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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Boards: 2:30 pm
Departs: 3 pm
Returns: 5 pm


All Ages

Mary Flower & Doug Cox • Ron Artis II & the Truth • Too Slim & the Taildraggers • Karen Lovely

Acclaimed, up-and-coming Hawaiian bluesman Ron Artis II & the Truth, favorites at both Soul’d Out and Pickathon festivals last year, are joined by the rockin’ Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Blues Award nominated blues vocalist/songwriter Karen Lovely and her band, and the acclaimed acoustic-blues virtuosos Mary Flower (Portland) and Doug Cox (British Columbia).

Cruise the beautiful Willamette River and hear the blues in an intimate setting on the Portland Spirit. A no-host hors d'oeuvres buffet and full bar are available on all cruises.

  • All Blues Cruises board from the seawall at S.W. Salmon and Naito Parkway, in front of Salmon Street Springs Fountain, just north of the Oregonian Front Porch Stage.
  • PLEASE BRING YOUR PHOTO ID. All passengers 18 years of age and older must present photo ID upon boarding. All carry-on bags are subject to inspection, and passengers may be photographed.
  • The cruises will head south up the Willamette River to Oregon City, and/or north past the Port of Portland docks.
  • Afternoon cruises boards 2:30 pm, returning to dock at 5 pm (all ages).
  • Single-Day Ticket holders will be given a pass allowing festival re-entry after the cruise.

Don’t miss the boat! Purchase your ticket before the festival begins. These popular Blues Cruises sell out quickly.

Blues Fest Cares
The Waterfront Blues Festival is committed to providing a world-class event to the community of Portland and beyond that presents diverse musical arts, culture, and entertainment. The festival has been committed to using its broad platform to create awareness and support of hunger relief efforts. We have been supporting organizations that focus on music and fighting hunger insecurity since 1988.

All tickets are non-transferable, non-refundable, and non-tax deductible. 


Date / time Thu, July 4, 2019 Doors open: 2:30 pm Event begins: 3:00 pm Buy Tickets

Venue info Waterfront Blues Festival 1301 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR, 97201
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