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.
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...
Samuel Eisen-Meyers: ‘Race Against Time’ [Song Premiere]Skylor Powell - Dec 10, 2018
Samuel Eisen-Meyers & The Joyful Noise will make a night of soulful sounds when they celebrate the release of his debut EP accompanied by a songwriters circle featuring some of Portland’s...
The Portland Playlist: Ural ThomasChris Young - Oct 12, 2018
It’s time for Ural Thomas to spread love and bring The Pain—he shares the songs that inspire his music, plus a couple that he just can’t live without. Listen to his playlist now!
No Kind of Rider, Fritzwa and Samuel Eisen-Meyers Are Three Portland Artists to WatchSkylor Powell, Joel Sommer, Chris Young - Sep 6, 2018
You could say it’s been a long time coming for these artists. They’ve been putting in the work for years and the fruits of these labors are ripe and ready to be consumed. From juicy R&B to...
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