October 19, 2015

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



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, Ben Rice and Peter Dammann, incredible guitar players who have cut their teeth on the northwest scene and beyond. Laws is a force to be reckoned with and is known for his vocals and strong finger fast style, Rice recently gained national acclaim for his guitar work in Memphis, winning awards and Peter Dammann has been the groove glue for such bands as Paul deLay and as the coordinator the long running Waterfront Blues Festival he has built the foundation for putting Portland on the map.

The band bacWe Three Kings 12.19.2015king the 3 Kings is no exception! Ed Pierce on drums, Joseph Conrad on bass, Ben Partain on keys and for this night, the “Holy Horns” of Joe McCarthy on trumpet and Scott Franklin.

Special 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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September 24, 2015

Portland Band Sister Mercy is Going to Memphis! Join the Pre-Party on the Cascade Blues Cruise with the Journey to Memphis All Stars: Rae Gordon w/Big Monti, Karen Lovely Band, Rogue Rage, Justus Reece

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Live music on every level!

Karen Lovely Band, Rae Gordon, Sister Mercy, Rogue Rage Duo, Justus Reece

LIMITED TICKETS at www.cascadebluescruise2015.brownpapertickets.com rae gordon


Cascade Blues Cruise 2015

An afternoon of the best in Portland blues on every level of the Spirit featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars.

Last year, the Portland Spirit was alive with music on every floor and dancing almost to capacity.  This year will be no different!  More acts, more music!

October 3, 3pm-5:30pm (boarding at 3pm, boat cruises from 3:30-5:30pm)
Portland Spirit, Waterfront Park, Portland

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(2015 Winner Journey to Memphis)

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(2015 Winner Journey to Memphis)
(2010 2nd Place International Blues Challenge, Memphis; Best Female Vocalist)
(2015 Semi Finalist Band, International Blues Challenge, Muddy Award Best Female Vocalist)
(2015 Youth Winner Journey to Memphis)

Over 250 acts from around the world, come to compete with the best of the beibcst for this once in a lifetime opportunity for these musicians. Your ticket purchase for this not to be missed afternoon of music on the Willamette River will go to help send current Journey to Memphis winners Sister Mercy (band) and Rogue Rage Duo and Youth winner soloist Justus Reece and will help provide airfare, lodging and meals to all of their band members at the upcoming January 2016 IBC.

2015 Journey to Memphis Band Winner
Singer April Brown has desired to take her talent to the stages of the Rose City after years in Los Angeles, recording and singing at such famous places as The Roxie and the Whiskey a go-go on Sunset Strip. Her influences include Nina Simone, Etta James as well as current artists such as Adele and Duffy. She also trained in comedy at the Groundlings, where such notables as Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wigg and Will Farrell cut their comedy teeth.
Members of this band that has taken Portland by storm have deep roots in the Oregon regional music area. Roger Espinor played with the award-winning Rose City Kings, as it’s original drummer and band production manager.  He produced three CD’s with this high-energy blues band and brings those creative, driving rhythms to Sister Mercy.

2015 Journey to Memphis Duo Winner
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2nd place winner at the 2010 International Blues Challenge followed by three 2011 Blues Music Award Nominations for BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST, BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM and BEST SONG for her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN. She is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville and was selected as a 2014 Featured Blues Artist of the Year by KJZZ FM in Los Angeles. Lovely’s records have topped the national blues and roots charts and made the Top 10 favorite artist list for dozens of nationally syndicated radio stations.
Known for her passionate, driven performances, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely’s standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

2015 Semi Finalist, International Blues Challenge
2014 Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist (Cascade Blues Association), Rae Gordon started in the piano bars and comedy clubs of Los Angeles, and her ability to engage an audience dates back to those roots. They have played the big and little stages of northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and festivals helping to mold their signature sound.  Their debut album Blue Lemonade hit the Billboard Blues Charts at number 10, a spot they held for 2 weeks.  She ws the 2014 Jounrey to Memphis band winner and followed that up with a semi finals place in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.And other acts to be announced.

Every year, blues organizations from around the world hold local contests to send their winning acts to the renowned International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee (www.blues.org).  Cascade Blues Association, the local Portland blues organization, holds their own “Journey to Memphis” contest every year at the Waterfront Blues Festival in downtown Portland.

Ticket $25.  Drawings for certificates from local eateries and blues clubs. Food and drink will be available for purchase directly on the boat

To learn more about the Cascade Blues Association and the International Blues Challenge, please go to www.cascadebluesassociation.org.

To learn more about the International Blues Challenge and the Blues Foundation, please go to www.blues.org.

