Franco and The Stingers

Hey Everybody,

Good seeing you again. Just wanted to say hello, and thank you for your support…The band, in case you didn’t know, has been picked up by Road Dawg Touring, and will be spending much of the coming year on the road, which means that we won’t be playing very often here in Portland in the coming year.
It’s a big step for the band, and we’re looking forward to seeing the country and promoting our cd’s, “I Like It Just Like That” and “Can’t Kick Love”….Our only local dates this month are the Sweethearts Dance at The Lehrer on, Saturday, Feb. 15th , and The Trail’s End Saloon on, Friday, Feb. 21st…Hope you will continue to support our local gigs.
Hope 2014 continues to be good for you! And remember to……


The Norman Sylvester Band

The Boogie Cat wishes all of you Blues Lovers Happy New Year!

The Norman Sylvester Band celebrated their 30 year Anniversary in 2013! We have had so many amazing players over the years join the band, our success has definitely been a “family affair”.

I am blessed to live in a town so rich with great musical talent! Our newest album: “Blues Stains on my Hands” is getting national air play and favorable reviews in Living Blues, and Blues Music Magazine, both for the recording and our original song writing. Keep your fingers crossed that we can reach past the Northwest… kids are grown, so we’re ready to travel.

Thank you to the CBA Members for honoring me with the Paul Delay “Life Time Achievement” Muddy award. It was quite a nice surprise.

Come out and party with the band soon and support venues that book live music: the Birk, Blue Diamond, Clyde’s, Finnegan’s, Gemini, Halibut’s, Jimmy Mac’s, Lehrer, the Lodge, Mac’s Place, the M & M, Roadhouse 101, Rogue Pub, Spare Room, Tillicum, and Trails End to name a few. Save the date also, for the 3rd Annual Inner City Blues Festival “Healing the Healthcare Blues” on April 5th at the Melody Ballroom!

Check our website to find the Norman Sylvester band

See you on the scene in 2014~ MEOW! MEOW!

Jesse Samsel

Hello Family , Friends and Fans of live music !!! I am writing this on my iphone on the road so forgive my grammar and spelling … Cary Samsel , Nate Powell , Tom Katt and my Guitar Tech Dan Curtis and I all would like to thank you so much for inviting us to play the monthly meeting

In Jan. … We had a wonderful time hanging out and seeing old friends and making new ones … We had planned more of a show for you all but with mom passing, the holidays all of a sudden upon us and then the damn flu we decided to strip it down and just Rock … It worked for us and you all, it was truly a blast !!! We are preparing to start touring in April with dates up here in the northwest before we head back east for the summer … We are digging into some old albums and plan on surprising Terry with a few numbers we haven’t done in years … will have all the tour dates … In the meantime I am gigging steadily now with my loopers … Check out and my Facebook posts for my local dates … I had promised everybody at the meeting  I would make sure to post on Facebook as much as possible and use this column that the CBA has for us ,  so here ya go lol … Take care and I will look forward to seeing u guys soon … All my best to each of you , Jesse