Tuesday, July 3, 2007

20th Anniversary Waterfront Blues festival

What an event. I started going to it in the early 90’s and I haven’t missed a year since then. July 4 th thru July 8, 2007, from noon to midnite. The weather is going to be sunny and warm. Prefect weather for listening to the blues. This is fundraiser for Oregon Food Bank. Bargain admission prices at $8 a day and two cans of food or $25 for all five days. It is the best fundraiser that I have ever been too. Two main stages alternate acts. The crowds move from one stage to the other. I sit in the middle and watch the people go by. The A&E stage is on the other side of the Hawthorne Bridge. It has a dance floor in front. Don’t miss dancing to Lily Wilde and her swing orchestra on Sunday July 8 from 4:45 to 5:45, or Zydeco Swamp Romp Saturday July 7th. Wednesday evening July Fourth has Koko Tayler at 8:45 to 10 pm Miller stage. Fire works at 10pm. Great music every day. Very Family friendly event, I brought my children when they were younger. Bring your picnic or buy yummy food at the festival. There is a no alcohol policy. That includes everything. They will open and pour out hiking type water bottles. Don’t bring a camel back. They are volunteers and know all the tricks of how to bring alcohol into an event. I have worked the gate and have seen disappointed people told to leave their starbucks coffee outside. Plenty of alcoholic beverages can be purchased inside. Bring a blanket and a low slung chair and grab a piece of lawn, sit back and enjoy the music. Tom McCall water front park between Naito parkway and the Willamette river, next to the Hawthorne Bridge. www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

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