Waterfront Blues Fest in Portland

Posted: July 2, 2011 in concerts, Music
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With the fourth of July quickly approaching, a tradition is brewing in Portland, Oregon.  The 2011 Waterfront Blues Festival marks the 24th time that prominent blues, jazz, and soul musicians have made their way to PDX bringing their talents to entertain the masses, as well as bring awareness and support to the Oregon Food Bank.  As a NOLA native, attending this fest is a no-brainer to stay connected to the music that I, honestly, took for granted as a youngster.  I thought that a second line spontaneously breaking out in the middle of the day was a common occurrence everywhere.  Boy, was I misinformed.

From what I understand, the Portland Waterfront Festival is the largest blues fest west of the Mississippi River.  After taking the family out last night, I would definitely say that that makes sense.  One of my favorite NOLA band played last night, Rebirth Brass Band, so I had to go check it out.  We also got to see a little zydeco from Sunset-native, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.  Man, I do miss Louisiana festivals.  The Portland fest is not exactly the real thing, but it definitely gives me a temporary fix of the things that I miss from NOLA.

Of course, Rebirth was awesome.  Here’s what makes them special…

  1. Wow those guys are awesome. I may have to make the trip over to Portland next year to see that festival. We had the Bend festival here, but the bands were not quite up to the same level.

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