2012 festival offers popular DME Blues Cruises and After Hours All-Stars Concerts

More than 100 blues acts not enough? Paint Portland Blues on the Willamette River or in the Marriott Hotel Ballroom

2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival also offers popular DME Blues Cruises & After Hours All-Stars Concerts July 4-8, 2012, Portland, Oregon

Tickets now available
Proceeds benefit Oregon Food Bank

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 6, 2012) – Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oregon Food Bank’s Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4-8, 2012, in Portland, Ore., even beyond the festival site and after festival gates close.

When five days jam-packed with more than 100 blues acts on four festival stages aren’t enough … there’s still more to do! Board a DME (Delta Music Experience) Blues Cruise and hear blues while cruising the Willamette River. Cross Naito Parkway to the Marriott Hotel Ballroom and enjoy After Hours All-Stars Concerts.

“DME Blues Cruises and After Hour All-Stars concerts have become an integral part of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival experience,” said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, Oregon Food Bank. “But snatch up tickets fast. These highly popular events usually sell out long before the festival begins.”

Tickets for DME Blues Cruises as well as After Hours All-Stars concerts are available at www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.

DME Blues Cruise tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the dock for afternoon cruises and $30 in advance and $35 at the dock for late-night cruises.

After Hours All-Stars concerts are on sale for advance price of $15. Get a Blues Buddy, Benefactor or Patron festival pass, and you’ll receive tickets for all four After Hours All-Stars concerts plus many additional benefits.

Ticket proceeds benefit Oregon Food Bank’s mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, and owned and produced by Oregon Food Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization, is not only the biggest blues bash west of the Mississippi, it’s also Oregon Food Bank’s largest fundraiser.

“With stellar acts stacked back-to-back, it will be tough this year to choose between DME Blues Cruises and After Hours All-Stars,” said Peter Dammann, talent coordinator for the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. Here’s the lineup to date:

Delta Music Experience (DME) Blues Cruises
 on the Willamette River

Cruise the beautiful Willamette River and hear the blues in an intimate setting on the Portland Spirit. A no-host hors d’oeuvres buffet and full bar are available on all cruises.

Wednesday, July 4, (afternoon) DME Driftin’ Blues Cruise (open to all ages)
• Lionel Young, first double-champion in the international Blues Challenge
• Arsen Shomakhov, Russian-born guitarist and songwriter
• Nick David, Boston-based harmonica ace, returning to his Oregon roots
• Brooks Robertson, young, Eugene-based solo guitar virtuoso

Thursday, July 5, (afternoon) Rollin’ on the River Dance Cruise (open to all ages)
• Devin Phillips Black & Blue
• Alan Hagar with Katey Angel
• Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes with Mitch Kashmar

Thursday, July 5, (late night) DME Midnight Shanghai Cruise (open to those 21 or older)
• Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy & the Cajun Country Revival, a fresh blend of Cajun and Honky Tonk
• If Birds Could Fly
• Pete Krebs & the Portland Playboys
• Freak Mountain Ramblers
• Too Slim – Raw/Unplugged
Friday, July 6, (afternoon) DME Sail on Sister Cruise (open to all ages)
• Featuring Oregon Divas of Soul: Linda Hornbuckle, Rae Gordon, Lady Kat, Sonny Hess, Lady “A”
• Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band
• Lauren Sheehan

Friday, July 6, (late night) DME Hoodoo Moon Cruise (open to those 21 or older)
• Otis Taylor Band, guitarist, banjo player and soulful vocalist
• The Mannish Boys, all-star veterans of the West Coast blues scene
• Joe McMurrian, acoustic blues master
• The Forty Fours, Los Angeles blues/roots, rock quartet

Saturday, July 7, (afternoon) DME Backwater Juke Cruise (open to all ages)
• Marquise Knox, St. Louis blues prodigy
• Cedric Burnside Project, award-winning Mississippi Hill Country Blues.
• Reggie Houston & Janice Scroggins

Saturday, July 7, (evening) DME Rock the Boat Cruise (open to all ages)
• Tribute to Muddy Waters
• California Honeydrops
• Soulmates

Sunday, July 8, (afternoon) DME Highway Blues Cruise (open to all ages)
• Bobby Rush: “Lowe-down Rush.” Mississippi soul legend Bobby Rush and vocalist Mizz Lowe will deliver a set of stripped down Delta Blues.
• Kilborn Alley, gritty Chicago-blues and southern-fried soul
• Backyard Blues Boys, reunion of recent Cleveland and Franklin high-school alumni, led by blues violinist/songwriter Lucas Beispiel, now a student a Berklee College of Medicine.

