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Man oh man, whatta band

August 4, 2009

The Ty Curtis Band (warning: Flash-heavy site) from Salem, Oregon, recently played a summer concert at Portland’s Mount Tabor Park (which celebrated its centennial this month, by the way) and lemme tell ya they’re worth keeping an eye on.

Ty Curtis Band

Ty Curtis Band

They’re very young, or so it seemed to me (you can see for yourself they have a lot of energy), but their style and technique are mature and polished. They play a solid mix of blues-oriented rock and roll, funk and swing, have been compared with Stevie Ray Vaughan, and have played such bigger events as Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival and the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. They impressed the (usually fairly laid-back) crowd at Mt. Tabor, that’s for sure – including me; this is an entirely unsolicited plug.

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