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Waterfront Blues Fest 041518

Apr 11, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER DAMMANN AND CHRISTINA FULLER WITH THE WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL ABOUT THIS SUMMER’S EVENT AND HOW THE FESTIVAL SUPPORTS THE OREGON FOOD BANK.

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You're listening to microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program and your blocks of one of the premier summer events in Borland is the waterfront blues festival. Tickets are on sale now and our resident blues expert Steve Pringle is here with everything you need to know to. All right well thanks for joining us today we have actually gets two good friends of mine in the studio and we are talking with Peter damn good. Howdy howdy Peter handy URV artistic director that's what I call via yeah. Cecily you round you round up all the cats you herd the cats together that is exactly origin if you're in the cats. Very nice Peter's been a part of the waterfront blues festival for how matter how many years. Well I played the very first ones nom. Eventually like between five years ago I came on this than. Artistic tracker and had you been playing subsequent years with all through those years. Was it with Paula first I guess yeah I was all knows with Johnny in the jokers actually while general word. I played with Paul a lot of Clinton flew into horn buckle several years played DK Stewart. And John as I thought I how was he a part of that because from what I hear we have John Lee Hooker at that first. Well he had Masako isn't John Lindh who understand check the very first year of the rose city blues festival which the probe was the precursor of this festival right. And down and he pulled down gently hunkered down. To the event for the stuff here that's an amazing get for a first year amazing show wrestling and orderly and a friend in the vans. In bizarre concept fairy colts and then of course he ended up in the public good and eventually wreckage is. Very nice test all right so Peter dale and artistic director and Christina for. Or come our Christine how you do when I'm great thanks haven't asked are you kidding me and what is your RO official title that we can say. Un officially unofficially though no official title just phony cannot let. Salt per hour you can't go to a producer there you go I heard the cat that herd the cats. Okay. And I Chun but really a lot of support on operations and logistics in the administrative and making sure all the pieces get there are sound and the music can really shine once we have our crater rock Celeste who were playing here in the done playing here in the studio is there a desk you have to go back to. And now. Uncle and then that's even better because all the sudden logistically it sounded like you were sitting in front of dust and I don't see that from you know just too good for you. All right well and it's let's talk about his Peter I can go back and we could talk all those years have loved to talk about the previous years we've had but. Let's talk about what the festival has met the city what it's meant to Oregon food bank what to do is done in helping this community to help feed the hungry. Hum to go on back what do what do you remember. The most about the festival and and and the raising of the monies that you can remember. Well over heard. The lifespan of the festival's today is we raised over ten million dollars and I forget how many. Thousands of tons of zoos and when he million pounds twenty million while winning now. Yeah. To a million pounds of something astronomically unbelievable. So it's had a an enormous impact on the hunger mission in this region. Army you know it's also. Some. Evolved to become one of the major blues festivals in the world tennis and people know about it. All over the planet you know you go to and Amsterdam and are hanging around with musicians over there they know about waterfront blues festival. And they know people who played it. Well I'd I often have gone through and done a people person on the spot kind of interview thing. And I remember one group I literally had 56 people all just today they are almost dressed like Mardi Gras. Had a great time so where you from I'm looking for a while while Washington Yakima whatever. Tom one was from. Two of you from Europe I think we had one from South Africa. It was just America and amazing because what they were were all friends from previous previous lifetime together. And they all get together at the waterfront lose trust in Portland Oregon. And when I found that out it was like that just opened my eyes to the people that are coming in all the monies that do come into the city because of this festival yeah. Well as turned into something profoundly proud of it's what people do for the July 4 weekend and it's essential to the economy. It's exciting to see what it draws and I think every year we have folks from all fifty states nearly a dozen countries. And it turns into like a family reunion and I think that's a really cool piece to the possible that. It's created its own community its own following its own group of folks that know where to meet each other on the pursuit of the festival