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Location 
(New! As of April 2014)
2530 NE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97220
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House-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, 
chicken tamales, nachos, & more. 
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"...one of the best roots-rock/ Americana rooms in the city, a place where you can hear the rockabilly of Cave Catt Sammy one night and hot jazz from the Kung Pao Chickens the next."  

~John Foyston, 
  The Oregonian A & E
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Live Music: JULY
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SUN 27th
KUNG PAO CHICKENS
FREE - FREE
7:30pm

MON 28th - 8pm
Live from Chicago!
DAVE HERERRO BAND - featuring Mike Mayer
From Chicago, The DAVE HERRERO BAND featuring MIKE MAYER - 
Only$5 Cover!

DAVE HERRERO - CD Release Party for 'Corazon'
2009 Illinois Blues Blast Debut Artist of the Year Nominee, DAVE HERRERO grew up in the Tampa Bay area obsessed with music and American blues and rock and roll of the 1950's and 60's. Sneaking out of military school to play in local blues clubs at age 15 is how he cut his teeth, which prompted his move to Austin, TX, to learn from the best. The multi instrumentalist serves as a singer, songwriter and producer on his new album, "Corazón". 
“It’s like a metamorphosis—out of the old and into the now,” says Dave Herrero of his third album, Corazón, releasing officially in March of 2013. “We’re combining old-school sensibilities and modern recording technology, and bringing the two worlds together in a much different way than we have in the past.”
Bringing worlds together is something to which Dave is no stranger. He’s teamed up with guitarist and songwriting virtuoso Felix Reyes for years, releasing 2009’s Austin to Chicagoto critical acclaim (it was nominated for Illinois Debut Blues Album of the Year). That album delivered a collection of original material and rare covers powerfully crafted to embody both Texas and Chicago blues styles through the perspectives of accomplished musicians from two different eras (Dave is 35; Felix, 55). The album created something current, but with a meticulous 1950s blues sound.
With Corazón, they once again proudly hold to their blues roots, but this time face boldly forward, breaking through to a brave new sound. The album’s liner notes begin with a quote from Corinthians about the unfaltering, irrepressible nature of love, which sets the tone for the diverse collection of songs. “They’re not love songs as much as they’re stories of love, whether they’re tragic, regretful, soulful or determined.”
“Won’t Be Too Long” (written by Dave and Felix, along with Jimmy Burns), “So I Can Die Easy” (by Dave) and “After the Rain” (with music by Felix and lyrics by the band’s newest contributor, songwriter Steve Batterson), are a series of new rockers to which there is often more than meets the ear. “After the Rain,” for example, pays homage to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.
​The record contains two covers: an interpretation of the standard “Rollin’ n Tumblin’ ” and Bob Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.”
​“Dave Herrero marries classic blues vocabulary with modern rock stylings and techniques. Add in his spectacular voice, and you’ve got something truly beautiful. It was an absolute joy to participate in the creation of this record,” says co-producer Greg Magers.
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TUE 22nd 
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED 30th - TOO SLIM & THE TAILDRAGGERS - $12
Because we want to SELL THIS SHOW OUT, 
we have lowered the TICKET PRICE!
TICKETS now only $12 Advance or at the door 

Underworld Records recording artist
TOO SLIM & THE TAILDRAGGERS http://www.tooslim.org/
CD Release Party for 'ANTHOLOGY' 
- Only Portland Appearance! -
WEDNESDAY 7/30 9pm
$12 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.
9pm

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

AUGUST

FRI 1st 
KAREN LOVELY - 9pm

FREE EARLY SHOW
HAMDOGS (Classic CA Country Rock)
6pm

SAT 2nd 
TRIGGER’S REVENGE - 9pm

SUN 3rd
KUNG PAO CHICKENS
FREE - FREE
7:30
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TUE 5th
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED 6th 
SUBURBAN SLIM’S BLUES JAM (blues)
now even earlier...8:30pm $2

FREE EARLY SHOW
WOODLANDER - 6pm

THU 7th 
DAVE HERERRO BAND - featuring Mike Mayer
Live from Chicago!

FREE EARLY SHOW
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana)
6pm

FRI 8th
MIKE ELDRED / HANK SHREVE
MIKE ELDRED TRIO from L.A., featuring John Bazz & 
Jerry Angel (the Rhythm section for THE BLASTERS)
HANK SHREVE BAND from Eugene, featuring multiple 
Muddy Award winner HANK SHREVE
FRIDAY 8/8 9pm  
Cover $10  21+  *Co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association - $1 off for members
"MIKE ELDRED is among the rare breed of young guitarist who is not afraid of blurring lines in American Music. By bending all of his favorite musical styles, Mike has created his own original voice in modern electric guitar playing. HE'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, BABY!"
- BRIAN SETZER of the Stray Cats
9pm

EARLY SHOW
HAMDOGS (Classic CA Country Rock)
6pm $2

SAT 9th
SOUL VACCINATION
DOORS OPEN 6:30PM / SHOW 8PM
$12
The hottest Dance Band in the Pacific Northwest
is coming to Duff's Garage - SOUL VACCINATION!

