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The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland’s (MSSP) fourth annual Blues 4MS concert is coming up on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Aladdin Theatre.  Great thanks to the Cascade Blues Association for co-sponsoring the event and an even greater thanks to CBA’s President Greg Johnson for putting together a spectacular line up.

The fun starts at 3 pm with The Fabulous Bad Cats. This five-piece outfit offers original and classic rock, funk and blues. These guys have one aim in mind, that’s to get you onto the dance floor and show you a good time.

Soul Cookin’ is an all-star line-up that has been hosting Wednesday nights at Blackwell’s for the past couple of years. Led by Oregon Music Hall of Fame members Lloyd Jones and Carlton Jackson on guitar and drums respectively, alongside bassist Dave Kahl (Paul deLay Band, Fiona Boyes) and keyboard master Louis Pain (Paul deLay Band, King Louie & Sweet Baby James). Expect to hear some funky cool tunes and steamy blues as this group sets the groove.

The Robbie Laws Band is the resident act for Blues For MS, having performed every year at this event. Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winner twenty-one times over, including nine times for electric guitar player of the year, Robbie Laws is a true icon of the Northwest Blues scene. This performance helps celebrate the band’s latest release, Between the Lines.

The Rae Gordon Band is fresh back from a successful showing at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, where they advanced to the semi-finals. Rae was also named the recipient of the 2013 Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist of the year at the Muddy Awards and her latest CD Blue Lemonade was named one of the top CDs in the State of Oregon for the year by 1859 magazine.

Since taking second place overall at the International Blues Challenge in 2010, Karen Lovely has been on a steady rise toward the top of the blues world. With three Blues Music Awards nominations, appearances at some of the largest blues festivals and tours throughout the United States, Canada and into Europe, Karen is about to unleash her third CD to a highly anticipating audience. Her shows feature top-shelf musicians and cover not only her own material, but often what she terms as Prohibition Blues, exploring the female artists of the early years of the blues.

And to close the evening, be prepared to party New Orleans style, as one of the city’s most funky bands, The Roseland Hunters, promises to get you out of your seat and setting your backside into motion, Another all-star conglomeration that stretches across genres from Portland’s musical grab-bag of talent, with guitarist Michael Quinby leading the pack on guitar and vocals, alongside the talents of percussionist/drummer/vocalist Brian Foxworth, bassist Damian Erskine, keyboardist Chris Phillips and drummer Reinhardt Melz. This is a dream band that starts a party every time they perform.

A $10 suggested donation is encouraged.  Donations will remain in Oregon to support the local MS community.  MSSP seeks to improve the quality of life for those living with MS, including family members and caregivers.  We help take care of the here and now needs.

This year, we are raffling a fabulous Normandy electric guitar, hand signed by the Doobie Brothers.  Raffle tickets will be sold at $5 each or 6/$25. The winning tickets will be selected following the last set on March 2nd and the lucky ticket holders need not be present to win.

Come prepared to have a great time listening to some of the best blues talent around.  In the meantime, go to www.blues4ms.org or call 503 297-9544 for more information.

Two of the West Coast’s finest blues artists will be joining forces on Saturday, December 7th to help a fourteen-year-old who is fighting bone cancer. The event will be taking place in Hood River at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom featuring Portland’s own The Lloyd Jones Struggle and California-based guitarist Franck Goldwasser.

lloyd jones - photo by Greg JohnsonLloyd Jones is one of the most popular artists in the region with a career spanning over forty years thrilling audiences with his soulful R&B and funky New Orleans style rhythms. A Lifetime Achievement Muddy Award recipient from the Cascade Blues Association and a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Lloyd always brings out the fun in all of his performances.

Franck Goldwasser has been a much in-demand guitarist since moving to California from France and being dubbed Paris Slim. A sensational guitarist who has worked with virtually every major blues artist on the West Coast, he lived in Portland for a few years, before returning down south. Most recently he is known for providing the lead guitar work with the Blues Music Award winning band, The Mannish Boys.

The Double Mountain Brewery is located at 8 Fourth Street (behind the Post Office) in Hood River, Oregon.  The Benefit for Owen starts at 8:00 pm and is a 21 & over only show. There will also be a silent auction. Suggested donation for the event is $20.00, but nobody will be turned away if they cannot offer this amount.

We recently posted this list on the CBA Facebook page. It received a thankful response from so many that we thought we would run it in the BluesNotes, too This list is a compilation of regional musicians who were nominated for the 2013 Muddy Awards. Though the final ballot is limited to only a few in each category, all of the following artists were recognized by our members in the ballots returned to us for nominations in the first round.

