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At long last, the 2011 Waterfront Blues Festival is here! The Backyard Blues Boys play their biggest venue ever, opening on the First Tech Federal Blues Stage on the 4th of July, at noon. The band has already enjoyed the festival, catching many great sets by some amazing blues groups - including the incomparable Buddy Guy (viewed from backstage). The BBBs have a special set cooked up for our fans - with a few surprises planned for your enjoyment.
 
As many of our fans are aware, this performance will likely be our last for quite some time. College awaits six of the members who will be strewn across the country at schools in Massachusettes, Louisianna, Michigain, Washington and Oregon. Keep checking the website and facebook pages for updates though - you never know when the band might be able to get together.

If you have never seen the Waterfront Blues Festival (http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/), do yourself a favor and carve a few hours out of your busy day and head on down. Admission to the festival is $10 plus a couple cans of food - this is the primary fund raiser for the Oregon Food Bank ( http://www.oregonfoodbank.org), which distributes emergency food to hungry families across the state .  Every dollar donated enables them to distibute about 5 pounds of food. This is one charity where your donated dollar really stretches a long way.
 
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Be sure to come to our gig at Mississippi Pizza Pub on October 23rd.  We've always enjoyed playing at MPP - it's cozy, laid-back vibe is really nice - in the past we've felt comfortable trying out new material here - it's a whole lot of fun!

Mississippi Pizza Pub is located at 3552 N Mississippi Ave. The music starts at 6:00pm - we hope to see you there!

 
At the end of the summer we had our first chance in months to all get together in the studio to record. The result of our first session is Rock Me, a song originally by Slim Harpo. The track was recorded, mixed and mastered by Garren Epley. You can listen to this song at our music page.

Samantha Hooper is featured  on vocals, with Wade Hilts on the blues harp. The song includes solos from Hilts, Reuben Unrau (lead guitar) and Jason Morrison (keyboard), and keeping time and the baseline are Garren Epley (drums) and Louie Leager (bass).

We plan to be back in the studio in October and over Thanksgiving break in November (we are in school after all), so keep checking back for more tracks.  We are working to put a CD together in time for the holidays.