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Upriver 2021


Different location. Same amazing vibe.

Music lovers and fans came together again July 2-5, 2021 for Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver!” We returned with an unforgettable, in-person and socially-distanced event that was a Waterfront Blues Fest like no other.

With safety at the forefront of planning, the festival moved less than a mile “Upriver” to The Lot at Zidell Yards, Portland’s premier socially-distanced, outdoor performance venue, located in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Each day of the festival included two separately ticketed shows, featuring several performances from amazing local, regional and national artists. 

Continuing the legacy of giving back, the 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival ‘Upriver’ proudly presented the Blues Fest Cares Concert with Curtis Salgado, benefiting Meals on Wheels People and The Jeremy Wilson Foundation. Fans joined us on Thursday, July 1 at 7 PM for a special performance from our hometown favorite, Curtis Salgado. Net proceeds from the Blues Fest Cares Concert ticket sales went directly to our non-profit partners.

Health and safety remain our top priority, so all events were in full compliance with current local and state gathering guidelines. To ensure the safety of our fans and our community, we offered socially-distanced seating pods for each quaran-team. Tickets were purchased by the pod (2, 4, and 6-person pods), instead of individual tickets. 

FREE TV, radio and livestream options were available for 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival ‘Upriver’ including:

  • Blues Fest Cares Concert aired live on KOIN 6 TV
  • Afternoon shows streamed live on KBOO 90.7 FM or online at
  • Evening shows streamed live at, thanks to Buick GMC of Beaverton

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