Gov't Mule (press photo)

Gov’t Mule (press photo)

Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov’t Mule. The enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes returns to Portland celebrating their first album in four years, Shout! for a performance at The Roseland Theater on Saturday, October 26th. The inventive and incendiary musical performances of Gov’t Mule are legendary, springing from the jazz-like philosophy and creative language the Mule’s members have developed together. They’re the rare rock ‘n’ roll group with an improvisational heartbeat, which allows all four musicians to expand on the songs’ themes in non-formulaic ways. That quality distinguishes the finest jazz, blues and rock recordings of the ’50s and ’60s, but is largely absent in modern music, yet fuels this Grammy Award winning outfit’s powerful creativity.

The Roseland Theater is located at 8 NW Sixth Avenue and showtime is at 8:00 pm. This is a 21 & over only show. Tickets for Gov’t Mule are available through, $28.50 general admission and $40.00 for reserved seating in the balcony.


ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson / CBA President

You know the one thing I truly hate about summertime in Portland? There is just too much happening in town and around the region to keep up trying to see it all. There is just no way that can happen, physically and financially. But I have to get out there as often as I can to see what I can. Thankfully, summer is coming to a close and things will lighten up . . . not a chance. This is Portland after all and we have been blessed with such a great scene for the blues and music. It never lets up. Just check out the upcoming events and the CBA calendar.

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On August 2nd, the Cascade Blues Association physically moved our office space from the UFCW Building in Tigard to our new space at 2020 SE 7th in Portland. This is actually the building that we had space in prior to our move to Tigard five years ago, so it is somewhat of a home-coming for us with our old landlord Curt Davis. Unlike our former space at the UFCW, we can actually use this new location as a working office if we’d like, with a separate room for storage and one for our monthly board meetings.

We would like to thank the UFCW for allowing us to use their location rent-free the past five years and also to give a huge thanks to everybody who offered us space in their Read more

Performance  Date Location
(Events are noted for   consideration in event category)
Billy T Band September 6th Duff’s Garage
Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples September 7th Edgefield
Duffy Bishop & Friends (event) September 7th Alberta Rose Theatre   Read more
Artist Title Release Date Label
Barbara Healy & Her Groove Too Band Shades Of Blue March McKenna Records Company
CD Woodbury Band Monday Night! June Wide Willie Productions
Coyote Kings & Mush Nasty Habits & Dirty Little Secrets April Twin Lion
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When we were readying for the picnic, we realized we needed ice to keep the beer kegs cold since the keg place wasn’t open on Sunday. But then we had nowhere to store the ice except in the rental truck and it was hot out!  The new Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom came to the rescue.  Not only did they help us in storing the kegs in their new walk-in cooler, but they assisted in helping us to save money in securing the beer and the wine for us.  In exchange, we promised to give them a little boost in the paper.  SE Division’s Imperial Bottle Shop opened in late July inside the D-Street Village building 3090 SE Division.  Owners Alex Kurnellas and Shawn Stackpoole’s taproom/bottleshop offers 16 Read more

By Wendy Schumer

My annual trek to SoCal this year for Doheny Blues Festival (May 18-19) was accompanied by an extension of the journey to include Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival (May 25-26). I made a commitment to write up something for the BluesNotes about each of these festivals so here goes:


Doheny Blues Fest ( carries a pretty hefty price tag –(VIP ~$200 for early bird) and what does one get? Well for starters the Read more

By Laurie Morrisey
A while back, I approached Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Talent Coordinator, Peter Dammann, and asked him about some of the unsung heroes of the festival. The first name that came to his mind was Ray Varner. Ray worked at the Fed-Ex Stage for about 10 years, although he’s retired now.

He was the perfect guy for that gig. I relied on his judgment a lot; he was one of the people, especially in the early years, that encouraged me to go after some of the Read more

Hey everybody! It’s time to clean out all of your closets, garage and basement. While you’re at it . . . your neighbors, too! The third annual Cascade Blues Association rummage Sale is coming and your donated items are needed and welcome. This year’s sale will be held at The Bomber, 13515 SE McLoughlin in Milwaukie on Saturday, September 7th, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Come on out and explore the goodies, you just might find something screaming out to you to be taken home. Stop in at The Bomber for lunch. And listen to some great blues while you browse the rummage sale.

Items that are needed in particular are furniture, jewelry, tools, instruments and collectibles. Remember that the CBA is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, so donations are tax deductible. Please bring your items to the location before 8:00 am on the day of the sale. If you cannot attend or bring them at that time, non furniture items can be brought to the CBA membership picnic on Sunday, August 4th or the September general membership meeting on Wednesday, September 4th.


Volunteers for the rummage sale are needed. We need people willing to set up before the sale and cleaning up afterward. During the event we can use assistance in organizing merchandise, traffic control and a band crew.


For other pick-up options and volunteering, e-mail