Gorge Blues and Brews 2022

Gorge Blues and Brews 2022


Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson. The festival will celebrate 29 years of showcasing musical genius, 35 local craft brew taps, three local wineries, one distillery and mouthwatering food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge.

Start your weekend off right on Friday night when all things local are featured from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walking Man Brewery, Backwoods Brewing, Thunder Island Brewing and eight other local breweries will be pouring their tasty brews. There will be a nice selection of local wine, whiskey tastings and cocktails. Tons of great food including tacos, barbecue, gyros, pizza by the slice and crab cakes will make the festival tasty.  World renowned blues artists will fill two stages all weekend. Admission is $5 for Friday and comes with a souvenir glass.  Saturday tickets are good for Friday AND Saturday, come with a glass and some drink tokens.  Camping is available on site so plan to come early and stay late.

The music starts at 2, and finishes with gritty blues by Too Slim & the Taildraggers from Spokane. The music will be non-stop on both stages until we are forced to halt the music at 10 p.m.

Put on your blues shoes and revel in continuous live blues music filling the air.  This year’s line-up is beyond impressive. The music will flow between Riverview Community Bank’s main stage and the Big River Grill stage Saturday featuring Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Coyote Kings w/ Tiphony Dames, Stacy Jones Band, Stevie & the Blue Flames, Michelle D’Amour & the Love Dealers, Seth Myzel Band and Robin Gibson Band. Friday we’ll have Johnny Wheels & the Swamp Donkeys, Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek, and the local Big River Blues Band.

Admission is open to those 21 years and over only on both Friday and Saturday, no minors will be allowed on the festival grounds.  The cost for admission on Saturday presale is $22 per person and includes a souvenir glass and two drink tokens, $25 at the gate.  Our campers pass is $32 presale, $35 at the gate, and comes with a souvenir glass and four drink tokens. Additional drink tokens are $6 each, and are good for beer, wine, cocktails and whiskey tasting flights. Cash or card will be accepted at the gate. Purchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line and we’ll pay the sales tax! Go to www.gorgeblues.com and click on Tickets.  No coolers or dogs on the event site, please.

Make your festival experience all the more memorable by staying at a local hotel or campground. Please visit www.gorgeblues.com/lodging for lodging options.

“It’s really exciting for us to be organizing such a great local event” says Rusty Hoyle, organizer and president of Craft Nation. “We visit Stevenson at least once a week, we really love it here, and we’re stoked to continue the local tradition.”   Volunteers are still needed – go to gorgeblues.com, click the volunteer link and pick your shift.  Volunteer positions include pouring beer or wine or cashiering and gain you free admission, two drink tokens, a souvenir glass and undying gratitude from the organizing committee. Last shift volunteers get special perks with the event staff.

Contact us on our Gorge Blues & Brews Facebook page for questions. For camping information, call Skamania County General Services at 509-427-3980. We look forward to seeing you in the most scenic venue in the Gorge, the Skamania County Fairgrounds, 650 SW Rock Creek Drive in Stevenson, this June 24-25!

Inaugural Village Blues Festival 

Inaugural Village Blues Festival 

Eugene’s Rainy Day Blues Society presents the first Village Blues Festival to be held in Cottage Grove, Oregon, on Saturday, September 5 at The Village Green. Eugene is located in a county who have moved beyond phase one of the Covid-19 regulations, so they’re able to hold outdoor events that can allow larger crowds. This event will be socially distanced and safety precautions will be in place. 

Performing at the event will be a multitude of Northwest favorites, headlined by Portland’s Anni Piper; the Pacific NW Women’s Blues Revue with Sonny Hess, Joanne Broh, Kathryn Grimm and Theresa Fratto; and Fret Logic with Jerry Zybach, Stan Welch, Rick Markstrom and Mike Hatgis. The day’s festivities will be hosted by Froggy. 

Village Blues Festival, Saturday, September 5, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. The Village Green, 725 Row River Road, Cottage Grove. Advance General Tickets $40.00 ($30.00 for Rainy Day members) at Rainydayblues.org 



11:00 am – Froggy 

11:45 am – Henry Cooper Trio 

12:50 pm – Lloyd Tolbert Band 

2:00 pm – Jimmy Haggard Band 

3:15 pm – Fret Logic 

4:30 pm – Pacific NW Women’s Blues Revue 

5:45 pm – Anni Piper 


Blues Fest 2020

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. And guess what? YOU can nominate your favorite friend, frontline hero, or family member to be a part of the socially-distanced fun. We’re working with amazing local musicians to safely hop on the Bandwagon to bring some tunes, happiness, and smiles to our community. Nominations are now closed 🚘

➡️ 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, capped off with a replay of the awe-inspiring fireworks show over the Willamette River. From the comfort of your living room, the KOIN team (and special festival guests!) will have you reliving some of the magical musical moments from the Waterfront. Catch all the fun on July 4 from 9pm to 11pm on KOIN 6 or at www.koin.com.

➡️ 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. Local Portlanders can catch all the excitement on 90.7 FM and our festival friends across the world can join us at kboo.fm/listen-now. Blues Fest On Air will feature two full days, from 12pm to 7pm, of crowd-favorites sets and behind-the-scenes stories from the Waterfront Blues Festival throughout the years.

