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Alberta Rose Theatre
at the corner of NE Alberta and NE 30th Ave. 3000 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211
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*Etta James *

Etta James was one of the Top Vocalists of her era, having been selected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1993), The Blues Hall of Fame (2001)and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (2001).

Ms. James won 4 Grammy Awards, and was ranked by Rolling Stone as #22 on the ‘Top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time’, as well as being selected as #62 on their ‘Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time’.

Ms. James was also the recipient of 17 Blues Music Awards

*DK Stewart Sextet *

This all-star Portland quartet (plus horns) infuses classic cuts, obscure nuggets and DK Stewart originals with a fresh take on the blues, New Orleans funk and R&B. Nothing you’ve ever heard before. Jazz you can dance to and blues you can feel in your chest. Blue-eyed soul with genre-specific and historically accurate presentations. Original charts that you’d swear were written in the 40’s or 50’s. And a “live” performance that sounds like the stereo in your living room with a dance floor full of people to share it with.

Stewart, whose New Orleans, boogie-woogie piano style has been a driving force behind such Northwest blues giants as Robert Cray, Paul deLay and Curtis Salgado, has for the past several years been tearing up major festival stages with his own group, the DK Stewart Band. Backed by the amazing Joseph Conrad on stand-up and fretless bass, recently with the band “Rhythm Culture”, and Ed Pierce on the drums, formally of Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings. Guitarist Peter Dammann’s collaborations with D.K. Stewart stretch back more than a decade. You can hear his T-Bone Walker -inspired guitar solos on some of Stewart’s earliest solo recordings. In addition to his work with Stewart, Peter was also manager and lead guitarist for the Paul deLay Band, before deLay’s untimely death in 2007. He has performed on, and co-produced several of the band’s five releases on the Evidence Music label.

The Soul Survivor Horns feature legendary London session man Chris Mercer on sax and arrangments and Joe McCarthy on trumpet. A journeyman musician, Mercer’s worked with John Mayal’s Bluesbreakers, Brian Ferry, Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Dr. John, Bob Marley and scores of other touring bands and studio sessions. His cohesive charts and melodic improvisational solos are legendary. Joe McCarthy brings those heady days in Eugene Oregon where DK’s adventures with soul singer Curtis Salgado garnered international fame as the first touring version of the Robert Cray Band included Joe at many formative performances. With Sax man Barry Cline and the legendary Warren Rand, Joe has continued to make a contribution to the NW music scene over three or four decades of “live” performance and studio work. McCarthy has lent his fiery horn lines to countless Portland bands and recording sessions since the 70’s but was a featured artist of note on the first few Paul deLay records that were released in the early ’80s.

*Duffy Bishop Band *

Duffy Bishop has been a Rocking R&B Belter since Hector was a pup,playing anywhere from small cafes to big arenas. Then she’ll run off to join the Circus at the drop of a hat, performing under The Teatro ZinZanni tent in Seattle, San Francisco,and the Palazzo tent in the Austro-Hungarian Empire for months at a time. She’s taken on the role of Dr. Frankenfurter in ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at Seattle’s Empty Space, sung and emoted in a Tavern Opera at the Eastlake Zoo with a bunch of Guitar Outlaws. She’s the woman of 1,000 faces. Sometimes you won’t even recognize her at one of her shows – until she sings, and then you know it could’t be anyone but Duffy. Yes, there are the inevitable comparisons to Janis (Duffy starred in a successful Seattle production of a play of the same name), Dusty, Bette and Carmen Miranda, but the comparisons don’t tell the tale. Besides the voice, the energy and the showmanship, there’s the heart and the passion that make her pure Duffy.

Duffy Bishop has performed with many legends past and present, including Lou Rawls, Paul deLay, Ruth Brown, Mary Wells, John Lee Hooker,Bo Diddley, The Neville Brothers,The Everly Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland and Sister Monica to name some. Duffy is a Blues Hall of Fame member in Washington and Oregon, and is also a part of Portland’s CBA Blues All-Stars with Curtis Salgado, Jim Mesi, Lloyd Jones, Janis Scroggins to list a few, and performs with Patrick Lamb’s Ray Charles Tribute (Andy Stokes, Leigh Garrett, Sweet Baby James, Linda Hornbuckle, Liv Warfield,Norman Sylvester, Gretchen Mitchell) which started at the 2006 Waterfront Blues Festival A wonderful CD is available from this show.

*LaRhonda Steele *

LaRhonda Steele began her musical journey in Jones, Oklahoma at age 13 singing her first solo in church one Sunday morning. The journey continued to Portland, Oregon and is an amazing legacy of musical experiences for which she is ever awed and grateful.

Over the years she has enjoyed working with local, national and international artists: Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Paul Delay, Obo Addy and Thara Memory. She has had the pleasure of recoding with Obo Addy, Janice Scroggins, Norman Sylvester and Ken DaRouchie.

Performing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and her yearly appearances at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festivals are just a couple of the highlights of her career.

*Amy Keys *

Keys, a nursing student at Mt. Hood Community College, says she’s loved music “since before I can remember. “I’ll never forget when I was in the third grade, my grandmother came to visit and heard me singing “Pretty Woman,” she told my dad ‘That girl’s got talent.’” Her parents found her a vocal coach, and she’s studied music pretty much all her life. “I fell in love with jazz when I heard Billie Holiday sing "God Bless the Child,” she says. “The music was enchanting to me. I have so many (favorite) artists,” she adds. “The Beatles and Elvis were my favorites as a child, but today it would have to be Etta James hands down. She can sing a ballad so beautifully it will bring tears to your eyes, but she can also get an edge on her voice and sing the blues with the best of them.”

*Rae Gordon *

What do you get when you add the best of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, with a touch of Mae West? That would be our own Rae Gordon, one of the fabulous singing mavens who wows crowds at various local venues.

Influenced by the likes of Bette Midler, Rae says when she started doing blues it was Aretha Franklin and local favorites like Sonny Hess, Duffy Bishop and Ellen Whyte that helped to shape her.

“A big influence in opening up my soul to blues was the music of Robbie Laws, too. I continue to be influenced by the amazing talent we have in the NW—from the seasoned pros to the newer blues converts that grace the jam stages. You can learn from everyone. I didn’t grow up in the blues, but the blues found me and it found me big time. I now know that it was what I was missing. I found the blues at a Robbie Laws Jam at Trail’s End. It took hold of my soul. I have had the incredible opportunity to play with some great people, both in band projects and as a special guest performer. They allowed me to learn and grow from them and play catch up,” Rae said.

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