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The Portland Blues Cruise 2017
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Portland, OR
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The Portland Blues Cruise 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
(The Portland Music Awards are that night, but the cruise is early enough to do both!)

$25 prepaid, $30 at the door. Cruise is from 3-5pm, boarding at 2:30pm. Tickets are limited.

The annual Portland Blues Cruise sets sail on the first Saturday in October on the Willamette, where attendees will be floating to the sounds of the best in area blues featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars.

All floors of the boat will offer live music to sip along to. Memphis themed, including food that can be purchased on board.  Acts highlight musicians who have competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee and serves to help support the current acts going for the 2018 competition in January.

RGB was recently named by Willamette Week as the Best Blues Act for 2017 in Portland.
The band represented the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis for the 2017 International Blues Challenge, where they placed 3rd in the finals against hundreds of bands from around the world.  They are passing the blues torch to the new round of representatives that inlcude the youth, solo/duo and band act, who will be representing the Portland area and the Cascade Blues Association in the 2018 IBCs in Memphis.Rae is also a 3 time Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist and a Hall of Fame winner. Rae is known for her sense of humor and range that allows her to do a rock blues to a soft ballad. The band highlights the sweet middle between a downtown gritty and an uptown city.


"Sister Mercy's soulful, sultry songs suddenly but smoothly transition to funky blues rock in a way that keeps you on the dance floor for hours" Michelle Bean (Owner-Catfish Lous)

SISTER MERCY possesses a high energy, blues driven sound. Lead singer April Brown is mesmerizing with her powerful, beautiful presence, full range vocals and complete joy in performance. The talented Scott Garcia adds guitar and vocal textures. Rounded out with Roger Espinor on drums, John Webb on bass and Debby Espinor on keys. Semifinalist in the International Blues Challenge 2016 and going to Memphis again in 2018, SISTER MERCY was nominated for best new band for the Muddy Awards SISTER MERCY represents the Cascade Blues Association of Portland, Oregon. SISTER MERCY presents music that is a pleasure for the ears and a show that is a feast for the eyes.

15 year old Timothy has been making blues waves around the Portland Metro area, known as much for his flowing red hair as his incredible guitar style that harps back to seasoned players 4 times his age. He is one to watch!

A fresh take on a bygone era that is intimate, alluring, and hauntingly beautiful.

Julie and Dean are the 2017 winners of the Journey to Memphis for solo/duo category and will be representing the CBA in 2018 in Memphis.
The pairing of a vocalist and upright acoustic bass is a magical combination that leaves nowhere to hide. It is a setting reserved for the most qualified artists, a mingling that Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller bring together with unexpected delight.

Julies strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Deans bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs.

Proceeds from the cruise will help lend financial support to the acts going to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Tickets are Non Refundable


Tom McCall Waterfront Park (View)
SW Naito Pkwy - Salmon Salmon Springs, river-side
Portland, OR 97204
United States


Music > Blues
Music > R&B
Other > Fundraisers

Minimum Age: 12
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Rae Gordon Music
On BPT Since: Aug 18, 2014
Rae Gordon

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