Blues Music Award winner Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band will help you say goodbye to 2016 with a heaping helping of original blues, blues-rock, and R&B when they are joined by special guest International Blues Challenge’s best guitarist award winner Ben Rice! It will all take place at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Avenue on Friday, December 30 at 8:00 pm.

Lisa Mann Blues Music Awards - photo by Greg JohnsonLisa Mann has been inducted in the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame, has won Blues Blast’s Sean Costello Rising Star Award and received the Blues Music Award for best bassist two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. Mann’s voice effortlessly straddles the line between the honey sweet warmth of the South, and the force-of-nature sound that she has cultivated by mastering everything from rock to Memphis soul.  Her Really Good Band is made up of a trio of the finest blues musicians in Portland, with guitarist Jason “JT” Thomas, drummer Michael Ballash and keyboard master Pat McDougall. Mann’s latest release, Hard Times, Bad Decisions was named as the Northwest Best Recording by the members of the Cascade Blues Association.

Ben Rice

Ben Rice

Ben Rice is also one of the Northwest rising artists as he has continuously been touring around the country with both Lisa Mann and Karen Lovely as well as with his own outfit. Renowned locally as one of the area’s best guitarists and vocalists, he recently received two Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association in November.

Tickets for this incredible night are available in advance through for $12.00 general admission and $15.00 reserved seating.

thunder-brothers-press-photoTwo Muddy Award winning acts will supply a double header at The Trails End Saloon with the Thunder Brothers and Ben Rice. On the heels of their highly successful show at the venue in October, they were quickly booked again. Now, the Thunder Brothers will be celebrating the release of their eponymous titled EP and their recent Best New Act Muddy Award. Michael Quinby, Doug Rowell, Timmer Blakely, and Edwin Coleman III are ready to tear up the stage and bring the crowd to their feet with their brand of power blues.

Opening the night will be an acoustic set by Ben Rice, who also recently was awarded two Muddys for Best Traditional and Best Contemporary Blues Act. He’ll be going solo for this event, showcasing the guitar prowess that earned him the St Blues Guitar Award at the International Blues Challenge in 2015.Ben Rice and Illamatics - Cascade Blues Association

The Trails End is located at 1320 Main Street in Oregon City. Show time starts at 8:30 pm with a $10.00 admission. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so be sure to show your current membership card at the door for a $1.00 discount.

Crime-A-Billy Christmas

strange-tonesThe Strange Tones continue their holiday tradition by bringing an all new Crime-A-Billy Christmas for the holiday season. This year the band will present two shows bringing back all their friends, plus a new Strange Tones “vintage” TV special titled “A Mysterious Encounter on Crime-A-Billy Mountain.”

Count on catching the band starring Suburban Slim, Guitar Julie, Andy Strange and Andy Gauthier with the Volcano Snow Vixens, Jim Wallace, Tracey Fordice, Randy Yearout, Jim Toussaint, Elvin Alfred Priestly, the giant Gingerbread Men, nutcrackers and maybe even a surprise visit from a jolly man dressed in red.

The first show will take place at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd in Portland, on Friday, December 9, starting at 8:30 pm. Admission is $12.00 and can be purchased in advance through This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so show your current membership card at the door for a $2.00 discount. Also consider bringing two cans of food for donation to the Oregon Food Bank.

The second show happens on Saturday, December 17 at 9:00 pm at the Skyway Bar & Grill, 71545 E Highway 26 (milepost 43) in Zigzag. Admission is $15.00.

lloyd-jones-press-photoPortland’s iconic bluesman Lloyd Jones will be helping to bring in the holidays right this year with a special happening at Jimmy Mak’s on Saturday, December 17. Two complete concerts that’ll find Mr. Jones “Singing with Santa’s Sweet Angels.” And angels they truly are, bringing two of Portland’s most beloved female singers, 2016 Muddy Award winner LaRhonda Steele and two-time Blues Music Award winner Lisa Mann, alongside Teresa James, making the trip to the Rose City from Los Angeles just for this occasion. Each of these ladies as well as Lloyd Jones are fantastic performers and vocalists who can offer gospel inspiration as well as soulful, bluesy and rockin’ good times. Filling out the band for the night will be Muddy Award winning drummer Brian Foxworth, who can also bring audience to ecstasy with his singing, and the incomparable Louis “King Louie” Pain on keyboards.

