February 14, 2017

Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers Ride into a 3rd Place Win in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee

Thousands of acts all over the world competed in their local contests, from China to Australia and all points in between, musicians brought their best to their stages.  Only a few hundred won the chance to come to the heralded stages and clubs of the infamous Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

One such act from the Portland, Oregon area won the coveted spot to represent the Cascade Blues Association and placed 3rd in the whole International Contest with their finals performance on the historic Orpheum Theatre stage.
Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers thank all who made it possible from the community of Portland and Oregon City to the musicians and staff with the IBCs.

 

IBC Finals Picture of Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers

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September 21, 2016

Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers Journey to Memphis

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YOUR PLACE FOR ALL NEWS FOR THE JOURNEY TO MEMPHIS WINNER RAE GORDON & THE BACKSEAT DRIVERS AS THEY COMPETE IN MEMPHIS

 

 

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2ND – 2ND NIGHT OF QUARTERFINALS – BB KINGS CLUB BEALE STREET, MEMPHIS – 5:35PM

Tonight at the International Blues Challenge, The Backseat Drivers play the 2nd quarter finals in this epic and exciting competition. BB Kings on Beale Street at 5:35pm.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1ST – 1ST NIGHT IF QUARTER FINALS – BB KINGS CLUB BEALE STREET, MEMPHIS 7:55PM

Wednesday February 1st 1st quarter finals – BB Kings 755pm.

excited to be playing a great club!

Wednesday February 1st – 12:00 noon at Club 152 on Beale for the Northwest Artists Showcase!

 

 

Cascade Blues Association’s band representative going to the International Blues Challenge January 31st to February 5th 2017.  

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2-6pm

Come send off Rae & the guys this Sunday at their Memphis Send-off and last chance fundraiser!  Lots of music, mingling and a chance to bid on some great items and win cool prizes.  2-6pm AND kid friendly!

http://cni.pmgnews.com/cr/24-news/341491-221366-oregon-citys-rae-gordon-heading-to-international-blues-competition

Memphis Flyer for Backseat Drivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Do you have an upcoming event or wedding and want a good deal!

EVENT & WEDDING AUCTION PACKAGES

More information and BUY NOW at www.raegordon.com/auctions 

BID NOW BY EMAILING blues_rae@msn.com or BUY NOW.

Getting this 7 piece band flown, lodged and fed has been a huge undertaking and we are in the final stretch and still need some funds to finish up the lodging portion of our great Memphis adventure where we represent the Portland area and Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge.  People and great businesses have come together to help and these three auctions are an example of them coming together to help a band live a dream.  Bids start at $1000 and will be accepted until January 28th.  Payment is due by January 30th.  Our band is leaving on January 31st to Memphis.

All packages include Rae Gordon as an officiant (for a wedding), event consulting, live music for 3 hours, includes use of sound equipment for band and for announcements.  One package (Molalla) includes food.   Scheduling dependent on available times, referrals for decoration, catering and table/chair rentals available.  Event consulting provided by Rae Gordon.  Coordination of event available for an addition fee.  Larger band and/or more time available at additional cost.

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Canby Chapel Auction

 

The Canby Package venue is generously donated by Michael Allen Harrison and the Canby Chapel.

 

 

 

 

Molalla AuctionThe Molalla Package venue is generously donated by Carol Westergren and Out in the Garden Nursery.  Food is donated by Dano’s Dogs, highlighting Zenner’s products and serves 60.

 

 

 

 

Oregon City AuctionThe Oregon City Package venue is generously donated by 2 Girls Catering.

 

 

 

 

 

 


ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE:

The IBC is an annual competition that brings acts from all over the world to the famed Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.  Every year, blues organizations from the United States and other countries, hold local contests to send their winners to Beale Street for 4 days of playing, networking and feeling the blues.  Friends, family and fans support their acts in Memphis and from home, through support, fundraisers and good old fashioned love!

Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers are the current winners of the local contest and will be competing at the IBCs.  RGB appreciates all the wonderful people who have helped us this far and with us in person and in spirit in Memphis.  Special thanks to the Cascade Blues Association for sending us and to the other great acts in the local competition and the other acts from the northwest .

 


 

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OCTOBER 8, 2016, Portland, Oregon – the Portland Blues Cruise to Highlight the Journey to Memphis All stars while fundraising for Rae and the band to get to Memphis

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TICKETS and Cruise info www.raegordon.com/portlandbluescruise 

Partygoers will cruise the Willamette River floating to music on all levels including Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers, Lisa Mann, Franco Paletta and David Pinsky and 14 year old Timothy James


JULY 4, 2016, Portland, Oregon – Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers win the Journey to Memphis Contest.

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On a beautiful summer day with just a hint of rain, new Portland Oregon area band Rae & the Backseat Drivers won the honor of representing the Cascade Blues Association at the renowned International Blues Challenge in February 2017 when

 


 

Pat McDougall, Ed Pierce, Allan Kalik, Rae Gordon, Scott Franklin, Al Hooton, Kivett Bednar, photo by Kat Rose

 

 

 

 

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July 26, 2016

Portland Blues Cruise Featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars

PORTLAND BLUES CRUISE

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH, 2017

  $25 prepaid, $30 at the door. Cruise 2-4pm, boarding at 1:30pm.

GET TICKETS HERE

 

A day on the Willamette River floating to the sounds of the best in area blues featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars including all your favorites.

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 as winners of the local Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis contest.

 

Portland Blues Cruise 2017

 

 

 

 

TIMOTHY JAMES

Youth Act.
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!

