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Location 
(New! As of April 2014)
2530 NE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97220
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Menu
House-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, 
chicken tamales, nachos, & more. 
Full menu here.
"...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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AUGUST

FRI 22nd  
DUFFY BISHOP’S FAREWELL SHOW - $12 - 9pm
A message from guitarist Chris Carlson, “Yes, I’m goin’ down in
Duffy Bishop – photo by Greg Johnson
Florida, where the sun shines damn near every day...Yeah, I’ll take 
my woman out on the beach fellas, and sit down on the sand and play.”
He may be quoting Muddy Waters, but Carlson grew up in Northern Florida and the time has come where he and his wife Duffy Bishop have decided to make the move down to the Southeastern corner of the country.
Now, now, do not get too overly upset just yet. The plan is that they will move down at the end of September and stay until April or May, then return to Portland for the summer. Now that’s not too bad is it? After all, we have had them gone for months at a time fairly regularly when they’ve left to perform the Teatro ZinZanni shows.
But before they do leave for their hiatus, Duffy and Chris will be holding
a special Farewell Show at Duff’s Garage on Friday, August 22nd at 9:00 pm. Several guests will be on hand to help celebrate the night, including Jim Wallace, Kelly Dunn, Dave Kahl, Dave Fleschner, Brad Ulrich, Chris Mercer, Joe McCarthy and very special guest guitarist Henry Cooper.
Duff’s Garage is located at 2530 NE 82nd. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, so show your current membership card at the door for a $1.00 discount on admission. Let’s make the night a party to last until we see each other in the summertime and bid our best regards to Chris and Duffy while they’re away and being missed by us all.

SAT 23rd 
MITCH KASHMAR
 9pm $10, with all-star band 
(The following article is partially reprinted from BLUES NOTES)
“I’ll never forget the first time I got paid for playing music. 
It was at Torky’s bar in Santa Barbara, I must’ve been 18. 
We played our tunes, got buzzed on free (and illegal) drinks,
 full of free chili, the ‘old ladies’ flirted with us, we made six 
bucks and saw a guy get hit over the head with a pool cue. All
 on a Thursday night. Man—talk about big excitement and success!”
In the late 70′s and early 80′s, Mitch’s band played with guys like Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Lowell Fulson, Willie Dixon, Pee Wee Crayton, Big Joe Turner, Roy Gaines, Jimmy Witherspoon and more. “Getting to rehearse all afternoon with Lowell Fulson, then meet back onstage later for the ‘big show’–the value of these experiences can’t be overstated”
“Also, William Clarke was around. He hadn’t been signed to Alligator Records, yet. I lived in Venice, he lived close by in Torrance, and we became fast friends and each other’s biggest fans. I used to tag along with him to some trippy places in inner L.A. He even called me one morning and asked if I could play harp in the studio with him, Jr Watson, Richard Innes, and Fred Kaplan–that was an ego boost. That’s me, 25-year-old pip-squeak, playing harmonica on Bill’s song “Now That You’re Gone”, released posthumously a few years ago.”
“Kim Wilson and I grew up in the same town, although at different times. I didn’t know him then, but I played with guys who were friends with him and had played with him. His parents and friends were still living there so he’d be around during the holidays and time off. Gigs were set up, parties were had, and I got to listen to and jam with one of my heroes in a loose situation. These were all tremendously inspiring experiences.”
Mitch says he knew the music wouldn’t sound right, wouldn’t sound honest, and wouldn’t have the urgency, if he didn’t play for his living. He had to consider himself a pro and put himself up for scrutiny alongside the best. “I don’t think I’d recommend that to anyone. It’s extremely difficult to build any security or sense of future, (translation: make a dollah!). It can be very difficult psychologically and in other ways downright dangerous. It’s something you have to know for yourself. As Johnny Dyer says, ‘You pour your OWN trouble!’ You’re always welcome to some from Johnny’s bottle, but he won’t pour it for you,” Mitch says with a chuckle.
Mitch said his music is often called “West Coast Blues”. “You’d have to call it blues–some stylized form of different blues grooves,” he said.
From 2006-2011, Mitch played harmonica with today’s version of WAR, which includes one original member, keyboardist/singer Lonnie Jordan. He says that had a big influence on him, “To be there every night on the road with such a great live performer, seeing how he draws so much energy and stamina from the crowd energy and the music itself. He seemed to run and run and run without putting any miles on the tires.”
He talked about the many singers who have inspired him–all the great classic blues singers–Johnny Adams, Jr Parker, and Bobby Bland. I’ve always bought records by singers, people like Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, and Tom Jones. One time, in a newspaper article, they said I played harp like Little Walter and sang like Lou Rawls–I need to find that person and hire him/her as my publicist.”
Mitch has four CD’s on Delta Groove and one self-produced from 1999. One of the Delta Groove CD’s is a re-release of the LP his band, The Pontiax, made in the 1980′s. You can find it at www.deltagrooveproductions.com or google “Mitch Kashmar.”
9PM

