Live at Duff’s Garage


KING BETA at The VAult in Multnomah Village. April, 2019

“Talented, original, and entertaining." Susan R.

“Most fun in a long time. So thankful for the great musicians in this world. We are a multitude!” Judy L.

“A total blast, as always. Can’t believe how blessed I am that I fell into your world. So much joy. It really is an amazing family of fans you’ve got. It’s always like going to a party with old friends whenever you guys play. It’s a really special and coveted part of my life.”  Kathleen B.

“Impressive chops aside, it's the writing, arranging and presentation of ORIGINAL material that sets KB so apart from the crowd.” Rychen P.

“You know you’re happening when the kitchen help turns off their radio to listen to the band.” ~ Steve H.

What a blast! Thanks so much for a fabulous evening last night despite the sogginess. Loved the garden, loved the laser lights (sooo cool!), loved your friends, fans, and neighbors, loved the music (duh) and all of you who made it happen. So much joy. :) K.B.



Hallowed Halls off Google Maps

We loved our day at Hallowed Halls. This recording studio/ performance center was an old Library built in the 1920s. The large vertical windows were perfect for a daytime video shoot. We only had 6 hours and were able to get our goal of 4 songs recorded. Suzie and I went back later to fix some vocals and more vocals were recoded at my studio, where I also mixed the tracks. Was going for a raw sound with energy and nuance.


KB Dates

Saturday July 13
The Vault at Gastro Mania
7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
7:00 to 10:00, $12 cover

Recording dates & video shoot

Saturday September 7
The White Pear Garden
4720 N AMherst Portland, OR 97203
7:00 to 10:00, $15 suggested donation

Friday October 4
Arrivederci Wine & Jazz
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267
8 to 11

Saturday November 30
Arrivederci Wine & Jazz
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267
8 to 11

Friday December 20
At The Garages Satellite Pub
4810 SW Western Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
8:00 to 11:30, $10 cover



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Fred Stickley, a keyboardist, vocalist and composer, has acquired credits for radio and Tv production along with four CDs of his own original music. Credits include: The Portland Trailblazers, Dateline NBC, The Tyra Banks Show, NFL Videos, numerous infomercials, along with music for Canadian and Australian television. Fred studied composition and arranging with notable television and film composers at the Grove School of Music in Studio City, California.  Also during this period Fred studied the Bel Canto technique of voice training with prominent vocal coach Ron Anderson.  Fred can easily contribute his share tales about his days as keyboardist/vocalist with John Haitt, his studio days at American Recording working with a few of Rock's elite. and the b-zillion bands and shows along the way.  

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Suzie Elstad brings with her a unique, very alluring and distinct sound. Suzie is a veteran of the Portland country music scene that includes her group, The Los Cowtones.  More on Suzie later as we gather more info. Bottom line, She's great and we all love her.

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Mike Doolin
is a guitarist of some 30 years professional experience. He has performed with such Northwest mainstays as Mel Brown, Mitzi Zilka, LaRhonda Steel, The Flying Stickleys, Margo Tufo, Gary Ogan, Nancy Conescu, Body and Soul, and Soul Vaccination. His recording credits include Obo Addy's "Wonchi Bi", Timothy Bryson's "Playground" and The Flying Stickley's "Behind the Hangar". Mike is also an internationally respected guitar maker, having built instruments for recording artists Muriel Anderson, John Stowell, Justin King and Nancy Conescu.  Visit Mike at

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AL Martin hails from Los Angeles, California and began his professional career at the age of 17 in Portland Oregon. He has performed in many genres as an Afro Caribbean Percussionist; from the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band Ensemble, to the Carnival Comparsas of Panama, to Ipanema Beach of Brazil. Some of his most memorable moments are performing with, Salsa Orchestra El Grand Combo de Puerto Rico, Poncho Sanchez, Chuchito Valdez, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and sharing the stage with Santana and Alice Coltrane. Al’s friends and mentors throughout the years have been Mongo Santamaria, Armando Peraza, Ray Baretto, Carlos Potato Valdez, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Airto Moreira, Willie BoBo, Tito Puente, and Flutists Herbie Mann and Dave Valentine. AL is a locally as well as an internationally recognized percussionist who shares his experience as a rhythm evangelist and aspiring flutist.

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Jon Hughes
has played with such notables musicians like Janice Scroggins, Kerry McCoy, Thara Memory, Margaret Lynn, Graham Lear, Alyssa Shwary, Bossamba, Bo Diddley, Tito Puente, Bill Beech, Gary Hobbs, Barbara Lusch, Kenny Lavitz, Ramsey Embick, Donny Osborne, Chris Mayther, Toshi Onizuka, Fred Stickley, Pepe & the Bottled Blondes, The Bobby Torres Ensemble, Pa'lante, Conjunto Alegre, La Mayor, Expression Latina, and MHCC Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

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Ward Griffiths
began playing drums shortly before her eighth birthday and continued to study drums and classical percussion through high school. She received a B.A. in Music from Wesleyan University where she was introduced to the rhythms of West African and South Indian music. After working the club scene in western New England for several years, Ward relocated to Seattle and set aside her musical interests to pursue bicycle racing. She moved to Portland in 1999 with a renewed commitment to play music. In addition to King Beta, Ward freelances with several jazz groups and performs with the Rob Scheps Big Band. She lives with two dogs, three drum sets, and four bicycles.