The Oregon Single Payer Campaign is throwing a party on Saturday, April 14 at the Melody Ballroom called the Inner City Blues Festival Reunion—"Healing the Healthcare Blues." The Inner City Blues Festival was a popular, annual event sponsored by the Portland Rainbow Coalition that ran from the 1988 "Jam for Jesse" Jackson until the last Inner City Blues Festival concert in 2003.
In the spirit of the Rainbow Coalition, many Northwest blues stars that performed in the festival in the past are coming together for a night of music that will benefit the work of the Oregon Single Payer Campaign for a universal, affordable healthcare system for all Oregonians.
Included in the program are: Norman Sylvester Band with special guests: Lloyd Allen, Sara Billings, LaRhonda Steele, Sonny Hess, Jim Mesi, Richard Arnold, Bill Rhoades and Peter Moss; Lenanne Miller-Sylvester & Janice Scroggins in a "Tribute to Lady Day" (Billie Holiday); Lloyd Jones Struggle; Chatta Addy; Mad as Hell Doctors; and musician/tap dancer Shoehorn. The event is emceed by Paul Knauls and Renee Mitchell. For more information about the Inner City Blues Festival Reunion and the Oregon Single Payer Campaign go to www.singlepayeroregon.org. To purchase tickets online go to www.ticketsoregon.com.