2009 Portland Blues Festival: The Blues Cruise (Video)

Portland Blues Cruise (Portland Spirit)
Filmed from Hawthorne Bridge
Date: 07-07-07
Shot by Julian Chadwick

The Portland Blues Festival is coming quickly and I can't think of any better way to experience part of it than one of the Blues Cruises. I shot that video on the last day of the festival and 2007 and have been jealous of those people ever since. If you want to partake in this, better jump on it soon. July 4th's cruise is already sold out.

From the website:
Delta Music Experience Blues Cruises

Blues Cruise Boat

Cruise the beautiful Willamette River and hear the blues in an intimate setting on the Portland Spirit. A no-host hors d'oeuvres buffet and full bar are available on all cruises.

All Blues Cruises board from the seawall, SW Salmon and Naito Parkway, in front of McCall Fountain, just north of the A&E Front Porch Stage. SW Salmon and Naito Parkway. The cruises will head south up the Willamette River to Oregon City, and/or north past the Port of Portland docks.

Evening cruises, for those 21 and older, except for Rock the Boat Dance Cruise, Friday, July 3, which is all ages. Evening cruises board at 10:15 p.m. and return to dock at 1:15 a.m.

Afternoon cruises, open to all ages. Afternoon cruises board at 2 p.m. and return to dock at 4:30 p.m.

Photo ID is required to board the Portland Spirit for all cruises. Exception: children 12 and younger do not need photo ID.

Proceeds benefit Oregon Food Bank's mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.
Advance tickets are available through Tickets Oregon.


Thursday, July 2, 2009 (evening)
DME Hoodoo Moon Cruise

  • Louisiana-based slide-guitar wizard Sonny Landreth and
  • the incendiary sacred steel of The Lee Boys with a rousing repertoire of gospel, blues and funk.
  • The Reverb Brothers with an eclectic sound that ranges from jug band to swamp rock
  • Multi-instrumentalist Jerry Zybach

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Friday, July 3, 2009 (afternoon)
DME Blue Bayou Cruise

  • the rattlesnake soul of Dave Gonzalez, Mike Barfield and the Stone River Boys,
  • Malford Milligan, acclaimed blues-belter from Austin with his new band, Nation Sack,
  • acclaimed Dallas, Tex., guitar-slinger Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat and
  • Gulf Coast boogie-woogie, keyboard master David Vest.

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Friday, July 3, 2009 (evening) ALL AGES
DME Rock the Boat Dance Cruise

  • Loose Marbles, from New Orleans, a favorite with serious swing and blues dancers,
  • blues-belter Candye Kane and
  • West Coast and Chicago blues harpist Jim Wallace and the House Cats.
  • Alan Hagar and Albert Reda

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Saturday, July 4, 2009 (afternoon) SOLD OUT
DME Driftin' Blues Cruise

  • Harmonica ace Rick Estrin and the Nightcats,
  • Blazing roots rockers Too Slim and the Taildraggers and
  • Terry "Harmonica" Bean, one-man blues band from Pontotoc, Miss.
  • The David Samuel Duo

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Sunday, July 5, 2009 (afternoon)
DME Backwater Juke Cruise

  • Ryan Shaw, 26-year-old, who is reviving R&B with his stunning voice for a new generation,
  • Louisiana songwriter and roots-rocker Kevin Gordon and
  • A rare acoustic blues collaboration with Terry Robb and Lauren Sheehan.
  • From Seattle, Lady A and the Baby Blues Funk Band
  • The last of the Bentonia Mississippi bluesmen, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

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2 Responses to 2009 Portland Blues Festival: The Blues Cruise (Video)

  1. Vania Ura December 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    I think we know what that “something” is Ernest.

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