Looks like this year will be a banner year again for the Waterfront Blues Fest in Portland. Throughout the weekend the Willamette Waterfront will be graced with the presence of Los Lobos (“Don’t Worry Baby”), Los Lonely Boys (“Heaven”) funk saxophonist Maceo Parker (who originally got his start with James Brown) and Lee Fields and the Expressions.
Then, Sensational Sunday will end the weekend’s festivities with the legendary Gregg Allman. Awesome!
I really enjoyed the Fest last year and depending on the ticket price it looks like this year could be a lot of fun too. Seeing Gregg Allman back in 2007 at the Beale Street Music Festival was an experience I love to talk about still today – full moon, Mississippi River, a 15 minute-plus version of Whipping Post echoing throughout downtown Memphis at midnight as we tried to find a ride home. It was epic.
The Portland scene won’t be quite as mind-boggling or timeless in its appeal, but it will be hard to pass up seeing such a blues icon again.
See the current version of the schedule here and check out the below video (audio is better than the video) of Gregg and his band doing “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” at that Memphis show in ’07.