Norman and Lenanne. A Father daughter team.


“Blues Brothers” Norman and Rob Shoemaker

Welcome to the home of the Original Northwest  “Boogie Cat” Norman Sylvester       

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee 2011

“Blues Stains On My Hands” (Northwest Original Blues and R&B) getting  airplay around the country and overseas.

THE NORMAN SYLVESTER BAND – The Cascade Blues Association’s Honors: Muddy award/ Best R&B Band  2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In 1994 and 2017 Norman Received the George Page “Back what you Believe in” for his dedication to the Blues and Community Service.

 *Community Active  * Artist in Residence * Charity Fundraising * Phenomenal Party Band

                                                          *AFM Local 99 Members                          

After 30+ years of this band playing well over 4000 Gigs, =The 2015 Best R&B Band Muddy award win, was a family affair.Muddy Award

For the last few years the band has included Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester and his Bass man from the beginning Rob Shoemaker, drummers Jimi Hardin and Donald Taulor , keyboard player Jeff Otto and horn players Peter Moss & Renato Caranto (optional)  

Female vocalist,  the dynamic and energetic Lenanne Sylvester-Miller, .

The Family Affair of this iconic band goes beyond this group of Musicians mentioned though. Their original keyboard player Janice Scroggins, drummer Nick Christmas, horn player Kenny Wild, harp player Carly T. , vocalist Rhonda Hill  and the “Funkmaster” Frankie Redding Jr. All are now sadly performing in what must be an amazing band in Heaven. They will always be a big part of the NSB legacy.

 Band support Artist over the years: keyboard players; Dover Weinberg, Horn players; Patrick Lamb & Chris Hollywood, vocalists; Patricia Sylvester, Gretchen Mitchell, Carlie Smith, Ester Hill, Lena Braxton(RIP) & Nico Wind, Drummers; Ray Nelson, Mel Brown, Ashbolt Stewart, Jolie Clausen , Drawback Slim. Also the band’s list of talented guest players is impossible to name but all bring it to the stage to hold up their part of the show. This band calls each other family, their kids consider the band members their aunts, uncles & some even call Norman papa Boogie Cat Thank you to the Cascade Blues Association for honoring all of these musicians by awarding the Norman Sylvester Band the The Best R&B Band  awards, because it’s most certainly a family affair!!!

Norman “The Boogie Cat” Sylvester is committed to serving the Community, mentorship and teaching children about the origin of American Blues and Gospel.
He’s also dedicated to helping promote Health care for all in our State.

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For Booking Information and Price Quotes please phone: Boogie Cat Productions(503)419-7093 or send us an email: Boogie Cat Productions can help you plan your Event. – Our mission is to make your Event the party of your dreams. 

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Hey! Hey! the Blues Is Alright 
The Boogie Cat is ready to groove at 2017 Festivals – Live Venues- Corporate Parties. In Portland Oregon or in your Town the Norman Sylvester Band is ready to lay some Funky Blues down. For more information: (503)419-7093 Northwest Original Blues and R&B / Funky old School R&B. We have the Perfect Song List for your Party!

Special Thanks! To all our family,friends,fans and DJ’s for their continued love and support in 2012. Our new CD “Blues Stains on my Hands” is getting  airplay around the country and overseas.

The Norman Sylvester Band has shared the stage with BB King, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Otis Clay, Peter Frampton, Mavis Staple, Lil Ed and the Imperials, Junior Wells, Isaac Scott  Five Blind Boys of Alabama and WAR.

Blues Stains Review in Living Blues Magazine October 2012 Issue #221 vol. 43 #5 page 50

