Andy and Blake’s Couple Degrees of Separation

Back in the late 70’s and into the 80’s, there’s no doubt Portland was rockin’ and reelin’ with live music. All kinds of genres of the era, from R&B, to funk, to dance music, new wave,  and straight ahead rock n roll. Here’s one of those stories.

Hey! Hey! Here We Come 2016!

Was it a very good year? Will it be a very good new year? Certain each of us had our challenges and will face them in 2016. But here’s to those sweet and bright spots, made even better in the company of friends. On this afternoon, time spent well and with lots of laughter, thanks […]

Henry and Blake Sakamoto and the Minidoka Swing Band Story

All of us have stories. All of us, each and every one, come from a different cultural backstory. Time to celebrate one. And enjoy two great nights of music with Henry and Blake Sakamoto.                   HOW IT ALL BEGAN It seems fitting that “E pluribus unum”, Latin for “Out […]

The Many Hats of Rob Daiker

Seems so simple. You’re an artist. A writer.  You’re a musician. A songwriter. An actor. The commitment to keeping your head totally in your chosen art form is another thing entirely. Rob advocates for pouring one’s emotion into what you create. That is the thing that gives the artist’s life a through-line and, well, makes […]

CatchUp with Blake Sakamoto and Tom Grant

Always lots of irons in the musical fire. Blake is always moving his pieces around in an effort to shine a light on other artists. Then he  had a brainwave for Tom Grant. Check out your invite to a filming with Tom and his special guests. And catch up with what is new in his […]

A Guitar Goddess AND Fort Vancouver Fireworks

What a July 4th bang for the buck. Fireworks at the largest show west of the Mississippi, Fort Vancouver is THE destination. Blake Sakamoto brought in special guest Jennifer Batten, for the concert. We got to know each other better on a hot Wednesday afternoon. Jennifer ranks among THE female guitar players . Right next to […]