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Social distancing is no match for ingenuity, as organizers of the annual Waterfront event hit the streets.

COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Dave Karl

They're invading your neighborhood.

Not locusts. Not Census volunteers.

Think slide guitars and syncopation.

The Waterfront Blues Festival may be feelin' the COVID blues, but that hasn't stopped the musicians, or the event organizers, from getting their Creole on. Instead of vast and happy crowds at Waterfront Park, the festival has gone guerilla, popping up in neighborhoods.

"The Blues Fest Bandwagon will bring live music to driveways, cul-de-sacs and front porches in the Portland Metro Area July 3 and 4," according to the Website.

The exact locations remain shrouded in mystery. Readers should be on the lookout for the traditional vamp — the five-beat heartbeat of rhythm and blues — coming from a nearby venue.

Go to waterfrontbluesfest.com for more information on the socially distanced celebration. KOIN 6 will host a two-hour July 4 special celebrating some of the most memorable performances from festivals past, capping off with a replay of the fireworks show over the Willamette River.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, blues fans can set up their lawn chairs, fire up the barbecue, and tune in to KBOO 90.7 FM or stream online for Blues Fest On Air.COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Etta Ward getting soulful at Friday's pop-up concert.

COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Fans, including Nancy Smith and granddaughter Daya Thompson, rock out to the blues.

COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Mark Vehrencamp putting the om-pa-pa into Brass Roots Movement.

COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - On the move to Friday's first location, starting from a storage facility in Tualatin. The crew feeling the social-distanced blues include, from left, Tracey Walker, Tyler Fuller, Christina Fuller, Peter Dammann, Isaac Perlmutter, Jessie Smith and Wes YurovchakCOURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Bayou Boyz take the stage midday on Friday. COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Dan Berkery going for the power chords.COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Brian Fletcher and Catherine Van Ginkel (foreground) have no trouble bogeying with masks; the blues meet the new normal.

COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Jimmy Russell

COURTESY PHOTO: NORM EDER - Steve Kerin


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