Oregon Food Bank announces the lineup today for its 28th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, on July 2 – 5, 2015 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Passes go on sale mid-April.
BUDDY GUY * GREGG ALLMAN * GALACTIC with MACY GRAY * ALLEN TOUSSAINT * CHARMAINE NEVILLE * PHIL & DAVE ALVIN * THE PALADINS * DEVON ALLMAN * CHUBBY CARRIER
Additional acts include:
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band * Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas * Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds * Turkuaz * Jelly Bread * Stone Foxes * Con Brio * Jarekus Singleton * Christone “Kingfish” Ingram * Terry “Harmonica” Bean * Jimmy “Duck” Holmes * Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band * Dog Hill Stompers * Rosie Ledet & 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 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. We’ll continue to add performances to round out our four-day festival, ensuring another wonderful event experience for music fans of all ages.”
These performances will be a part of the 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, director of development, marketing and communications at Oregon Food Bank. “This year’s Blues Fest is as important as ever. Demand for food assistance remains exceptionally high because not everyone has benefited from an ‘improved’ economy.”
Waterfront Blues Festival headliners are scheduled as follows, with full four-day schedule listed here.
Thursday, July 2:
Greg Allman Band
Devon Allman BAND
Friday, July 3:
Galactic w/ Macy Gray
Saturday, July 4:
Phil & Dave Alvin
Sunday, July 5:
Festival passes go on sale to the public in mid-April. Additional acts, including our fabulous regional blues/soul/roots performers, will be announced in the coming months. For complete artist bios, videos and music samples, visit waterfrontbluesfest.com.
About Waterfront Blues Festival
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Festival to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. As Oregon Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event, this Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception, the festival has raised $10 million and 815 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.
Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Coors, Delta Music Experience, Deschutes Brewery, FedEx, iQ Credit Union, KINK.fm, KOIN-TV, The Oregonian
Supporting sponsors: Capital One, Caring Ambassadors, Health Net, Schwindt & Co.