6th Annual Inner City Blues Festival
“Healing the Healthcare Blues”
Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:30 p.m. - midnight
Eagle's Lodge, 7611 N Exeter Ave. (& Lombard) Portland, OR 97203
Norman Sylvester Band
Obo Addy Legacy Project “Okropong”
Tevis Hodge Jr.
Stangetones & Volcano Vixens
Lloyd “Have Mercy” Jones
Tony Ozier “Doo Doo Funk”
Mad as Hell Doctors, Nurses & Interns!
Celebrity MCs: Paul Knauls, Renee Mitchell & Ken Boddie
The 6th Annual Inner City Blues Festival, “Healing the Healthcare Blues,” returns April 22nd to the North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter. (at Lombard). Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and music runs until midnight. The event is a fundraiser for Health Care for All-Oregon, an advocacy organization working to bring an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, publicly funded health care system to all Oregonians.
The uncertainties about access to health care in the current political climate means that Health Care for All-Oregon’s work is now more important than ever.
This is what Portland musicians have to say about access to health care:
"When my wife needed rotator cuff surgery, we were forced to re-finance the house to cover our part of the expenses. Our old mortgage would have been paid off 3 years ago. As it is, at age 62, I have 12 years of house payments still ahead of me."
"I have played too many benefits for musicians who fell ill or, more tragically, played for their Celebration of Life. They didn't have preventative care because of years of not being able to afford healthcare. Health Care is a Human Right!"
"With the resources that are available in this country, healthcare should be available to every citizen. You never know when a health crisis is going to come." Linda Hornbuckle
"Universal health care means Freedom to me. Without the concerns of enormous debt, we are allowed to be fully who we are. Also the weight of concern for our brothers and sisters who can't afford proper healthcare would be lifted and thus lifting all our hearts."
As if six hours of music isn’t enough, there will be a silent auction, two bars and dinner and dessert for purchase, as well as tabling by community organizations.
Admission $20 in advance ar Ticket Tomato, or at Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside; Geneva's Shear Perfection, 5601 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.; Peninsula Station, 8316 N. Lombard; Musician's Union Hall, 325 NE 20th Ave. Tickets are $25 at the door.
Community Activism and the Blues
Keeping the focus on ‘Healthcare for All’
The Portland Observer 3/28/2017
by Terry Ann Rogers
Watch this video of an early Blues Fest (we're now on the "6th Annual Healing the Healthcare Blues"). The Norman Sylvester Band featured LaRhonda Steele, who was fighting breast cancer at the time of this performance. Janice Scroggins, also featured, has since died of a heart attack while working--two compelling health care stories. They had both lent their time and talent over and over again towards many costly health tragedies of fellow musicians. Then, sadly, we needed to give benefits for LaRhonda and for Janice's family, due to their health events.