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Gerding Theater at the Armory - Main Stage
Portland Center Stage 128 NW Eleventh Avenue Portland, OR 97209
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Be sure to come a few minutes early and write down something naughty you have done, perhaps as a child. These are used as improve input for the show
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A lot of interesting shops in the area, so go early and shop a bit, if that's your thing.
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"It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues"
16 ratings
4.6 average rating
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4 reviews
5 stars
attended Jun 24 2012

An excellent and moving musical history of the blues.

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4 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 17 2012

Both informative and entertaining. Excellent performances. It wasn't depressing, but it wasn't really (only) blues, either. It only lacked a real unifying thread or theme. Calling something the blues doesn't always make it so.

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3 reviews
1 stars
attended May 30 2012

What a great show, beautiful theatre not a bad seat to be had, talented performers, you can't help but sing along. Just long enough.
Great ticket price I'll be back

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Quotes & Highlights

“Looking for a sure cure to the blues? Latch on to a ticket for It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues_. More than a musical feast… it is a potent blend of visual eloquence and historical sweep that engages the eye and touches the heart, while its songs soothe the ear, occasionally work mischief on the funny bone and always raise the spirits.” —The New York Times _


From African chants and Delta spirituals to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, from dusty backroads bluegrass to the twang of a country juke joint, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues is a stirring retrospective of blues classics that summons the soul of American music. Over two dozen musical numbers are included, among them “I’m Your Hoochie-Coochie Man,” “Goodnight, Irene,” “Fever,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Let the Good Times Roll.” It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, and has played to rave reviews all over the country. Through the music that is cherished as an original American art form, the standout group of musicians and singers on stage share a moving American story of troubles and triumph.

_This show is recommended for ages 13 and above. _

About the Ticket Supplier: Portland Center Stage

Portland Center Stage inspires our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. PCS produces a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works, and our annual playwrights festival, JAW. In our home at the Portland Armory we also offer a variety of education and outreach programs, including classes, workshops and partnerships with organizations throughout the Portland area.