Norman Sylvester’s family migrated to N.E. Portland, as many local African American families did to work in the 40’s and through the 50’s. After the Vanport flood, the Black community mostly lived in the Albina area due to “red lining”. The churches, schools & neighborhood was full of music and produced many of our Musicians of color. Norman “the Boogie Cat” as he is known, played in many Soul, Funk & Blues bands while also working full time and raising his young family. When the Trucking Company he worked for went broke in 1990, most of his children were through school and it was time to try at being a full time Musician to pay tribute to the beginnings of American music; Blues & Gospel with the Norman Sylvester band.

Norman gives his energy to many community needs with his talent and they annually work to support Benefits, Non-profits & Elderly concerts. He has been the Talent Booker of the “Inner City Blues Festival” since the start to raise funds for Jesse Jackson’s bid for the Presidency in 1988. After the first Black President was not meant to be yet, they continued the Annual Festival for many different Social Justice causes for the next 10 years.

After 10 years off, the campaign; Health Care for All-Oregon approached Norman about booking an annual Music event to fund awareness for Universal Healthcare and he has dedicated the past 9 years for that goal. Norman was one of the founding organizers of the “Good in the Hood” Festival, from 1991~2002 which was a needed event to promote safety in North Portland and to celebrate its diverse community culture. He has been so pleased that this Festival still exists & thrives today!

At 76 years old, the Boogie Cat’s biggest mission is to mentor young Artists whenever possible. For the past 25+ years his band has worked in schools as Artist in Residence. He worked with Bravo Youth Orchestra during the pandemic, as our youth needs music more than ever at this time.

See this latest History project Norman is working on: https://www.facebook.com/OldPDX/videos/701175280665403

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Part 2 of the spirited conversation with a true legend is here! The hang that Curtis and I had couldn’t be contained in one episode. I can’t WAIT to get to part 2 of the live chat w/Curtis. Join us to be a part of it!

Award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado, the man NPR calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” is revered worldwide for his ability to wring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. Salgado is famed not only for his powerhouse live shows and ten previous albums, but also for his passionate and insightful original songs. He has been nominated three times for the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year, winning in 2018 for Walk A Mile In My Blues from The Beautiful Lowdown. In total, he has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year. DownBeat calls his songwriting skills “an impressive gift.” Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful.” Now, after 40 years of recording, performing, touring and songwriting, Salgado is back with Damage Control, his first full band album in four years, and it’s packed with fresh, original material.

“Glorious and memorable… Salgado’s voice is center stage just as it should be. Highly recommended” – Blues & Rhythm UK

“Salgado’s vocals are soulful beauty. Fresh, unexpected, authentic, percolating…perfectly executed… simply delicious” – Living Blues

“Salgado inspires chills. Upbeat and original…poignant and wise with a great sense of humor” – Blues Music Magazine

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Award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado, the man NPR calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” is revered worldwide for his ability to wring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. Salgado is famed not only for his powerhouse live shows and ten previous albums, but also for his passionate and insightful original songs. He has been nominated three times for the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year, winning in 2018 for Walk A Mile In My Blues from The Beautiful Lowdown. In total, he has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year. DownBeat calls his songwriting skills “an impressive gift.” Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful.” Now, after 40 years of recording, performing, touring and songwriting, Salgado is back with Damage Control, his first full band album in four years, and it’s packed with fresh, original material.

With Damage Control, Salgado has created what he calls “a rock ’n’ roll record with lyrics that hit.” The 13 songs—12 originals and a raucous cover of Larry Williams’ Slow Down (famously covered by The Beatles)—will surprise and delight longtime Salgado fans. Salgado has crafted a soul-searching, street-smart collection of vividly detailed, instantly memorable songs. From the defiant opener The Longer That I Live to the bouncy New Orleans crime story You’re Going To Miss My Sorry Ass to the foot-tapping history lesson of Hail Mighty Caesar to the plaintive honesty of Always Say I Love You, Salgado’s vocals weave, bob and soar, at times jabbing with nuance, and then striking with unlimited power. Of the title track, he says, “Life is all about damage control…trouble and then some. It’s about dealing with what gets thrown at you and saying, ‘I ain’t finished yet.’”

Damage Control was produced by Salgado and recorded in three studios with three different groups of musicians, featuring some of the very best players in the business. At Nashville, Tennessee’s Rock House Recording, top notch support included guitarist George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt), keyboardist Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer, Delbert McClinton, Tinsley Ellis), singer Wendy Moton (Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton) and special guest Cajun accordionist and vocalist Wayne Toups. At Studio City, California’s Ultratone Studios, guitarist/ bassist Johnny Lee Schell (Otis Rush, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt), pianists Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon) and Jim Pugh (B.B. King, Etta James, Robert Cray), drummer Tony Braunagel (B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt) brought the goods. And at Greaseland in San Jose, California, guitarist/bassist Kid Andersen (Rick Estrin, Charlie Musselwhite), bassist Jerry Jemmott (B.B. King, Aretha Franklin) and drummer Kevin Hays (Robert Cray) added their fuel to the fire.

For all of his successes, Salgado is no stranger to adversity. During his career, he has overcome multiple health challenges, battling back from liver cancer in 2006 and lung cancer in 2008 and 2012. In March 2017 he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He’s not only come back stronger, he’s become one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters, going from writing a few songs per album to writing full albums of original songs. In 2016, many critics declared The Beautiful Lowdown—featuring 11 original songs—as the best of his career. According to Salgado, Damage Control is even better. He’s excited to bring his new songs to the stage, where the crowd fires him up even more. “I want people to relate to the songs,” he says. “You can dance to it but the words have to carry the weight. I know if a song hits me, it’ll hit others just as hard.” On Damage Control, the hard-hitting songs just keep on coming.

