“A blues icon” with a “huge voice.”
Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, DR. JOHN is a true icon in American culture
Getting back to the essence of Afrobeat is the central aim of Femi Kuti.
Former Portland vocalist joins members of PRINCE’S powerful band, the NEW POWER GENERATION, to remember and celebrate their mentor
"A virtual deity -- a living legend." - Guitar Player Magazine
A true Southern renaissance man.
Embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other.
“A deeply skilled groove machine.”
"Her energy evokes Tina Turner's, her chops Aretha Franklin's, and her soul Etta James..."
Versatile Portland bluesman teams up with Mississippi harmonica ace
Legendary NW vocalist Andy Stokes has been tearing up NW clubs since the 80’s.
Blues harmonica magic
Kind of blues, kind of rock. Think Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana.
Pre-blues a cappella field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns, and duet distillations of early jazz.
Distinctive colorations of the chromatic harmonica.
Bill Rhoades celebrates his 16th Annual Harmonica Blow-Off
Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul's need for rhythmic harmony.
Voted Best New Blues Act in 2015 and nominated for the Best CD of the Year by the Cascade Blues Association
New Orleans-style second-line band based in Portland
All but stole the show last year.
Zydeco for the 21st century musical palette.
Hard driving Zydeco beat.
Very talented drummer/percussionist, producer, songwriter and educator from Mississippi.
Join us for another Festival edition of the James Brown Tribute
An original 9-piece soul sensation from Seattle.
West Coast Blues is alive and well and living in Brazil.
A blues-inspired rock group that rose out of Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
Selecting from the dozens of guitars in his legendary collection, Mesi spins out solos that dizzy and delight the listener.
McMurrian is an extremely powerful live performer and storyteller.
A combination of soul, funk and R&B...
You don’t have to leave home to run away with the circus anymore!
“A fresh take on a bygone era that is intimate, alluring, and hauntingly beautiful.”
19-year-old musician who has been playing guitar for more than half his life
8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band from Portland
Portland-based organist Louis “King Louie” Pain and vocalist LaRhonda Steele are creating a lot of buzz.
Award-winning Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame Inductees and three-time winners for Best Traditional Act
Lady Kat's “low, rich, full-bodied voice’ that carries a bit of Etta James’ growl, Wynonna’s twang, and depth of Della Reese’s depth.
A one-woman Americana jukebox
Leo is proof to never give up on your dreams.
“A languid, sultry, neo-soul and R&B mix that is instantly accessible yet shows a remarkable depth and musical maturity.”
Little Village Foundation pulls together this international mashup of blues-roots styles featuring Bollywood bluesman AKI KUMAR, Filipino roots artist AIRENE ESPIRITU, and legendary blues/country belter, TRACY NELSON
Gospel, Soul, and R&B-infused artist from Portland.
Portland-based roots artist
“…the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental.”
remarkable youth mariachi
a joyous and upbeat blend of blues, jugband and swing is born
Portland's own Mysti Krewe of Nimbus
Portland based blues guitarist, band leader, songwriter indie blues and R&B recording artist.
Comprised of the top female performers in the region
“TO PLAY QUALITY BLUES AND CLASSIC R & B THAT NO ONE ELSE IS PLAYING, TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY AND FOR THE SHEER FUN OF IT.”
This acoustic dream team summons the spirits of everyone from the Mississippi Sheiks to Kweskin and Crumb with their vibrant spin on prewar folk-blues.
Expatriate New Orleans saxophonist Reggie Houston hits the Crossroads Stage with his acoustic roots ensemble
Multi-award winning master guitarist, voted 'Best Electric Guitarist' by the Cascade Blues Association nine years in a row.
A renowned, Grammy-nominated Louisiana band.
Classic sound and feel of the Delta Blues of America's early 20th Century.
San Francisco's finest Hard-Swingin' Soul Jive!
Samantha Fish spins you around with an emotional wild heart.
High-energy, blues-driven sound.
The sound is uptown but with enough juke-joint grease and smoke to make everyone happy.
Harmonica Ace and Artist from Clarksdale, MS
Re-creates the blues and hokum of the 1920s-30s.
This Louisiana Grammy-winning act has been called, ‘…one of the finest Cajun bands in history’
The zydeco world's new sensation.
The nation’s premier student orchestra in the United States.
"One of Canada's best live bands"
The most refreshing act to roll down the blues highway in some time.
multi-award winning vocalist and songwriter
A fresh take on traditional and contemporary material
Hard-driving modern Afro-psycho-beat sound.
"...one of New York's most entertaining live acts."
A modern take on timeless blues rock.
New Orleans’ top-shelf brass ensemble
If you dig slide guitar, and who doesn't, then the SULTANS are what you've been yearning for...
Tony's Contemporary Native American Music draws from all genre's of music celebrating life, family and his spiritual connection to indigenous ways of being with respect to nature.
Portland area band Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana
“One of the finest original Blues Rock trios performing today.”
“Ty Curtis is a triple threat, since he is the band’s lead singer, as well as the primary composer of their material, and thirdly he’s a sonically incendiary, string-shredding electric guitar player.”
UBMNA Artists transcend daily challenges through the equalizing power of music that enriches the heart and soul of everyone involved
Four-piece, cutting-edge electric roots/blues band