Power of Blues Fights Hunger

Warfield to lead Prince tribute at Blues festival

Cervante Pope | 6/28/2016, 2:23 p.m.
For the last 29 years, the Oregon Food Bank has used the emotional power of blues music to help pacify ...
Former Portland vocalist Liv Warfield joins members of Prince's powerful band, the New Power Generation. Warfield and members of the band will give a special tribute to Prince during the Waterfront Blues Festival.

For the last 29 years, the Oregon Food Bank has used the emotional power of blues music to help pacify hunger.

This year, 120 artists will be performing over the four-day July 4 holiday weekend event, including Liv Warfield, the soul and R&B sensation and former Portland resident, who will be giving a #WhatPrinceTaughtUs tribute to Prince, her late music partner, along with members of Prince’s New Power Generation band.

The Waterfront Blues Festival is the Oregon Food Bank’s largest fundraising event, having raised nearly $10 million and 1,000 tons in food for Oregon and Clark County, Wash. since its inception in 1988, according to the festival’s website.

Much has shifted since the festival began, the most apparent being the cost for running the event.

“The $10 required daily admission will help to ensure that Oregon Food Bank is able to fulfill its mission – to eliminate hunger and its root causes…because no one should be hungry – while sustaining a safe, fantastic musical tradition,” said Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank chief executive officer.

Four-day passes for the fest are also available, touting different amenities depending on the level of pass purchased, will all proceeds going back into the food bank and into maintaining the festival. A Basic 4-Day Pass for $40 offers priority re-entry, while the $85 Blues Buddy pass grants a discounted admission to the festival’s after hours performances.

A $300 Benefactor Pass is already sold out, and the limited $1,250 Patron Pass has been known to sell out the last few years according to the festival website, due to the full access it gives to the different stages, VIP areas and even a special July 4th barbeque.

A limited amount of special passes are also available for those enrolled in the Oregon food stamp program. By presenting your Oregon Trail Card, you’ll get a pass good for that day’s performance only, at a limit of two per household.

It’s no surprise that pass packages for the Waterfront Blues Festival sell out, as each year they’ve rendered stunning lineups. This year is no different.

Headliners for this year include Fela Kuti’s eldest son Femi Kuti playing with The Positive Force, Soul Rebels Brass Band and ZZ Ward among others.

The most can’t miss performance will be coming from Warfield, who will be sharing her #WhatPrinceTaughtUs work on stage. A tribute to her late music partner, having spent years as a member of Prince’s New Power Generation band, Warfield told the Oregonian/Oregon Live that the set might include a mixture between her music, his music and other influential artists that Prince himself loved.

As the largest blues festival in the west and the second largest in the nation, the Waterfront Blues Festival is sure to delight those that have a heart for emotion driven music and charity based events.

For ticket purchase and more information, visit http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/.