Saturday, July 3, 2010

Live from Portland: Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Day 2

It rained off and on yesterday, but that did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the performers or the crowd. I’ve never seen a crowd like that. Huge! When the papers report crowds upwards of 100,000, they aren’t joking. I don’t know that this is how many were in attendance yesterday, but there were a lot of people. And it was all fantastic. The music was incredible, the people were having fun, and the weather kept things interesting.

The cruise afterward was amazing. Super Chikan, Michael Burks and Lucky Peterson, Moreland & Arbuckle, and Colin Lake all performed on board and kept the crowd going. The jam at the Marriott, well, I’d missed all that while on the boat. I hear, however, that Walter Trout, John Mayall, and Trombone Shorty had the place rockin’.

As for the performers during the day yesterday, I loved them all. Trombone Shorty, Lisa Mann, Moreland & Arbuckle, and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm were amongst my favorites. Better still, meeting some of the vendors brought a smile to this gal’s face. Of special note: United by Music‘s booth. I’ll be writing more about them in the future. For now, though, just know that music touches many lives and gives special needs people a vital outlet to express themselves. One of the young men impacted by United by Music touched my life yesterday and there will be more information about this to follow.

Since activity kicks off a bit earlier today, it’s a rush out the door and off to see what magic the day holds.

Update: Currently listening to Ty Curtis, who’s rockin’ up right. Lovin’ his sound and his presence.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Time Stage Performance

12:00PM – 11:00PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp , presented by Cascade Zydeco Association.

12:00PM – 12:45PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: dance demonstration/class: Roland & Janine Jemerson

12:00PM – 12:45PM WS Eric Tweed

12:00PM – 12:45PM MS Dudley Taft

12:45PM – 01:30PM CU The I-5 Nine: Healy, Miller, Bott, Pain…et al

12:45PM – 01:45PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band

01:30PM – 02:15PM WS Blues Guitar 101: Walter Trout

01:30PM – 02:15PM MS Ty Curtis Band

02:00PM – 03:00PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: Capt. Leroy & The Zydeco Locals

02:15PM – 03:00PM CU Terry Robb Band

02:25PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise: Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm

02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise: Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse

02:30PM – 04:30PM BC DME Blue Bayou Cruise: David Vest

03:00PM – 04:00PM WS Cigarbox guitars: Jerry Zybach

03:00PM – 04:00PM MS Northwest Women in Blues, w/ special guests Tahoe Jackson and Nicole Fournier

03:15PM – 04:15PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

04:00PM – 05:00PM CU Lucky Peterson with: Michael Burks , presented by the Boeing Company.

04:30PM – 05:30PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp : Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

05:15PM – 06:15PM WS Boogie Woogie piano:: David Vest

05:15PM – 06:15PM MS Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks

05:45PM – 06:45PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: Capt. Leroy & The Zydeco Locals

06:15PM – 07:15PM CU Juke Joint Duo: Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm

07:00PM – 08:00PM MS BOOKER T. , presented by FedEx.

07:00PM – 08:00PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse

07:15PM – 08:15PM WS Super Chikan’s Chiktars and Diddly Bows: Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks

08:15PM – 09:15PM CU Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

08:15PM – 09:15PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band

09:00PM – 10:15PM WS Electric Blues Guitar 102 and 103: Michael Burks with: Lucky Peterson

09:00PM – 12:00PM H50 Atomic Gumbo: Steve Kerin & Friends

09:15PM – 10:15PM MS Bobby Rush , presented by Karolyn H. March, attorney.

09:30PM – 11:00PM OS Zydeco Swamp Romp: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble , presented by Cascade Zydeco Association.

10:15PM – 01:15AM BC DME “Rock the Boat” dance cruise: Bridgetown Sextet, with special guest Marilyn Keller

10:15PM – 01:15AM BC DME “Rock the Boat” dance cruise: Alan Hager & Albert Reda

10:30PM – 01:15AM BC DME “Rock the Boat” dance cruise: PorterDavis

10:30PM – 11:45PM MH After-hours Blues Jam: BOOKER T.

11:55PM – 01:15AM MH After-hours Blues Jam: Bobby Rush


H50 = H50 Bistro at Hotel 50

RE = Rafati’s Encore 310, University Place Hotel

TMWP = Tom McCall Waterfront Park

OS = Oregonian Stage

MS = Miller Stage

MH = Marriott Hotel

TBA = Stage To Be Announced

CU = Credit Union Blues Stage

BC = DME Portland Spirit Blues Cruise

WS = FedEx Workshop Stage

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