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Do Good in Portland at the 27th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival

Los Lobos and guest, 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival. Photo by Robert Louis Gertztyn
Los Lobos and guest, 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival. Photo by Robert Louis Gertztyn
Los Lobos and guest, 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival. Photo by Robert Louis Gertztyn

From July 3-6, 2014, blues enthusiasts can enjoy a stellar line-up of musical acts set against the backdrop of scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park at the 27th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival. This world class blues festival owned and run by the Oregon Food Bank will donate one hundred percent of the donations and pass revenue to support the organization's mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

During these four days, more than 120 acts will perform with the music starting at noon replete with a July 4th fireworks display at 10pm, DME Blues Cruises, and After Hours All-Stars parties. In addition, a kids area will feature programming geared for all ages. Also, festival organizers have been tuned in to safety practices at other major festivals like Coachella and Bumbershoot, and have made changes accordingly, including a list of recommended items to bring, as well as those items to leave at home.

Following are some of the festival's musical highlights:

Thursday, July 3: Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Bombino, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Blind Boy Paxton, Karen Lovely’s Prohibition Orchestra, Rae Gordon Band, and The Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band.

Friday, July 4: John Nemeth & the Bo-Keys, The Soul of John Black, Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen, Chris O’Leary Band, Homemade Jamz, Ben Rice Trio, and American Music Program,

Saturday, July 5: Maceo Parker, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Taylor with Mato Nanji (of Indigenous), Sugaray Rayford, Kara Grainger, Ayron Jones & The Way, Leo “Bud” Welch, and Hillstomp,

Spectacular Sunday, July 6: Boz Scaggs, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Joan Osborne with The Holmes Brothers, Chris Bergson Band, Linda Hornbuckle, Andy T & Nick Nixon Band with special guest Anson Funderburgh, Ural Thomas & the Pain, and Liz Vice.

From Thursday through Saturday, tickets are donation only (suggested $10.00). Spectacular Sunday passes are $50 and can be purchased at the door or online at Other passes that one can purchase which include access to the Sunday performances are Blues Basic Four-Day Pass ($60), Blues Buddy Pass ($125) and Blues Benefactor Pass ($300)

Log on to or for the latest lineups (subject to change), passes and other information. Keep abreast of any changes during the festival and other information with the Blues Fest App.

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