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

The Pine Leaf Boys

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

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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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.

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

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

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

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

Blues Fest Crowd Gathering

Happy 4th of July!  Let’s kick off the day with a short quiz, shall we?

Q: Who was the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July?
A: Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born on July 4, 1872.… Continue Reading

What kind of music do you play? The perennial question. We call it rock/folk/blues. It’s a big wide world of music!

PRP’s music stream will blend classic artists such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones with current hits and … Continue Reading

Clairy Browne

The Australian songstress and her band released their U.S. debut Baby Caught the Bus on May 21st, 2013. Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes incorporate a unique blend of soul, blues, doo-woop, jazz and R&B with Clairy’s powerful, soulful vocals … Continue Reading

Lee DeWyze

Lee DeWyze will be releasing his Vanguard debut, Frames, on August 20, 2013. DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums during the recording sessions, and collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Matthew Wilder and Phil Allen, … Continue Reading

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are set to release their next, self-titled album on July 23rd, just one year after they released their second record, Here. They’ll also be hitting the road on a national tour to support … Continue Reading

Churchill

Churchill will spend the fall on tour with P!nk with a Northwest stop on October 20th at Seattle’s KeyArena. However, they’ll also be teaming up with One Republic and Sara Bareilles for a number tour dates, including one at … Continue Reading

JJ Grey

JJ Grey & Mofro continue their tour in support of the new album, This River.  They’ll be opening up for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheater on August 4th. Concert details below.

Take a listen … Continue Reading

MusicfestNW is thrilled to announce the lineup for MusicfestNW 2013, now in its 13th year of showcasing the finest in national and regional music in one of the most compelling urban areas in the country.

MusicfestNW is once again returning … Continue Reading

Lissie

I’m a sucker for a searing guitar solo as delivered on this live performance of Lissie’s “In Sleep” — enjoy!

It’s been three years since California singer-songwriter Lissie released her critically-acclaimed debut, Catching a Tiger.

Her sophomore album is … Continue Reading

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham is serving up a new song on the soundtrack for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. The album is set for release on June 4th and features contributions from a wide range of artists including Elvis Costello, Neko … Continue Reading

The National

There are certain songs that make your heart clutch — put that lump in your throat.  You can feel it reach in and surround you. It’s not a feeling you’re always after, but sometimes you need it.

The National seems … Continue Reading

The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion delivers a lush, blooming sound on their new album, Promises. Take a  listen to the opening track, “Diamonds,” and let us know what you think. The band will be at the Doug Fir Lounge on Saturday, … Continue Reading