Plant pass needed for Waterfront Blues Fest

Picture of Robert Plant
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters in a photo from the Waterfront Blues Festival's website (April 3, 2013)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When Robert Plant takes the stage for the Waterfront Blues Festival this year, it will culminate a major fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank. But the lineup on “Sensational Sunday” has organizers doing things a little differently this year.

This year, the festival runs Thursday-Sunday, July 4-7.

The final day features Robert Plant presenting The Sensational Space Shifters. Other performers include Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon, Karl Denson, John Hiatt and Robert Randolph, among others.

Organizers are selling four-day passes for an early-bird price of $50 that will guarantee a pass-holder gets in on Sunday and to all the after-hours events.

If you’re going any other day except Sunday, the festival will still cost $10 and two cans of food each day.

“We’re only doing the pass required on Sunday because of the high name performers we’re having that one day,” the Oregon Food Bank’s Laura Golino de Lovato told KOIN 6 News. “We didn’t want to restrict the festival as pass-only for the entire thing. It is a community event in many ways.”

The proceeds go to the Oregon Food Bank. Last year, 100,000 people came from all over the world for the festival, raising almost $750,000 and more than 100,000 pounds of food.

Pre-sales begin April 9.

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