Festival Review: The Blues Fest Superlatives

The riffs! The chair people! The dad bods!


It was literally the best of times and the worst of times. The Watefront Blues Festival brought huge acts to Portland—Buddy Guy! Allen Toussaint! Macy Gray!—and raised upwards of $850,000 for hungry Oregonians. Each year the ambitious festival is a real feat of community and ingenuity, and this year was a shining example of what smart people with big ideas can put together. Oh, but it was ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Five Stoniest Artists at the Waterfront Blues Fest

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Harper & the Midwest Kind (3 pm Thursday) Harper writes six-minute songs that combine harmonica and didgeridoo, and his band has the word “kind” in its name. “Love equals peace equals    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 RUSTY FEATHERCAP

Waterfront Blues Festival Boaters and City Of Portland Parks and Recreation Clash Over Dock Rules

North Breakwater Dock

It’s been a holiday tradition: Willamette River boaters within a stone’s throw from Waterfront Blues Festival’s South stage, jockeying for position as they claim their territory for the four-day event. Boats—from yachts to skiffs—sometimes arrive weeks early for the event, trying to hold space at anchor or along the North Breakwater public dock, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.But this ...   More
Monday, June 30, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette: On Bluesy Tides


On shore, the Waterfront Blues Festival is a mellow time. Last weekend's party celebrated the Blues, the city of Portland, and a warm summer weekend. The lazy summer sun hung overhead as much of the crowd sits back in their camping chairs and having a few beers. Inside Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seating areas are well-marked, the porta-johns immaculate, and the smoking section clearly designated. ...   More
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Headout: Blues Tracker

Charting the rads, sads and dads of this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival

It would get a bit boring if the annual Waterfront Blues Festival enlisted only aging Delta guitar players and sad-eyed...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Scoop: River Pirate Blues

A mortar of gossip smuggled over the river.

PIRATE PARTY: Yo, you partying at the Waterfront Blues Festival? Look for Finger. The “partial pirate,” whom WW interviewed for a post on wweek.com, has docked the boat he lives on just offsho   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette

Yo, ho, ho and a can of PBR.


The morning sun slips through gaps in the patchwork drapes of the captain's quarters, landing an unwelcome blow on Finger's sleeping face.The hungover pirate rises from his untidy bed, grabbing a can of PBR as he walks past his drum set in the pilot's cabin.Finger hops from his boat onto his makeshift, free-floating dock near Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Five anchors hold his dock in place, leaving ...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Top Five Local Festivals To Plan Your 2012 By

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Soul’d Out Music Festival, April 12-25We’re excited about: Dr. Lonnie Smith, who absolutely killed last year’s fest; the mighty Maze; French electro-geniuses Justice.Waterfront Blues Festival, J   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF


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