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News Release
32nd Annual Waterfront Blues Festival Adds Robert Cray Band, MarchFourth, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood  - 04/26/19

32nd Annual Waterfront Blues Festival
Adds Robert Cray Band, MarchFourth, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood 

Award-winning event rolls out major lineup additions, as well as five themed-blues cruises 
 July 4 - 7 at Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore.

Portland, Ore. (April 26, 2019)– Grammy-winning bluesman Robert Cray, up-and-coming Hawaiian blues guitarist Ron Artis II& the Truth, the explosive MarchFourth marching band, and San Francisco Bay Area soul/funk pioneers Lydia Pense & Cold Blood are among more than 30 acts just added to the lineup of the award winning 32nd Annual Waterfront Blues Festival July 4-7, 2019 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 

This year’s festival will feature more than 100 performances on four stages, after-hours concerts, workshops and blues cruises on the Willamette River. Lineup highlights announced to date include:


Cyril Neville • Shemekia Copeland • Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band  
Curtis Salgado • Sugaray Rayford • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram • Southern Avenue

LaRhonda & the Steele Family Band • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood • Sons of Soul Revivers •  Ron Artis II & the Truth • Andy Stokes & the Brothers in Black • Ural Thomas & the Pain •  Lucious Spiller • Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings w/Carlos Reyes • Sarah Grace (from The VOICE) • Brother Yusef • Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble • Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ Two-Step • Songhoy Blues • Feufollet • Kevin Burt • Anthony "Big A" Sherrod • Vanessa Collier • Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations • Marina Crouse • Pam Taylor • Reggie Houston • Kevin Selfe & the Portland Allstars • Terry Hanck • Harpdog Brown • Travis Haddix & Rose City Kings •  Mary Flower & Doug Cox • Ty Curtis & Dan Scher • Terry Robb • Lilla • Samuel EM & Joyful Noise • Too Slim & the Taildraggers • Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints • David Jacobs-Strain+WORTH • BrassRoots Movement
…and more to come!

The Festival also announced five blues cruises on the Willamette River, beginning with a special kick-off cruise Wednesday, July 3, the evening before the festival gates open: 

HOODOO MOON Cruise -this special cruise features Blues Award-winning vocalist/harmonica ace CURTIS SALGADO & FRIENDS, Mississippi bluesman LUCIOUS SPILLER,the talented young multi-instrumentalist SARAH GRACE from The Voice, and special guest emcee/harmonica player, JIM BELUSHI. 

For information on four other blues cruises:  here

The Festival will announce more lineup additions in the weeks to come. 

 “This is the concert deal of the summer,” notes festival Artistic Director, Peter Dammann. “Four days, four stages, more than 100 eclectic performances, starting at just $50 for a 4-day pass—that’s only $12.50 a day!”

Single-day tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the gate) will go on sale June 1. For further info on tickets: waterfrontbluesfest.com/tickets 

About Waterfront Blues Festival:

Since 1988, the Waterfront Blues Fest has raised funds and awareness to fight hunger in our region. Since its inception, the festival has raised nearly $11 million and more than 1,000 tons of food to fight hunger in Oregon. Last year Oregon Food Bank, producer of the event since its inception, turned over ownership and production responsibilities to its long time production company, Waterfront Blues Production LLC, so the agency could refocus on its core hunger mission. The 2018 festival featuring George Thorogood, The Revivalists and Beth Hart was the first under the management/ownership of WBP. The Festival again this year welcomes as its Community Partner, the Portland Sunshine Division, which will run the event’s food drive to help stock the agency’s two emergency food pantries.

This Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike, and has served as downtown Portland’s signature Fourth of July Celebration. It is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi, the second-largest blues festival in the nation, and one of the most revered festivals of its kind in the world. It is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Memphis-based Blues Foundation’s coveted Keeping the Blues Alive Award for ‘Best Festival.’ Since its inception, the festival has been committed to elevating the presence of local non-profits through fundraising and exposure. 

Major sponsors: Buick GMC of Beaverton, KGON radio, KOIN-TV, The Oregonian.

MEDIA CONTACT (for high-res photos, to set up artist interviews, etc)

Peter Dammann, Festival Artistic Director
503-283-3225, 503-341-2068 c