July 26, 2016

Portland Blues Cruise Featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars


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


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.

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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 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.



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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When does the cruise end?


Hi Marty!

The cruise is from 3-5pm. If you are going to the event Oregon Music Hall of Fame, it will be in time to get to the Aladdin theatre.

Hope you can come!

Rae Gordon


Is the cruise handicap accessible? I’m in a wheelchair..


Hi Mike! it is!

On the first floor, it has a ramp down. The first floor is, but you can see the riverfront and Lisa Mann is on the first floor. I will check to see if there is an elevator to the 2nd floor.

Let me know if that is ok for you.

Would love to have you on board.


Hi Rae,
None of my devices will allow me to purchase Tix Online d/t a possible security breach. Can I call in to purchase or pay at the door?? Beth Lucchi


Beth!!! I added a direct Paypal link on http://www.raegordon.com/portlandbluescruise that should work for you! Looking forward to seeing you!


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