I recently heard Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival is the second largest blues festival in the nation, I imagine just after the Chicago Blues Fest.

What’s most important is it the primary fund raiser for the Oregon Food Bank!

Over the past 20 years just about every blues star has played one of the stages – the late John Lee Hooker in 1987 (saw him), the late Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, the late Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins (saw him), Ike Turner, Buddy Guy – and just last year both Irma Thomas and Marva Wright. This year – the list is too long to recite. See the Waterfront Blues Festival website.

Bring sunscreen, bring water, bring cans of food and your checkbook to write a nice donation check for the Food Bank. And if you can’t make it listen to live coverage of the festival on KBOO.

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