2017 Passes on Sale

Celebrate 30 years of Waterfront Blues during the July 4th holiday weekend
Passes now on sale for 5-day festival


Portland, Ore. (March 15, 2017)
 -- Join blues legends, up-and-comers and local acts to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, June 30 -- July 4, 2017 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Passes are on-sale now at early bird prices. This year's festival will run five days and feature 120 blues acts on four stages. Festival proceeds help Oregon Food Bank fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

Headliners include:
Big Head Todd Blues Club, Chris Isaak, Joss Stone, Galactic, Elvin Bishop, Fantastic Negrito, Canned Heat, JD McPherson, Bokante, Pine Leaf Boys, MarchFourth, Pimps of Joytime, Booker T Stax Revue, Cedric Burnside Project, Sonny Landreth

Additional acts include:
Chubby Carrier, Southern Avenue, Greyhounds, The Revelers, Blynd, Jontavious Willis, Brother Yusef, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Donna Angelle, Dustbowl Revival, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Eric Gales, The Suffers, Chris Cain, Monkey Junk, Sons of the Soul Revivers

"Five days, four stages and more than 150 eclectic performances. For just $10 a day Waterfront Blues Festival is the concert deal of the summer," said Artistic Director Peter Dammann. "But it's much more than that. For three decades this event has supported Oregon Food Bank while reaffirming and strengthening the threads that bind us as a community. This has become one of the great community music festivals and it could only happen in Portland."

"We are truly humbled to mark 30 years of support from the blues community to feed the human spirit of the 1 in 5 people facing hunger in our state. Since 1988, this iconic festival has raised more than $10 million and 1,000 tons of food for hunger relief. This is an achievement we are extremely proud of -- and an achievement that is unprecedented in the concert festival business, said Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan.

The following five-day passes are offered this year:

Basic 5-Day Pass ($40 early bird) -- Five-day pass, priority re-entry.

Blues Buddy Pass ($89 early bird) -- Five-day pass, EARLY entry, priority re-entry, commemorative Blues Buddy button and discount admission to Waterfront After Hours All-Stars Concerts in the Marriott Ballroom (first-come, first-served).

Benefactor Pass ($350) -- Five-day EARLY entry & priority re-entry, access to Brewery Stage shaded seating, access to central stage shaded seating, admission to After-Hours concerts, omelette and mimosa Sunday brunch, four meal and drink vendor coupons, festival T-shirt and poster, parking pass & more! SOLD OUT LAST FEW YEARS!

Patron Pass ($1,250) -- Five-day EARLY entry & priority re-entry, priority access to on-stage seating at Brewery Stage and First Tech Stage, access to central stage shaded seating, access to VIP Hospitality Pavilion with catered buffets and VIP restrooms, invitation to July 4th BBQ with river's edge viewing of fireworks, admission to After-Hours concerts, parking pass and many other VIP perks. SOLD OUT LAST FEW YEARS!

Also on sale are tickets for DME Blues Cruises for $29 (day cruises) and $39 (evening cruises), as well as $15 tickets for After Hours All-Stars Concerts on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 in the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

For complete artist bios, tentative schedule, videos and music samples, visit waterfrontbluesfest.com.

About Waterfront Blues Festival:
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Fest to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. As Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraising event, this Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception, the festival has raised $10 million and 1,000 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.

Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Buick GMC of Beaverton, FedEx, KINK.fm, KOIN-TV, The Oregonian, Coors Light, Deschutes Brewery

More information: waterfrontbluesfest.com or oregonfoodbank.org

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