July 26, 2016

Portland Blues Cruise Featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars

PORTLAND BLUES CRUISE – SAT OCTOBER 6TH, 2018

  $30 prepaid ($25 ea for two), $35 at the door. Cruise 3-5pm, boarding at 2:30pm.

GET TICKETS HERE

Proceeds from cruise help lend financial support to the acts going to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Sponsor the rental of the boat and promote your business in a big way!   Logo spots available for the banner.  $250 each, or buy more space and get a discount.  All helps to rent the boat and give more to the local acts to the competition.

Logo Spaces



Tickets are Non Refundable

The annual Portland Blues Cruise sets sail on the first Saturday in October on the Willamette, where attendees will be floating to the sounds of the best in area blues featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars.

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 and serves to help support the current acts going for the 2018 competition in January.

 

 

 

Journey to Memphis Winners: Fenix Project, Ben Rice and Rae Gordon Band.

 

BEN RICE
www.benricelive.com
Ben Rice has been leaving huge impressions on audiences around the Northwest and winning awards for his vocals and guitar playing for the last seven years. In 2014 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee he left the audience speechless with a raw emotional delivery of his version of “Key To The Highway.” His second consecutive trip to the International Blues Challenge he made the finals in the solo/duo category. Where he was awarded the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist.
His debut on the international stage in 2014, was a landmark step forward in his career from being a regional act playing primarily around the NW to a national and international touring artist. Captivating audiences and presenting himself as someone who has a lot of depth in the various soundscapes of American music. Ben is gaining fans all over the world who love his playing, singing, songs, and stage performance.
His original music blends Soul, Delta-Blues, Rockabilly, Jazz, and Funk into a Roots Stew. Influenced heavily by his parents record collection from Al Green to Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass to Marshall Tucker. Ben at a young age began investigating into Blues and it’s history. Starting with B.B. King and going through the various regions and time periods he is inspired and influenced by historical figures like Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Skip James to name a few. Ben spent his college years studying Jazz Guitar at the University of Oregon as well as classical music. Playing in the Celtic Folk ensemble and Mariachi group on campus. He has been well versed in a lot of musical styles that all contribute to the unique sound of his originals.
As a performer Ben looks to the greats for inspiration. Always striving to connect with the audience through his music and stories. He also has an interesting arsenal of guitars playing resophonic guitars and homemade cigar box guitars. More important than the visual appeal Ben has an amazing way of making these guitars sound, often bringing audiences to tears with his slide playing.
Ben Rice has been a growing talent in the NW, winning awards for his singing, guitar work, writing, and performing. He is stepping into the national and international scene. Using his vast influences of American music to fuel his music and performance.

FENIX PROJECT

 

RAE GORDON BAND
www.raegordon.com
RGB was recently named by Willamette Week as the Best Blues Act for 2017 in Portland.
The band represented the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis for the 2017 International Blues Challenge, where they placed 3rd in the finals against hundreds of bands from around the world. They are passing the blues torch to the new round of representatives that inlcude the youth, solo/duo and band act, who will be representing the Portland area and the Cascade Blues Association in the 2018 IBCs in Memphis.Rae is also a 3 time Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist and a Hall of Fame winner. Rae is known for her sense of humor and range that allows her to do a rock blues to a soft ballad. The band highlights the sweet middle between a downtown gritty and an uptown city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of town and can’t make the cruise or out of state and want to support this exciting cause in getting these great acts to the IBC, purchase your ticket here these will be donated back to be given to somebody who cannot otherwise afford to go and also drawn for online!





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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

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.

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!

happy holidays christmas card

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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.

we three kings poster
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.

 

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

 

rae 20.20 poster

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

oc lions
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)
www.nwwomenblues.com

 

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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www.raegordon.com/merryatmaks
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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