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Phil Berkowitz (press photo)

Phil Berkowitz (press photo)

Phil Berkowitz and Eugene Huggins have been blowing blues harmonica around the San Francisco Bay area for a number of years and have toured across the country with a variety of renowned artists. They will be heading to the Northwest for a handful of shows throughout Oregon and Washington backed by a stellar grouping of fine musicians including multiple Blues Music Award nominee Bill Stuve on bass, in-demand Bay Area drummer Robi Bean, and Oregon’s own Ben Rice on guitar.

Phil Berkowitz has brought his unique & energetic musical style to audiences for a number of years, with his most recent CD, “All Night Party,” testifying to his talent and dedication as a seasoned performer. He has performed with many blues greats, including the likes of Danny Caron, Sean Carney, Mitch Woods, Duke Robillard, Steve Freund, Wendy DeWitt, Terry Hanck, R.J. Mischo, Kid Anderson, Kenny Blue Ray, Billy Branch, Frank Goldwasser, Jimi Bott & the late Gary Primich just to name a few.

Eugene Huggins has appeared on twenty CDs , led the band The Bluejeans, toured as part of Harvey Mandel’s band, and has performed alongside people like Buddy Guy & Junior Read more

Greetings friends! Hope all is well in your world. I can hardly believe festival season is upon us once again. I have been very busy with teaching, writing, recording, gigging and somewhere in there, finding some balance at our beautiful new home in the country. From all of this hard work does come the fruits of our labor and I am so happy to let you all know about what’s been going on.

Start your Waterfront Blues Festival day out right on Thursday, July 4th where you’ll find the Robbie Laws Band on the North Stage from 1:15-2:30 pm. It’s always such an honor and a thrill to perform at the best blues festival around and I look forward to seeing you there. We’ve also got an amazing event happening at the outdoor amphitheater on top of Mt. St. Helens (Johnston Ridge Observatory) on Saturday, August 3rd from 3:30-8:30 pm. This is a special benefit concert for the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. The SLC is a great resource for schools, education groups and researchers interested in taking field trips and doing research at Mt. St. Helens. We’ve got quite a special line up for you with the Robbie Laws band featuring Dover Weinberg and Willis Moss, the fabulous Karen Lovely and one of our longtime favorites, Lloyd Jones. The mountain setting is unbelievably spectacular and this is a day you don’t want to miss, so come on up to the mountain and have a great time with us.

In other big news, I am super excited about the recent launching of my brand new website at www.RobbieLawsMusic.com. Of course you’ll find the standard fare of a music website, but what I’m most excited about is the introduction of ‘Online Live with Robbie Laws’ one-on-one web guitar lessons in addition to several new guitar classes and workshops held at my private studio in SE Portland. I’ll be holding a Songwriting for Guitar class every first Sunday of the month as well as several options for one day guitar workshops at the studio. Please do me a favor and check out the new site and let me know what you think. I want to give a special shout out to my man Chad Boston of designsbyboston.com for doing such a great job on the site. Highly recommended!

Lastly, the final touches are happening on the new album and we’re coming into the home stretch (“Thank God”). Between all of our hectic schedules, it’s been challenging at times to get this project completed. Fingers crossed, it looks like we’ll have an August release date later this summer, so keep your eyes out for that. I am feeling really good about this one.

I look forward to seeing you out and about enthusiastically supporting live music at our great local venues. Have a great time at the Waterfront Blues Festival!

Robbie Laws
www.RobbieLawsMusic.com

 Lloyd Jones Tours Netherlands in July!

 First of all I would like to thank Greg and everyone at the CBA for your kind support of Teresa James visit to Jimmy Mak’s last month, and the enormous effort ya’ll put into supporting this music during festival time (and all through the year)! You help make this a vibrant and healthy music community!

 This July I will miss the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival for the first time…but, it’s exciting!

I will be playing seven shows in 12 days in Denmark & Norway! On the 4th of July I will be at an open air concert in Blaavand, Denmark called “God Bless America”! Wow, what’s that all about?!

 Then Saturday July 6th I will be at the Trandal Blues Festival in Aalesund, Norway. As it turns out, my ol’ pal Curtis Salgado will be playing that festival, too. Two Portland fella’s in NW Norway at the same festival! What are the odds of that? Your international diplomats are on the job baby!

 Please check other dates at www.lloydjonesmusic.com

 Also, I’ll be back at the Muddy Rudder on Mondays starting July 15th.

 Have a wonderful Waterfront Blues Festival here in funky P.O.!

