Ms. Vee

Ms. Vee (Valyria Lewis) is a singer, musician, writer and comedienne. Ms. Vee’s style of soul-blues is infused with Black Southern gospel and a lot of soul! At the age of 10, Ms. Vee began her musical journey as a piano student at Lorenzo’s School of Contemporary Music in Forrest City, Arkansas founded by Lorenzo […]


Jujuba (jo͞o jo͞o bah) delivers a funky, danceable style of Nigerian Afrobeat and Juju music. The strength of the 10-piece revolves around its energetic cohesion between percussion, rhythm and horn sections. Renowned for their ability to engage a wide variety of audiences, the band draws a dance floor full of smiling faces at every performance.   […]

The EarthTonez

The EarthTonez are a dynamic four-piece band based in the Pacific Northwest, known for their blend of R&B, neo-soul, and funk music. The band was formed in 2022 and consists of lead singer/guitarist Dante Zapata, his brother Andre Zapata on bass, keyboardist Chris Turner (who also sings backup vocals), and drummer Brian Foxworth (who also […]

Cedric Watson

This Crossroads Conversation is presented by St. Landry Parish. One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time GRAMMY-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.  Originally from San Felipe, TX, Watson made his first appearance at […]

Kevin Selfe, AC Porter & Karen Lovely

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 […]

RJ Mischo & Franck Goldwasser

July 3 at 4:10 PM on Front Porch StageJuly 4 at 3:00 PM on the Rollin’ on the River Blues Cruise RJ Mischo is considered by critics and fans worldwide to be in the upper echelon of today’s great blues harmonica players. He performs worldwide as frontman with his Red Hot Blues Band and also […]

Mary Flower & Adam Scramstad

Indeed, the internationally renowned award-winning Portland-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Mary Flower is a prodigious talent whose seasoned skills have established her as one of America’s foremost roots performers. Flower combines deep historical knowledge with a restless creativity that keeps her music evolving into new territory while echoing influences from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with additional stops […]

Ural Thomas & The Pain

Walking through the residential heart of Portland’s Mississippi district you’ll find a charming wooden house under the overcast Oregon sky. This local landmark is the home of soul legend Ural Thomas, built by hand with found materials decades ago. The basement is overflowing with musical equipment. When you walk down into the room you may […]

Tyrone Hendrix & the PDX Soul Collective

Tyrone Hendrix & the PDX Soul Collective features the leading vocalists and musicians from Portland’s R&B, funk, and soul scenes, many of whom have performed and toured with international stars. The Collective consists of founder/drummer Tyrone Hendrix; vocalists Arietta Ward, Saeeda Wright, Ronnie Wright, Tahirah Memory, Alonzo Chadwick and Danielle Barker; guitarist John “Jubu” Smith; […]

Yates McKendree

July 4 at 2:30 PM on Crossroads StageJuly 4 at 5:50 PM on Buick GMC of Beaverton Blues Stage Born in Nashville and raised in a recording studio, multi-instrumentalist Yates McKendree grew up hearing and playing with many great musicians. Self-taught from the age of three, music came to him naturally. Although just 21 years […]