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Upriver 2021


Different location. Same amazing vibe.

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

With safety at the forefront of planning, the festival is moving 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 will include 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 presents the Blues Fest Cares Concert with Curtis Salgado, benefiting Meals on Wheels People and The Jeremy Wilson Foundation. Join 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 go directly to our non-profit partners.

Health and safety remain our top priority, so all events will be in full compliance with current local and state gathering guidelines. To ensure the safety of our fans and our community, we will be offering socially-distanced seating pods for your quaran-team. Tickets will be purchased by the pod (2, 4, and 6-person pods), instead of individual tickets. Your pod will become your festival home where you are free to dance, sip on a cold beverage, and enjoy the music. 

Tickets are on sale now! Learn more about the 2021 LINEUP..


Can’t make it to Portland this summer? The festival is coming to you this July 4th weekend as we have FREE TV, radio and livestream options for the 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival ‘Upriver.’ Here are the ways you can enjoy every show at home:

  • July 1 at 7 PM: Watch the Blues Fest Cares Concert on KOIN 6 TV
  • July 2-5 from 12-4 PM: Tune into KBOO on 90.7 FM or stream online at
  • July 2-5 from 6-10 PM: Watch the concert live at, thanks to Buick GMC of Beaverton

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