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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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January 19, 2015

Rae Gordon Band Representing Portland at the International Blues Challenge

IMG_20150120_063534_524Chosen as the Cascade Blues Association’s representative this last summer during the local competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival. RGB will head to the famed Beale Street to compete in the 31st annual International Blues Challenge along with over 250 bands and solo/duo acts from around the world.  It is an honor to represent our beautiful city.

tuesday, January 20th –

most everybody couldn’t sleep, especially rae while a couple only got a few hours of sleep, the excitment was too much.  everybody headed to the airport and arrived at 4:30am yes aM….we are disgusted too.  we board the flight to memphis with a layover in Houston.  the band passed their time by

band passed the time by looking out the window, cracking jokes and getting leg cramps. All in all, we were on our best behavior.

A woman fell I’ll during our flight to Houston and needed medical attention until she could help on the ground. Big kudos to a nurse who happened to be on board and helped continue to monitor situation. I know it must’ve have calmed her nerves considerably. We wish her well and a full recovery.

In the Houston terminal we started seeing very cool hats that Blues musicians would wear……we were getting close! Memphis next stop.
We landed and tried to stuff into one van but the driver wasn’t having it. Rae considered riding on the luggage rack, but instead Rae and Edwin took a 2nd van with a driver named Gregory who wasn’t having a good day and said damnit at least once. That still didn’t stop Rae from trying to make best friends with him in the hopes that he would invite everybody over for dinner or give the band their money back. No such luck, so on to making friends at the hotel! In the Doubletree they went and Rae got to see Lynette and Tom from Portland who had also been on their flight as well as Ron and Deb from Canada who were there to support their friend Tim Williams and the band representative. There was a buzz over Memphis especially in the Doubletree Lobby where a grand piano was getting a lot of attention from nimble fingers, friends meeting up and bands breathing a sigh of relief from their own travels near and far. The night ends with some asleep, Rae practicing songs in the hotel room and Joseph Conrad and Ben Partain out at a jam at the Rum Boogie giving the folks a taste of some northwest grooves to come. Competition starts tomorrow.

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January 18, 2015 – Special going away party for the band and birthday celebration (Rae) at The Lehrer. Beale & Birthday Bash. Special drawings and auctions to help feed the band in Memphis. 3 Special Limited I SENT THE BAND TO MEMPHIS will also be auctioned off.









December 15 – placed ad in the IBC Program!  It’s starting to seem real!

December Rae Gordon IBC Ad Final- T shirt campaign with special edition shirts sold to help with lodging.

October 2014 – Cascade Blues Cruise Featuring the Memphis All Stars, acts that have been CBA representatives in past years including Lisa Mann, Franco Paletta and Ben Rice. Over 400 enjoyed a beautiful and bright day on the river.

July 2014 – won local completion at Waterfront Blues Festival


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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!


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!

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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December 11, 2014

Spreading the Christmas Cheer from There to Here!

Are you in the mood? If not…even better, because we have just the cure for what ails you!

Please considered getting your dose of Holiday Cheer at one of many fine and fun Christmas Shows or shows that might include a Christmas song (or two) that Rae Gordon or the Rae Gordon Band are involved in.

baDecember 11 (they are also doing a show on the 14th)


December 12
Duffs Garage, Portland.
A night of music from the Northwest representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.

RGB Merry at Maks 12.13.2014 2 SMALLDecember 13

Merry at Mak’s all star show at Jimmy Mak’s Portland featuring Louis Pain, LaRhonda Steele, Rae Gordon, Lloyd Jones, Gaddis Cavenah and more!

December 14
Tap Monkey, Seattle. A night of music from the Northwest representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.

December 15Jingle Jam
Jingle Bell Jam with the Mighty Mouth Radio!
Hwy 99, Seattle.




Holiday BellesDecember 19
Drummerboy presents Holiday Belles with Heather Jones & Rae Gordon, featuring Gaddis Cavenah.
Hwy 99, Seattle.

And if THAT isn’t enough! Follow that upNYE with New Years Eve at The Home of the Blues, Trails End Saloon as we toast the end of an amazing year and the exciting year to come. We will also be celebrating the last day of office for the Oregon City Mayor.