he kind of set your clocks to it yeah it's like from those -- time and people are down at the parks and it's. Become a big key to the identity of downtown Portland to Nebraska someone behind a bar. Restaurant or oh at home. During that time they're gonna tell everyone to do that's what to do you know like from blues festival upstart fourth and it's a pearls and you don't. It's at one of the most amazing and I don't mean this in a derogatory way but to people watch because you've got every demographic of a folk you've got the parents with the children. You get the old parents whose children are removed often done everything else and it's just so great to see that that sixty to 66. There at the blues festival families enjoying themselves on the lawn. And having a great time and I'm telling over the years that we've progressed from. All there was the time when we had the relate or is of the speakers that would. Send them you know that the musical over the backside of the bowl if you were on one side and close at one stage and we had that and that kind of went away and then you've brought these. Huge screens and through ice is it to. Clack in this community college which mounted communal community college or else he's the C programming element ended up driving. Yeah no they had its great because narrow I mean I even from your room with a merry I. You can see on who's on stage with those size of the screen and I think it's a you know even. Advantageous to the both snout is every wants we get to two kids are sneaky is there anyway we're going to be able to go past the hat around the boats do do we do that. We we let them manage their own doing all they have a meantime though we let them do their thing saw throughout its own little piece of its own citizens and who agree on among. It's important that a testimony none of them by. Upper level passes and support the festival that's fantastic dear I had no idea just every once while I got a friend sent you an idea I know we're going down there for the day that's another thing about the blues festival also as you said it it it brings people would for the fourth of July weekend. You don't have to be a part of every day like we are. You know it it's where you can say okay of them got the fourth of July with the family we can go on the fifth we can go on the six wouldn't go on the seventh but it's always been such a an enormous. Festival. That it allows and I don't mean by the way of people in the boy just mean enormous by the ground that it covers and that the time that it covers as well because. You know if you hit a blues cruise after. It's been ten hours of music all day you're still login home until 1 o'clock 2 o'clock in the morning is just an amazing amount of music that you can schedule for. Anyone a four days this year and any part of the day as well. Iran's worked hard to keep the festival really accessible if you wanna catch one cent or one whole weekend or whatever it is the value. The contents. The kind of musical jury shin that Peter does to make it interesting. And and good time for her and and mourning afternoon crews after our show or all of the above like you don't. Yeah. It is a little bit of everything I and the merry Ott is always afforded me now. The fact of not having to get on that boat because it's all the sudden. You know there was a couple years I'm sure someone finds out that once you are on the boat. Like come and I'm not a shot dead on airlift FiOS I do not merely put Lazazzera knows you are you are on that mode until 1 o'clock when it comes back half so of course the big news this year is that some things have changed with in the festival. And I'm sure that logistically has been crazy for you but it's still wonderful people. And there are going to be a part of the blues festival this year just a little bit pulled back and of course I'm talking about organ food bank. Absolutely. They are fighting. And massive challenge in front of them of food insecurity and it's what the festivals and committed to over thirty years is fighting hunger and they've realized the need to focus their efforts and staff time and resources on not full time which we support and understand of course I'm a music festival on the side. Tends to weighed down so. I'm they've passed back the production responsibilities to our team and so we're thrilled to take that piece on and kind of take the burden off of their shoulders. You're still on as a beneficiary of the event. And they really get to reap the benefits without having to come distract them from from wire community needs them. And the festival's served them really really well over their their partnership and help them raise that ten million dollars at Peter's talking about right and millions and millions in pounds of food and build a beautiful warehouse in northeast Portland and so on the best of all. Is really proud of our ongoing partnership with them hands. Their efforts that they're doing to fight hunger. In our community it's a it's a reality yes and you need people to spend their time and talents and energies on on taking care of that. And if we can still pull together great music festival as we do every year and remind folks of the importance of taking care of those