Waterfront Blues Festival July 2-5, 2021


Waterfront Blues Festival July 2-5, 2021

As some of you may know, the Waterfront Blues Festival will be taking place this year, but in a new location and a much different format.

Things are changing at a very rapid pace, as the organizers keep abreast of the changing rules to try to make this work.

The Cascade Blues Association has been an integral part of the festival since its inception. We don’t know what that’s going to look like this year, but we are in close contact with the festival leadership.

Do know that the CBA is ready to support them, even though we won’t be able to gather in person in the way we have been in the past. A big thank you to all of our members who pay dues, so that we can funnel their contributions to support this signature Portland Blues event.

At this point a CBA Merchandise Booth is up in the air and we probably won’t need any volunteers to man the access points for the stage.

I’m going to provide the current information here, but do encourage you to use the links at the bottom of this article for the most up-to-date information.

From their website 4/28/21


Music lovers and fans will come together again July 2-5, 2021 for the Waterfront Blues Festival “Upriver!” We are returning with an unforgettable, in-person and socially-distanced event that will be a Waterfront Blues Fest like no other.

With safety at the forefront of planning, the festival is moving less than a mile “Upriver” to The Lot at Zidell Yards, Portland’s premier socially-distanced, outdoor performance venue, located in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Each day of the festival will include two separately ticketed shows, featuring several performances from amazing local, regional and national artists. Livestream tickets will also be available so our fans near and far can join the fun.

Plans, tickets and artists will be announced in May, so stay tuned!

Health and safety remain our top priority, so all events will be in full compliance with current local and state gathering guidelines. To ensure the safety of our fans and our community, we will be offering socially-distanced seating pods for your quaran-team. Tickets will be purchased by the pod (2, 4, and 6-person pods), instead of individual tickets. Your pod will become your festival home where you are free to dance, sip on a cold beverage, and enjoy the music. Full safety measures will be published prior to tickets going on sale in May.

At this time, we are offering refunds for all 2020 pass holders. 2020 purchased tickets will not roll over for the 2021 festival. Please head to our TICKETS page to learn more about how to request a refund or donate to help keep blues music alive.

As a way to thank you for your loyalty, 2020 pass holders will get first access to tickets for the 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival events. Keep an eye out for an email from us in May for more information. Thank you for showing us so much love and support — we can’t wait to be listening to the blues with you this summer!