Two shows in one night, the first beginning at 7:30 pm and the second at 10:00 pm. Jimmy Mak’s is located at 221 NW 10th Avenue. Tickets can be purchased in advance through for $12.00 reserved seating and $10.00 general admission. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so use the code CBA when ordering tickets online for a $1.00 discount.

Don’t miss this one-time gathering of incredible talent, as they bring you their best Holiday Cheer!

Wayne Harrel

Ten years after his untimely death, the much-loved and dearly-missed Paul deLay returns to Portland when playwright Wayne Harrel presents a concert reading of a new musical featuring dozens of deLay’s songs and the story of his redemptive rise from addiction to adulation.

Just This One premieres Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, with a full cast of top local blues performers, including LaRhonda Steele, Lisa Mann, Saeeda Wright, Hank Shreve, and Dave Fleschner, and starring international blues singer Sugaray Rayford.

The event is a co-production with Northwest Theatre Workshop, with additional support from the Cascade Blues Association and United By Music, North America.

Paul deLay (1952-2007) was born and raised in Milwaukie, Oregon. He was a tremendous musician of unfocused potential, until a 1990 drug bust changed his life – for good. Then his harmonica, singing and songwriting prowess soared to national and international acclaim, despite serving time at Sheridan Penitentiary or, as Paul said, “My 41-month federally funded artist’s retreat.”

deLay was a founding member of Portland’s renowned blues scene and his songs are treasured for their poignantly humorous lyrics and jazzed-up, cliché-free melodies. Jerry Portnoy, harmonica player for Eric Clapton, says, “His songwriting is phenomenal – absolutely some of the best stuff I ever heard. He moved me.”

Portland playwright Wayne Harrel agrees. The two-time Oregon Book Award nominee is a longtime fan of deLay’s music and admires its lyrical transparency. The loneliness, the substance abuse, the joy of true love — deLay lays it out with a wink and a tear:

“It’s like she’s Lucy holding the football / and I’m like poor ol’ Charlie Brown. / Not hard to figure out / what’s goin’ down.”

“When I first heard that lyric,” says Harrel, “the hair on the back of my neck stood up and I thought, ‘This is a show!’” Since then, he’s woven deLay’s best songs into a night’s concert that captures the breadth of Paul’s amazing journey from addiction to adulation.

Telling that story on stage are some of the region’s – and nation’s – best blues performers. Leading off is Texas native Sugaray Rayford. Portland Center Stage audiences experienced Sugaray in 2012’s It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, and the Cascade Blues Association voted his 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival performance the Blues Performance of the Year and his 2015 recording Southside won for Best National Recording. Sugaray has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and now headlines blues festivals internationally.

Joining Sugaray are three outstanding local singers. Portland’s own Lisa Mann has topped Sugaray with two Blues Music Awards herself, and has won so many CBA Muddy Awards she’s now in their Hall of Fame. Her latest recording Hard Times, Bad Decisions is under consideration for a Grammy and was chosen as the Muddy recipient for Northwest Recording of the Year, and she tours regularly from Oregon to Florida. Lisa also played bass with Paul on occasion, back in the day.

LaRhonda Steele is Portland’s First Lady of the Blues. She’s the current CBA Female Vocalist of the Year, and DownBeat magazine recently featured her new album Rock Me Baby, which she created with Paul deLay’s favorite organist Louis Pain.

Saeeda Wright is a rising star on the Portland scene, now that she’s returned from touring with, and then honoring, Prince. A singer, songwriter, and speaker of great passion, Mama Sae always seeks to love, encourage, and inspire.