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October 22, 2014

Tis the Season of Soul with All Star Christmas Show at Jimmy Mak’s

RGB Merry at Maks 12.13.2014 2 SMALLTis the Season of Soul at Jimmy Mak’s with the soulful sounds of Christmas. We present Merry at Mak’s, one glorious holiday happening that starts at 8pm and features award winning musicians, all strong forces in the Portland community with their own musical projects, but who will share the stage together for just one beautiful joyous night. This show will include the Rae Gordon Band rhythm section with Gaddis Cavenah on guitar, Federico Pol on bass and Edwin Coleman III on drums featuring Louis Pain on Keys, with Lloyd Jones on guitar and vocals, LaRhonda Steele and Rae Gordon add their voices to the Merry at Mak’s Christmas Chorus.  Santa Claus will also make an appearance. Come down for the show that will help jump start your holiday cheer with some memorable performances with Holiday hymns that are both new and tried and true, sung by some of your favorite performers.

Louis Pain, dubbed “Portland’s boss of the B-3″ by The Oregonian is a satisfying staple of the northwest music diet, known for his epic soul tributes and artful way of making everybody he plays with sound their best.  Originally from San Francisco, he has played with some of the best in the Bay and the Northwest including the late, great Paul deLay, Curtis Salgado, Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Dan Balmer and the late great sister of soul herself, Linda Hornbuckle LaRhonda Steele sang her first solo in church one Sunday morning at the age of 13 in Oklahoma and as Portland audience’s can attest, our city was blessed when she brought her inspiring and delicious voice “home” to the City of Roses.  She has worked with both local and international artists and highlights include singing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy and the annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.  She is well known for her work with gospel and her dedication to the community.
Rae Gordon, the 2014 Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winner for Best Female Vocalist is known for her love of the audience and finds Christmas a time to reconnect with not only the music goers, but the tradition of the season.  Starting her musical journey in piano bars and opening for comedians, she brings that sense of humor to her shows to this day.  Her band won the contest to represent the Portland area at the upcoming International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.
Roots artist and guitar player Lloyd Jones is not only a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and winner of dozens of awards and known for his back porch blues and critically acclaimed recordings, he also has won a place in every audience’s heart.  His infectious love of his craft can be seen in his smile, to his fingers down to his toes.  If you have seen a past Christmas show featuring him, you know it is a not to be missed event.
Gaddis Cavenah’s guitar stylings and songwriting is fast becoming a sought after commodity in the Portland area.  His 2013 recording he produced, and wrote with Rae Gordon climbed the Billboard Blues charts at number 10 in July of 2013.   A mutli-instrumentalist, he is a musician’s musician and has worked and performed for many years in the northwest.
Santa Claus is a jolly old soul, known best for his ability to squeeze into small spaces in spite of his large frame and being very generous to a fault.  Highlights of his career have included maintaining a large lap and a twinkle in his eye.
Seasoned musician bass player Federico Pol, whose tours have included Ricky Martin and Joe Cocker and sought after Drummer Edwin Coleman III, who has backed the best, will lay down the grooves that will warm your holiday hearts.
Please make Reservations!  So go early and plan on getting your holiday cheer on.  General admission, $12


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October 20, 2014

Portland Music Community Comes Together for One of Their Own

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Portland Music Community Comes Together for an All Star Night of Support at Jimmy Mak’s, the home of northwest soul, including keyboardist for Santana and Etta James.

Drummer Tom Royer, one of Portland’s most talented, versatile, and beloved musicians, has Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and is in dire need of a lung transplant. He’s currently on a wait list in Seattle. Tom is on oxygen 24/7 and cannot play drums anymore. His wife, vocalist Lily Wilde, recently had surgery of her own and is still recuperating. Neither is able to work and their bills are piling up. So Portland’s music community is once again stepping up to help one of their own with an all-star benefit concert at Jimmy Mak’s.

Performers at this very special event will include five great bands:

Quadraphonnes; Ken DeRouchie Band; Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group; Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes; and DK Stewart Sextet.

Also appearing will be the following artists: David K. Mathews (Etta James’ pianist for 20 years, who will be leading an Etta James tribute); Lloyd Jones; Andy Stokes; Rae Gordon; LaRhonda Steele; Lily Wilde; Karen Lovely; Peter Dammann; Carlton Jackson; Albert Reda; John Mazzocco; Bill Rhoades; Renato Caranto; “King Louie” Pain; Dan Balmer; Dave Captein; and many more!

Guest Emcee: Wayne Havrelly (KGW)

Cover charge: $20. Please step up and help one of the nicest guys and finest musicians around.

To learn more about Tom and Lily’s situation and/or to make a donation, visit their GoFundMe account page: http://www.gofundme.com/efjsrg

Learn more about Soul
Sisters Productions, LLC at: www.soulsisterspdx.com

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August 24, 2014

Don’t Miss the Boat! Get your Cascade Blues Cruise Ticket!

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Rae Gordon Band
Lisa Mann
Franco Paletta & the Stingers
Ben Rice

For more info on the contest and acts, go to www.raegordon.com/ibc

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