“Remember Me” 2010 3rd Annual Paul deLay Scholarship Benefit Concert Featuring Charlie Musselwhite Band Curtis Salgado / Alan Hager Duo Lloyd Jones, D.K. Stewart, Linda Hornbuckle, Rick Welter former members of the Paul deLay Band and More Sunday, April 25, 2010, 6 – 10 p.m. / doors at 5:30 p.m. ALADDIN THEATER 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. * Portland OR * 503.233.1994
A sampling of Portland musical talent joins veteran blues artist and harmonica ace, Charlie Musselwhite and his band, in a benefit concert at the Aladdin Theater, on Sunday, April 25th. All proceeds from “Remember Me” 2010 will go toward the scholarship that has been established in memory of Portland’s late harmonica maestro, Paul deLay, at Ethos Music Center, a nonprofit dedicated to music education for youth in underserved communities. A committee of members from the Portland music community has again organized this annual benefit for music education. Last year’s event filled the Aladdin Theater and increased the growing scholarship fund by several thousand dollars.
Headlining this year’s celebration is a well-known friend of the blues and of Paul deLay – the award-winning bluesman, Charlie Musselwhite. As Rolling Stone Magazine puts it, “With unabashed excellence, Charlie Musselwhite and his tight band set the standard for blues bands everywhere.” The Blues Foundation recently released their list of inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame for this year. The list includes this highly esteemed vocalist and harpist. More on Musselwhite follows below.
The concert also features a stellar lineup of local blues talent, including D.K. Stewart, Lloyd Jones, Jim Mesi, Linda Hornbuckle, Jimi Bott, Tahoe Jackson, Rick Welter and Franck “Paris Slim” Goldwasser, Arthur Moore and Tim O’Hare. They will be joined by former members of the Paul deLay Band: organists Louis Pain, and Dover Weinberg; drummer Jeff Minnick; bassists Don Campbell and Dave Kahl; and guitarist Peter Dammann. Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager will also perform together as a duo, which was a highlight of last year’s event. The celebration will be hosted by former TV sports personality and blues fan Ed Whelan.
Paul deLay’s friendship with Charlie Musselwhite goes back to the early 1970s, when deLay’s band was the backing unit for many of Musselwhite’s Northwest tours. Paul and Charlie remained close friends over the years, and performed on many all-star “Harmonica Blow-offs” together, and led a harmonica workshop together, pictured below, at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival in 1999. Two of the featured performers in the “Remember Me” concert, Franck Paris Slim” Goldwasser and Rick Welter, who both relocated to Portland in recent years, played in Musselwhite’s early bands.
Charles Lewis founded Ethos Music Center in 1998 in response to budget cuts that severely limited arts education in Oregon’s largest public school district. Located in Northeast Portland, the organization’s name comes from the ancient Greek “Doctrine of Ethos,” which held that music can change your thoughts, moods and actions. Ethos believes every child should have the opportunity to make music. Contributions can be made at any time at www.ethos.org or sending a donation to Ethos Music Center, 10 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217.
Tickets for this event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Those under 21 and accompanied by an adult are welcome to attend. Advance tickets are available at the Aladdin Theater Box Office (503.233.1994) or online at www.aladdin-theater.com
Paul deLay wrote the haunting lament “Remember Me,” after his mother and the mothers of three band members passed away in a two-year period in the late 1990s. It was released on the Paul deLay Band’s Heavy Rotation CD (Evidence Music) in 2001. Paul deLay passed away on March 7, 2007 from complications of late-stage leukemia.
For bios or hi-resolution digital photos of the performers and other information, contact:
Peter Dammann * Paul deLay Band
PO Box 25542 * Portland OR 97298
Charlie Musselwhite Bio
“A venerated blues harmonica elder at his creative peakhis approach is imaginative and stunningutterly convincing.” – Chicago Tribune
“With unabashed excellence, Charlie Musselwhite and his tight band set the standard for blues bands everywhere.” – Rolling Stone
Some musicians become blues players by choice, some are simply born into it. Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s life story reads like a classic blues legend, with roots in the blues heartland of Mississippi and Memphis followed by a migration to Chicago, the birthplace of modern electric blues. His recordings-two dozen solo albums for many labels spanning almost 40 years-have become classics, and his live shows continue to amaze fans around the world. Like the greatest bluesmen before him, Musselwhite has added his own signature to the music. Over the course of his career, he’s introduced jazz stylings, Cuban rhythms and a contemporary world-view into his vision of the blues.
Musselwhite’s lengthy resume-which, in addition to his solo projects includes guest tracks on recordings by Bonnie Raittt, the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Lee Hooker, Tom Waits and INXS; 17 W.C. Handy awards and six Grammy nominations.
Charlie Musselwhite is firmly entrenched in musical history. Charlie continues building on his musical legacy with his latest release, Delta Hardware, on Real World Records. Like the recordings of R.L Burnside and the North Mississippi Allstars, Delta Hardware was pulled from the storied North Mississippi Delta and Hill Country. Drawing on Charlie’s own Delta roots, the album is a mix of wild country abandon seasoned by years of playing urban electric blues in Chicago that spurs the likes of Ben Harper, Tom Waits and Gov’t Mule to welcome Musselwhite onto their stages and records. It helped Charlie emerge the big winner at the 28th annual Blues Music Awards in 2007, walking away with four of the five trophies he was nominated for including: Album of the Year (Delta Hardware), Song of the Year (“Church Is Out”), Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and Instrumentalist.
Musselwhite has also been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Monterey Blues Festival, the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a prestigious Brass Note plaque on Memphis’ Beale Street (prominently placed outside B.B. King’s Club). The latest in this list is the Mississippi Trail Marker on the square of his birthplace, Kosciusko Mississippi.