2009 Waterfront Blues Festival to feature DME Louisiana Pavilion

PORTLAND, Ore., (June 4, 2009) — New Orleans Northwest? The Louisiana Pavilion at Portland’s 2009 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, July 2 through 5, can take you there.

“Just as the New Orleans French Quarter sits on the banks of the Mississippi, festival visitors can enjoy the same riverfront blues experience along the banks of the Willamette River at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival,” says Amanda Gresham, founder of Delta Music Experience (DME).

Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans, purchase remaining tickets for the festival’s DME Blues Cruises and learn about Delta Music Experience trips and events at discounted Waterfront Blues festival prices.

The DME Louisiana Pavilion includes:

DME Back Porch Blues Breaks Stage, featuring 15 minute live blues performances during the breaks between sets on the A&E Front Porch Stage. On Saturday and Sunday, meet your favorite musicians as they sign autographs and sell CD’s directly after their A&E Front Porch Stage performance.

DME French Quarter Market, bringing the New Orleans French Market to Portland with signature and limited edition beads, boas, hats, shirts, toys and more.

Gresham Gallery Art Collection, featuring New Orleans and Mississippi fine art, including paintings, illustrations, photography, prints and more by artists that were exhibited in Gresham’s art gallery in the New Orleans French Quarter pre-Katrina.

Kids Crafts Corner, featuring face painting and crafts for all ages. Create your own Mardi-Gras mask or crafts project for a small fee.

Mississippi artist Stan Street, painting his distinctively Delta art on site.

Louisiana and Gulf Coast visitor information to help blues fans plan trips to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Gresham has sponsored the DME Blues Cruises and produced the Louisiana Pavilion at the festival for the past four years. It is important to Gresham that helping to underwrite the DME Blues Cruises allows more of the ticket proceeds to go to Oregon Food Bank.

“The Louisiana Pavilion brings a rich, cultural experience to Portland. We are delighted to welcome back Amanda Gresham’s DME (Delta Music Experience) to the festival for the fourth year in a row,” says Clay Fuller, festival coordinator.

About Delta Music Experience (DME): The Louisiana Pavilion is just one of DME’s many efforts to promote Louisiana, the Mississippi Delta and, of course, blues music. DME offers fully chartered trips for music lovers. In 2009 and 2010, DME will produce a variety of DMExperiences including the next Real Deal Delta Experience Trip. Amanda Gresham launched Delta Music Experience in 2004. All of DME’s projects promote immersion experiences in the music, culture and cuisine of the Louisiana Delta. For details about DMExperiences visit www.DeltaMusicExperience.com or call (504) 524-BLUE (2583).

About Oregon Food Bank: Oregon Food Bank is a nonprofit, charitable organization. It is the hub of the Oregon Food Bank Network, a statewide network of 20 regional food banks and 915 hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

About festival sponsors: The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Credit Union.

Major sponsors include FedEx Corporation, iQ Credit Union, The Oregonian A&E, KINK.fm, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Wildhorse Resort and Casino, and Travel Portland.

Supporting sponsors include Mission Foods, Deschutes Brewery, Henry’s, Beringer Wine, Snapple, Earth2o Water, Pepsi, Frito Lay Snacks, Yoshida Sauce, Dave’s Killer Bread, Eggland’s Best, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Burt’s Bees, NW Natural, The Boeing Company, PacificSource Health Plans, OregonLive.com, Blues Revue, Music Millennium, True Tone Audio, Karolyn March, Lions Foundation, Cascade Blues Association, Oregon State Fair, Winthrop Music Association, Oregon Potters Association, Cascade Zydeco Association, Delta Music Experience, University Place Hotel, Marriott Hotel, RiverPlace Hotel, Hotel Fifty, travelportland.com.