The summer Live at the Ranch series kicks off at 5pm on Sunday, July 21 with a performance by award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado. Salgado, a Eugene native and now Portland, Oregon, based blues, R&B and soul singer-songwriter, has been a Northwest music legend since his six year stint with Robert Cray’s band. He is also credited with being the inspiration for John Belushi’s character of Joliet Jake in The Blues Brothers, and the Blues Brother’s debut album Briefcase Full of Blues is dedicated to Salgado. Salgado has toured with The Steve Miller Band and spent a summer singing with Santana before being sidelined by health issues. In 2005, he was diagnosed with liver cancer, and underwent a successful liver transplant in 2006. He’s battled all the way back, and, after a full and complete recovery, has been tearing up concert stages all over the country.
Winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist of the Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. Salgado’s 2012 album, Soul Shot (Alligator Records), was picked for Soul Blues Album of the Year, and Salgado was also named the Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and 2013 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.
Salgado is known for playing each and every show like it’s the most important one of his career, and his performance at Black Butte Ranch is guaranteed to bring the audience to their feet.
Sunday, August 25 marks the date for the second “Live at the Ranch” concert, with a highly anticipated performance by The Black Lillies.
This five member Americana band from Knoxville, Tennessee brings a unique sound with influences from rock, country, blues, bluegrass and jazz. Their debut album, Whiskey Angel, received rave reviews as it shot to the top of multiple “Best of” lists across the country and also won the 2009 Independent Music Award for the “Best Americana Album.” The 2011 follow-up, 100 Miles of Wreckage, spent more than five months on the Americana Radio chart in the Top 20. In spring 2013, the band released their third album Runaway Freeway Blues, which debuted at #21 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #43 on the Top 200 Albums and #28 on the Americana Radio Chart the first week it was released.
Recent highlight performances include Bonnaroo, Pickathon, CMA Music Fest, Americana Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Fold Alliance, Mountain Stage and multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. The Black Lillies continue to build their fan base across the nation and across the globe one town and one show at a time. Their live show has been lauded as a one of a kind experience, and they are quickly becoming one of the most vibrant and diverse live bands around.
Tickets for Black Butte Ranch’s Live at the Ranch summer concerts can be purchased online at www.BlackButteRanchStore.com or by calling 888.234.5956. Tickets for Curtis Salgado are $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 -12. Tickets for The Black Lillies are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases. Both performances begin at 5pm. Guests will be able to enter the venue 45 minutes prior to the start of each concert. There will be an area for purchasing food, water and soft drinks. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase in a separate space. Outside alcohol is prohibited. Purchase your tickets today to guarantee a time of great music, food and family fun!
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