel, acoustic, everything. Few people understand that when the guy was fifteen, he was playing Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery stuff, and he was doing it right – that’s pretty cool. Eric is a wonderful cat. He’s always been one of my favorite people in the world, as well as one of my favorite guitar players.”

Eric Johnson will be appearing at the Aladdin theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, on Tuesday, January 31. This is an all ages show starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 with advance sales available at

Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey FoucaultMartin Chilton, culture editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, calls Jeffrey Foucault “an original, beguiling songwriter with a marvelously expressive voice.” With ten albums under his belt, this skillful troubadour is currently touring across the country with drummer Billy Conway. Poet and writer Chris Dombrowski describes Foucault’s music as “a tough, spare collection of darkly rendered blues and ballads, like a field recording of a place that never existed. In a series of letters to lovers, friends, heroes, and family, Foucault deftly weaves together disparate strands of sound and experience, raw love, and hard wisdom.” He has been compared to legends like Townes Van Zant, John Prine, Steve Earle, Bruce Sprinsteen, and Bob Dylan for both his poetic lyrics and his stage presence.

Foucault will be bringing his rugged folk rock with a dash of blues to the Doug Fir Lounge on Wednesday, January 16. Show time is 9:00 pm and is open to those 21 & over only. Tickets range from $8.00 to $12.00 and are available in advance through

For twenty-six years, two-time Blues Music Award winner, Grammy nominee and harmonica ace Mark Hummel has been organizing his Blues Harmonica Blowout showcase and touring it around the country to great reception. Over the years he has offered the absolute best harmonica players in the blues, but this year’s version is so spectacular and offers a variety of artists known through various genres that he’s renamed it “The Ultimate Harmonica Blowout.” This not-to-miss event will be coming to Portland on Tuesday, January 24 at The Alberta Rose Theatre.

The harp players lined up for this event aside from Hummel himself include: Jason Ricci, Howard Levy (Bela Flek, Kenny Rankin), Corky Siegel (Seigel-Schwall, Chicago Blues Reunion), and Canada’s Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies).

And if this line-up was not incredible enough, Hummel will be bringing along renowned award winning guitarist and producer Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds).

The Alberta Rose Theatre is located at 3000 NE Alberta Street. Show time for this event will be 7:30 pm. Minors are okay when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets may be purchased in advance at for $30.00 or at the door day of show for $35.00. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so use the code “CBA” when ordering online and receive a $2.00 discount .

Mark Hummel’s Ultimate Harmonica Blowout will also appear in Eugene at The Shedd Institute, 868 High Street at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 25.

Albert Cummings

Albert Cummings“The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.” – Guitar Edge Magazine

Albert Cummings is a masterful blues rock guitarist whose soulful and explosive style many have compared to greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Freddie King, and Jimi Hendrix. Onstage, he is a magnetic front man and singer and infuses modern creativity into everything he does. Cummings has toured with blues legends like B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, and others, and these shows exposed him to audiences grateful for his hard-rocking shows. Cummings performs live like man who very life depends upon every tune.

Albert Cummings brings his dynamic guitar pyrotechnic blues to the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, for a show on Wednesday, January 18. This 8:00 pm performance is open to all ages with minors accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets can be purchased for $17.00 in advance at or at the door day of show for $20.00.

David Bromberg

David BrombergDavid Bromberg has played with everyone and toured everywhere. He can lead a raucous big band or silence an audience with solo acoustic blues. Bromberg’s sensitive and versatile approach to guitar playing has earned him a coveted position as the first-call, “hired gun” guitarist for many recording sessions, ultimately playing on hundreds of records by artists like Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon. His range of material, grounded in the folk and blues idioms, continually expands with each new album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country, and ethnic music.

An extremely captivating performer, David Bromberg will be returning to Portland on Friday, January 13 for an 8:00 pm full band show at The Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue. Tickets for this all ages event are $35.00 and can be purchased in advance through or at the door day of show for the same price.

Canadian Guitarist Jesse CookOver the years, Jesse Cook has tried to cross-pollinate his music with music from different parts of the world. After two decades of crisscrossing the world in restless pursuit of inspiration, innovation, and collaboration, the Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook changed course for his ninth studio album One World. Instead of exotic locales, he stayed home in his studio, and instead of a foreign legion of performers, he relied on his own devices. And as an alternative for exploring musical cul-de-sacs — flamenco, classical, rumba, world beat, pop, blues or jazz — he united them. He’s earned 11 Juno nominations and one win for 2000’s Free Fall. A classical guitarist as a child, he then studied flamenco, then jazz; weaving three musical and guitar traditions in his background. For Jesse, music is a constantly evolving thing.

Jesse Cook will be appearing at The Elsinore Theater, 170 High Street SE in Salem on Wednesday, January 25. Tickets for this 7:30 performance range from $27.50 to $45.00 and available at

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi HendrixLauded by critics and fans alike, the multi-artist Experience Hendrix Tour is set to return in 2017 to celebrate one of music’s greatest innovators: Jimi Hendrix. This latest edition of the annual tour will kick off on Friday, February 17 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland.