Funk, Soul and R&B for your dancing pleasure!

Soul Vaccination is 'THE' Hottest Funk and Dance 
Band in the Pacific Northwest! They have been a
fixture in the Northwest music scene for over 15 years,
bringing you tunes from the likes of Stevie Wonder,
Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power.

One thing's for sure when you see Soul Vaccination..
the Dance Floor will be PACKED!

SOUNDS LIKE: Rufus, Sly & the Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, 
Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power.

SUN 10th
MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS - 8pm
The Brooklyn-based singer and her band make grooving modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintains a unique and personal sound. Miss Tess & The Talkbacks have just released The Love I Have For You, their second on rootsy label Signature Sounds (Lake Street Dive, Eilen Jewell, Chris Smither, Erin McKeown…). The new album was produced by Miss Tess & The Talkbacks and recorded and mixed by Devin Greenwood (Norah Jones, Anais Mitchell, Amos Lee) in Brooklyn, NY. The 7-song album features six covers and one new original and pays homage to some of Tess’s favorite singers and songwriters including Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Ted Hawkins, Randy Newman, and Hank Williams. Miss Tess explains how the band chose the 6 songs to cover: “Each artist we covered has held a special place in the history of our lives, as well as in the history of American music. These folks are all musical giants who dedicated their lives to music, and for that I hold them in the highest esteem.”
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TUE 12th
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

FREE EARLY SHOW
SHARKSKIN REVUE
6PM

WED 13th
NIKKI HILL
“Why oh why haven’t we presented Nikki Hill before? She’s a charismatic powerhouse who blends all the flavors of American roots music, from country blues , gospel and rockabilly to hard rock. Her gritty and raw voice with Stax soul dynamics ranges from smooth and dreamy to floor-buckling intensity. A great band to close the Festival at Spiegeltent”
9PM

FREE EARLY SHOW
Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party
6PM

THU 14th
9PM Show TBA

FREE EARLY SHOW
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/roots rock)
6PM

FRI 15th
BIG SANDY
​ONE NIGHT ONLY 

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".
9pm

FREE EARLY SHOW
HAMDOGS (Classic CA Country Rock)
6pm

SAT 16th
DK STEWART
9pm

SUN 17th
KUNG PAO CHICKENS
FREE - FREE
7:30pm

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TUE 19th 
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED 20th 
BLUES JAM W/ SUBURBAN SLIM
8:30pm

FREE EARLY SHOW
WOODLANDER - 6pm

THU 21st 
9pmJOE MCMURRIAN
JOE MCMURRIAN is a Delta Blues/Roots songwriter/ guitarist based in Portland Oregon. He has a rich capability to infuse tradition with contemporary invention through his intense finger-style, slide guitar work and original storytelling. Joe is deeply influenced by the Delta Blues and American Hill country masters like Skip James, Son House, Doc Boggs, Robert Pete Williams, Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, R.L Burnside, Roscoe Holcomb, Blind WIllie Johnson, Lightning Hopkins and modern players like Buddy Guy, Bert Jansch, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Leo Kotke, Doc Watson, James Blood Ulmer, Chris Whitley, Junior Kimbrough and Rajeev Tarnoth. Joe blends all these influences into a powerful modern gumbo that can switch from gut wrenching hard driving deep blue’s to intricate acoustic ballads. 
Joe has also appeared onstage with such luminaries as The Tedeschi/Trucks Band, John Mayall, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Louisiana Red, Keb Mo, Eddie Kirkland, John McEuen, Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, Sonny Landreth & Little Charley and the Nightcats to name a few.

FREE EARLY SHOW
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/Roots) 6pm

FRI 22nd  
DUFFY BISHOP’S FAREWELL SHOW
9pm

FREE EARLY SHOW
HAMDOGS (Classic CA Country Rock)
6pm

SAT 23rd 
MITCH KASHMAR
9PM

SUN 24th
KUNG PAO CHICKENS
FREE - FREE
7:30pm

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TUE 26th  
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED 27th 
BLUES JAM W/ SUBURBAN SLIM
8:30pm

FREE 6pm SHOW
Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party

THU 28th 
X - ANGELS - 9pm

FREE EARLY SHOW
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/Roots) 6pm

FRI 29th
THE 44’S
(From LA)

FREE EARLY SHOW
HAMDOGS (Classic CA Country Rock)
6pm

SAT 30th
CHRIS BAUM

SUN 31st
KUNG PAO CHICKENS
FREE - FREE
7:30pm






Hours

Mon: see calendar
Tue - Fri: 3 pm - close
Sat: 6:30pm - close
​Sun: 6:30pm Free Swing

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General Inquiries: 
        (503) 234-BEER
        duffsgarage@gmail.com

Booking Inquiries:
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