Backing this vocal combo is a powerhouse band led by Dave Fleschner, the hardest-working composer-arranger-performer-director in town. His album The Blues Cabaret was recently featured in a full concert performance with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and is the foundation of a new musical called Buried Fire. Dave’s a composition instructor at Clackamas Community College, music director for United By Music North America, toured with Curtis Salgado for years, and is a regular performer in multiple groups in Portland.

Joining Dave is self-proclaimed “harp nerd” Hank Shreve, the one dude Paul’s old band mates say can play like the master. Following this gig, Hank’s going to Memphis with his own CBA Muddy Award-winning band to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Rounding out the band are Carlton Jackson on drums and Freddy Trujillo on bass.

This all-star cast will perform two dozen of deLay’s signature tunes, including “Worn Out Shoe,” “Chalk and Roll,” “Ocean of Tears,” “Remember Me,” and “I Win”. And they’ll share them as part of a dramatic story that unfolds during a single night’s concert at the fictional Muddy’s Bar and Grill in Portland, Oregon.

They’ll also be joined for a brief set by the amazing performers from United By Music North America, a performance-based program for musically talented people with development and intellectual challenges and delays. Pianist Dave Fleschner is also music director for UBM, and says its Halloween benefit performance with Bobby Rush at the Lakewood Theatre brought the house down.

Just This One was created with the full cooperation and support of the Paul deLay estate and the Paul deLay Band, including key members Peter Dammann, Louis Pain, Dan Fincher, and John Mazzocco.

The Saturday, January 21 concert performance at the Alberta Rose Theatre is presented as a celebration of a Portland original. Paul’s birthday is January 31 – he’d be 65 – and this marks the 10th anniversary of his death.

The public is welcome to this 7:30 pm performance, including minors when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available in advance for $20.00 -$35.00 at CBA members will receive a $2 discount by using the codeword “CBA” when pre-ordering, or by presenting their membership card at the door.

Ken DeRouchie Band

Ken DeRouchie BandPlease join the Ken DeRouchie Band as they seek to help feed the hungry in our region during the holiday season. For the third year collection barrels have been set up throughout the Portland metro area and they’ll be accepting your food donations through December 10.

Last year there were 1822 pounds of food collected and another $325.00 in fund donations. That was almost double the amount collected the first year. This year they’re aggressively seeking to collect 5000 pounds! Let’s make it happen!

Food collection barrels are located at:

KINK FM 101.9
Alpha Broadcasting
PacWest Center
1211 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Banner Bank (Tualatin Branch)
7675 SW Nyberg St,
Tualatin, OR 97062

Banner Bank (Lake Oswego Branch)
412 A Ave., Ste. 100
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

Rogue Distillery and Public House
1339 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209

Rogue Hall
1717 Southwest Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

The Green Dragon
928 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR

Portland Music Co
531 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
Portland, OR 97214

Portland Music Company
2502 NE Broadway St,
Portland, OR 97232

Portland Music Company
10075 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005

Portland Music Company
12334 SE Division St.
Portland, OR

Trails End Saloon
1320 Main St
Oregon City, OR 97045

The Blue Diamond
2016 NE Sandy Blvd,
Portland, OR 97232

Five Star Guitars
2303 NW 185th Ave,
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Silkin Management Group
6655 SW Hampton St.
Suite 120
Tigard, OR 97224

Tiny’s Coffee Northeast
2031 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
Portland, OR 97212

Tiny’s Coffee  Southeast
1412 SE 12th Ave,
Portland, OR 97214

Guitar Center
1147 N Hayden Meadows Dr
Portland, OR 97217

Guitar Center
9575 SW Cascade Ave
Beaverton, OR 97008

Guitar Center
13029 SE 84th Ave
Clackamas, OR 97015

Laurel’s Wine Shop
263 N Hemlock
Cannon Beach, OR

If you can’t make it to one of these locations and would still like to help by providing a cash donation, go to the Ken DeRouchie Band’s website and click on the link to the Oregon Food Bank for the food drive’s location on their site.