Third Annual Stumptown Soul Holiday Spectacular

stumptownStumptown Soul is back on Saturday, December 10 for their third annual holiday spectacular featuring performances by an all-star cast of Portland blues, jazz, and soul musicians. Included in this amazing event will be Ural Thomas, LaRhonda Steele, Karen Lovely, Steve Kerin, Jennifer Smieja, Dan Berkerey, Michael Quinby, Jim Quinby, Katy Oberg, Kris Deelane, Lewi Longmire, Aundria Lauren, Joe McCarthy, Pete Moss, Lefty Head, Peter Dammann, Mark Bowden, Jim Wolfe, and Tim Shaughnessy.

This year’s show will be at the Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue, with a 8:00 pm show time. Tickets can be purchased in advance at for $15.00 advance or day of show at the door for $20.00.

Proceeds from Stumptown Soul will benefit for Shriners Hosptials for Children, Portland. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Shriners Hospital for Children patients! Shriners Hospital, is a 90-plus-year providing care to children with orthopedic issues, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The Portland hospital has been instrumental in helping children defy the odds of disability, as well as pioneering education and research to improve lives for generations. Please come out and support this event and to bring some holiday cheer to the children patients.

ca-dropsThe California Honeydrops don’t just play music — they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring a vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibe to their shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour — and in the past have been privileged to support the likes of B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John. Joining them in their Portland engagements will be local percussionist, Chuk Barber, from The Lowrider Band. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

The band will returning to Portland for a two-night stand, Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, at The Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue for 9:00 pm shows with opening act Steep Ravine. Tickets are available in advance through for $20.00. This is a 21 & over only event.

LaRhonda Steele

Every year around Christmas, Music Mondays presents “Holiday Showcase at Lake Theater & Café.” This year’s event will take place on Monday, December 19 and will feature the vocal talents of LaRhonda Steele and Julie Amici. An All-Star band of Dean Mueller, Dave Fleshner, and Dan Gildea will back up these talented ladies, and expect other surprise guests.

The Cascade Blues Association honored both Julie and LaRhonda this year. Julie was nominated for Best Traditional Act and LaRhonda won the “Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist award. The Lake Theater & Cafe was also a winner, receiving Best Venue award, and that makes this an excellent pairing! They will be showcasing various styles of Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, and a touch of Christmas, this cast of Portland’s finest make this a very special one-time Music Monday indeed.

Lake Theater & Café is located at 106 N State Street in Lake Oswego. Show time is 7:00 pm. Admission is $20.00 and can be ordered in advance online at Laketheatercafe-com.

Bring in the New Year with a sensational double header at Duff’s Garage as Cherie’s Blues Highway presents the Ben Rice Colossal Group and Sister Mercy together for the first time. Each band will be performing complete individual sets and then come together on stage for a party bringing in 2017 with a perfect celebration.

Ben Rice photo by Greg JohnsonBen Rice has been tearing up this country and Europe with his blues performances, working with people like Karen Lovely, Lisa Mann, or with his own bands. A two-time International Blues Challenge finalist and the recipient of two 2016 Muddy Awards, Ben Rice is recognized for his adept skills on electric, bottleneck and cigar box guitars as well as his sensational vocals.

Sister Mercy won the 2015 Cascade Blues Association’s Journey To Memphis competition and represented the region at the International Blues Challenge in 2016 where they advanced to the semi-final round. Nominated for the Best New Act Muddy Award in 2015, the band is fronted by the incredible vocal skills of April Brown and its members have deep roots within the Portland blues community.Sister Mercy - Journey To Memphis winners - photo by Greg Johnson

Duff’s Garage is located at 2530 NE 82nd Avenue. The night will kick off at 9:00 pm with Sister Mercy, and the Ben Rice Colossal Group at 10:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance through for $12.00 for a reserved seat or $10.00 for general admission. Admission at the door day of show will only be for general admission at $10.00, reserved seating only available online in advance.




lee-fields-press-photoApologies to the late, great James Brown, but you’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s ever worked as hard as Lee Fields — a man who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969. Since that time, he has toured the world with musical legends like Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal; he’s recorded with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, and somehow has found a newer, younger audience, becoming more prolific as the years transpire. Fields flexes those strengths on his most current recording Special Night, where you’ll find some JB-style funk and hints of Stax, Chess, Fame, and Motown. But this is not a throwback. Fields possesses a voice that’s equally raucous and tender, and crafts a truly honest, soulful work.

Lee Fields and the Expressions return to Portland for a 9:00 performance at The Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, on Monday, December 5. Tickets for this all ages event are $16.00 advance through or $18.00 at the door day of the show. Opening that night will be Atlanta’s Lady Wray.

