The festival has brought blues, soul, roots, and rock legends to Portland’s Waterfront Park, many of whom made their Northwest debuts at our festival. The festival introduced such legends as Little Milton, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke and Isaac Hayes, as well as up-and-comers Gary Clark, Jr. and Trombone Shorty, to Portland audiences for the first time. The festival main stage has been a launching pad for numerous regional acts, some of whom, like Liv Warfield have moved on to international venues, awards and careers.
Here’s a partial list of musicians who have graced our stages:
Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Solomon Burke, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Steve Miller Band, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, The Mavericks, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, John Hiatt, James Cotton, Booker T & the MGs, Irma Thomas, Little Milton, Dr. John, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite, Little Feat, the Neville Brothers, Keb Mo, Robben Ford, Magic Slim, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Bonamassa, Phoebe Snow, Isaac Hayes, Blind Boys of Alabama, Eric Burdon & the Animals, JJ Grey, Dan Hicks, Delbert McClinton, Doyle Bramhall, Los Lobos, Jonny Lang, J. Geils, Bobby Rush, Bobby Blue Bland, Honeyboy Edwards, The Chambers Brothers, Junior Wells, John Mayall, Gatemouth Brown, Johnny Copeland, Lucinda Williams, Jimmie Rogers, Fenton Robinson, Floyd Dixon, and hometown stars such as Curtis Salgado, Paul deLay, Linda Hornbuckle, Lloyd Jones and Janice Scroggins.