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Headliners Announced for 27th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival

March 3, 2014

Gregg Allman, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Maceo Parker, Lee Fields & the Expressions and John Nemeth & the Bo-Keys to headline nation's second-largest blues festival July 3 - 6 at Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore.

Portland, Ore. (March 3, 2014) -- Oregon Food Bank announces today the featured lineup at its 27th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union on July 3 - 6, 2014.  Headlining artists Gregg AllmanLos LobosLos Lonely BoysMaceo ParkerLee Fields & the Expressions and John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys join more than 100 blues acts on four stages over the July 4th weekend event to benefit Oregon Food Bank's mission of fighting hunger and its root causes.

"We are very pleased that these legendary artists are performing at Portland's hallmark music event to support our ever-important cause of raising funds and awareness for hunger relief in Oregon and Clark County, Washington," said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, marketing and communications at Oregon Food Bank.  "Sunday, July 6 will be admission by pass only.  We'll be announcing additional blues acts in the coming months that will round out our four-day festival, as well as information on passes in late March."

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival headliner acts are as follows, with additional performances (and more to come!) listed here:
Thursday, July 3:
Los Lobos
"This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them." ~Rolling Stone
Los Lonely Boys
"Ten years after their 2004 breakthrough, the band is as lively as ever..." ~AllMusic

Friday, July 4: 
John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys
Received five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013
Saturday, July 5:
Maceo Parker
From playing with James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, and two decades of solo success, his name is synonymous with Funky Music.
Lee Fields & The Expressions
North Carolina native puts modern spin on Southern Soul
Sunday, July 6 (pass required): 
Gregg Allman
"One of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time" ~Rolling Stone
For complete artist bios, videos and music samples, visit

About Waterfront Blues Festival 
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Festival to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.  This Portland hallmark event has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Most important, the festival is Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraiser at a time when need for emergency food continues to grow.
Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Delta Music Experience, Deschutes Brewery, FedEx, iQ Credit Union, Kia,, Miller Lite, The Oregonian
Supporting sponsors: The Boeing Company, Schwindt & Co., Capital One, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, Dave's Killer Bread, Clackamas County Tourism, and Caring Ambassadors.
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About Oregon Food Bank
With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington and helping nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems. 
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Media Contacts:
Tara Taylor
Assoc. Director of Community Engagement
Oregon Food Bank
503-432-5753 | 

Peter Dammann
Artistic Director, Waterfront Blues Festival
(503) 283-3225 |  

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