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Music Features

Looking for some more unique performances that offer a look into the niche blues skills that keep this genre rockin?

Checkout the our annual Harmonica Blow-off to catch blues legends collaborate on stage. Over the years featured harmonica aces, backed by an all-star rhythm section, have included blues legends as well as regional stars like Randy Chortkoff, Lynwood Slim, Johnny Dyer, John Nemeth, Paul deLay, Scott Dirks, Carey Bell, Kenny & Raful Neal, Gary Primich, Paul deLay, Curtis Salgado, Mitch Kashmar, Chris O’Leary, Kim Field and Bill Rhoades.

The Cascade Blues Competition is a live competition where the winners go on to perform in Memphis for national honors.

Since 1999, the Cascade Blues Association has sent local acts to represent our region in The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. Over the years, that competition, the Journey To Memphis, has selected a terrific collection of some of our area’s top talent, including several who have made the finals such as Junkyard Jane, Blind Rhino and Ben Rice & The iLLamtics, and even those who’ve taken home some of the top prizes, Ty Curtis Band (2nd place 2009), Karen Lovely (2nd place 2010), and most recently Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers (3rd place 2017). 

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