The Port City Blues Society is a member-supported, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote, perpetuate, and advance the culture and tradition of Blues, Jazz, and Gospel music as an art form indigenous to America. Formed in 2016, the Port City Blues Society strives to fulfill its mission by encouraging and facilitating both performance and educational events and projects in order to promote the culture of blues music in the Pine Bluff area and the Southeast Arkansas region.
The Port City Blues Society hosts a weekly blues jam on Wednesday nights in Pine Bluff at Hot Rods located at Second Avenue and Main Streets. The jam is frequented by many talented local and regional musicians. The blues society also facilitates live music at “Catfish Friday Blues and Soul Night, a monthly event held on the fourth Friday of each month at the UAPB Business Support Incubator located at 615 Main Street.
Members of the Port City Blues Society blues jam house band that will be performing at Forward Fest 2020 include Gene Cooper, Roscoe Willis, Butch Scaife, Dave Sadler, Dave Miller and others.
Growing up on the edge of the Delta, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, blues inspired music surrounded Sadler. Where a typical kid might have been found listening to the latest top 40 rock hit, Dave, a self-taught musician who plays by ear, would often be found locked away in his room listening to the likes of B.B. King and Elmore James, trying to emulate their playing styles.
Influenced by modern blues players such as Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughn and jazz musicians such as Jeff Golub and George Benson and others, Dave's playing style is a blend of blues, rock, jazz and funk, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitars.
Sadler can frequently be found playing live at various music festivals, clubs, private parties, receptions and other venues throughout Arkansas. He is currently playing frequently with "Detroit Johnny and the Delta Soul Children and regularly for Port City Blues Society events.
Dave is available for solo jazz and blues performances or events requiring a delta blues or blues-rock combo.
Dave Sadler is affiliated with BMI as a songwriter/composer publishing and recording for the independent label, BluezArt Records.