Blues Power- A Benefit for Tom Wendt


Come help one of KBOO's finest, Tom Wendt.

When: Sunday 11/15/2009 @ 4PM

Where: Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside

Cost: $10 donation, kids for free

“Times are getting tougher than tough,” sings Portland bluesman Lloyd Jones. That is definitely the case in today’s economy and can certainly be related to by longtime KBOO radio blues DJ Tom Wendt who is going through some exceptionally hard times as of late. Tom has been an inspiration for many in Portland’s blues community, having been on air since the late 70s spinning blues music for everybody’s listening pleasure.

    “Tom was doing blues before blues was cool,” states one of the event’s producers Joey Scruggs. “Tom was an inspiration for many of us who helped create the Cascade Blues Association and the Waterfront Blues Festival, which in turn has helped the Oregon Food Bank feed thousands of people.”

    An all-star event has been organized, led by Scruggs and Music Millennium’s Terry Currier, to offer some much needed relief for our friend Tom Wendt. The event, titled “Blues Power” is in reference to the Freddy King / Eric Clapton song of the same name. We feel that the song, especially the verse “Cause now I’m living on Blues Power,” captures the essence of the Portland blues community that can create a healing energy with magical properties in time of need.”

    Blues Power will take place on Sunday, November 15th, at the Crystal Ballroom. And to give an example of just how much meaning that Tom has been on our local blues community, all you have to do is look at the spectacular line-up of talent gathering to raise money; all giving their time for the cause: Lloyd Jones Struggle, Curtis Salgado, D.K. Stewart Band, The Strange Tones and Norman Sylvester Band, featuring a harmonica blow-off and a guitar showdown. Plus there will be a bevy of special guests that as of press time include: Terry Robb, Bill Rhoades, Janice Scroggins, Steve Bradley, Jim Miller, Big Monti, Dave Kahl, Dover Weinberg, Corey Burden, Alan Hager, Johnny Ward, Margo Tufo, Peter Dammann, Larry Pindar, Mary Flower, The Soul Survivor Horns, Bobby Torres and Tim O’Hare, There’s sure to be many more names added before this special event takes place.

    An incredible show to help out a friend in need. That is the magical power of the blues.
    It all takes place on Sunday, November 15th, beginning at 4:00 pm at The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 West Burnside, Portland. Admission is a $10 donation, kids admitted for free.


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