Now in its second decade, the tour celebrates the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix by bringing together a diverse array of phenomenal musicians. Billy Cox, bassist for both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys, anchors a rhythm section that provides the foundation for exciting renditions of numerous signature Hendrix favorites such as “Purple Haze” and “Little Wing.” Artists scheduled to appear in Portland include Buddy Guy, Keb’ Mo, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji, Noah Hunt, The Slide Brothers, and Henri Brown.

Jimi Hendrix was a pioneer in both rock and blues; he expanded the possibilities of what could be achieved on his instrument and in popular music. Likewise, the Experience Hendrix Tour continues to expand as Jimi’s legacy grows. In 2004, the first tour came to fruition with a three-date string of shows on the west coast, starting in Hendrix’s hometown of Seattle. By 2008, the Experience Hendrix Tour had become a full-fledged, coast-to-coast expedition and continuing to date without showing any signs of slowing down. Audiences are presented the opportunity to see great artists paying homage to Hendrix while collaborating with each other in ways they’d never do in their own live shows.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album Are You Experienced (released on May 12, 1967) as well as the follow up album Axis: Bold as Love (released in the UK on December 1, 1967). 1967 was also the year Jimi Hendrix rose to intercontinental prominence when he made his U.S. debut at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, lighting his guitar on fire to a mesmerized audience. The repertoire from this stage of Jimi’s career serves as a cornerstone in Experience Hendrix Tour sets, as songs like “Fire,” “Manic Depression,” and “Are You Experienced” are played by various musicians on a nightly basis.

Experience Hendrix at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Avenue starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets range from $42.50 to $95.00 and can be purchased online at or at the Portland’5 Box Office.

Every pair of tickets purchased comes with one (1) physical CD of the new Jimi Hendrix album, Machine Gun. You will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem your CD.

Beverly Frentress - Dust On My Shoes

Local recording artist and playwright, Beverly Frentress, of Stone Soup Blues, in conjunction with PDX Playwrights, presents her original play with original songs, score, and lyrics, Dust on My Shoes, The Musical. Co-produced by Miriam Feder.

Offered at Fertile Ground 2017 Theatre Festival January 22, 2:00pm and January 29, 12:00pm, at the HipBone Studios, 1847 East Burnside, Portland. Followed by performances at the HipBone Studios February 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25 at 7:30pm.

Marital decisions and consequences lead to a modern day blended family with teenagers. Set in anywhere,USA. Allan and Malinda allow us to put a scope on their lives. When fidelity is questioned, they take a closer look at their relationship. Family, teenagers, parents, and lawyers all weigh in. Through catchy lyrics and melodies and an engaging plot, from blues to ballads to pop, to Rock, R & B, and Electronica, comes the journey. An original book and song, with an original music score. You’ll come away warm and hopeful, through music and the theatre!

For the 18th year, Sonny Hess will be hosting two nights of the NW Women Rhythm & Blues Christmas Concerts benefiting The Candlelighters, an organization aimed at aiding children with cancer. As a cancer survivor, this is an event that means a lot to Sonny and she is bringing in many of her closest friends once again to help with the very worthy cause. This annual event always has a spectacular line-up of the most talented blues women in the region, but this year will be made even more special as they welcome special guest Claudette King to join in the holiday celebrations.

Claudette King has been called “The Queen of the Bluz.” She is the youngest daughter of perhaps the most widely recognized blues artist of all time, BB King. Claudette King can be described as dynamic, amplified, and downright sassy. She exudes a confidence that perhaps was born of her struggle to prove who she is and at the same time carve out her own identity. Inheriting her father’s gift for music, Claudette sang in glee clubs and the choir of Reverend Brown’s Baptist church growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. “My inspiration is my dad,” says Claudette, who was also mindful of how her father was constantly on the international concert circuit as the tireless Ambassador of the Blues. Listening to the radio and her mother’s collection of record albums, she soaked up the joyous singing of notables like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, and Mahalia Jackson.

King brings a nice touch to this event, but our local ladies are more than just filler; they each bring home a stage show that is energetic, soulful, and entertaining, individually filling up venues on a nightly basis. Combining the talents of Sonny Hess, Ellen Whyte, Rae Gordon, Kimberly Hall, Arietta Ward, Lady Kat, Kelly Pierce with recent Muddy Award winner LaRhonda Steele and two-time Blues Music Award winner Lisa Mann is far above any price of admission and makes these two nights not to be missed! But don’t hesitate, because they will sell out quickly!

The first show will be held on Thursday, December 8, starting at 7:00 pm, at The Trails End Saloon, 1320 Main Street in Oregon City.  The second show will be held on Sunday, December 11, at 6:00 pm at Carvlin Hall, SE 16th & Division. Tickets are $22.00 – $39.50 and can be purchased online at