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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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.


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