Blues Festival opens with Cray, Salgado
The biggest outdoor concert in Portland takes place Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7, at Waterfront Park. It's the Waterfront Blues Festival, and it'll be a walk down memory lane on opening night.
Portland blues great Curtis Salgado plays at 7 p.m. Thursday on the South Stage, followed by The Robert Cray Band at 9 p.m.
Salgado, the inspiration behind The Blues Brothers, sang in The Robert Cray Band in the 1980s. Later, Cray reached national fame with 1986's "Strong Persuader," which became No. 42 on Rolling Stone's top 100 albums of the 1980s.
Here are some day-by-day highlights of the Waterfront Blues Festival:
Thursday, July 4: South Stage — Curtis Salgado, 7-8 p.m.; The Robert Cray Band, 9-10 p.m. Blues Stage — Ron Artis II and the Truth, 8-9 p.m.
Friday, July 5: South Stage — Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, 7-8 p.m.; MarchFourth, 9-10:15 p.m. Blues Stage — California Honeydrops, 6-7 p.m.; Larkin Poe, 8-9 p.m.; Crossroads Stage — Lloyd Jones, 1-2 p.m.; Sarah Grace, 3-4 p.m. (Note: Grace is a former contestant on "The Voice").
Saturday, July 6: South Stage — St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 9-10:15 p.m.; Blues Stage — LaRhonda Steele and the Steele Family, 2-3 p.m.; Vintage Trouble, 8-9 p.m. Front Porch Stage — Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, 9:30-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 7: South Stage — Lilla, 3-4 p.m.; Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, 9-10:15 p.m. Blues Stage — Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, 6-7 p.m.; Shemekia Copeland, 8-9 p.m. Front Porch Stage — Sugaray Rayford, 9-10:15 p.m.
There'll also be workshops, dance competitions, Blues Cruises aboard the Portland Spirit and After-Hours Shows July 5-6 at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Grand Ballroom.
The Waterfront Blues Festival benefits the Portland Sunshine Division. And, the Children's Cancer Association will work with musicians to film music videos for its Bedstock online musical festival, which benefits its flagship program MyMusicRx.
Blues fest single-day passes are $20 ($25 at gate) and a four-day pass is $50.