Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 pm
Members always Free – Non-members attending the Muddys $5.00
It’s here again. The biggest night for the blues in the City of Portland as the Cascade Blues Association honors those deserving musicians, venues, events, recordings, and individuals with the highly coveted Muddy Awards for outstanding achievement during this past year. Twenty-two categories will be presented by members of the CBA Board of Directors, noted artists and other friends of the blues recognizing those chosen as recipients by the members of the Cascade Blues Association by ballots the past two months.
Be sure to arrive early since this annual event draws over 500 attendees and tables fill up quickly. It is a gala event, so feel free to dress up a little, but it is not required. Because of the early start, The Melody Ballroom will have dinners available for purchase.
Since we are honoring our local musicians, it is only fitting that we have live performances to enhance the evening. Opening the night will be the Cascade Blues Association’s 2015 Journey To Memphis winners, Sister Mercy, at 6:30. The Awards presentations will begin right around 7:30 following a tribute to those artists we lost in the past year since the last Muddy Awards ceremonies. Mid-way through the awards, we will continue with tradition with a musical interlude featuring our 2015 Journey To Memphis solo/duo winners, traveling all the way from Medford to participate, Rogue Rage Duo. After the conclusion of the awards, it’s time to party. Every year we invite a musician to put together an all-star jam band including past and present Muddy Award nominees and recipients. This year’s guest band leader is two-time International Blues Challenge finalist and rising blues star Ben Rice. Ben has already pieced together an impressive line-up, but he is still talking to others for commitments. At this time expect to enjoy performances including: Big Monti Amundson, Dave Fleschner, Dave Melyan, Karen Lovely, Kevin Selfe, Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon, and Rich Layton. This is quite an impressive grouping indeed.
The Muddy Awards is an event not to miss. Please join us for what is always one of the highest anticipated nights for the Portland Blues Community. If you’re not a member, you can always join at the venue if you’d like. This, like all Cascade Blues Association monthly meetings, is open to all ages.