- by Polly O’Keary
The 2015 Portland Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival will tie tomorrow and yesterday together in two big ways this year. The first is to celebrate the survival and revival of New Orleans music, 10 years after Portland rallied to support the city following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The second is to celebrate the passing of the torch from founding legends of blues and southern rock to the up and coming stars that will reinterpret those traditions for coming generations.
In late September of 2005, while America was still trying to understand the scope of the disaster wreaked on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, some of New Orleans’ finest musicians headed for Portland...
This year marks a decade since Hurricane Katrina, and again some of Louisiana’s finest musicians are headed for Portland’s Waterfront, this time for a special 10 Years After Katrina Recovery Celebration, a day-long event featuring the vastly diverse music of New Orleans, from the frenetic “bounce” funk of Galactic to the grit of bayou blues-man Lil’ Buck Sinegal, the zydeco of Chubby Carrier to the celebratory R&B of Charmaine Neville.