Blues Fest 2020 – Listening Together
Presented by Bank of America
July 4th on KOIN TV and ONLINE / KBOO July 4th & 5th
We may not be at the waterfront, but we are still coming to you this July 4th weekend ✨ We are proud to share Blues Fest 2020: Listening Together presented by Bank of America. Join us as we bring the joy of the Blues Fest to you through three exciting programs:
➡️ 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…
➡️ Tune in and turn it up as KOIN 6 hosts a two-hour July 4th TV special celebrating some of the most memorable performances from the Waterfront Blues Festival…
➡️ Set up your lawn chairs, get the BBQ going, and tune in to KBOO all weekend long as you groove to the Blues Fest On Air…
2020 Performance Venue PARTNERSHIP PROJECT
Help a Musician – Give a Kid a Smile
The shutdown of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected musicians and venues particularly hard. As we re-open the economy we can see independent music venues struggling; some are trying to balance physical spacing and capacity limits and some are no longer offering live music, while others will stay closed. This has resulted in a shortage of performance opportunities for local talent, especially those musicians who have had their livelihood dry up, and also for music lovers who may not be ready to return to indoor spaces.
The Cascade Blues Association has teamed up with Portland Parks & Recreation Division to address this shortage by offering paid performance opportunities to participating local blues musicians who are current CBA members. Gigs will be assigned by random lottery and availability. This project will provide income for musicians as well as increasing awareness of the CBA to the public.
Portland Parks & Recreation Division has diverted 100% of their Summer Free For All funding to The Free Lunch + Play program that supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess, supporting the thousands of children who qualify for subsidized lunches during the school year. With this partnership, the CBA will be supporting its mission to preserve and promote blues and roots music by providing free entertainment at pick-up sites and other public locations while offering a little financial relief to participating local musicians.