Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon leads students in learning the art of the 'greasy blues' in a jazz lesson at Boxley's Place in North Bend. Boxley's, an Eastside jazz venue, is one of more than a dozen venues on a new Blues Walk planned here.
On April 20, 12 venues in downtown North Bend will play host to an evening celebrating the blues.
The North Bend Blues Walk spans four blocks in old-town North Bend, including The Pour House tavern, Pioneer Coffee, Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge, Emerald City Smoothie, North Bend Theatre, Twede's Cafe, Euro Cafe Lounge, George's Bakery, Valley Center Stage, Boxley's, Chaplin's Chevrolet, and Scott's Dairy Freeze.
Appearing are Northwest blues artists including the T-Town Aces, Blues Redemption, Bryant Urban, Nick Vigarino, Rod Cook, Eric Madis, The Wired Band, Brian Lee Trio, Kim Field, Paul Green, Brian Butler, the Chris Stevens Band, Dan O'Bryant, John Stephan Band, James King & the Southsiders, Little Bill and the Blue Notes, and others.
All venues are family-friendly and welcome all ages, except the Pour House, which is a 21-and-older venue.
This event is sponsored by the Boxley Music Fund, a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live music performance and education. North Bend is becoming a destination featuring live music seven nights a week at Boxleys, named one of the best jazz rooms in the world by Downbeat Magazine.
One ticket allows visitors to see music at all the venues. Plan on walking from venue to venue and checking out all the bands. Adult tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; Children's tickets for ages 4 and younger are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Sponsors include The City of North Bend, The Valley Record, Sno Valley Star, Blues To Do’s, Washington Blues Society, Frankie's Pizza, Intek Integration Technologies, Birdsong Cottage, Encompass, Hauglie Insurance, PC Bennett Consulting, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, Weaver Financial, Jeff Warren Agency, Singletrack Cycles, Destiny by Design, Roy Spain Salon, Si View Metro Parks, Twin Star Car Wash, Bob Baumann and Friends and the members of the Boxley Music Fund.
The North Bend Blues Walk is supported by the Boxley Music Fund, a recognized 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization. The Boxley Music Fund is dependent on ticket sales, membership and sponsorship to fund the Blues Walk, Boxley's Music Performance and Educational Events. For more information about the Boxley Music Fund, visit www.boxleymusicfund.com.