$1M goal reached at 2016 Waterfront Blues Fest

The 4-day event raised $1,043,571 for the Oregon Food Bank

A crowd of people jammed Tom McCall Park for the finale of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4, 2016 (Oregon Food Bank)
A crowd of people jammed Tom McCall Park for the finale of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4, 2016 (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Around 87,000 people attended the 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival which helped the Oregon Food Bank reach its goal.

Kingfish, Samantha Fish and Ty Curtis at the 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, (Oregon Food Bank)
Kingfish, Samantha Fish and Ty Curtis at the 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, (Oregon Food Bank)

Ticket sales, special passes and blues cruise tickets brought in $1,043,571 for the Oregon Food Bank.

“We can’t thank our attendees and sponsors enough for their generous support; without them we could not have reached our goal,” Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan said in a release. “The funds raised will provide millions of meals for families and individuals struggling with hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.”

Fans were treated to a mixture of veteran and venerable blues musicians, including Maceo Parker, as well as the fresh sounds from ZZ Ward, Ty Curtis, and Samantha Fish.

Maceo Parker at the 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, (Oregon Food Bank)
Maceo Parker at the 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, (Oregon Food Bank)

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