Portland's blues harmonica giant, Paul deLay, who died unexpectedly March 7th, will be celebrated on Sunday, April Fools' Day with a concert at the Portland Art Museum's Kridel Grand Ballroom. Hosted by eleven former members of various incarnations of The Paul deLay Band, the bill features Duffy Bishop, Linda Hornbuckle, Lloyd Jones, and Terry Robb—artists who, along with Paul, made the Northwest blues scene the vibrant and widely-admired community it is today. Other special guests are TBA. The show's proceeds will benefit the deLay family.
The show is christened "Remember Me." To quote from the press release:
Paul deLay wrote the haunting lament 'Remember Me' after his mother, and the mothers of three band members, passed away during a two-year-period in the late 1990s. It was released on the Paul deLay Band's Heavy Rotation CD (Evidence Music) in 2001.
The following Saturday, April 7, Bishop will also perform with deLay's band at Jimmy Mak's, a tandem gig that was booked prior to deLay's demise, and will be likewise dedicated to celebrating his life and legacy.
"Remember me...": A memorial concert celebrating the life, music and spirit of Paul deLay. Sunday, April 1, 2007, 7 pm, Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. All ages. $20, advance through the Portland Art Museum, 503-226-0973, or online at www.communityboxoffice.net. For further information, contact Peter Dammann, 244-5827.
Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542
Paul deLay's Official Website
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