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“The Rae Gordon Band had the audience up on their feet stomping and clapping with appreciation.” – Blues Blast Magazine

The multi-award-winning Rae Gordon Band serves up a stew of “downtown gritty with uptown city” – soaring vocals with searing guitar counterpoint, high-energy horns and a hard-driving rhythm section with the power of a freight train.

Following their 3rd-place finish at the International Blues Challenge in 2017 (finals judge Walter Trout said afterwards, “I gave her a score of 10, the best score you can give. She made an incredible impression.”), the band released its latest CD, Better Than I Was, which has received airplay in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK and appeared on the Living Blues Radio Chart and the Roots Music Report Soul Blues Album Chart. The CD also won a Muddy Award for Best Northwest Recording from the Cascade Blues Association and the band received the Best Contemporary Blues Act Muddy Award. Rae herself is a three-time recipient of the Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist.

The Rae Gordon Band has appeared at the Waterfront Blues Festival, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Bronze Blues & Brews Festival, Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, Bonita Blues Festival in Florida and others. Their 2018 schedule is another busy one, including the Iron Mountain Music Festival in Mission, B.C. and a return to the Big Blues Bender.

In addition to Rae on lead vocals, this Portland-based group features Austin native Kivett Bednar on guitar, musical director and co-writer Pat McDougall on keyboards, Ed Pierce on drums, Joseph Conrad on bass, Scott Franklin on saxophone and Allan Kalik on trumpet.