Kyle Jester - photo by Wes DavisBay Area guitarist and vocalist Kyle Jester will be bringing his interpretations of West Coast blues to Portland for three nights in June. This is high-paced music that blends traditional blues with early rock & roll — all served with a helping of swing. He recently released a terrific album, After All This, recorded at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios in San Jose. This album was produced by The Paladins’ Thomas Yearsley and Jester was backed by some of California’s tightest blues musicians. Apart from his own outstanding solo projects, Jester spent a number of years with the Freddie Brooks Band and as bandleader for the Candye Kane Band and has worked with Earl Thomas.

On Thursday, June 18, Kyle Jester will be backed by the Ben Rice Trio for a 9:00 pm performance at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd (please contact venue regarding cover charge 503-234-2337). On Friday, June 19 he will be performing at The Starday Tavern, 6517 SE Foster Rd., with support from Dallas Breed on bass and Dave Melyan on drums. Showtime is 9:00 pm. Then on Saturday, June 20, Kyle Jester will once again be joining the Ben Rice Trio at The Lodge, 6605 SE Powell Blvd. for an 8:00 pm show.

Three great opportunities to catch this superb West Coast guitarist and vocalist. Don’t miss out.