What a way to start July off! I had the opportunity to perform at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland over the 4th of July weekend. It’s the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi. The festival raises an enormous amount of food and money for the Oregon Food Bank. As of the morning of the 5th, they had raised an unofficial record $726,000 to feed Oregon’s hungry.
The weather was perfect and the people were great. Portland is such a wonderful town. I performed on the Miller Stage Sunday afternoon with the band which included Jason Edwards (drums), Jon Bayless (bass) and Rod Cook (guitar). A big thank you to everyone who came to watch. I enjoyed meeting a bunch of new people and fans. The folks at the Oregon Music News wrote a short review about the show. You can read it HERE.
After my set on the Miller stage, I headed over with guitarist Rod Cook to the Delta Music Experince’s cruise ship, the Portland Spirit. Rod and I performed as part of the Sail On Sister cruise up the Willamet River.
On Monday the 4th, I was able to participate in a Showcase Performance on the FedEx Workshop Stage to promote United By Music (UBM). The event was organized by Barbara Gresham Hammerman who is the lead in bringing UBM
Here are pictures of my opportunity performing at the festival on the Miller Stage: