September 21, 2016

Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers Journey to Memphis



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


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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 Auction



The 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 Auction



The 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 .










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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 

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



  $25 prepaid, $30 at the door. Cruise 3-5pm, boarding at 2:30pm.


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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
David Pinsky has been playing the blues for more than 40 years and has been a fixture in the Southern Oregon music scene for years. His blues partner Phil Newton and David have just released their most recent album. In addition to his solo and duo work, he has been the band leader of the Rhythm Kings for about 30 years. In addition to playing many venues, he has also played the Waterfront Blues Festival and has 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.


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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.

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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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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  Tickets on Sale NOW!

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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.

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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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