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A band to watch: Ayron Jones and The Way

We finally had a chance to hear dynamic blues guitarist Ayron Jones and his band perform live at this year’s Waterfront Blues Fest.

The 3-member Ayron Jones and The Way enthralled a continually growing crowd with their incendiary 7-track setlist … Continue Reading

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Tasty Tuesday : Original Halibut’s

Having to make the transition from owning and running a popular restaurant and blues club to owing a food cart may seem like an easy thing. A lot less to do, right? Far from it. In a restaurant, you have … Continue Reading

Curtis and the Unstoppable Blues

No matter that he left everything on the stage at the Mississippi Blues Festival Saturday night in Davenport, Iowa, Curtis Salgado was up at 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning to fly home. Portland and another great blues festival awaited. “I still … Continue Reading

Sultry Siren Delivers!

Saturday’s 4:00 show on the Miller Stage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival was one I hope you didn’t miss. Lilla, whom you may know as Lilla D’Mone, is back in the Northwest and what a treat it was to … Continue Reading

Blues Fest: Backstage with the B-3 Boss

One man who’s been a linchpin at the Blues Fest for more than 20 years is B-3 Hammond organ virtuoso Louis Pain. Not only does he perform with several artists over the four-day festival, he’s also in charge of making … Continue Reading

First Day WBF: A Video Postcard

First Day of the Blues.

Some wanted another degree or two on the first day – others called it “Goldilocks” weather: not too hot, not too cold, just right.

Highlights included fast rhymes from Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, the witty … Continue Reading

Blues Fest Preview With Norman Sylvester

We’re counting down to the 2014 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival with Portland Boogie Cat Norman Sylvester!

Sunday morning, July 6,  Norman will take the Front Porch Stage, which doubles as  finish line for the inaugural Red, White and Blues 5K/10K Continue Reading

Sin City Soul & Blues Revival

Sin City Blues Revival

A cadre of Northwest Blues Allstars—including Curtis Salgado, Lisa Mann, Karen Lovely, Rae Gordon, Hank Shreve and more—descend on Sin City Soul & Blues Revival September 15-17 at The Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Northwest contingent, most … Continue Reading

Artist Interview: Cooper and the Jam

We were lucky enough to sit down with Cooper and her sister-in -arms, Brianne, just after they exited the Main Stage at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Buzzing with post-performance exuberance and ready to charge ahead as her career takes off, … Continue Reading

Artist Interview: Scott Pemberton

Inessa sits down with guitarist Scott Pemberton to discuss his unique playing style and how he got started. [highlight]Check out the interview in the video above.[/highlight]

Scott’s next Portland gig is coming up July 19th at the Doug Fir Lounge.  … Continue Reading

The grand finale at Blues Fest

Sea of People at Blues Fest

Sunday Highlights at Blues Festival

We’re heading into the grand finale for the Waterfront Blues Festival. Time flies!  The fine folks at Oregon Music News have a nice rundown of Sunday’s best bets.

We would like to thank the … Continue Reading

Clever, Well-connected Portlanders Started it All 26 Years Ago

John Lee Hooker

Visualize John Lee Hooker getting into a rush-order white limousine at PDX, and you have the start of a good story. You also have the nugget of a great blues festival – in this case, the Rose City Blues Festival, … Continue Reading

Pine Leaf Boys shine at Blues Fest debut

From front porches all over South Louisiana, where Cajun and Creole began, the Pine Leaf Boys brought their particular mix of that delicious Southern potion to Portland’s front porch: the Oregonian Front Porch Stage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.… Continue Reading

Artist Interview: Allen Stone

A random meetup backstage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival yields a backstory on Allen Stone. Listen in as Terry Currier and I chat with Allen Stone.

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Saturday best bets for Blues Fest

John Hiatt

It just keeps getting better: John Hiatt, anyone? Have faith that he’s with a long lineup of awesome artists for your cool-down Saturday at the Fest.

Oregon Music News has a nice list of today’s highlights.… Continue Reading

Elder statesman of rock headlines Blues Fest

Eric Burdon

After coming out with a hot new single last fall, releasing a full album earlier this year, and working on a new book, an elder statesman of rock headlines the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland tonight. Rebecca Webb has … Continue Reading

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Sean’s famous BBQ pork ribs

Deschutes Brewery BBQ tent

The smell of BBQ keeps wafting through the air here at the Waterfront Blues Festival. It speaks to us. Resistance is futile. If you’re looking for Sean Marten, it’s a safe bet he’s over at the Deschutes Brewery … Continue Reading

Best bets for Friday’s Blues Fest line-up

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

With about one hundred acts taking various stages at the Blues Festival this weekend, it can feel a little bit like stepping into Powell’s City of Books — you love it but there are so many choices you don’t know … Continue Reading

Concert Review: Beyond Blues

Miller Stage at Blues Fest

The Waterfront Blues Festival is a dream for blues enthusiasts, but as Blues Fest veterans know, it encompasses other genres as well.

On Thursday, attendees moved and grooved to the sounds of Soul Vaccination. Vocalist Regina K showcased her … Continue Reading

Get a free bike tune-up at Blues Fest

Bike Jungle at Blues Festival

Want to avoid the hassle and cost of parking your car? Ride your bike to the Blues Festival and get free bike parking and an opportunity to get your bike tuned up! One of the first things that caught my … Continue Reading