The Waterfront Blues Festival is thrilled to welcome back Ty Curtis this year with special guest and nine-time Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Winner for 'Best Electric Guitarist' Robbie Laws.
Ty and the band are proud to be apart of the Festival’s 30th Anniversary, and have a very special show planned for this great celebration.
This will be Ty’s fifth time performing at the Waterfront where he is always a crowd pleaser with his high-energy shows. Every year Ty brings a new twist to his performance whether it be brand new songs or special guest musicians and leaves the audience wanting more.
Backed by his longtime drummer Jerry Jacques and bassist David Kahl, “Ty and his fellow musicians bring us tight sounds as if they have been playing together for decades on many podiums with their combination of power blues and classic American Rock style. “An outstanding singer, Ty Curtis has cred,” says Blues Blast Magazine.
Ty has been winning awards for his vocals and musicianship for the last 12 years and has 6 rockin’ albums to his name. Ty started showing up at local clubs and playing at any blues jam he could find. It wasn't long before he was winning over admirers and attracting a large fan base in the Northwest and beyond. With each subsequent album release Ty’s reputation continued to grow establishing him as one of the torch-bearers in a new generation of blues. In 2009 his raw soulful version of “Five Long Years” by Eddie Boyd captivated the audience and earned the band 2nd place in the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Ty has won the Cascade Blues association Curtis Salgado Male Vocalist award twice, Best Blues Band and Best Regional band. His fifth album, Water Under the Bridge, placed #14 for Blues Rock Reviews Best Blues Album in 2014 and his latest album, Blame Me taking #9 in 2016.
All of Ty’s albums have received worldwide and satellite including spins on XM Radio’s BB King’s Bluesville station. Ty has opened for many top artist including The Doobie Brothers, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, George Thorogood, Lukas Nelson, Coco Montoya, Chris Cain, and Robert Cray. Ty will also debut this year at The Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas and has future plans for a Europe tour.
“Ty’s musicianship and voice at his live shows are electrifying, draw from the rich blues tradition and leave audiences stunned.” - Blues Rock Review
“Finding an artist that is an originator like Ty has always been a rare thing… Ty Curtis is a bright new unique talent”. - David Z (Prince, Johnny Lang)
“Ty Curtis plays it like a young man should, straight ahead and from the heart” - Paul Delay
Robbie Laws is one of the most decorated and in demand blues guitarists in the Pacific Northwest. He has been honored with 21 Portland Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards, nine of which were for ‘Best Electric Guitarist, the Best Blues Act award from the Seattle based Washington Blues Society and the Outstanding Achievement in Blues award from the Portland Music Association.
Having played with guitar legends from Albert Collins to Ronnie Earl, Robbie is an internationally recognized blues guitar master who has thrilled festival and concert audiences for over 15 years with his technical prowess on the guitar, soulful voice, impressive stage presence and likeable personality.
Laws is also co-owner of 'Robbie Laws School of Guitar PDX' with his wife Jerri.