SUN24th 
DJANGOPHILES - Swing Sunday - 7:30pm - FREE
Our main influence is our namesake…the great Belgian/French Gypsy 
guitarist Django Reinhardt, who together with Stephane Grappeli formed 
the famous “Hot club of France” in 1934, and based on their collaborations 
and the Gypsy guitar styling’s of Django, a whole new style of Jazz was 
developed….called Le jazz hot .

Django Reinhardt has astounded and thrilled numerous generations of 
guitar players and jazz lovers with his amazing command of the guitar
 and his influence is evident even today.

This music has an infectious driving rhythm and incorporates most of the 
standard pop and jazz tunes of the 20′s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s …. As well as many modern day compositions. 

The Djangophiles, in keeping with the tradition of the music use acoustic instruments, and sound reinforcement only when necessary….The result is a comfortable listening level that is never too loud or intrusive.

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MON 25th - THE REAL COMEDY SPOT - FREE - 9pm
Featuring: The Real HyJinx

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) 9pm
The 44's
Friday 8/29 9pm 
$10 Cover 21+ *Cascade Blues Association members get $1 off at the door
Advance tickets available through http://www.tickettomato.com/

"They play like their life depends on it and you can quote me" - KID RAMOS
"One of the Hardest working, hardest playing blues outfits anywhere." - AMERICAN BLUES NEWS
The 44's are:
Johnny Main - guitar and vocals
Jason Lozano - drums
Mike Hightower - bass
Jacob Huffman - harmonica

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR95p7kTNNg
The 44's 'Take It Easy'
The 44's are a Los Angeles-based band who play blues-roots-rock music. The 44's are one the brightest rising stars on the American blues roots scene. Make no mistake about it. The raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians during live performances and in the making of their Sophomore album Americana, on the Rip Cat label, demands to be heard by Blues music fans World Wide. They evidence a genuine gift for creating blues in the moment while at the same time showing loyalty to a remarkable blues-and-r&b tradition that goes back decades through the James Harman Band and the Red Devils to storied greats like Howlin' Wolf, Albert Collins, and Muddy Waters. They've become a favorite band of club and festival crowds across North America.


FREE 6pm SHOW
TBA

SAT 30th
CHRIS BAUM - 9pm
​The Chris Baum Project brings a fresh and exciting musical experience to your party or event. Whether a wedding reception, office party, outdoor festival, club date, or corporate or fundraising event, the Chris Baum Project will provide a unique blend of unbridled enthusiasm and professionalism to your special occasion.
Made up of seasoned musicians, the Chris Baum Project's members have performed with local and national acts and artists, including: Soul Vaccination (founded by Chris Baum in 1994), Body and Soul, Curtis Salgado, Paul Delay, Tom Grant, and Nu Shooz; Boz Scaggs, Anthony Jackson, The Drifters, The Chiffons, Foghat, Alabama, and Reba Mcintyre.
This soulful nine-piece band includes: Chris Baum on Keyboards and Lead Vocals; Debbie Earnhart on Lead & Backup Vocals; Mike Doolin on Guitar and Vocals; Shane Hall on Drums and Vocals; Calen Uhlig on Bass; Marc Chervin and Greg Garrett on Trumpet, Michelle Medler on Alto and Tenor Saxophones, and Pete Petersen on Tenor and Bari Saxophone.

