THE BAYOU BOYZ BAND

Portland, Oregon Musicians

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Dan Berkery

Brian Foxworth

Steve Kerin

David Kahl

Jimmy Russell

Thank you 2019 Waterfront Blues Festival !!
See you next year!!

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The Bayou Boyz Calendar

Dec
11
Wed
2019
The Bayou Boyz At Spirits Pub @ Spirits Pub
Dec 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

With Dan Berkery!!

Dec
15
Sun
2019
The Bayou Boyz At Spirits Pub @ Spirits Pub
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With Dan Berkery!!

The Bayou Boyz At Spirits Pub @ Spirits Pub
Dec 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

With Dan Berkery!!

Dec
16
Mon
2019
The Bayou Boyz at Mekong Bistro @ Mekong Bistro
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Dec
18
Wed
2019
The Bayou Boyz At Spirits Pub @ Spirits Pub
Dec 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

With Dan Berkery!!

Dec
22
Sun
2019
The Bayou Boyz At Spirits Pub @ Spirits Pub
Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With Dan Berkery!!

The Bayou Boyz At Spirits Pub @ Spirits Pub
Dec 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

With Dan Berkery!!

The Bayou Boyz Story

“Fearless.”

“A concert in a club setting.”

“What a range of musical material, yet they make everything they do feel original.”

“And I thought last week’s performance was impressive!”

These are just a few things that have been said about The Bayou Boyz – Dan Berkery (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Russell (guitar/vocals), Steve Kerin (keyboard/vocals), Brian Foxworth (drums/vocals), and David Kahl (bass/vocals).

The Bayou Boyz grew out of a six-plus year gig at a funky old dive in the Hollywood District of Portland, Oregon – Blackwell’s – described by Curtis Salgado as being as close to New Orleans as anyone could get in the city. The hump day hijinks of Soul Cookin’ – an all-star lineup featuring Lloyd Jones – drew consistent and growing crowds on Wednesday nights. Although drum duties passed, from the great Carlton Jackson to the dynamic Brian Foxworth, the band remained relatively unchanged until keyboardist, Dover Weinberg, joined the legendary Robert Cray. Dover still stayed in the lineup, though substitutes stepped in when he was on tour, as was the case for the other players. Soul Cookin’ was not so much a band as it was good musician friends getting together on a regular basis to play what they loved.

At one point, both Lloyd and Dover were both out and bassist, David Kahl, who had originally developed the gig, sought out subs. Great thought was put into what voices would best complement each other. Two names kept jumping out at him, Steve Kerin and Mark “Shark” Schatzkamer. They didn’t know each other, but something said, “Go for it!” and the call was made. Meeting each other on the bandstand, the magic that followed was immediately noticed. One comment from the audience was “like being in a concert”, followed by “this should be a band”. Passing it off as a good, fun, momentary romp – what’s the point of starting a band when everyone’s already involved with others? – things went back to normal, until chance provided an opportunity to see if the first meeting was a fluke. It wasn’t; it was better enough that Jan DeLorme, owner of Blackwell’s, offered them their choice of a regular night. Sundays were the only consistently available days, later in the afternoons, and, even though Blackwell’s regularly closed on that day, Jan agreed to open the place for, as she called it, “my band”.  To this day, though she has passed away, the members of The Bayou Boyz feel they are Jan’s band.

The Bayou Boyz figured, a good run had come to an end, but fans would have none of it and, as if on cue, they scouted new venues, making a pitch to a couple that were receptive.  Demand was so strong and the venues so compelling for these guys that they had to sort out the choices. Unfortunately, demand for Mark, as a teacher, was also high and he let go of his full-time commitment to the band (Mark, thankfully, still has occasion to play with his old band mates and it’s always a treat.). This left the guys to find someone remarkably special to fill his slot. While there were several great players, all sorts of considerations had to be taken – a vocal repertoire, availability, musical and personal compatibility.

Enter Dan Berkery, leader of the Rose City Kings, Steve’s band mate in that and other projects, the ideal fit, and one that’s more comfortable as time passes. Dan has since been featured on festival stages with The Bayou Boyz, including Waterfront Blues Festival, Winter Blues Festival, and the Inner City Blues Festival. Check him out in the perfect, intimate roadhouse environment, Sundays at Spirits Pub, 5-8 pm.