 

Tickets are Non Refundable

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July 8, 2016

Weekend Wanderings

It’s is a full and wonderful weekend for Rae Gordon and band……backseat drivers

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016 – TRAILS END SALOON, 1320 MAIN STREET, OREGON CITY – 8:30pm

FridayCopy of A New Poster (8) brings Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers fresh from their Journey to Memphis win at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival to hometown blues bar Trails End Saloon in historic Oregon City, where opener will be the Timothy James Gang, a 14 year old guitar player from Mulino (a small town just minutes south) who has been steadily making fans wherever he goes for his passionate playing at such a young age.  The Backseat Drivers include a horn section and will also be highlighting the guitar work of Kivett Bednar and Garry Meziere.

 http://www.trailsendsaloon.net

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016 – WILLAMETTE VALLEY LAVENDER FESTIVAL – CHEHALEM CULTURAL CENTER – NEWBERG – 1-3pm

Saturday brings the Rae Gordon trio to t13466510_1747279042156765_6331500611723678718_n (1)he beautiful Willamette Valley.  Enjoy the sights and smells of the Lavender Festival and pick up the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself.  It includes beautiful art and the Plein Air Art Show.

http://www.wvlavenderfestival.org

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016 – SANDY MUSIC FAIR AND FEAST – SANDY – 2-4pm

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Sunday brings Rae Gordon and the band out to the town of Sandy to participate in a wonderful community offering.  The City of Sandy is a cool place, on the way up to Mt. Hood.   Music all weekend and great food, beer and wine.  The best that the area has to offer.

http://sandyoregonchamber.org/music-fair-feast-2/

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February 3, 2016

BIG Birthday Party at The Gemini for BIG Monti

Gemini Pub 2.6.2016Big Monti Amundson brings his birthday party to one of the best venues on the SW side.  Rae Gordon joins in the celebration by adding her brand of blues to Big Monti’s rockin’ band.

 

 

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December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays from Rae Gordon Music!

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October 19, 2015

Three Kings, a girl and a jolly St. Nick to bring the Spirit of Christmas to the Trails

WE THREE KINGS CHRISTMAS COMES TO THE TRAILS END SALOON

The Portland area is full of blues royalty and on Saturday, December 19th, The Trails is holding court with not one king, but three! Rae Gordon brings you Robbie Laws, Big Monti Amundson, and Lloyd Jones. Laws is a force to be reckoned with and is known for his vocals and strong finger fast style, Big Monti is the big guy who toured Europe extensively and is still recognized for being the founder of the Blubinos and is a master of slide. . Lloyd Jones is the head king himself, an immense northwest favorite so good he collects awards like regular people collect stamps.

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The band backing the 3 Kings is no exception! Ed Pierce on drums, Joseph Conrad on bass (DK Stewart Band, Rae Gordon Band), Ben Partain on keys and for this night, the “Holy Horns” of Joe McCarthy (DK Stewart, Duffy Bishop, Kevin Selfe) on trumpet and Scott Franklin (Ants in the Kitchen, Rae Gordon Band) on saxophone.

Special singing appearance by St. Nick on a quick detour on his worldwide tour. Christmas songs and other songs to dance by to get in the holiday spirit!

COAT FOR A CAUSE! Bring a good new or used coat to donate and get a drawing ticket for a prize. Bring as many extra coats you can donate for charity and get a ticket for each one.

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April 16, 2015

Summer is Fast Approaching and So Are the Dirty Flowers

After much hard work and delays and countless patient audiences everywhere, the much antipated 2nd CD of the songwriting duo Gaddis Cavenah and Rae Gordon now has a tentative release by the 4th of July at the Waterfront Blues Festival and should be available at the Music Millennium booth.

 

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So, Save The Date and let’s all get dirty!

 

 

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March 11, 2015

Community & Blues Musicians Come Together to Help Kids

March 21st, 2015, partygoers will enjoy DK Stewart, Ellen Whyte, Steve & Margo Show and Rae Gordon at the Pioneer Center in Oregon City.  This will be the 5th year that the Oregon City Lions Club puts on this event that brings together the community to help the 1190 KEX Kids Fund make a difference in the life of a child.  Find out more at www.2020event.org.  Tickets on Sale NOW!

20 20 Event 2015 Flyer

 

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December 31, 2014

Kiss in the New Year with the Rae Gordon Band!

The Rae Gordon Band rings in the New Year with a smile AND a Kiss!

9pm-1am.

Trails End Saloon

1320 Main Street, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

 

nye trailsWhat better place to enjoy the turning of the year and breaking your New Years Resolutions then at the Home of the Blues!!!

Join the Rae Gordon Band as they ring in the New Year with special guests including none other than Mayor Doug Neeley, who we will celebrate his last day in office with us and hopefully on the dance floor!

MUSIC | APPETIZERS | CHAMPAGNE TOAST | DRAWING FOR DINNERS
ALSO, back by popular demand…..

Rae’s Kiss for A Cause!  $1 a chance.

ny kissWe all know you can never be too careful about assuming you have your New Year’s Midnight Kiss in the bag….so pay $1 for a chance to midnight kiss people who are being charitable and will kiss YOU back!  Money raised goes to the Oregon City Lions Club.

 

Here are 2 of some of the people putting their puckers up for a case (see Rae at the club if you want to put up a kiss!).

katie templeKatie is usually found smiling and cracking jokes behind the bar at Trails and loves pets, but will come out from being the bar to be your midnight kiss!  How can you say no to this face???

 

rae headshot fixed - small sizeRae likes long walks on the beach, overposting on Facebook and is well, you know who she is and she is needing a midnight kiss, help her out.

 

 

 

 

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If you are without a New Years Midnight kiss, pucker up for a cause!

 

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