Waterfront Blues Weekend

Extravaganza fighting hunger begins Thursday

6/30/2015, 2:29 p.m.
The annual Waterfront Blues Festival comes back to Portland this weekend.
A treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception by the Oregon Food Bank, the festival has raised $10 million and 815 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.

The 28th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, opens Thursday, July 2 and continues through Sunday, July 5 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, downtown, a popular event experience for music fans of all ages.

Headliners include Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Galactic with Macy Gray, Allen Toussaint, Charmaine Neville, Phil and Dave Alvin, the Paladins, Devon Allman and Chubby Carrier.

Additional acts include the Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Turkuaz, Jelly Bread, Stone Foxes, Con Brio, Jarekus Singleton, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band, Dog Hill Stompers, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys.

"From top to bottom, in terms of the range and diversity of our Blues 'mix,' this year's lineup is our strongest ever," said the festival’s 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.”

In all, there will be 100 blues acts on four stages over the July 4th weekend to benefit Oregon Food Bank's mission of fighting hunger and its root causes.

"The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is Oregon Food Bank's single largest fundraising event. We work year-round to secure these amazing acts in order to raise funds for hunger relief in Oregon and Clark County, Washington," said Laura Golino de Lovato, Food Bank director of development, marketing and communications. "This year's Blues Fest is as important as ever. Demand for food assistance remains exceptionally high because not everyone has benefitted from an 'improved' economy."

For a complete Waterfront Blues schedule and more information, visit waterfrontbluesfest.com.