SOURCE: Oregon Food Bank

June 19, 2013 20:05 ET

2013 Waterfront Blues Festival Grows More Sensational

July 4-7, Portland, Ore., More Than 120 Performances Including Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters * Taj Mahal * Mavis Staples * Robert Randolph & the Family Band * John Hiatt & the Combo* North Mississippi Allstars * Eric Burdon & the Animals * Joe Louis Walker * Karl Denson's Tiny Universe * Hot 8 Brass Band * Allen Stone

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - June 19, 2013) - Oregon Food Bank's Waterfront Blues Festival, Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, in Portland, Ore., grows more sensational each year. 

"Our 2013 festival promises to be huge and absolutely sensational," said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, Oregon Food Bank. 

The 2013 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Credit Union, will feature more than 120 performances on four stages, six DME Blues Cruises on the Willamette River, workshops, dances and more.

Headliners include Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Eric Burdon & the Animals, John Hiatt & the Combo, Blues Foundation Hall-of-Famer Joe Louis Walker, the young and inventive Hot 8 Brass Band, soul singer Allen Stone, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe plus...

...the tour de force on Sensational Sunday, July 7. That one day will include legendary gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples; Grammy Award-winning Taj Mahal; "sacred steel" virtuoso Robert Randolph & the Family Band; and, for the closing act, former Led Zeppelin vocalist and songwriter Robert Plant, presenting the Sensational Space Shifters. A festival pass is required for Sensational Sunday.

A few highlights:

  • Thursday, July 4: July 4th fireworks, Joe Louis Walker; MarchFourth Marching Band; Too Slim & the Taildraggers; Dusty 45s; Tad Robinson; Ray Bonneville; Soul Vaccination with special guest Chester Thompson, presented by Soul Sister Productions; Harmonica Blow-off, Journey to Memphis Competition, presented by Cascade Blues Association; DK Stewart Sextet, United by Music, presented by Delta Music Experience; Huckle.
  • Friday, July 5: Eric Burdon & the Animals, presented by Portland Community College ; Karl Denson's Tiny Universe; Allen Stone; Hot 8 Brass Band; Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, presented by Winthrop Music Association; Lil' Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step; Sandi Thom; Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme; Karen Lovely's Prohibition Orchestra, presented by Anne Kennedy; Sultans of Slide; Worth; My Own Holiday; Mighty Mojo Prophets; Kevin Selfe Big Band.
  • Saturday, July 6: John Hiatt & the Combo, presented by IQ Credit Union; North Mississippi Allstars, presented by Boeing Co.; Nikki Hill; Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs!; Kelly's Lot; Blind Boy Paxton; Scott Pemberton; David Vest; Zydeco Swamp Romp with Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, presented by Winthrop Music Association; Horace Trahan & Ossun Express; Lil' Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step; Pine Leaf Boys.
  • Sensational Sunday, July 7: Robert Plant presents the Sensational Space Shifters, presented by First Tech; Taj Mahal Trio, presented by Schwindt & Co.; Mavis Staples, presented by FedEx Freight; Robert Randolph & the Family Band, presented by EcoShuttle; John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band; Kim Massie with the Solomon Douglas Orchestra; Linda Hornbuckle's Old Time Gospel Show; Cooper; Selwyn Birchwood Band.

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Sensational setting
Thrill to the music of these amazing performers while relaxing on the grassy banks of the Willamette River, viewing the glacial peaks of Mt. Hood and the stunning Portland skyline, enjoying the festival's July 4th fireworks all the while smiling at the thought that you are helping to fight hunger. That's the super sensational magic of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4 to 7, Portland, Ore.

Owned by Oregon Food Bank
The festival is owned and produced by Oregon Food Bank, a charitable nonprofit and is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Most important, the festival is Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraiser at a time when need for emergency food continues to grow. One-hundred percent of donations and pass revenue support Oregon Food Bank's mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes... because no one should be hungry.

"Blues Fest attendees have made this festival a success by attending year after year and spreading the word," said Golino de Lovato. "We depend on the generosity of attendees to help fight hunger."

Sensational summer entertainment bargain
Entry on the first three days, July 4, 5 and 6, is a suggested donation of at least $10 and two cans of food per person per day. You'll need a festival pass for the high-powered Sensational Sunday, July 7.

The Blues Basic Pass covers more than 120 performances on all four days -- including Sensational Sunday -- or $60 (averages $15 per day) -- and also gets you priority re-admission every day. A one-day pass for Sensational Sunday only is available for $50.

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Award-winning festival
The festival annually attracts more than 100,000 people from throughout the world and is considered one of the nation's premier blues festivals. Essential Travel magazine, based in London, listed the festival as one of the Top 10 USA Festivals in 2011. Outside magazine listed the festival as one of the Top 10 Outdoor Festivals in 2009. The festival is the winner of the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the International Blues Foundation and the recipient of the Ovation Award from the Oregon Festivals and Events Association as Oregon's Best Festival, Civic Celebration or Community Event. 

Festival sponsors

The 2013 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union.
Major sponsors: FedEx, KIA Motors, iQ Credit Union, Deschutes Brewery, The Oregonian and 101.9 KINK. Supporting sponsors: Health Net, Capital One, Schwindt & Co., NW Natural, The Boeing Co., Portland Community College,, Smart Park, EcoShuttle, Jack Daniel's, Earth2o, Snapple, Chateau St. Michelle, Frito Lay, Pepsi, Mission Foods, Miller Lite, Jack Daniel's, Dave's Killer Bread, Dreyer's, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, KBOO, Oregon Music News, Regal Cinemas, Caring Ambassadors, Prime Pay, Sunbelt Rentals, Clay Street Table, Music Millennium, Cascade Blues Association, Winthrop Music Association, Cascade Zydeco, Delta Music Experience, RiverPlace Hotel, Hotel Fifty, Marriott Hotel, Portland North Harbor Collection by Marriott, University Place Hotel, Oregon State Fair, Made in Oregon. 

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Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households in Oregon and Southwest Washington fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems. 

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