You really gotta give it to the tireless team behind the largest blues fest west of the Mississippi. Now in its third decade, a horde of supportive volunteers has always been integral to its success, but it’s the expert musical curation of Peter Dammann that has kept this Fourth of July affair a centerpiece of the region. Purists might grumble but let’s be real: Isn’t the blues all about expressing emotion? That’s exactly what a lineup that mixes Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Robert Cray, The California Honeydrops, Trombone Shorty, and Vintage Trouble does. Add classic bluesmen like Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and Sugaray Rayford to Chubby Carrier’s everpresent zydeco and locals like MarchFourth, Curtis Salgado, LaRhonda Steele, Ural Thomas, Mary Flower, Andy Stokes, Kevin Selfe, Rose City Kings, Ty Curtis, Lilla, Terry Robb, Samuel Eisen-Meyers and Worth and this is a fine place to spend four summer days.
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In 1987, B.B. King told a 42-year-old Norman Sylvester to devote himself full time to music. The Boogie Cat heeded that advice and became his own ambassador of blues: "Musicians are messengers. We...
Save Our StagesChris Young - May 6, 2020
We need numerous independently owned venues and festivals to sustain our robust music ecosystem in Oregon. As the first to close but the last to reopen, these incubators of artistry are vital to...
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In a blink, Covid-19 devastated the music industry. Together, we’ll adapt and evolve. During these times of uncertainty, it's more important than ever to shine a light on information that provides...
Happy New Year! Ring It In with PDX Songwriters Samuel Eisen-Meyers, Haley Johnsen, Margaret Wehr, Clara Baker and Craig Irby Jr.Chris Young - Jan 2, 2019
As 2018 came to a close, a handful of incredible local musicians gathered at Blue Heron Studio to welcome the new year with their own heartfelt rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” See 'em all sharing...
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