No SEASAC material allowed to be played on the premises.
Live Music: JULY
HOBBS, THE BAND- 8PM
For the past two years, Hobbs the Band has delivered rock
with blues and funk flavors with an IDGAF attitude, successfully
diverting music lovers from the tired acoustic folk plaguing
Central Oregon bars.
The band formed in the summer of 2012 in Sisters, Oregon, home to the Sisters Folk Festival, an unlikely debut venue that resulted in a reactionary noise ordinance one week later.
Currently working on their debut album for Label Records, the band has brought the recording studio to their practice and living quarters, a retrofitted warehouse tucked away in the Sisters Industrial Park. If you grew up on Stevie Ray and Hendrix, these are your guys.
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
WED 23rd- 9pm
From Canton, Mississippi
GRADY CHAMPION http://www.gradychampion.com/
$10 cover 21+ *Co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association
Guitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter Grady Champion released two very impressive recordings in 1999 and 2001 for Shanachie Records. Both his debut, Payin' for My Sins, and 2 Days Short of a Week putChampion on the national touring blues map and helped launch his career beyond the boundaries of his native Jackson, Mississippi. Champion was the youngest of his father's 28 children, and he grew up in rural Canton, outside of Jackson. Raised on a farm, hard work became a way of life for him. Like so many other blues performers, he joined his church choir as an eight-year-old and began singing gospel. Then at 15, his mother moved the family to Miami, Florida, where he attended high school for a year before heading back home to Mississippi for his senior year. After he was graduated, he returned to Florida where he tried boxing, being a radio DJ, and several other occupations before he settled into his career as a performer. He recorded and released his own album, Goin' Back Home, in 1998 and began drawing ever-larger crowds to Florida blues clubs before catching the attention of Shanachie Records executives, who signed him.
Champion has not been afraid to speak his mind on his two releases for Shanachie, and he writes from personal experience with social commentary songs like "Policeman Blues" (about racial profiling), and "Children of the Corn," a song about the rising tide of youth violence. From the inception of his career as a blues performer, Champion has sought to tackle new lyrical themes with his original compositions. As a triple-threat harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter, he accomplishes that in grand style on both Payin' for My Sins and 2 Days Short of a Week. Champion, along with young innovators like Shemekia Copeland and Shawn Pittman, is one of the brighter beacons in the future of blues music. He has continued releasing records well into the new millennium, including 2010's Back in Mississippi: Live at the 930 Blues Cafe.
After he was graduated, he returned to Florida where he tried boxing, being a radio DJ, and several other occupations before he settled into his career as a performer. He recorded and released his own album, Goin' Back Home, in 1998 and began drawing ever-larger crowds to Florida blues clubs before catching the attention of Shanachie Records executives, who signed him.
https://soundcloud.com/blindraccoon/southside_gradychampion – the tune ‘South Side’ is off his new album, “Bootleg Whiskey,” being released on Malaco Records this summer.
Grady is a 2014 Living Blues Award nominee for Harmonica.
HARPER WINS 2014 DETROIT MUSIC AWARD
FOR "OUTSTANDING VOCALIST"
An amalgamation of blues, rock, soul and world music,
multi award winning Australian singer/ songwriter
"Peter D. Harper" creates a heady mix of roots music
through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled "World Blues". His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, some how sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. No Depression Magazine,'s (USA) Rod Ames, adds that Harper " has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I have ever heard". Harper is backed by his incredible Detroit based band "Midwest Kind"
EARLY SHOW - FREE
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/Roots) 6pm
THE FONDELLS - 9pm
Live Rhythm n’ Blues Revue w/ Burlesque
THE FONDELLS Rhythm & Blues Burlesque RevueFriday
$10 Cover 21+
Ever wonder what it was like to make the scene at a Burlesque
club in New Orleans or Houston or Kansas City in the 1950s?
Now you can find out for yourself. The Fondells Live Rhythm
& Blues Burlesque Revue recreates the feel of that era with its
gorgeous dancers, talented singers, and saxophone-driven live
band. Hit songs from the day, like 'Honky-Tonk', 'Night Train'
and 'Harlem Nocturne' have been choreographed by dancers who will include Miss Alex Kennedy, Angelique D’Evil, Satira Sin, Holly Dai and Lulu Fattoush on July 25th, starting at 9PM at Duff’s Garage, now located at 2530 NE 82nd Avenue. Local celebrity singers that evening will include Jerry A (Poison Idea), Heidi Hellbender (M99), Victoria Porter (Karaoke From Hell), Jon Wallace, and Portland blues legend Johnnie Ward. There’s something for everyone at a Fondells show, visual and aural stimulation for even the most hardened hearts, with beautiful dancers, gutsy singers, and most of all a non-stop good time.
EARLY SHOW - FREE
HAMDOGS (Classic CA Country Rock)
The Chris Baum Project’s repertoire spans a vast geography:
from Etta James to Steely Dan, and much of the remaining Rock,
Soul, Motown and Funk from the era. Chris Baum (founder of Soul
Vaccination, 1995), on vocals and keys, has surrounded himself
with talented musicians: (Erick Hailstone, guitar, Doug KNoyle,
drums, and Gary Fountaine, bass). The stellar horn section includes: (Pete Petersen, tenor and baritone saxes, Michelle Medler, alto and tenor saxes, Mike Hankins, lead trumpet, and Gincarlo Viviano, 2nd trumpet). Singing lead and backing vocals with Chris, is the lovely and talented Debbie Earnhart. The Chris Baum Project will keep you on the dance floor for the duration.