“Glorious and memorable… Salgado’s voice is center stage just as it should be. Highly recommended” –Blues & Rhythm UK

“Salgado’s vocals are soulful beauty. Fresh, unexpected, authentic, percolating…perfectly executed… simply delicious” –Living Blues

“Salgado inspires chills. Upbeat and original…poignant and wise with a great sense of humor” –Blues Music Magazine

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A native of Toronto Canada, Juno Award winner Suzie McNeil was born into a musical family. She was practically raised singing with her mother and sister, learning to collaborate from a very early age.

Suzie is a musical Jack-of-all-trades. These have ranged from live shows beside some of North America’s top artists, to becoming a multi-instrumentalist in her own Nashville based country / rock band, to consummate professionalism in the studio, to Broadway level musical theatre, to commercial jingles, to performing in front of crowds of up to 200,000 people.

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Originally from Niagara Falls, NY. — Vocalist, multi-ethnic drummer / percussionist and founder of Brothers of the Baladi (1976), Arabesque (1994 – traditional Middle Eastern music band) and Radio Remedy (2018). Based in Portland, Oregon, Brothers of the Baladi performed both traditional and original Middle Eastern World Music featuring vocals in seven languages [Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Farsi, Spanish, French & English] with instruments & songs from around the world. The band successfully brought their music to festival, college and concert audiences all over North America and England for over four decades. The Brothers’ 12 albums (distributed exclusively by Burnside Distribution) are sold online and in retail stores worldwide.

The Brothers’ Just Do What’s Right album was nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary World Music Category in 2008 and their twelfth Gravity of Love album was nominated for a Grammy in the Rock Album of the Year in 2016.

Michael was a well known Middle Eastern Drums and Percussion clinician locally, regionally and internationally and his 1991 Basic Middle Eastern Rhythms video was the first Middle Eastern Drum instructional video ever marketed.

Michael was co-founder of the infamous Gypsy Stage at the Oregon Country Fair in 1979.

In addition to his World Music, Michael has always maintained his love of ‘normal’ music and his drum kit skills and he has performed with many local and regional Blues, Rock, etc. bands through the years. Currently he performs on drum kit and vocals with The Roadless Travelers (songs you know and love from the 60s-80s) and Radio Remedy (Pop cover band).

For any more info or history on Brothers of the Baladi see http://www.baladi.com.

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The inimitable radio personality Porkchop (Noah) and I have some interesting parallels, and together, I think we can solve the developing crises in America. Beyond that, exchanging stories of ridiculous experiences and an appreciation of abstract expressionists (of which Noah is one) are all fair game.

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New music, new stories and new outlook by the remarkable band you fell in love with in the 80s. Cutting Crew’s Nick Van Eede, Gareth Moulton and Josh Thompson return to All Access Live to share some light with you.

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Dramarama is an American, New Jersey-based alternative rock/power pop band, who later moved to Los Angeles. The band was formed in New Jersey in 1982 and disbanded in 1994. The band formally reunited in 2003 following an appearance on VH1’s Bands Reunited reality show, and continue to tour for their rabid and supportive base.

The current lineup consists of original founding members John Easdale, lead and rhythm guitar player Peter Wood (the only band member who moved back to New Jersey and still maintains a residence there), and lead guitarist Mark Englert (Mr. “E” Boy). Rounding out the band are Los Angeles-based musicians Tony Snow (No Sugar, Tonio & The Change, Shiteland Ponies) on drums, and (former Lizzy Borden member) Mike Davis on bass. In addition, Tony Snow leads his own band, Tonio & The Change, and Mike Davis is the bass player for both Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford’s eponymous solo band Halford, and metal “supergroup” Death Dealer.

Join me & the original Jersey alt-rockers, as we chat about literally Anything, Anything, Anything!

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From 1994-2003, Eklund was the drummer for Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling Capitol Records recording artists Everclear. He played on the band’s most successful albums, including Sparkle and Fade and So Much for the Afterglow, including their MTV and radio hits Santa Monica, Father of Mine, Everything to Everyone, Wonderful, and AM Radio.

After leaving Everclear in 2003, emotionally and physically exhausted and burnt out from playing drums, Eklund suffered from public anxiety after being in the public eye. He went into therapy for panic attacks and his inability to leave his house. While at home, Eklund says, “I was tired of playing drums. I wanted to try something new, and I wanted a new challenge, so I picked up a guitar. I taught myself to play in a straightforward style and started to write songs.”

With his younger brother Mark Eklund and Olivia Stone, Greg formed The Oohlas in 2004 and released their debut record Best Stop Pop on Stolen Transmission Records (an imprint on Island/Def Jam Records) in 2005. When the music industry imploded in 2008, The Oohlas left their label and went on an indefinite hiatus.

Greg released his solo debut album entitled “Muffled Tears,” on August 1st on all digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify etc) with limited edition clear vinyl available at gregeklund.bandcamp.com.

Greg’s fortune revealed:

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Men Without Hats formed in 1977 amid the Montreal punk scene. They became pioneers of electro-pop in Canada after adopting a New Wave sound that made extensive use of keyboard and drum synthesizers. Their sound is characterized by infectiously simple melodies, socially and politically idealistic lyrics, and the distinctive baritone voice of lead singer, principle songwriter and chief member Ivan Doroschuk.
The band enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1980s with the worldwide hits “Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes the World.” Both songs were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in September 2020.

Ivan’s in the studio recording new material, and will take some time to join us for an update on Men Without Hats!

We opened Ivan’s fortune at the end of today’s episode:

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