The Band


Blues with a Side of Soul


“Gordon had the audience in the palm of her hand”  Oregon Music News

Rae Gordon hit the music scene with her new band made up of some of Portland’s most beloved players in May 2016 quickly gaining acclaim and winning the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis contest at the Waterfront Blues Festival just one month later.  8 months later, they placed 3rd in the renowned International Blues Challenge in January 2017, a competition that is held every year in Memphis, Tennessee and brings acts from around the world.  They were recently named by Willamette Week as the 2017 Best of Portland for Blues act and won a Muddy Award for Best Band and Best NW Recording by the Cascade Blues Association.

The 7 piece band pairs a downtown gritty with uptown city.  A slide guitar with passion and a driving horn section with the power of a freight train.

The Rae Gordon Band is fronted by the Muddy Award Hall of Fame Winner for Best Female Vocalist (Cascade Blues Association) and is made up of seasoned players who have played the big and little stages of the northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and festivals and beyond.

 “Add equal parts of Janis Joplin’s pain, Aretha Franklin’s soul and Grace Slick’s power; mix them thoroughly, and add a big gob of gooey molasses and you have Rae Gordon’s voice” Positively Entertainment and Dining

Vocalist Rae Gordon started her singing career in the piano bars and comedy clubs of Los Angeles where she was able to develop her ability to be intimate with an audience whether in the corner of a small wine bar with a few people sipping libations to a big festival of thousands.  Her approachability  is as well known as her wide octave range.  Her first recording “Blue Lemonade” co-written with Gaddis Cavenah, hit #10 on the Billlboard Blues Charts and their second offering “Dirty Flowers” has been played in US and beyond.  Rae released a 3rd recording “Better Than I Was” with co-writer Pat McDougall and producer Kivett Bednar from the Rae Gordon Band and it took a Muddy Award for Best NW Recording.

Guitarist Kivett Bednar is fast becoming known for his gracious grooves and ability and hails from Austin, Texas. He moved to Portland about 5 years ago and has been playing guitar in blues bands for over 22 years. He graduated from the Berkelee College of Music. He currently also plays in The Pining Hearts, a psych-surf band, that has been turning heads around the Portland Metro area.   In addition to playing music in multiple projects including Land of the Living, he is also an accomplished painter, who has had his artwork displayed in various galleries and shows around Portland and Austin, Texas and was named Willamette Week’s Best of Portland 2017.

Trumpet player Allan Kalik is one of the most active and in-demand commercial players in Portland and also one of the busiest private lesson teachers. He has been teaching privately over 30 years and was on the faculty of the University of South Florida. He has been a clinician at dozens of schools throughout Oregon, Washington and Florida.  Allan has performed with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Lew Soloff, George Adams, Jon Faddis, and locally performed with Uncle Phunk, Bob Miller Almost All Star Band, Caramel Chocolates, Deep Blue Soul Revue, Ants in the Kitchen, Department of R&B, Return Flight, The Swingline Cubs and Thunderfunk.  Allan earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music at the University of South Florida.

Tenor saxophone player Scott Franklin was outstanding Senior in Music, Beaverton High School. All State Band, 3rd in State Solo Contest. Mt Hood Community College, 1 – o’clock Big Band who once opened for Buddy Rich. Clackamas Community College 1 – o’clock Big Band. He continued his music studies at Marylhurst University, and then at Portland State University, graduating with a B.S. in Music.  Over the years he’s performed and/or recorded with: Dub Debrie, Ants in the Kitchen, Midnight Blue, The Coasters, Papa Salty, The Fabulous Farelanes, Franco Paletta and The Stingers, The Arnold Brothers, Smokehouse, The Jazz Pinheads, Luminos, The JC Rico Band, Billy’s Brass Band, and of course…..Rae Gordon Band!  He is currently nominated by the Cascade Blues Association for Best Saxophone 2017.

Bass player Joseph Conrad is well known throughout the northwest for his versatility to play anything set down before him, from jazz, blues to funk.  He has played for years with DK Stewart and Stewart’s Etta James Tribute project.  Originally from Ohio, this transplant is on speed dial as a player for multiple projects.  He also plays with PDX Social Club and Ben Rice.

Drummer Ed Pierce is a sought after player known for not only his boyish good looks, but his extreme versatility as a player.   His ability to morph with any song thrown at him, from a soft jazz standard to a funky get up and groove, is well known.  Ed grew up in Eureka, California, and started playing percussion at the age of 11. In high school and college he played drums in a variety of rock and jazz groups, as well as playing steel drums in the Humboldt State University Calypso Band.  After graduating from college, he moved to the Portland area, where he has played drum set with many jazz, blues, and R&B groups for the last 20 years. In addition to the Backseat Drivers, he has played at various times as the main drummer with some of the local legends including DK Stewart, Johnny Martin, Paul deLay, Lloyd Jones, Terry Robb, Geno Michaels, Roger Woods, and many others.  He is currently nominated by the Cascade Blues Association for best drummer 2017.

Keyboard player Pat McDougall has performed with a long list of bands and artists, including his own blues/R&B outfits Runaway Train and Tall Static. He was the musical director for the Portland-based band supporting Tony Coleman (BB King’s drummer for many years), and a member of the Muddy Award-winning lineup of Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings. These days he can often be heard playing with Lisa Mann, Kenny Lavitz, Karen Lovely and Ben Rice. Pat has composed music for commercials, independent films, theatrical productions and corporate presentations; his compositions have won recognition from the Portland Music Association and Keyboard magazine. During the day Pat works in marketing communications – building websites, writing and editing copy, and developing technical documentation.

“When the band launches into the more rollicking numbers, hands start waving”  Willamette Week.

Rae Gordon performances are not only a show, but a celebration, as Gordon follows the policy that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met…yet.












Photography by Tony Kutter, Greg Johnson (Joseph), Kat Rose (Ed)  and Debra Penk (band & Allan/Rae)

Rae Gordon Band supports the patronage of all live music venues and endorses the following businesses:

Silver Lining Jewelry & Loan | NaDean’s Plumbing | Kat Rose Photography PDX | Susan Prosser Petersen Hair Stylist