Waterfront Blues Festival

by: COURTESY OF WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL - The July 3-6 Waterfront Blues Festival, which will include Commander Cody, remains one of the most affordable festivals around.Arguably the biggest and most affordable party our fair city throws every year, the 27th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival features Gregg Allman, Boz Scaggs, Maceo Parker, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Joan Osborne, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Commander Cody and numerous other acts, at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6.

We’ll be devoting more space to America’s second-largest blues festival next week, but for now here’s what you need to know:

• Gates open at 11 a.m. daily. Festival entry is a suggested donation of $10 Thursday through Saturday (or more if you are able) per person, per day (including children, although kids under 5 can come in free).

• You’ll need a festival pass to get in Sunday, the day Allman and Scaggs play. For information, visit

• Proceeds benefit festival sponsor the Oregon Food Bank, which helps nearly one in five households statewide fend off hunger by distributing food through a network that includes its four branches (in Beaverton, Ontario, Portland and Tillamook), 17 independent regional food banks, and more than 950 partner agencies.

As always, the festival is one of the best musical deals around, offering dozens of world-class blues, soul, rock and roots artists for the price of seeing one. Portlanders should note that our fair city will be well represented by such acts as the Robert Johnson-like Tevis Hodge Jr., the award-winning Lauren Sheehan, the ever-soulful Linda Hornbuckle and up-and-coming gospel-soul singer Liz Vice.

Some quick highlights from the Miller Stage each day (the fest features acts on several other stages as well):

• July 3: Los Lonely Boys at 7 p.m., and Los Lobos at 9 p.m.

• July 4: John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys at 6 p.m. and The Soul of John Black, aka John Bigham of Fishbone, at 7:30 p.m.

• July 5: Harmonica god Charlie Musselwhite at 5:30 p.m., Otis Taylor & Mato Nanji at 7:15 p.m., and funky James-Brown/George-Clinton saxophonist Maceo Parker at 9:15 p.m.

June 27

Stockholm shredder

Like all deities, Yngvie Malmsteen inspires both envy and adoration, mainly because he can play guitar faster than most people can think and he still has enormous hair despite turning 51 this month. He’s on a tour appropriately named Guitar Gods, along with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns ‘n’ Roses, surf rocker Gary Hoey and Sky Academy’s Uli Jon Roth. You could die at the end of this show yet say you lived life to the full.

Guitar Gods, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, Roseland Theatre, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave. $25, $35. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499,

Harbor fest

Portland’s Hook & Anchor features Blind Pilot’s Kati Claborn, Luke Ydstie, and Ryan Dobrowski, as well as old-time music veteran Gabrielle Macrae of The Macrae Sisters, and Erik Clampitt of Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck. The country folk rockers mark the release of their self-titled debut this week, and we’ve already heard the lively, energetic and train-driving “Concerning Spectral Pinching” (ghost wedgies?) as well as “Famously Easy,” which sounds like something John Hiatt would have written if he’d been leader of The Cars.

Hook & Anchor, Cataldo, Barna Howard, 9 p.m. Friday, June 27, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895,

Quick hits

• Red Bull Sound Select’s latest show presents experimental folk rockers Blitzen Trapper, indie rockers Pony Village and melodic singer-songwriter Novosti at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $3 for those who RSVP at, $12 otherwise.

• Grammy-nominated swampy bluesy folkie Andrew Duhon just won The Big Easy Award (New Orleans) for Best Country/Folk Artist and brings his tunes to The White Eagle, 836 N. Russell St., at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. Free. Info: 503-282-6810,

• Brighton, England’s The Wytches play dark psychedelic garage-meets-grunge and make their U.S. debut at a show with Cloud Nothings and Metz, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100,

• San Francisco electro-melodic duo Painted Palms, a Beatles-Harry-Nilsson-for-the-21st century sounding outfit, joins Imperial and Mammoth at the Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water Ave., at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 3. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-EAT-BUNK,

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