SUN 31st 
INVADERS CD RELEASE PARTY

SEPTEMBER

MONDAY 1st 
THE REAL COMEDY SPOT - FREE - 9pm
Featuring: The Real HyJinx

TUE 2nd 
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED 3rd 
SUBURBAN SLIM’S BLUES JAM (blues)
now even earlier...8:30pm $2

FREE 6pm SHOW
WOODLANDER

THU 4th 

FREE 6pm SHOW
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana)

FRI 5th - Joe McMurrian & Friends - $5 - 9pm

SAT 6th - 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 7th
DJANGOFILES - FREE
Come on down for a swing dance night.
7:30
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​MON 8th 
THE REAL COMEDY SPOT - FREE - 9pm
Featuring: The Real HyJinx

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

FREE 6PM SHOW
SHARKSKIN REVUE

WED 10th
SUBURBAN SLIM’S BLUES JAM (blues)
now even earlier...8:30pm $2

FREE 6PM SHOW
Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party

THU 11th
FREE 6PM SHOW
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/roots rock)

FRI 12th 
THE STRANGETONES
9pm

SAT 13th
BLIND WILLIES
9pm

SUN 14th
DJANGOPHILES - FREE
7:30pm

MON 15th
THE REAL COMEDY SPOT - FREE - 9pm
Featuring: The Real HyJinx
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TUE 16th 
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED 17th 
BLUES JAM W/ SUBURBAN SLIM
8:30pm

FREE 6PM SHOW
WOODLANDER

THU 18th 
FRANK GOLDWASSER & FRIENDS
9pm

FREE 6PM SHOW
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/Roots)

FRI 19th  
ROBBIE LAWS / KENNY BLUE RAY - 9pm
JAWBONE FLATS - 6pm - FREE

SAT 20th 
RAE GORDON - 9pm

SUN 21st 
DJANGOPHILES
7:30pm
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MON 22nd
THE REAL COMEDY SPOT - FREE - 9pm
Featuring: The Real HyJinx

TUE 23rd 
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED 24th 
BLUES JAM W/ SUBURBAN SLIM - 8:30pm
Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party 6pm - FREE

THU 25th 
HOLY CHILD 9pm
TOUGH LOVEPYLE (Americana/Roots) - 6pm - FREE

FRI 26th
STEVE KERIN & FRIENDS - 9pm

SAT 27th
STEVE BAILEY & BLUE FLAMES 9PM
HARMONICA PARTY 7PM - FREE

SUN 28th 
DJANGOPHILES - FREE
7:30pm

MON 29th
THE REAL COMEDY SPOT - FREE - 9pm
Featuring: The Real HyJinx

TUE 30th 
WINGTIPS
An All-Star Blues/Rhythm n' Blues/Swing
9pm $3

WED OCT 1st
MARIA MULDAIR

Facebook event has already been built and invites sent out. 
We can all encourage 'our friends' to invite their friends'.
Facebook came down really hard on me for creating events 
and making invites - they want people to BUY THAT.
But, I was able to create an event and invite people (just not 1000 people). 
Here is the Facebook event page: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1468951356698341/

I didn't waste any time on this - I got it done asap.
I've also listed the gig with a group called SpinGo, which sends info out to multiple sources, to try and broaden the exposure.

Turtle Vandemarr was wondering if his little group (the ones who opened for Bill Kirchen a year ago) could open for Maria (since Turtle is a friend of hers, from the S.F. days, who played with Dan Hicks).

I told them I would ask you. I know the manager and you have a contract, so all I told him was 'I would ask', that's all.








Hours

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

​Contact Us

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

Booking Inquiries:
        E-mail Jon Wallace
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