 

Lloyd Jones
“Groove Merchant”
www.lloydjonesmusic.com

 

 

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DAve Kahl

The last month has given me a lot to be thankful for. In light of my wife’s emergency, the outpouring of concern and love was astonishing and our family thanks you all. Add to this the news of my hearing-related issues and, again, the remarkable support and offers – I am breathless and affirmed. This is one incredible community.

Suggestions have been made and I’ve acted on all of them. I am certain that this old guy will see – and hear – some positive changes very soon. Thanks, again for your love. There are just too many of you to name, but you know who you are.

I’d like to take the opportunity to mention the two week night gigs that have held me up, have offered some great moments and memories, and that I’d like to see you attend. Tuesdays at 9pm, the Dover Weinberg Quartet at Duff’s Garage (corner of S.E. 7th Avenue and Market Street), with Chris Carlson, Kelly Dunn, and me, along with special guests, is happening. Looks good for this one to last through the end of the year, but it is certainly better when there are people to share with.

On Wednesdays, Blackwell’s (1815 N.E. 41st Avenue) hosts Soul Cookin’ with Lloyd Jones, Carlton Jackson, Dover Weinberg, and, again, me. Killing, stinky, greasy, funky blues and soul. Need I say more? Okay, how about some very talented guests, who just all happen to be musical friends. We’ve met some new ones on this gig, so the circle is getting bigger. We’d love to have you support this wonderful group of guys and this very cool venue.

I’d like to thank Ty Curtis and Bill Rhoades, especially for filling my calendar. Looks good for me to hook up for one night in September with Fiona Boyes and Jimi Bott. Although it’s in Illinois, hopefully we can find some compelling reason for Fiona to come to Portland.

That is all for now, but it’s more than enough. Thanks again.

David Kahl

 

 Fellow Blues Lovers,

Just returned from Memphis & Clarksdale! BMA’s & the “Rum Boogie” were big fun! Curtis Salgado swept the awards, and Portland was strongly represented with Curtis, Jimi Bott, Kevin Self, Peter Damman getting out and mixing it up. Wonderful to see & hear that happen. If ya’ll get a chance to make the trip (every May), be sure to make the trip down to Clarksdale as well. Incredible blues & soul history! Speaking of history, Sun Studio, Stax Museum, and Royal Studio, are worth the visit as well. Just this month Boz Scaggs hit #1 on the charts with his new release recorded last December at that very “Royal Studio in Memphis”! Willie Mitchell produced AL Green, OV Wright, Ann Peebles, Denise LaSalle, etc. out of his “Royal Studios” and now his family has continues to keep the struggling Memphis sound and Royal Studio tradition alive. It’s fantastic for Boz Scaggs to put a hit out of there TODAY!

Check it out!!!

Also in the news…. Saturday June 1st , I’m bringing the “One & Only Teresa James” from Los Angeles to Jimmy Mak’s! One night only! Don’t miss this one.!!!

We met on Delbert McClinton’s “Sandy Beaches Cruise’s” a few years back. She has been at the Waterfront Blues Fest a couple of times… and now…the super “Starlight Review” will feature the full Band Extravaganza of the Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones Struggle with special guest Teresa James!

It’s early. 7-10pm. Best get your tickets soon. To reserve a spot now, go to www.tickettomato.com. Stay for the Starlight Parade at 10pm.

We’re going to miss the Waterfront Blues Festival this year for the first time since it began! Not to worry, I’ll be touring Denmark & Norway this year (you can check the website www.lloydjonesmusic.com for the specific dates) to promote “Doin’ What It Takes” in far away lands!

Lloyd Jones
“Groove Merchant”
www.lloydjonesmusic.com

 

On Saturday June 1st The Lloyd Jones Struggle will present a special evening with Los Angeles recording artist, piano player and singer “Teresa James” at Portland’s premiere nightclub Jimmy Mak’s! This “Starlight Reveue” will begin early at 7pm, with the Portland Starlight Parade following at midnight!

Teresa & Lloyd first met on Delbert McClinton’s “Sandy Beach’s Cruise” years ago, with “Teresa James Rhythm Tramps” returning to play the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival” several times. Since then, Teresa has recorded with Jones on his latest recording “Doin’ What It Takes” and she will be celebrating her own new release “Come on Home” later this month.

Tickets only $10 in advance, $12 at the door!! Please get your tickets early. Don’t miss this special “Starlght Reveue” show, as it will sell out fast!! Just go to www.tickettomato.com to purchase tickets.

BTW – Teresa James will be at this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival singing with Eric Burton. Check out www.teresajames.com or www.lloydjonesmusic.com to find out more!