Win Tickets ($80): Grammy Nominee Robben Ford @ Aladdin Theater | Electric Guitarists, Blues

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Robben Ford @ Aladdin Theater on July 13. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed July 5.


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Robben Ford
July 13, 2022
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $40 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.

Born in 1951 in Woodlake, California, and raised in Ukiah, Robben was the third of four sons in a musical family. His father Charles was a country and western singer and guitarist before entering the army and marrying Kathryn, who played piano and had a lovely singing voice. Robben’s first chosen instrument was the saxophone, which he began to play at age ten and continued to play into his early twenties. He began to teach himself guitar at age thirteen upon hearing the two guitarists from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop. In the late 1960’s, Ford frequented the Fillmore and Winterland auditoriums in San Francisco to see Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Albert King, B.B. King and all of the progenitors of blues. “It was an incredible time for electric guitar,” Robben recalls.

On his interest in jazz, Robben says,” I fell in love with the sax-playing of Paul Desmond and The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and before long found Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and of course, Miles Davis.” These influences have stayed with Robben, playing a large part in his particular blend of jazz and blues that define him as a guitarist and allow him to play in a wide variety of settings.




  1. Marie Blackwell on June 20, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I would Love 💕 to put on my red shoes & dance 🩰 the blues!!!!

  2. Valerie May on June 20, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I am 80yrs old. I was a cocktail waitress at the El Matador when Robben played a set with Jimmy Hendricks. He was 17 yrs old. I’ve never forgotten his name or that evening.
    Would love to attend this performance

  3. David on June 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    A truly overlooked guitar player in my opinion. Been listening to him for years!

  4. Richard Potts on June 21, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    A great guitarist!

  5. CHRIS on June 21, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    I would lie to see him. He is a great guitar player.

    • Clayton on June 21, 2022 at 3:35 pm

      Saw him at Mt. Baker Theatre with Ruthie Foster and Jorma Kaukonen… so good!

  6. Charlie Y. on June 21, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Blues, R & B, jazz, funk – Robben and his band cover all the bases. He’s is an artist who really lets his guitar and music express modes that will have you smiling & moving your body throughout the show.,, and beyond.

  7. Cory on June 21, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Shre in the love

  8. gregb on June 21, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Rockin’ Robben

  9. Ed on June 22, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    I would like to attend the best show In our city Wednesday evening July 13, 2022.
    Wednesday, rockin’ blues, Robben Ford ! Wow !

  10. Carol Trekas on June 23, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    I can’t make the Blues Festival downtown but would like to see this instead please.

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