The annual Inner City Blues Festival is Healing the Healthcare Blues, Saturday, April 5 with a superb lineup of All Stars including The Norman Sylvester Band (pictured) with LaRhonda Steele and Janice Scroggins, Lloyd Jones and Jim Mesi, the Too Loose Cajun and Zydeco Band with Reggie Houston and others. Best thing is, all that fine music is for a fine cause too as the Festival is a benefit for the state-wide coalition Health Care for All-Oregon. A musical evening too good to miss. Read more below.

 

The third annual Inner City Blues Festival’s theme this year is Healing the Healthcare Blues, Saturday, April 5 at Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder. All-Star Northwest musicians present a night of music benefitting the state-wide coalition Health Care for All-Oregon working to create fair, affordable, high quality healthcare for all Oregonians.

LaRhonda Steele

LaRhonda Steele

Award-winning artists include the Norman Sylvester Band with LaRhonda Steele and Janice Scroggins; Boogie Cat “Guitar Explosion” with Lloyd Jones and Jim Mesi; Too Loose Cajun and Zydeco Band with Reggie Houston; The Duffy Bishop Band; The Strange Tones; Chata Addy & Friends African Procession; Shoehorn “Tap Dancing Sax Man”; Steve Cheseborough; Nico Wind Full Circle and Tevis Hodge Jr. and more.

The Fest begins at 7 pm and continues on through the wee hours. $15 in advance, $20 at the door with a $1 discount for members. Tickets available at Music Millennium, Geneva’s Shear Perfection: 5601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Musicians Union Local 99:  325 NE 20th and www.tickettomato.com.

MCs are Paul Knauls (owner of the blues/jazz clubs Geneva’s and Cotton Club) and Renee Mitchell (renowned poet, author and former Oregonian columnist).

Health Care for All-Oregon advocates a single, publicly funded, and fair non-profit system, “Everybody in—Nobody out”. See www.hcao.org for more.