Zach Person

Zach Person

Zach Person is an American recording artist and guitarist based in Austin, Texas known for his contemporary, pop-rock approach to blues and American roots music. He is considered to be “The Future of American Indie Music.” In 2016, Person was launched into the public eye, after competing on the 15th season of American Idol; he […]


Wamba, Portland’s only world beat band, combines Afrobeat, Highlife, jazz and funk influences with a fantastic rhythm section featuring percussionists from Ghana, West Africa and other parts of the world. Wamba’s original compositions, syncopated, polyrhythmic West African percussion breaks and extended improvisation are sure to inspire the blues and swing dancers on the Festival’s Front […]

Ty Curtis Band with Hank Shreve

Ty Curtis, a native of Salem, has a blues mojo that is alive and kicking, a natural musical treat for all that stand before his stage. His offerings have a throwback rock and roll flair with an undeniable southern-fried ambiance. Blended, it all adds up to the authenticity of his blues rock style. After a […]

The War and Treaty

When it comes to making music with both extraordinary passion and exceptional chops, few acts today can surpass the sheer excellence of The War and Treaty. Named the 2019 Emerging Act of the Year by Americana Music Association, the husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter deliver a dynamic sound that joyfully blends Southern […]

The Sugar Roots

The Sugar Roots are a band born in 2021 of the legendary Portland blues scene. The band’s long immersion in the Pacific Northwest blues scene is reflected in every soulful, sophisticated song they write. Said frontman and multi-instrumentalist Chad Rupp, “All the classic blues greats have played a part in what I play; however, my […]

The Suffers

The Suffers

There is a contagious and combustible energy every time the eight-piece Houston-based band The Suffers steps on the scene. NPR’s Bob Boilen attributes the band’s allure to their “Soul, straight from horn to heart.” He adds, “This band is on fire when it’s in front of an audience…but the intensity of their shows are also […]

Toby Lee & Timothy James

This pairing brings together two of blues music’s most promising young guitar slingers. Toby Lee, 17, was dubbed a future superstar of the blues by Joe Bonamassa, and his resume certainly shows that he’s on his way. A video of his jam with Ronnie Baker Brooks at a Denmark festival went viral with over 115 […]

The BrassRoots Movement

Founded in 2010, The BrassRoots Movement specializes in traditional and modern New Orleans style brass band music. The group strives to bring the true spirit of Crescent City brass band music to the Pacific Northwest. The band plays weddings, street parties, special events, celebrates life in funeral processions in the New Orleans’ style…and for the […]

The Bayou Boyz with Kris Deelane

“Fearless.” This is just one of the many good things that have been said about The Bayou Boyz – featuring Jimmy Russell (guitar/vocals), Steve Kerin (keyboard/vocals), Brian Foxworth (drums/vocals), and David Kahl (bass/vocals). Individually, there’s a lot of history here, from touring to recording to awards. Collectively, their work shows it. Any performance by this unique […]

Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys

Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys

Terry Domingue grew up in the heart of French Louisiana. Coming of age in this hotbed of Cajun and Creole culture, he developed a passion for zydeco. Since emerging on the scene nearly two decades ago with his own band, Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys, Terry has been hailed as a rising star who […]