August 20, 2018


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August 7, 2018

A Midsummer’s Evening in the Vineyard at Satori Springs

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July 25, 2018

1st Weekend of August finds a little R&R

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April 1, 2018

Blues a la Mode at the Chateau

There is a way cool thing happening on the SW side of Portland. Great dancers and people that want to dance with great dancers are doing a 2nd Saturday of the month social dance and ice cream social.

Rae Gordon is there April 14th along with Kivett Bednar, Joseph Conrad and Mike Klobas helping them get their groove on.

It’s a $12 suggested donation and that goes to help pay everybody to put this cool thing on. If you can’t do the full 12, you won’t be turned around.  Presented by the Dance Freedom Project.




Blues á la mode!
Featuring Live blues with Rae Gordon!!

Every 2nd Saturday of the month we throw a party called Blues á la Mode – a social dance and ice cream social!

Not only are we trying to pay our musicians and djs properly but also our helpers and organizers. Please help make this dream possible by inviting your friends to come along and have a wonderful evening dancing to live blues and enjoying ice cream.

8pm-midnight is the dance.  Live music & DJ.
$12 suggested donation (cash or credit at the door)
No one is turned away for lack of funds

Please note that this is a POC and LGBTQIA+ friendly event. Bigotry or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Please be respectful and consensual to all. Report anything questionable to the dance organizer Robert Umali Evans.

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March 13, 2018

GO Green with the Rae Gordon Band

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December 4, 2017

Christmas, Coats and Kings

The holidays are here and all over the world, people are celebrating in many ways.  Some are sipping their favorite cup of cocoa, others are are surrounding the dinner table with friends and family from near and far, while other are celebrating with song!   The Rae Gordon Band are proud to be part of the Christmas offering of We Three Kings, a show that highlights some of the best talent on the west coast from Washington down to California, and if that isn’t enough, Rae will join the NW Women in Rhythm & Blues show with a bevy of blues belters.

At any of the shows, bring a new or nicely used coat for her “Coat for a Cause” and she and other musicians will disperse to people who are cold and in need.

WE THREE KINGS IN THE BAY – Club Fox, Redwood City, California.

Rae Gordon, Kivett Bednar and Pat McDougall join forces with the Bay area’s own king, Dennis Dove, an incredible drummer and vocalist known as much for his sense of humor, as his talented drum playing.  Much sought after bass player Mike Phillips joins in and California King Tommy Marsh from the Crooked Eye Tommy Band out of Ventura County, and winner of the Best Band join forces to bring some seasonal cheer to the bay.  The Club Fox jam is a Wednesday hotbed of talent, from national to international players.  The dedicated and supportive audience is part of the charm of this weekly mainstay and musicians travelling through always make it one of the highlights of their tours.



WE THREE KINGS IN L.A. – Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia, California.

Rae Gordon, Kivett Bednar and Pat McDougall head down to Los Angeles to meet up with the Kings of California Blues, Tommy Marsh and Joey Delgado, with bass player Lou Castro.

Joey Delgado is one of the Delgado Brothers, a band of siblings who have been delighting Southern California audiences for years and have recently enjoyed travel in and out of the country.  The Delgado Brothers won the International Blues Challenge, an annual competition that brings the best of the best from all corners of the world.  His guitar work is a favorite of both live music fans, but of fellow award winning musicians.


The whole Rae Gordon Band comes to the renowned Hwy 99 club in downtown Seattle to bring Christmas cheer to the State of Washington.  The Kings of Washington blues joins RGB and King Kivett.  Award winning guitarist and singer CD Woodbury is known for his strong solos and deep meaningful guitar work and is the current winner of the Washington Blues Society’s Memphis Contest, where he will be competing with acts from all over the world at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.  Bandleader, promotor and trombone player Randy Oxford brings the show whereever he goes and this night will be no exception!  He is well known for his shows that bring the best of local and national talent to share the stage with him.  A repeat bandleader for the big blues cruises, he is not one to miss.  Thankfully, you won’t have to!

RGB comes back home to the Home of the Blues in downtown Oregon City, just outside Portland, Oregon for the last on the Kings Christmas tour.  Joining Rae is Salem area guitarist and songwriter Garry Meziere, a jewel in the northwest crown, along with Kivett Bednar and from Seattle, CD Woodbury.