Acoustic Guitar Summit

The Acoustic Guitar Summit is celebrating its 22nd Annual Christmas Concert Series with a performance at the Lake Theater & Cafe on Monday, December 14. Composed of three award-winning, master fingerstyle guitarists, Doug Smith, Terry Robb, and Mark Hanson, the concert will feature songs from their acclaimed Christmas album, O, Christmas Three, along with other holiday favorites. Each of the guitarists is a master of the strings on their own, but whenever this trio performs together it is a vision to behold and a treat to the ears.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine said of the O, Christmas Three album, “This festive offering is as rich and heady as a rum-spiked eggnog laced with varied spices. There are traditionals, such as the stunning “Oh Holy Night,” blues-and-swing variations of such holiday favorites as “Boogie Woogie Jingle Bells,” and arresting originals.”

Tickets for this holiday tradition show are available online at Laketheatercafe-com for $20.00 for this open seating event. Show time begins at 7:00 pm and is open to all ages. The Lake Theater & Café is located at 106 N State Street in Lake Oswego.

Ben Hunter and Joe SeamonsSeattle-based duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons truly made a mark for themselves when they captured the solo/duo competition title at the 2016 International Blues Challenge. Their delivery of classic pre-war American roots music and early blues in its truest form was a breath of fresh air. Their commitment for historical music takes on the flavors of jug bands and street performers to the earliest takes on folk, and they execute it masterfully with multiple instruments. Recently they have been working on the Woody Guthrie songbook that he created while working for the Bonneville Power Project seventy-five years ago, along with Joe’s other outfit Timberland. Witnessing a show by Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons is like a throw-back to a happier time. Entertaining, jovial and they just might get you to sing-along.

The duo will be presenting music from Woody Guthrie and other pieces of roots and blues when they appear at Artichoke Music, 3130 SE Hawthorne Street, on Sunday, December 11. Tickets for this 7:00 pm performance are available from for $15.00.

Andy Stokes - photo by Greg JohnsonLegendary vocalist Andy Stokes and his band will be returning to Jimmy Mak’s on Saturday, December 10 to ring in the season with their ultra-funky grooves. Stokes’ incredible vocals earned him the Cascade Blues Association’s “Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist Muddy Award for the second consecutive year, and he will be backed up by his Muddy Award winning band including guitarist Doug Lewis, bassist Ricky Varnado, and drummer Rusty Cox.

With his new single, “Promise,” and his recently released EP Full Circle shooting up the charts, Andy’s career is on fire. Andy’s musical lineage includes tearing up NW clubs as the lead vocalist with the legendary funk band Cool’R, recording for A&M Records, world-wide tours, as well as many familiar voices on radio and television such as the California Raisins.

His performances are riveting; as The Oregonian put it, “Andy Stokes sings with an earthy intensity that matches the magnetism of his extroverted showmanship on stage.”

Jimmy Mak’s is located at 221 NW 10th Avenue. Show time is 8:00 pm. Admission for this holiday performance are $12.00 at the door, but you can guarantee seating with a dinner reservation by calling the club at 503-295-6542.

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 bring desert goodies to share. Another table will display silent auction items for you to bid on, and a CD raffle will be held after each band, so bring your Christmas shopping list. The Moose Lodge is a very family friendly space: pool and shuffleboard are free and you can play darts for a reasonable charge. CBA Members are free and all others pay only a $5.00 donation to attend this event

It’s the holidays, so please think of those less fortunate than you. Bring cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank as the lodge has barrels set up for us. The lodge also sponsors the Boys & Girls Club. It will have barrels to collect dog and cat food for the Troutdale Humane Society, so bring pet food!

We have great music planned for you: 12:00 – 1:00   Harvey Brindell & the Tablerockers; 1:15 – 2:15 Bottleneck Blues Band; 2:30 – 3:30 Suburban Slim Band; 3:45 – 4:45 Franco Paletta & the Stingers; 5:00 – 6:00 Karen Lovely & Ben Rice

Rae Gordon
Rae Gordon

Rae Gordon; photo by Mike Day

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 drums, Scott Franklin on sax, and Allan Kalik on trumpet.

This special night will also be aimed at helping the homeless survive the winter cold. There will be a collection of good used coats and for every coat that you donate you will receive a drawing ticket for a chance to win a big prize for your generosity at the event.

It has been rumored that St. Nick will be making a stop by the Trails as well for you photo opportunities with the big guy.

It all starts at 8:30 pm with admission only $15.00. The Trails End is located at 1320 Main Street in Oregon City.