We are pleased to have the following performers grace our NEW STAGE & use our NEW SOUND SYSTEM.
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Lloyd Allen, Sr.
Considered one of the top acoustic blues guitarists on the West Coast, Terry Robb is also an inventive and ever-evolving American primitive master. As an heir to the late, great John Fahey’s musical legacy, Robb is an established icon in a pantheon that includes Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang, John Renbourn, and Stefan Grossman.
Because American primitivism, a transitional style that ranges between country blues and early 20th century string-band music, is often nuanced by dissonance and minor tunings, it is sometimes considered esoteric and obscure, appealing only to a musically intellectual elite. But Robb has distinguished himself by redefining this complex finger-picking style, using popular and traditional genres to open up and make this approach accessible to the general music-loving public.
Robb is that rare talent, a musician’s musician and an enormously popular performer. Onstage, his fleet fingers, wry humor, and intense focus mesmerize audiences. The passionate artistry of a Terry Robb event – whether a solo acoustic performance or a high-energy show with his electric band – often leaves new and longtime fans with mouths agape.
With the release in 2005 of his critically-acclaimed solo album, Resting Place, recorded for Memphis’ renowned Yellow Dog Records label, Robb has increasingly gained national attention. In his music-savvy hometown of Portland, Oregon, Robb is a celebrity in high demand as a performing and studio guitarist, and as a bandleader, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher. With years of real-world musical experience in his gig-bag, Robb brings this expertise to his most recent role as head of the Northwest’s new recording label, PsycheDelta Records.
Etta James herself has referred to Margo as “the white Etta James”. She is the recipient of the prestigious Muddy Waters Award for Outstanding Female Blues Vocalist. Although a native of San Francisco, Margo has been a fixture on the Portland blues scene for over two decades. In addition to her“powerhouse vocals” (Marty Hughley – A&E) Margo is known for consistently featuring the finest blues and jazz musicians in the Northwest. Pleasing the listener and dancer alike, Margo fronts a jazz standards trio, a 4 piece hard-core blues band, a 5-6 member R&B dance unit or the “full-tilt boogie” big horn band. Whatever the occasion, Margo delivers the goods.
Over the years, former (and current) band members read like a “Who’s Who” of the Northwest music scene:Robbie Laws, Renato Caranto, Brian Foxworth, Phil Haxton, Benny Wilson, (all featured on “Live at the Candlelight”), Doug Rowell, Chris Carlson, Jim Mesi, Chris Baum, Dover Weinberg, Ben Jones, Randy Cannon, Jeff Frankel and Sonny Hess. Margo has had the honor of working with such blues legends as Etta James, Robert Cray, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Katie Webster, John Mayall and The Kinsey Report.
The Margo Tufo Band entered the prestigiousInternational Blues Talent Search. Selected from a field of over 400 bands they came in first runner up in the West Coast division held in Compton, CA. Margo has performed at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival(and she is featured on Burnside Record’s “Best of the Waterfront Blues Festival“) for seven consecutive years, and has performed at the prestigious Mount Hood Festival of Jazz.
Fenix, an award winning saxophonist and vocalist, has backed and performed with many notable artists both in Oregon and Washington his former home state. He combines soulful song styling with the power and performance of a Baptist preacher. You can hear his Mississippi Juke Joint roots in every note.