Saturday, April 30, 2011
TriMets own Steve Rodin will headline at the Cascade Blues Association Meeting
Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set – Steve Rodin
Second Electric Set – Gunnar Roads Band
This year really seems to be flying by quickly. Pretty soon it will be time for the Journey to Memphis, then the Waterfront Blues Festival, the CBA picnic, Muddy Awards and on and on. Last month’s meeting was phenomenal! What a turn-out! Who says music fans don’t go out in the middle of the week? At least we know blues people will.
Another great night scheduled for the May meeting. We’ll be opening up with singer/songwriter Steve Rodin who is always a lot of fun with his crisp and tasteful guitar playing and his often humorous and always insightful original lyrics. His music can be emotional and it can be feel good about life exciting; along with his rapport with the audience, Rodin is an entertainer worth sitting back and giving a close listen to. He will be joined by Tony Lahaina, who is also a crafty guitarist, harmonica ace and vocalist in his own right. These guys work often together, so they have a natural feel that carries nicely. If you’re a fan of acoustic music, this will be a set right up your alley.
It sure seems that we’ve been watching Gunnar Roads perform for many years more than it really has. Maybe it’s because he is talented far beyond his actual 16 years. And he has been right in the public’s eye with exceptional shows that have rightly earned him high recognition, including receiving two nominations for Portland Music Awards for outstanding achievement in the blues and a Muddy Award nomination for best new act. The Gunnar Roads Band will be the second set of the night at our meeting, with Gunnar on guitar and vocals, 20 year old Jackson Brannon behind the drums and 19 year old Connor Ghormley propelling the bass and adding additional vocals. It is quite inspiring to witness so much talent amongst musicians this young pursuing the path of the blues and I have stated in the past with such artists that we’re watching the future of the blues in Portland here and now. And it couldn’t be in better hands.
Make a point to get your free drawing ticket at the door as you enter The Melody Ballroom for your chance to win fun prizes like CDs, concert tickets, meal certificates and whatever else we can come up. And if you want to help the CBA further, purchase a raffle ticket or however many you’d like to possibly win the multi-CD package we’ve put together for the night. Remember, it’s your annual membership and these raffle ticket sales, along with the admission from non-members that help keep the CBA in business. Without your help we would not be able to publish a newspaper or hold special events. Thank you for allowing this to continue; you’re