5th Annual Inner City Blues Festival 2016

The Music party for the Health Care for All- Oregon campaign is coming up again
on April 16th 6 p.m.~12 a.m.
at the Eagles' Lodge 7611 N Exeter Ave. (& Lombard) Portland

The Inner City Blues Festival in the 1980's and 1990's was a community event for various civil rights and social justice causes.

It has returned for the past five years to support Health Care for All-Oregon, the campaign to bring Universal Health coverage to everyone! Musicians support this movement with two stages of eight amazing performances;

* NW Women in Blues featuring; Sonny Hess, Rae Gordon, Vicki Stevens and True Blue Lady Kat       

* Roseland Hunters w/ LaRhonda Steele

* Terry Robb * Steve Cheseborough * Tevis Hodge Jr.

* Norman Sylvester Band featuring; Shoehorn, "Sweet Thangz" Lenanne Sylvester and Sarah Billings       

* Bloco Alegria Brazilian Percussion and Dance Troupe

* Augustana Church Jazz Quartet w/ Marilyn Keller

* Appearances by Carl Wolfson, Renee Mitchell, Paul Knauls and the Mad as Hell Doctors

Tickets: advance- $20 HERE  or outlets: Music Millennium, Geneva's, CBA meetings, Peninsula Stationand Musician's Union Hall

Door- $25 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)        
21 and over event

If you can't make it to the Party, consider buying a ticket anyway
to show your support for Health Care for All-Oregon.


The Fifth Annual Inner City Blues Festival, “Healing the Healthcare Blues,” returns on Saturday, April 16. Two stages of Portland’s best musicians will be at North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. and continues until midnight. This is a fund raiser for Health Care for All-Oregon, working toward health care that is fair, affordable and covers every one of us. As if six hours of music weren't enough the Festival will also include Community Village tables, a silent auction, two cash bars, and dinner and dessert for purchase.

Norman Sylvester has hand-picked a formidable line-up of blues acts for this year's Festival, as well as jazz, country blues, salsa, funk and R&B. And the Mad as Hell Doctors will be on hand to sing about the current injustices of our for-profit health care system.

Highlights of the evening will include Terry Robb, who is a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and has won the Muddy Waters Award for best acoustic blues guitar an unprecedented 19 times. Terry has toured internationally as a solo and shared the stage with B.B. King, Steve Miller, Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy. . . and the list goes on.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

           This year LaRhonda Steele will be featured with the Roseland Hunters in a set of New Orleans Funk. LaRhonda is a mainstay at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and appeared at Lincoln Center with Obo Addy. She is the director of the Interfaith Gospel Choir, whose goal is to spread the message of love, equality and cooperation, very appropriate messages for this celebration.

   Norman Sylvester and LaRhonda Steele

   Norman Sylvester and LaRhonda Steele

Marilyn Keller established herself quickly in the Northwest as a ragtime and Dixieland vocalist in the 1990s. Since then, she has gained a major following with her jazz interpretations and ethereal gospel. This year’s inductee into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame, Marilyn will be appearing at the Festival with the Augustana Jazz Quartet. If you haven’t heard Marilyn live, it’s a must.

Marilyn Keller

Marilyn Keller

It wouldn’t be a party without the Norman Sylvester Band. Norman is arguably the most beloved musician in Portland. Shortly after buying his first inexpensive guitar in 7th grade he fell in love with the blues. An Oregon Music Hall of Fame winner, Norman has worked steadily and with much success in the Northwest. During his set, he will have some special guests who are truly unique.

Not mentioned above, but also handpicked by Norman for the Festival as the cream of PDX are:
Steve Cheseborough (vintage country acoustic blues ); Lenanne Sylvester-Miller and Sarah Billings “Sweet Thangz;” Bloco Alegria (Rio-style samba/Brazilian/percussion/singing and dancing); NW Women in Blues' Sonny Hess with Bonnie Lee, Rae Gordon, True Blue Lady Kat and Vicki Stevens (NW powerhouse blues performers share the stage); Tevis Hodge Jr. (acoustic blues and ragtime); plus crowd-pleaser Shoehorn (a virtuoso sax player who taps at the same time).



Host for the evening is progressive radio king Carl Wolfson, who will briefly explain HCAO’s mission and what we can do to support single payer insurance. Also making an appearance will be Paul Knauls and Renee Mitchell.

Pick up $20 tickets in advance at Music Millennium, Peninsula Station, Geneva’s Shear Perfection or Musician’s Union Local 99 at meetings. Or purchase your tickets online. Tickets are $25 at the door, with $1 off for Cascade Blues Association members.


6:00-6:30............................ Community Village stage: Steve Cheseborough

6:30-6:35............................ Opening~ Celebrity MC's: Renee Mitchell and Paul Knauls

6:35-7:20............................ Main stage: Augustana Jazz quartet w/ Marilyn Keller

7:25-7:30............................ HEALTHCARE FOR ALL-OREGON spokesperson;
                                                Radio personality Carl Wolfson

7:30-8:00............................ Community Village stage: Terry Robb

8:00-8:55............................ Main stage: Norman Sylvester Band with
                                               Lenanne Sylvester- Miller and Sara Billings,also featuring;
                                                 Shoehorn and the Mad as Hell Doctors

9:00-9:40............................ Community Village stage:
                                                 Bloco Alegria Brazilian Drum and Dance procession

9:45-10:35............................Main stage: “N.W. Women in Blues Showcase” featuring:
                                                Sonny Hess, Rae Gordon, True Blue Lady Kat and Vicki Stevens!

10:35-11:05........................... Community Village stage: Tevis Hodge Jr.

11:10-12:00............................Main stage: Roseland Hunters with LaRhonda Steele

*Do you have your tickets yet to the party?

Dinners for sale
Silent Auction
Two bars
Information tables in Community Village
Dessert bar