Welcome reporters, music critics and photographers to the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.

From its modest beginnings in 1988, the Waterfront Blues Festival has grown in size and reputation to be the largest blues festival West of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the United States.

The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank, a charitable nonprofit. 100 percent of ticket and pass sales benefit Oregon Food Bank and its work to eliminate hunger and its root causes. 

Oregon Food Bank sets $10 daily admission for 2016 Waterfront Blues Festival

At just $10 per day, the 29th annual Waterfront Blues Festival is the best entertainment value around; 120 musical performances on 4 stages over 4 days on the waterfront in the heart of Portland… all for a good cause. 

For almost 30 years, Oregon Food Bank has brought great blues music to Portland to help alleviate hunger.  What started as a much smaller effort has grown into a world-class four-day music experience.   Oregon Food Bank is more than the beneficiary of the Waterfront Blues Festival; it owns and operates the event.  A lot has changed since the Blues Fest began in 1988, most notably the sheer cost of operating the festival including musical talent and security.  “The $10 required daily admission will help to ensure that Oregon Food Bank is able to fulfill its mission -- to eliminate hunger and its root causes…because no one should be hungry– while sustaining a safe, fantastic musical tradition,” says Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan.

The 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival takes place July  1-4 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  Children six and under are free, and a limited number of passes will be made available each day for Oregon Trail Card holders.  Single day passes go on sale June 1.


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Tara Taylor, Associate Director of Community Engagement
Oregon Food Bank
503-575-2109 (office)