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The blues artist who inspired Belushi, Curtis Salgado, returns to the central Oregon coast

The blues artist who inspired Belushi, Curtis Salgado, returns to the central Oregon coast

Posted on 6/23/22 at 5:55 pm PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

The blues artist who inspired Belushi, Curtis Salgado, returns to the central Oregon coast

(Florence, Oregon) – One of the Pacific Northwest’s most powerful musical treasures – and most powerful legacies – will arrive in central Oregon coastal city Florence on July 15. Look for Eugene’s most famous son, blues legend Curtis Salgado and his entire band returning to town at the Florence Events Center (FEC) Main Stage, jumping and jivin ‘again. (Above courtesy photo: Salgado, Belushi and DK Stewart in Eugene in 1978)

It has long been legend that Salgado inspired John Belushi for the look and feel of The Blues Brothers in 1977 when he was shooting Animal House in Eugene. The hat, the dark suit and part of the attitude came from Salgado’s presence, which Belushi used with fellow Saturday Live Player Dan Ackroyd to create the duo and then the blockbuster movie.

At the time, Eugene’s blues scene was hot, incubating major future talents such as Stevie Ray Vaugh or Monti Amundson. Belushi took many shows around town while he was shooting there.

Winner of the 2022 Best Soul / Blues Male Artist Award from the Blues Foundation, Salgado and the band will perform songs from his 2021 album, Damage Control, and career favorites of over 40 years. This album is full of passion, nuance and vivid detail, with masterful original tracks. As Salgado puts it, “Life is all about damage control … trouble and then some. It’s about facing what’s thrown at you and saying, ‘I’m not done yet.'”

“Don’t miss this incredible evening at the beautiful Main Stage of the Florence Events Center, where every seat in the house has perfect acoustics and stunning views,” said Rachel Pearson, president of Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment (FACE). “The concert coincides with the block party of the Municipality of Florence“ Blast on Bay Street ”in the historic center that same evening. The FEC is a few blocks away, so you can enjoy both events. “

Salgado has become one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters, moving from writing a few songs per album to writing full albums of original songs. In 2016, many critics declared The Beautiful Lowdown – with 11 original songs – as the best of his career. According to Salgado, Damage Control is even better. He is thrilled to bring his new songs to the stage, where the crowd inflames him even more.

“I want people to relate to the songs,” he says.

The Salgado show on the central Oregon coast is produced by FACE, the independent, volunteer-only 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports the Florence Events Center.

Tickets are available on, by calling 541-997-1994 during business hours, or in person at the FEC Box Office, 715 Quince Street, Florence, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

FACE also produces community favorite events such as The Florence Winter Music Festival, Florence Festival of Books, Florence Indoor Yard Sale, art gallery galas and others. For more information on Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment, its many events or how to participate or volunteer, contact Pearson at 541-991-8811 or [email protected]

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