around us and those are the people that are in need in need of food and you can continue to find ways to support organizations like the food bank and other hunger relief organizations and will will be great we'll begun moving forward. And it's going to be one of those also bed when the blues festival does well Oregon food bank as well absolutely. Gay you know if I feel personally like I have. Been involved in the fighting hunger for all my adult life breast festival this is really. And I've been putting on the music festival but the mission has been. Critical so the way I approach what I do in the way I think about what I do and it's been. Part of the reward that I feel for doing this is that. It's serving. We're not just putting on a big party here we are doing something important for the community and that's all this resonated. Throughout the festival through the staff through stage people Canada's. Affects the people who perform you know they look out of this at the ground and they understand that they're not just putting on a show. And waterfront was a similar there. Helping them. Make this community a better place right right. I've heard that from Tanya artist is this an apocryphal tale about Steve was that Steve Miller that actually gave his money back yeah. That's an amazing I mean eight a he was he was playing a acoustic set with Roy Rogers and torn buffalo. And he was playing. Fairly inexpensively for him Lewis you know. The low fours figures I think. You know his band is like a six figure act right so he was giving him Disco and so discount anyway but he. He came in the Cecil played dissent and was so blown away by a the crowd in our hospitality. In the setting in Mount Hood in the background of the rarer in the breeze coming off the river. Aegis wrote the check signed the check back over the food bank after the. After it was sound that's a process and that in finding out that it is to help feed the hungry ya you know that's that's great. If you're just joining us on mattress scope I'm Steve Pringle I am with kgo in radio and been a part of the waterfront blues festival for the past 26 years when it. First got to via a part of it actually working exceeds UN would Bob in Shattuck. As is in to learn and I just kind of walked around with a one of the passes for the first your goal what in my door I'm it's. When Booker T Jones and Donald bugged and Steve cropper it was just an amazing year an assistant and a wonderful ride myself so. I am I and I'm Steve Pringle this is Peter dam in the artistic director were also speaking with Christina Fuller. Who is logistics. Everything everything beyond she heard the cats that herd the cats right now. That's Intel in OS and that we think that we had said earlier how ten million dollars in. It's a 22 million pounds twenty million transfer is just an amazing thing we did it. Adds two dollars admission 34 or five dollars admission and two cans of food could you imagine. It's just it's an amazing thing you you can't get cover charges for that. And I do want people to know we have got forty passes available right now right there's still priests are they still available for thirty dollars. For foreigners. For forty's I think it is okay. So those are still available as of right now and of course if you don't give them now they will go up there will go up and day of events is of course more and more and I'm thinking with this lineup that we've gotten I've been telling everybody on the Sunday night blues room. Which is kind of line up. Don't tell us. Cagey when buddy passes have priority reentry now all the other things that that cage when buddy pass allows you I think the priority reentry. Is the most significant thing for me because as we were talking about Steve Miller. I remembered the boy at the time when it was just donations. Knowing that half of that bull whistle to put people that truly just walked into staff that was a different kind of thing and there were people outside who lose money in the pocket would've helped Oregon food bank. Right and they were not allowed to get in so this is why I've been trying to stress to everyone pitcher cagey when boarding passes. You can get the waterfront blues fest dot com and ticket tomato as well. And with this lineup. George on Saturday the mavericks on Friday dust Parton Johnny rolls on. On Thursday. And in the ninth the first night Robert Randolph in the family band in our lives fireworks. And they are composed for Snyder our tank Parker and twelve seat yeah. These are just artists that and if you don't know than those names I just gave you other than George through good note that these of the accident coming through. And selling out where ever they play. And we have just been lucky enough to get the best parts and mavericks have they Arab. A bit on hiatus. For a while they were on high and it just aren't quite awhile and so now they're back and we've got him and this is just going to be one of those players are really fun it is and and I'm I'm so pumped about this year's lineup. Tell me about was it Frankie Jenkins. Well our anti tank you. From South Carolina south sea island so it's kind of a it's it's add a little bit different musical tradition that says African. Musical