July 26, 2016

Portland Blues Cruise Featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars



featuring the Journey to Memphis All-Stars

Copy of live music flyer template (1)Rae Gordon, Lisa Mann, Franco Paletta…with David Pinsky, Timothy James & Special Guests…more to be announced!

Doors open: 2:30pm, Event begins: 3:00pm

A day on the Willamette River floating to the sounds of the best in area blues featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars including Blues Music Award Winner Lisa Mann, Muddy Award Winner Rae Gordon and Franco Paletta.
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.

Lisa has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award for her mighty skills on the bass guitar, an award which she also took home in 2015. Her first award win fell hot on the heels of her win for Blues Blast’s Sean Costello Rising Star Award, as well as three Muddy Waters Awards from the Cascade Blues Association for Contemporary Blues Act of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, and Northwest Recording of the Year. Her latest release, Hard Times, Bad Decisions debuted on the Living Blues radio chart at #7, and on the International Blues Broadcasters Association chart at #10, and can be heard burning up the airwaves worldwide.

3 time Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist, Rae is known for her sense of humor and range that allows her to do a rock blues to a soft ballad. Rae Gordon is a 2 time semi finalist in Memphis at the IBCs and the current winner and representative of the 2016 Journey to Memphis Contest and will be representing Portland, Oregon February 2017 on Beale Street.

Since breaking into the Portland Blues scene in the Mid-80’s, Franco Paletta has become a mainstay of the city’s Blues fans. His dynamic harp style and unique vocals has made him one of Portland’s favorite Blues personalities. A Chicago Style Blues Band that makes you want to get up out of your seat and dance the night away. Franco’s unique vocals and dynamic harp, along with the best players on the local scene and beyond make this a “must see” Blues act.

Solo Act
Previously been to the International Blues Challenge.
Youth Act.
14 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!

Proceeds from the cruise will get Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers to
Memphis and help lend financial support to the solo and youth act.

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


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.



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.



sandy feast

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.


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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


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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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

sister mercy

(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.

Rae Gordon

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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.


dirty flowers

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.

beale and birthday bash poster

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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