KUNG PAO CHICKENS
FREE - FREE
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
TOO SLIM & THE TAIL DRAGGERS
Underworld Records recording artist
TOO SLIM & THE TAILDRAGGERS http://www.tooslim.org/
CD Release Party for 'ANTHOLOGY'
- Only Portland Appearance! -
Wednesday 7/30 9pm
$15 Cover 21+ *Co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues
Association - members get $1 discount at the door
Advance tickets online: www.tickettomato.com
"Too Slim's Anthology could be a 21st century 'Exiles on Main Street'. Exciting stuff!"
DOUG HILL, of the Norman Transcript
"One of the finest original Blues Rock trios performing today."
- Brian Owens, Blues Review Magazine
"If it is possible to be a natural-born guitarist, Langford fits the description."
- Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine
"Too Slim (Tim Langford) is not only a master of slide guitar, But he's also a composer of the highest regard. A supremely talented performer and composer who ranks with the best that blues/rock has to offer."
- Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes
'ANTHOLOGY' is the new 2 CD set by Too Slim and the Taildraggers hits the stores June 17 and pre-sale starts May 27!!!
Anthlogy is a collection of songs from the Underworld Records catalog featuring songs from the last decade of recordings from Too Slim and the Taildraggers and features 3 new songs produced by Grammy Award winning Producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, James Cotton, George Thorogood, Joe Louis Walker). It also features previously unreleased versions of several songs from the Too Slim catalog.
Too Slim and the Taildraggers previous release "Blue Heart"and the follow-up to Shiver - the 2012 Blues Foundations BMA nominated Rock Blues Album Of The Year, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and produced by Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Joe Louis Walker) with current and former rhythm section members of Delbert McClinton's band. The musicians who performed on Blue Heart include Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughn), Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), Tom Hambridge, Rob McNelley, and Tommy MacDonald.
THU 31st - SCOTT HOLT
Rockin' Blues guitar from the Deep South!
SCOTT HOLT - former guitar in Buddy Guy's Band for 10 years!
Thursday 7/31 9pm
$10 Cover 21+ *Co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association
members get $1 off at the door
The American South has an incredibly rich musical legacy –
the genesis of Jazz, cradle of Rock and Roll and birthplace of
The Blues. Lanky, tattooed Tennessean, SCOTT HOLT has been
a bearer of the Blues torch for his entire career. Born and raised in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi, Scott was “touring before I was touring! My family moved a lot when I was little so I’ve lived all over the area where my favorite music was born and developed.” After beginning his musical journey relatively late, at 19 years old, Holt jumped on the fast-track by joining his friend and mentor Buddy Guy and playing guitar for 10 years during the most successful period of the Legend’s career.
In addition to his tenure with Buddy and playing on the GRAMMY winning record Slippin’ In, Holt’s 7 solo records’ have established him not only as a six-string powerhouse but also as a penetrating and soulful storyteller. Holt calls it “tapping a frequency-getting to a place where the sounds that my band and I make are warm, human and undisguised by technology.” Through the countless hours and miles on the road, criss-crossing the country, Scott has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the world.
The official motto for the band, as found on their merchandise, website and liner notes to their CD’s is; LOUD IS GOOD. Scott explains his philosophy this way; “When I talk about loud being good, I’m not necessarily saying that you should turn everything up – it’s not necessarily high volume. It’s about a ‘spiritual loudness’ being proudly who you are and embracing music as an important and spiritual necessity of life.”
Holt made his first step toward musical apprenticeship when his father took him to Chicago to hear bluesman Buddy Guy. “I had never been in a club before or heard a really great guitar player like Buddy live,” Holt recounts. After a backstage meeting, the young student and venerable master stayed in touch. Over the next year or so Holt was invited on stage to jam with Guy, and then one day Guy called to invite Holt into his band. “I’d never even been in a band before,” Holt says. “I tried to get bands together in back home in Tennessee, but it never worked out. So all of a sudden at 19 I was leaving home for Chicago with my guitar, my amp, a suitcase and my passport.”
Holt played at Guy’s side for a decade. “Buddy taught me everything, from how to order at a restaurant, to always being on time, how to run a band and win over a crowd. He is one my heroes and one of my best friends, all at the same time. To this day, what he can do never ceases to amaze me.” And Guy remains an enthusiastic supporter of Holt. “He’s an automatic. He’s good! Every time I hear him (Scott) I hear some improvement he’s made…”
EARLY SHOW - FREE
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/Roots) 6pm
ONE NIGHT ONLY - FRI 8/15
Big Sandy is back! Back in the USA, that is. After having
spent the better part of the last several months performing
on festival stages and in sold-out concert venues throughout
Europe, the big man of American roots music is elated to be
back in The States, touring this Fall from the coast of California
to the shores of Delaware Bay.
Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.
"I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world," said Sandy. "But when I'm away from the U.S. for too long, it's like I need a recharge... like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I'm good for another three thousand miles".