Head to waterfrontbluesfest.com for more details 🎶

2019 Waterfront Blues Festival

By Don Campbell

2019 Waterfront Blues FestivalBy all accounts, last year’s Waterfront Blues Festival was a smash – another beautiful Fourth of July weekend run along the Willamette River. What many don’t know is the underlying turmoil that nearly closed the gates for good. Festival ownership changes, management shakeups, and new sponsors and beneficiaries – all late in the game – put the fest on the brink.

It took some muscle, grit, huge leaps of faith, motivated new partners, and a little luck, but the 2018 edition came off without a hitch. With a fest led by a strong roster of national, regional and local talent that included not only the traditional side of the blues, but some new acts who are fearlessly pushing the boundaries of the genre and bringing something new to the party, few can dispute the event’s success last year.

2019 Waterfront Blues FestivalAnd that includes what lies and continues to live in the fest’s DNA – a strong sense of community. New beneficiary, the Sunshine Division, continued the event’s long lineage of letting music help those in need.

The good news is the 2019 version, set for July 4-7 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, is on firm footing and firing on all cylinders. Even as operating costs skyrocket and shifting demographics continue to alter the music landscape in general, the fest’s heartbeat is strong and, per its long history, remains rooted in and deeply committed to the music.

A full slate of passes and ticket options are available to get you through the gates again this year (visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com for complete information) but don’t dawdle – they sell out fast.

2019 Waterfront Blues FestivalFest-goers can take in the full experience, with two main (and alternating) stages, the Front Porch and Crossroads stages, the Louisiana Pavilion, after-hours shows and cruises, blues-swing and Zydeco dance lessons, Fourth of July fireworks, a full complement of food, beverages and fest merchandise, and more. Even the canned food drive is back, with all proceeds going to the Sunshine Division.

Unlike other major festivals, the backbone of the WBF has always been a strong inclusion of top-flight local and regional acts, many of whom have built strong careers here and gone on to greater heights. This year is no exception.

Familiar names include Alligator Records artist Curtis Salgado, Portland’s own MarchFourth marching band, guitarist and producer Terry Robb, former Portlander and now Nashville resident Big Monti Amundson, the mighty Andy Stokes (who recently landed on the Billboard charts), Arietta Ward (daughter of the late, legendary Janice Scroggins) debuting with her own band, Farnell Newton and his Othership Connection James Brown tribute show, soul and worldbeat vocalist Lilla, acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Mary Flower, saxman and New Orleans expat Reggie Houston, the young and talented Samuel E-M (Eisen-Meyer) and his boundary-pushing band Joyful Noise, the legendary Ural Thomas, the mesmerizing Saeeda Wright (Prince’s former backup vocalist) debuting her own project, Washington’s Tim “Too Slim” Langford and his Tail Draggers, Seattle’s Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints, LaRhonda & the Steele Family Band, Ty Curtis and Karen Lovely.

There’s no dearth of major-league talent either. Native son Robert Cray and his band return after a long absence and will help fuel the four-day run along with the explosive Trombone Shorty (who played his first big Northwest gig at WBF in 2010) and his band Orleans Avenue, New Orleans royalty Cyril Neville, Shemekia Copeland (who nabbed two BMA awards recently for Album and Contemporary Blues Album), the hard-working Karl Denson and his funky Tiny Universe, the rowdy St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the well-traveled California Honeydrops, and blues-rockers Vintage Trouble.

And don’t miss the sizzling guitar work of Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, who also got a big break at WBF in 2015 when Buddy Guy called the youngster on stage for his headlining set, a spectacular guitar duel that led to Guy’s producing the new Kingfish recording, just released on Alligator.

For the purists, don’t miss vocalist Sugaray Rayford (a recent BMA winner for Soul Blues Male Artist), newcomer to the fest Delta guitarist and vocalist Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, Bakersfield’s own Brother Yusef, Canada’s Harpdog Brown and his Uptown Blues Band, the fiery Arkansas born-and bred guitarist and showman Lucious Spiller, and singer, saxophonist and guitarist Vanessa Collier (also a recent BMA winner for Instrumentalist-Horn).

If you’re looking for something fresh, try Hawaii’s Ron Artist II & the Truth, and the pure African influence of Mali’s Songhoy Blues, led by Oumar and Aliou Toure.

Fans of TV’s “The Voice” can catch newcomer Sarah Grace and her band the Soul. She packs a big soulful punch in a pint-sized package, and is a triple threat on vocals, trumpet and the mighty Hammond B3. She may surprise you.

Zydeco and Cajun lovers are in for another solid flight of the rollicking party music. Chubby Carrier makes a return to the fest with his Bayou Swamp Band. Check out Louisiana’s Feufollet, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Wayne Singleton and the Same Ol’ 2-Step, and Lil Pookie and the Zydeco Sensations.

This is just a taste. The list goes on, from the Brazilian beat of Bloco Alegria to the traditional blues of Dan Nash, and from the West Coast sounds of Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Terry Hanck and Roy Rogers with Carlos Reyes, to the gospel goodness of the Sons of Soul Revivers and the NW Women in R&B Tribute to Sister Rosetta  Tharpe.

It’s a bountiful four days. Get some rest and remember to hydrate.