tradition that is. Somewhat different than that delta blues tradition. It's got more gospel elements and it it's a little bit. So when it swings more musically. It's feels a little a little bit more sort of like. Jazz and then kind of driving blues. I had never seen them before her dissent heard heard about a man made Bennett checked some of their material senate they're really they're really cool under and really looking forward to seeing. I looked it up to and I got kind of like to but knew nothing of yeah. And hadn't seen any of their other music come across my desk I was like that's going to be beautiful it's going to be true test and then of course on the front porch staged. We are talking all lot we've got them. Monica blow off his gold roads still. Yeah providing that for us on the fourth all right and then we've got the journey to Memphis in which our local cascade blues association. Actually finds a local artist that is an unsigned artist. And we've put. I don't know seven or ten of them at a competition together is the blues festival is the finals it'll be happening right in the mainland since they'd take those guys you've got a couple judges that are gonna judge it and are you have you ever been a judge for that Alia who thought that they they browser and every minute fan and then we take this band and it's a fantastic thing all the associations across the entire country send a band in representing. The final three here in Portland. Com and they go down to Memphis in the they have SO we got the journeyed America's competition. And then back and guess we have got with chubby carrier coming in we got a whole bush more zydeco undecided on Friday and Saturday sciatica. Any other artists that are going to be up there on the stays or we can talk about find the designer co. So yeah yeah the horse trainer Herm. Concede that presented a creel gamblers sit. The pine leaf boys are coming that it finally grade. Who else and all of this for forty dollars. Reform is all I know it is it's made you know really telling me you'd pay pay that to gussy one of these at one of these artists and. Already much more I think you pay ten dollars to go see a local branded a bar now got. That's covered Chara is saying so I try to tell people you are you're not gonna get a better deal that well but then again that's something we already know. Pin on me because if anybody has gone to any other festival I don't care to go to SaaS squads up north outside lands on a San Francisco hundreds of bucks exactly. And there are hundreds of bucks for reasons yeah and you we've kept a low for all these years just because the community has been so used to it. And once again though it was all to help out a west be in the Oregon food bank so it's been a fantastic ride that we definitely had with everyone. So like anything else we can look forward to maybe a little bit different are the logistics the same the state to see each and every year you have to try to find more room in a finite area. Talked about a double Decker water from park they can floating stage as a fluke and can stay we try to get creative and maximize every little square inch but overall the feels an eerily similar loss in game four stages that children who knows and loves. Guest experience will will be strong and them. I think it'll be. Production wise really really solid opening on July 4 is just and great start out of out of the gates is there no big in the new closer George Thurgood and you go bank. And it's. I think from folks from the time they get there they've built just feel like they're right back at home right. Only will be you know once again it's that gathering destination for sure so we're talking earlier how well Oregon food bank of course has got their focus. On more of their their goal. What does that mean that the festival. Pass to come up with more volunteers what what was organ food bank. Providing that may be we have to now hold supplement is it volunteer kind of thing is it to some buddies and BM organizing volunteer. Package soon term peace and we're. DP in the net right now. That's an excellent and our attitude is presenting lists fest dot com and tag get folks it's so vital it's such a cool place to volunteer to go here. And that's always always and good afternoon announcement yeah yeah I'd I noticed that so it is on the website and it's just down below and a scroll down yeah. Little volunteer thing as I noticed all we do is take your email when your name deaf and disconnect I have been maimed at the whole organizations. It tells the slots filled. Could anchor a lot of administrative support and words not taking that those tasks on. This festivals really for the community and so there's a lot of work to be done. By our team fire community partners and a lot of a lot of weight kind of to be lifted and were. We're looking to to our friends and our our network of blues fest lovers to that help the festival continue on and and be successful unsustainable and be wiped Portland needs it to be near. It's not says an overnight we don't just wake up and planet the next state this is twelve months a year trainer in 65 days. Of time and energy that go into investment. Hands we needs. As we need all. All the folks to be there