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2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival schedule now online

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 12, 2012) – Who’s on your “can’t-miss list” at the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, July 4 to 8, 2012?

With five days, 150 stellar acts, four stages, eight DME Blues Cruises and four After Hours All-Stars Concerts – and many performances back-to-back -- that may be a tough question.

“We think blues fans will appreciate having an easy way to plan for the festival in advance,” said Barb Young, community events manager, Oregon Food Bank. “So, we’re pleased to announce the schedule is now online at  www.waterfrontbluesfest.com. As part of the festival’s updated website, we’ve also added an online tool to help you create your individual schedule to make sure you catch your favorites.”

Here are a few tips for planning the perfect celebration of the festival’s 25th anniversary.
1. Go to www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
2. Check out the artist biographies and music clips.
3. View the schedule.
4. Choose whom you want to see.
5. Click on the “+” sign to add the performance to your list.
6. To save your schedule, either print it or e-mail it to yourself
7. Voila! You come to the festival with your personalize schedule in hand.

This new tool is part of the 25th anniversary redesign of www.waterfrontbluefest.com, which included a new look and feel, upgraded artist and schedule sections, more photos and video and streamlined navigation.

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.

Performances
“This is a not-to-miss festival,” declared Peter Dammann, the festival’s long-time artistic director. “We’ve got an amazing lineup with our strongest closing day ever. From Charlie Musselwhite to Steve Miller, from Elvin Bishop to Portland’s own Curtis Salgado, from Booker T. to Louisiana’s Galactic, from Bettye LaVette to Bobby Rush, from Toots and the Maytals to Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings … there’s something for everyone.”
 “We are going all out this year to ‘paint the town blues,’” said Young. “Even the Morrison Bridge across the Willamette River will turn blue to recognize this momentous milestone.”
The festival annually attracts more than 100,000 people from every state in the nation and from throughout the world. 

Festival highlights
This year’s five-day festival kicks off Wednesday, July 4, with a spectacular fireworks show, and runs through Sunday, July 8. Blues fans will enjoy:

• more than 150 stellar performances
• four stages,
• eight DME (Delta Music Experience)Blues Cruises on the Willamette River,
• four After Hours All-Stars concerts at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom,
• zydeco, blues and swing dances
• workshops and artist interviews,
• Health Net Health Pavilion. Sign up for free health screenings for blood pressure, visual sight, glaucoma, diabetes and hearing.
• And more!

Entry
Regular festival entry is a suggested donation of $10 (or more) plus two cans of food (or more) per person per day, making this festival one of the great entertainment bargains of the summer.
100 percent of donations help Oregon Food Bank’s mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry
The festival also offers four special passes with different levels of perks, including early entry, on-stage seating, access to special activities during the festival and more. Costs range from $40 for early-bird purchase of a Five-Day Festival Pass to $1,250 for a Blues Patron Pass that includes on-stage seating on the two main stages. For cost and a full-list of benefits, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/Entry-and-Passes/Festival-Passes.

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.

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, Portland North Harbour Collection by Marriott, 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 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. Last year, the OFB Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.  
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