NORMAN SYLVESTER Blues Stains on My Hands Boogie Cat Productions – (No#) Louisiana-born guitarist/vocalist Norman Sylvester has been gigging around Portland, Oregon, since the mid-’80s, and he was recently inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. His style, though, carries strong echoes of his Gulf Coast roots. The title tune is a swampy 6/8 ballad; elsewhere he alternately showcases a sophisticated jump-and-jive elan (the topical Outsource At the Top) and a funk-flavored strut (Senior Moments, Fine as Frog Hair); his guitar work invokes T-Bone, toughened by an Albert-Collins-by-way-of-Gatemouth aggressiveness. Sylvester’s ballad work is equally convincing. On Bad Weather, he summons a deep, clear-toned baritone croon to sing about the disaster wreaked on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina If You Didn’t Want Me to Have the Blues features an extended guitar solo that highlights Sylvester’s finely honed melodic sensibility and tonal suppleness. In Please Lie to Me, he lays his Charles Brown–like ruminations over Bill Rhoades’ atavistic harp squalls as Frank “Funk Master” Redding contributes some moody after-hours organ work. Sylvester can also call forth images of Mississippi. S-E-N-D, a cyber-age updating of folksy aphorisms (“don’t e-mail what you heard, only what you know”) is couched in a Delta-fried boogie. Blues Is in Control echoes a stripped-down Smokestack Lightning; Sylvester’s lyrics are rife with images of erotic betrayal, guns-and-whiskey mayhem, and “a new big-leg woman” who sounds as if she’ll either help Sylvester’s protagonist get over his earlier travails or create new ones of her own. If Sylvester’s storylines occasionally get a little arch (he invokes “the blues” pretty often, and some of his high-tech references sound like self-conscious attempts to be contemporary), he remains a first-rate storyteller with vocal and instrumental chops that do justice to his unique lyric vision. Judging from what’s here, it seems likely that one of the Northwest’s better-kept blues secrets won’t be a secret for much longer. —David Whiteis Our New CD product “Blues Stains on my Hands” can be purchased at:

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For Booking Information and Price Quotes please phone: Boogie Cat Productions(503)419-7093 or send us an email: For more music schedule information visit our land line 24 hour Blues Hotline: 503-281-5989 Boogie Cat Productions can help you plan your Event. – Our mission is to make your Event the party of your dreams. Boogie Cat Productions supports Nettleingham Audio  Contact Kevin Nettleingham at: 360-696-5999

  • Norman Sylvester inducted to Oregon Music Hall of Fame - When he was a kid, Norman Sylvester would get up on Sunday mornings before church and listen to his father’s gospel quartet sing on a radio station broadcasting out of Monroe, La. “One of the most beautiful sounds you’d ever want to hear,” he says. Sylvester was born in Bonita, La., in 1945 on his grandmother’s ... Read more
  • Oregon Music News Video - Norman Sylvester on the meaning of “Fine as Frog Hair” among other things. Interview for Oregon Music News. on May 26, 2011 in Portland Oregon.
  • Norman Sylvester with Designer Visuals - Norman Sylvester Band accompanied by Reo Varnado on vocals, with music visualization graphics by Johan at Designer Visuals ( Filmed on location at Candlelight Cafe and Bar, March 19, 2011.
  • Sarah Billings interviews Norman Sylvester - I got a chance to have one of Portland’s well respected blues musicians take time to say hi to Sarah Billings Fan. Norman Sylvester, aka Boogie Cat, has been a long time mentor and friend to many musicians including Patrick Lamb, LaRhonda Steele, Gretchen Mitchell, myself and many others. Take a minute to get to ... Read more
  • Live on Oregon Art Beat - First Broadcast: 2008 Producer: Vince Patton Appeared in episodes: 10-Year Retrospective, Blues Musician Norman Sylvester, Glass Artist David Schwarz, Blues Musician Norman Sylvester, Elizabeth Leach, Painter Arne Westerman, Right Brain Initiative
  • People Get Ready - Boogie Cat preaches to his community / People Get Ready at Waterfront Blues Festival 2011 Portland,O
  • The Norman Sylvester Band – Live at Clyde’s - The Norman Sylvester Band playing at Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant. This outstanding blues band know how to deliver a great performance and as you can see in the video, there was a party going on!! This is definitely a Portland, Oregon band that needs recognition!!
  • What I Say – A Tribute To Ray Charles - Norman Sylvester sings “What I Say” with the Ray Charles Tribute at the Portland Art Museum!
  • Having a party for David Mackay at Halibut’s II - Having a party for David Mackay right after his surgery.
  • Fine As Frog Hair - Performed at the Positively Entertainment & Dining 34th Anniversary party at The New Copper Penny Pantheon Ballroom.
  • “Please Come Home for Christmas” - Patrick Lamb and Norman Sylvester perform “Please Come Home for Christmas.”

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