and love all the music keep it going and keep promoting. Blues. And keep promoting the young artists keeping encouraging it. Folks to attend so the more people that come to the festival the stronger community is. Less community issues and we're going to have because we have a better network and Portland and people are caring about it. And that's on the festival continue to be successful. That's right so if you ever been down and you understand divide if you have been for the past thirty years. A part of the waterfront blues for us I don't care if it's one day every five years or five days every year. Just know we could use your help in the volunteering and once again as Christina said. Waterfront blues fest dot com check out the volunteers sign up and all we're gonna ask who's your name your email will be back Tia. I think that's that be a fantastic kind of very worthy thing to do I I just don't have time to volunteer because I'm there fourteen hours a day my household I say I AMR I. And that's a lot of funds it was just an amazing thing you know after Bob. Mr. Mister and China has big BA. Handed me that's. The line up for M seen and putting the NC scheduled together have been doing that now for the past seven or eight years and dumb I have to say. I give myself the ones I want. How about a I have to admit there is a little bit of a medium that one. So I want but once again I did is there any going to be any kind of difference that we can look back honor we do and is Gary you still do we have a poster coming out Garry Houston yeah she's working on one OK so Gary will be a part of that to get. Now that was something that we have had a nice longing. And love affair with Gary Indiana. I. 2000 maybe I think it's June 161718. Years and it's been awhile I know yeah I remember about the first three or four years everybody was. Telling me to Gary had a story that he was telling it was like a robber go on them crossroads and was selling his soul into he had Duncan and started talking about the poster and urinary or does that matter story does and it's a toy it's say it's a sixty minutes to do so natural because I think he sort of sold his sold did time in hell he's already come back out at. That's what. So because I do remember at one point of the festival it was kind of cool too because we had been we had contest. And we brought in the the graphic artists were brought in different artists and yet different themes and you'd have different kind of feels too and it's kind of cool also to look back and see those. You know hang in on a wall somewhere. So if you're just joining us from microscope once again we are talking about the waterfront blues festival which will be happening once again fourth of July weekend. There will be happening in starting on the fourth of July which is July 4. It's true and going through Saturday July 7 once again Robert Randolph in the family abandoned Larkin pro two brands just absolutely have to know about. That's our opening night along with the fireworks and then Thursday night Beth Hart who just joined us here. If the revolution hall in February you put on a fantastic show and she's got those three albums and Jo Bonner Mossad and everybody loves so much on Friday night. We've got the mavericks coming back to Portland for I think the first time in a long time hasn't. And they bend this they were years in the fall okay we're our involvement that was the first time named him Barack okay so this wasn't the first I want went to blast me that's why I was second. And then of course George thorough good on a Saturday nights and it's just going to be one after another. Of billions from 12 o'clock in the afternoon through until 10 o'clock at night and the remind analysts. You've got to remind me until I was on this for radio was I love them out of New Orleans these guys put on a show. Thumb that I sought the Roseland theater. And I have to say it was with a record company and I'm a big record con fan but I. But it was hard to fall of the revival it's you know I mean they eat they terra a stage and they get the crowd involved to doubt you see them line app guys some at the end. And tumor from Tressel last summer excellent excellent and I seen him in New Orleans a couple abstinence. So once again all about the wonderful blues festival if you can volunteer and help us out this year we'd love to see we'll keep a martyr too long right five hour shifts four hour shifts athlete we keep thumb just enough sense to have them ready to turn to other monsters and come to an past the data apples and Christina Fuller all part of the festival Peter dam and a part of the festival yeah thank you guys for coming by and talking with us thanks things from Dallas once again waterfront blues fest dot com. Huge cage UN body passes there and we'll see you put those four days outs in July. Mitchell's go fees and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks and if you're involved with a nonprofit or public affairs organization or if you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. This is a microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website can submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metals gold and enjoy the rest of your weekend.