Portland Blues Experience

PORTLAND BLUES EXPERIENCE'S mission is to bring live music and dance back together again as they were in their origins.  To educate musicians and dancers about each other's craft and how they can work together to further inspire and develop their art forms. To bring Blues, Jazz, and American Heritage music and Dance to future generations. To welcome future generations to The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival targeting the participants under 50. To develop the next generation of participants, innovators, volunteers, patrons, and community leaders for the Waterfront Blues Festival and Portland Blues Scene.  To educate participants about the importance of feeding the hungry through the Oregon Food Bank, and the Festival's role in that.  

The organization and their community offer Dance lessons and demonstrations throughout the Waterfront Blues Festival at the Front Porch Stage. Additionally they put on three dance contests taking place July 4th this year. They also run an 'Ask Me Where to Dance' Booth in the Louisiana Hospitality Pavilion that provides information about where to find live music and dance in the Greater Portland Area. For the families and children attending the festival they provide a 'Kids Booth' featuring music related crafts, sing a longs, dance lessons, activities, and more. The 'Kids Booth' is also located in the Louisiana Pavilion near the Front Porch Stage.  

THE PORTLAND BLUES EXPERIENCE 'PBEx' is a dancer run exchange event where dancers from Portland invite dancers from all over the world to join them for the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival.  They offer hospitality in the form of hosting in their homes, transportation, excursions to experience Portland, meet-ups at the festival, primarily at the Front Porch Stage, DME "Rock the Boat" Dance Cruise and After Hours events, and all night 'Late Night' dance parties nightly.

PORTLAND BLUES EXPERIENCE founder Brenda Russell believes that the Blues has the power to heal through movement and meditation inspired by the trance inducing rhythms of the Blues, which allow people to connect with and release a wide range of emotions expressed through the music, and embodied in the dance.  In addition Brenda believes our culture is suffering from a lack of organic sensual experiences, including sight, sound, touch, and movement, all of which are provided by the Blues

Dance lessons and demonstrations schedule:

FRIDAY

Blues, Jazz, Folk Dance Lessons/Demonstrations provided by Portland Blues Experience
 
11:00-12:00pm Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Delta Blues)
 
12:50-1:10pm Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Hip Shakin' Blues)
 
2:00-2:20pm Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Fast Rhythm Electric Guitar Blues)
 
3:20-3:40 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Two-Step Blues) 
 
4:30-4:50 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Fatback Blues) 
 
5:40-6:00 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Folk Dance) 
 
7:00-7:20 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Hill Country Blues) 
 
8:20-8:40 (Cajun/Swamp Blues) 
 
9:40-10:00 (Contemporary Jazz/R&B Blues) 

 
SATURDAY

Zydeco Dance Lessons/Demonstration provided by Cascade Zydeco
 
1:00-1:20 (after The Revelers; before Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band) 
 
2:30-2:50 (after Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band; before Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys) 
 
3:50-4:10 (after Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys; before Pine Leaf Boys) 
 
5:10-5:30 (after Pine Leaf Boys; before Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse) 
 
6:40-7:00 (after Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse; before The Revelers) 
 
8:10-8:30 (after The Revelers; before Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys) 
 
9:30-9:50 (after Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys; before Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band)
 
 
 

SUNDAY

Zydeco Dance Lessons/Demonstration provided by Cascade Zydeco
 
1:00-1:20 (after Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band; before Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters) 
 
2:20-2:40 (after Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters; before Pine Leaf Boys) 
 
3:40-4:00 (after Pine Leaf Boys; before Donna Angelle & The Zydeco Posse) 
 
5:10-5:30 (after Donna Angelle & The Zydeco Posse; before Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys) 
 
6:40-7:00 Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (after Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys; before Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters) 
 
8:00-8:20 (after Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters; before Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band) 
 
9:30-9:50 (after Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band; before Pine Leaf Boys & Friends)
 
 
 

MONDAY

Blues, Jazz, Swing Dance Lessons/Demonstrations provided by Portland Blues Experience
 
11:00-12:00pm Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Old Time Blues)
 
1:00-1:20 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Afro Roots Movement) 
 
2:30-2:50 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Jump Blues) 

3:50-4:10 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Swamp Blues) 
 
5:10-5:30 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Swing Blues) 
 
6:30-6:50 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Shuffle Blues) 
 
8:00-8:20 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Struttin’ Blues) 
 
9:30-9:50 Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Contemporary Jazz Blues)
 
 
 

TUESDAY

Blues, Jazz, Swing Dance Lessons/Demonstration provided by Portland Blues Experience
 
 2:00-2:30pm Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Traditional Blues)
 
3:25-3:45pm ‘Bring The Heat’ Couples Jazz Dance Contest Prelims
 
4:45-5:10pm ‘Bring The Heat’ Couples Blues Dance Contest Prelims
 
6:10-6:35pm Funk/Soul Dance Lesson/Warm-up for ‘Bring The Heat’ Solo Dance Contest
 
7:35-8:00pm Dance Lesson/Demonstration (Boogie Blues)