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Check out the lineup through the end of the year at Lake Theater's Music Monday concerts.

COURTESY PHOTO: - Harpdog Brown and his Uptown Blues Band will play the Music Monday concert Dec. 30 at Lake Theater and Cafe.

Canada's Classic Bluesman Harpdog Brown and his Uptown Blues Band will present the Music Monday concert Dec. 30 at Lake Theater and Cafe.

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. His new band delivers a vintage New Orleans blues vibe that is sure to move audience members. The band performs mostly originals yet they often include songs of the masters like Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris and Duke Ellington.

"I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is," Brown says. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people; a missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the message in the songs. ... Blues has a healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that's OK."

Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, three consecutive Western Canadian Music Award nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for three Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica player, male vocalists and album of the year) for his 2016 release "Travelin' with the Blues."

Tickets to the concert are $20 per person or $100 for VIP seating for four closest to the stage. Order online at laketheatercafe.com.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Lake Theater and Cafe is located at 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego.

The Music Monday concert series features top jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the region. The series is curated by Dean Mueller.

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