Booking Info

The festival is the major annual fundraiser for Oregon Food Bank, a nonprofit, hunger-relief organization serving Oregon and Clark County, Wash. One-hundred percent of admission—a daily donation of $10—benefits Oregon Food Bank's mission to fight hunger and its root causes.

A group of generous and committed sponsors underwrites production and talent costs.

Thanks for helping to make this one of the nation's great blues events!

How to apply for the Waterfront Blues Festival

If you are interested in performing at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, submit your application to the address below. Include your biography, photograph and CD. Because of volume of applications, we are unable to return submission materials.


Electronic press kits

We also accept electronic press kits online. Send links to your online promo to Artistic Director, Peter Dammann, at


Out-of-Region Acts

Competition is fierce for the few slots reserved for out-of-region artists who are unknown in the Portland market. Promotion packets arrive daily from bands across the United States, Canada and Europe. If we have an appropriate slot, we will contact you. Keep in mind that our budget is limited.


Regional Acts

We are looking for unusual collaborations, showcases and all-star lineups, rather than discrete, established bands who appear regularly in area venues. Artists with creative proposals may contact us at the numbers below.


Peter Dammann • Artistic Director 
Keeping The Blues Alive Award
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
P.O. Box 17511
Portland OR 97217
phone: (503) 283-3225
fax: (503) 863-3894