Kevin Selfe, AC Porter & Karen Lovely

Day 01

Blues Cruise

3:00 PM

A native of Roanoke, VA, Kevin Selfe learned to play the blues by watching the masters who 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 an inductee into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame and has received prestigious Muddy Awards for Blues Act of the Year eight times. The band consists of Blues Music Award-Winning drummer Jimi Bott (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza) and bassist Allen Markel (Sugaray Rayford, The Insomniacs).

Karen Lovely offers up a blistering mix of contemporary blues, blues rock, and American roots. Known for her passionate, driven style, this powerhouse vocalist consistently delivers standout performances – both live and in the studio, garnering awards and critical acclaim throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. 

Originally from the blues hotbed of Eugene, OR, guitarist AC Porter has been a captivating fixture in the Portland blues scene since the ‘90s. His shows have become legendary, with every note finding a way to emotively connect with his listeners. Porter’s fiery yet tasteful style of playing has been compared to the likes of Little Charlie and Hollywood Fats.  

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