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November 3, 2017

RGB Brings Home Two Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association’s Annual Event

On Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at the Melody Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, the Rae Gordon Band was proud to be honored with two Muddy Awards courtesy of the Cascade Blues Association membership. The band was awarded Best Northwest Recording for its latest release Better Than I Was – the award-winning CD is Rae Gordon’s third, and is the first writing collaboration between Gordon and Pat McDougall. It was produced by the band’s guitarist Kivett Bednar, and features his artwork and photography as well. The project was recorded and mastered at Mad Shaman Studios by engineer Alisdair Lee. In addition to Rae Gordon on vocals, the principal players are Kivett Bednar on guitar, Muddy-nominated Scott Franklin on saxophone, Al Hooton on bass, Allan Kalik on trumpet, Pat McDougall on keyboards and Muddy-nominated Ed Pierce on drums. The album’s title song is further sweetened by guest appearances from LaRhonda Steele, who received the Best Female Vocalist Muddy Award the same night, and Muddy-nominated Rich Layton on harmonica.

The band was also thrilled to receive the Best Contemporary Blues Act Muddy Award, chosen from a list of nominees that are some of the most talented acts in the Northwest. The RGB feels particularly fortunate since its lineup is relatively new, having come together in May of 2016 and then going on to take third place in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis just nine months later.

The Muddy Awards are given annually by the Cascade Blues Association, a dedicated group of volunteers, musicians and live music lovers who work tirelessly all year round to support and preserve blues music in the Portland metropolitan area through special programs and events. The entire band was truly grateful to be nominated in the Muddy Awards by the members of the CBA alongside so many incredibly talented and wonderful people.

The complete list of Muddy Award recipients appears below. Clearly though, from the nominees to the recipients, from the fans to the venues, from the volunteers to the stage crews, the ability to be part of this wonderful music community makes us all winners.

Contemporary Blues Act – Rae Gordon Band
“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act – Norman Sylvester Band
Traditional Blues Act – Ben Rice Band (Hall of Fame inductee)
Regional Blues Act – Ty Curtis
New Act – Lightning Kings
“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist – Andy Stokes (Hall of Fame inductee)
“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist – LaRhonda Steele
Electric Guitar – Alan Hager
“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar – Mary Flower
Bass – Timmer Blakely
Harmonica – Mitch Kashmar
Keyboards – Steve Kerin
“Jimi Bott” Drums – Brian Foxworth (Hall of Fame inductee)
Horns – Peter Moss
Venue – Catfish Lou’s
“Hurley” Award – Charles Rowell
NW Event of the Year – Cascade Blues Association 30th Anniversary Celebration
Performance of the Year – Curtis Salgado at the Waterfront Blues Festival
NW Recording of the Year – Rae Gordon, Better Than I Was
National Recording of the Year – Karen Lovely, Fish Outta Water
“George Page” Back What You Believe In – Norman Sylvester
“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement – Terry Robb

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October 24, 2017

Rae Gordon Returns to the International Blues Challenge to Hold Open Jam in Clarksdale, MS and to MC Womens Show During IBC

Rae Gordon returns to Memphis, Tennesse to attend the International Blues Challenge 2018 where she will reconnect with new friends she made from the 2017 IBC, where her band placed 3rd in overall contest.   Rae will be MCing the Women In Blues Show during the IBC on Friday, January 19th and in Clarksdale, Mississippi on Tuesday, January 16th for The Mississippi Mingle, an open jam for any musicians in the area, held at the infamous Hambone Gallery, owned by Stan and Dixie Street.  Rae Gordon Band guitar player and producer Kivett Bednar will also be in attendence and will be performing Tuesday, January 16th along with Rae and drummer Dave Melyan at the open jam and at the Women in Blues Show.


Other dates and times during the IBC to be announced.





Stan Street’s Hambone Gallery in the heart of historic Clarksdale, Mississippi is awash with the passion of the blues, from the music played to the brush strokes on canvas. As a blues musician himself, this self taught artist has taken what he has seen and felt through blues from his travels to this welcome to everybody place that the crossroads put on the map.
On January 16th, Rae Gordon & Kivett Bednar will travel back to Memphis, Tennessee, where just a year prior they were part of the band that placed 3rd in the International Blues Challenge and head down to Hambone and celebrate with musicians from all over the world, with an open blues jam like no other! Featuring special guest Dave Melyan on drums! Drums provided. It is also Rae’s birthday on the 17th, so there will be cake! Bring your instrument and your appetite!

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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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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.


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.  


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!

Memphis Flyer for Backseat Drivers











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


More information and BUY NOW at 


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.








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 .






4 week campaign online only.  Once these t-shirts are gone, that’s it!  Never to be made again.

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 

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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