Afternoon cruises, open to all ages, board at 2 p.m. and return to dock at 4:30 p.m. Late-night cruise, open for those 21 and older, board at 10:15 p.m. and return to dock at 1:15 a.m.

All DME Blues Cruises board from the seawall at the foot of SW Salmon Street and Naito Parkway, just east of Salmon Street Springs Fountain, just north of the Oregonian Front Porch Stage. DME Blues Cruises will head south up the Willamette River to Oregon City or north past the Port of Portland docks.

All passengers 18 years of age and older must present photo ID upon boarding. All carry-on bags are subject to inspection. Passengers may be photographed at boarding.


Festival After Hours All-Stars at the Marriott Grand Ballroom

Wednesday, July 4
• Charlie Musselwhite, harmonica master whose” tight band sets the standard for blues bands everywhere.” - Rolling Stone
• Too Slim & the Taildraggers with Portland’s own 2010 Male Soul Blues Music Artist of the Year Curtis Salgado. From strait blues to Tex-Mex to rock ‘n roll, Tim “Too Slim” Langford crosses genres.

Thursday, July 5
• JJ Grey & Mofro, southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul
• The Stooges Brass Band. Crescent City’s hottest brass band hits the road.

Friday, July 6
• Pimps of Joytime, Brooklyn self-proclaimed masters of “Janxta Funk”
• Monophonics, San Francisco’s psychedelic soul.

Saturday, July 7
• Bobby Rush, one of the most exciting and creative artists in the R&B blues arena
• James Hunter, who’s been promoting the revival of classic-era soul for decades

Lineup is subject to change. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Music begins at 10:15 p.m. This is a nonsmoking event for those 21 or older. To purchase tickets or passes, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.

For more information

• Visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
• Subscribe to Blues E-News at www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
• Like the festival at facebook.com/waterfrontbluesfest
• Follow the festival at twitter.com/waterfrontblues.

During the past 24 years, the festival has grown in both size and reputation and is recognized as one of the nation’s premier blues festival. The 2011 Safeway Blues Festival raised 110,454 pounds of food and a record $930,000 to help fight hunger.

Festival sponsors  
The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Major sponsors include: The Oregonian, KINK.fm, iQ Credit Union, FedEx, KIA Motors, Schnitzer Steel, Pepsi, Miller Lite, Deschutes Brewery, Mission Foods.

Supporting sponsors include: Schwindt & Co., NW Natural, Regal Cinemas, The Boeing Company, Health Net, Caring Ambassadors Program, OregonLive.com and Delta Music Experience (DME), EcoShuttle, SmartPark, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Earth2o Water, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Frito Lay, Yoshida, Dave’s Killer Bread, Dreyer’s, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, KBOO, Music Millennium, Oregon Music News, PrimePay, Sunbelt Rentals, Maverick Marketing, Portland Community College, Cascade Blues Association, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Karolyn H. March, attorney, Cascade Zydeco Association, RiverPlace Hotel, Hotel Fifty, Marriott Hotel, St. Stephens Table. The Waterfront Blues Festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank. 

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.

The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 Oregon households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems.

For more information, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.


Note to reporters: Visit http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/News/Media-Kit/Media-photo-gallery-registration for downloadable, high-resolution photos in the news section in the news media kit.


Jean Kempe-Ware, public relations,
Waterfront Blues Festival and Oregon Food Bank
503-419-4170 (o), 503-572-7588 (c)

Peter Dammann, artistic producer
503-283-3225, damray@europa.com