A native of Roanoke, VA, Kevin Selfe learned to play the blues by watching the masters that lived and traveled through the area. Having combined this influence with his own distinct style, Selfe developed a swampy, primal sound that is reminiscent of humid, summer evenings in the rural South. He relocated to Portland in 2007 where he is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival. Selfe is a two-time inductee into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame for Electric Guitar and Traditional Blues Act, and his band, Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes, has received prestigious Muddy Awards for Blues Act of the Year eight times. His recordings on world renown blues labels Delta Groove and VizzTone have landed on the Billboard Blues Chart and have been featured on SiriusXM radio.
Winners of three Muddy Awards for Performance of the Year, the “Big Band” consists of some of greatest talent in the region. This show will feature Chris Mercer – tenor sax (John Mayall, Freddie King, Dr. John), Steve Kerin – keys (Rose City Kings, Too Loose Cajun Band), Joe McCarthy – trumpet (DK Stewart, Duffy Bishop), Brad Ulrich – baritone sax (Duffy Bishop), Allen Markel – bass (Sugaray Rayford, The Insomniacs), Don Shultz (Robbie Laws), and Kevin Selfe – guitar, vocals.