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Waterfront Blues Festival & Fireworks Show
July 2-5, 2015
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Tom McCall Waterfront Park
SW Naito Pkwy Portland, OR 97204
The 28th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union is more than Blues. It’s roots-rock, Crescent City funk, old school R&B and Cajun/Zydeco. It’s four stages, 100 acts, five cruises, two after-hours parties, dance competitions and July 4th fireworks. It’s supporting Oregon Food Bank July 2-5 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
“From top to bottom, in terms of the range and diversity of our blues ‘mix,’ this year’s lineup is our strongest ever,” said Waterfront Blues Festival Artistic Director Peter Dammann. “We’ve got legacy blues and blues rockers passing the torch to a stunning new generation of blues performers, along with Zydeco tunes for the blues/swing dance floor and funky neo-soul that’s embraced by the young jam band scene.”
Blues acts range from the legendary Buddy Guy and Gregg Allman to the 17-year-old YouTube sensation Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, as well as Quinn Sullivan, Ty Curtis and American Idol’s Naomi T.
There’s Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Galactic with Macy Gray, Dave & Phil Alvin, Charmaine Neville, Allen Toussaint and The Paladins. There’s regional favorites Duffy Bishop, Scott Pemberton, Ural Thomas & The Pain, Ty Curtis and more.
Jam band followers and young festival goers will embrace Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Turkuaz, Jelly Bread, Stone Foxes, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and Con Brio.
The festival – owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank – is the organization’s largest fundraising event to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
Four-day passes provide priority entry and re-entry, especially important when the park reaches capacity and festival gates close. No day passes are sold; walk-ups can enter with a $10 donation on a first come, first served basis.