Mondays at Mekong Bistro, a dance-oriented, yet concert type venue, posed a problem, however. Dan was unavailable, so the guys came up with a plan, something they dubbed “Bayou Boyz – Family Style”. Guitar and, when possible, vocal duties were put into a rotation of virtuosos – players like Jason JT Thomas (Lisa Mann), Hershel Yatovitz (Chris Izaak), Peter Dammann (Paul deLay, DK Stewart), Mark Bowden (Next Waltz, Karen Ann, and more), Doug Rowell (Thunder Brothers), and more. One stood out as the “one”, based on a combination of considerations.  Jimmy Russell, an exciting young player whose range is expansive, accepted the offer of becoming an official member and there have been no disappointments. Jimmy is well-known for his residencies at Goodfoot, Al’s Den, Laurelthirst, and other popular Portland venues.

The Bayou Boyz continue to include and expand their musical family, whether as a casual invite to join when they happen in on a gig or, more formally, in special event situations. They offer specialized quartet formats, with either Dan or Jimmy, a deluxe version with both, and collaborative combinations that include Lloyd Jones, Ty Curtis, Kris Deelane, and more, even a revue format that can seamlessly cover larger special events and festivals for several hours.

What does all this mean for you, the fan?  A lot of the expected and a whole bunch that’s new, each time you see this band. It means a level of variety that will hold your interest, a high level of proficiency and practice. Of course, it also means the highest production values, no matter the setting.  There’s a solid organization behind these guys, a one-stop resource for everything production related, from staging, security, sound, band equipment, and lights, to marketing, sponsorship assistance programs, community outreach, and even catering.

If you want a show with a lot more going for it than just great music, The Bayou Boyz are just what you’re looking for.

Inquiries are always welcome.
No event too big or
too small.

David Kahl
971-219-9324
ldkahl2000@yahoo.com

 

Thank you to these talented photographers

Kathryn Rankin Photography

Portland, Oregon

Marilyn Stringer Photography

Tucson, Arizona

Kelly Ralph Photography

Portland, Oregon

PHOTO GALLERY

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The Bayou Boyz Facebook Posts

5 days ago

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We would like to remind everyone that, since Saturday is Steve Kerin’s birthday, the Bayou Boyz will be celebrating for the following two days.

Sunday, December 8, 5-8:00 pm, at Spirits Pub, on NE Cully Blvd. Special guest Ty Curtis.

Monday, December 9, 7:30-10:30 pm, at Mekong Bistro, on NE 82nd Avenue.
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2 months ago

Bayou Boyz

The Bayou Boyz have grown into a pretty big and mighty impressive family. While we have two regular nights of work, each a little of the same, while being quite a bit different, we offer a variety of choices that can fit your needs.

The Bayou Boyz has programs that can cover the smallest, most intimate gatherings or the biggest festivals. We can even provide programs of several hours, with transitions, from one act to the next, that are near-seamless and production logistics that cover the gamut, from "front of house to back of shop" -- staging, sound, lights, security, hospitality, promotion, and more -- all considerate of budgetary constraints but uncompromising in quality.

If you're interested, please feel free to message us here. We'll get back to you as fast as possible.

Thank you!
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2 months ago

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It's always fun playing at Spirits Pub but, when Hershel Yatovitz joins in, it just elevates!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

Bayou Boyz

We would like to remind everyone that, since Saturday is Steve Kerin’s birthday, the Bayou Boyz will be celebrating for the following two days.

Sunday, December 8, 5-8:00 pm, at Spirits Pub, on NE Cully Blvd. Special guest Ty Curtis.

Monday, December 9, 7:30-10:30 pm, at Mekong Bistro, on NE 82nd Avenue.
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2 months ago

Bayou Boyz

The Bayou Boyz have grown into a pretty big and mighty impressive family. While we have two regular nights of work, each a little of the same, while being quite a bit different, we offer a variety of choices that can fit your needs.

The Bayou Boyz has programs that can cover the smallest, most intimate gatherings or the biggest festivals. We can even provide programs of several hours, with transitions, from one act to the next, that are near-seamless and production logistics that cover the gamut, from "front of house to back of shop" -- staging, sound, lights, security, hospitality, promotion, and more -- all considerate of budgetary constraints but uncompromising in quality.

If you're interested, please feel free to message us here. We'll get back to you as fast as possible.

Thank you!
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2 months ago

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It's always fun playing at Spirits Pub but, when Hershel Yatovitz joins in, it just elevates!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

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Brian Foxworth puttin' the Fun in Funk. ... See MoreSee Less

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