Zach Person

Zach Person

Presented by Happylucky 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 […]


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 […]

Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band

The ever-popular Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band rocks the house with their infectious brand of Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana. Featuring two fiddles, accordion, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, traditional Louisiana rub-board, and a kickin’ rhythm section, tight vocal harmonies — and fronted by charismatic vocalist Jennifer Smieja and Lafayette-born keyboardist Steve Kerin […]

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 War and Treaty

Presented by Winthrop R&B Festival 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 […]

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

Presented by Union Wine Co. 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 […]

The Jesters

The Jesters brass band got their start playing at the Crystal Ballroom as it opened in the early 1990s. The band often marched from the Blue Moon Tavern to the Crystal Ballroom, accompanying revelers from the tavern to the theater. Soon they were playing at McMenamin’s taverns from Chehalis to Salem. Scott Steele (electric guitar) and […]

The Strum Broads

The Strum Broads are a dynamic duet comprised of two award-winning recording artists Sonny Hess and Kathryn Grimm. Based In Portland these two women possess exceptional guitar, vocal and songwriting chops. Both are solo artists in their own right, but the merging of their skills makes for an attention-grabbing recipe of impressive riffs and exquisite harmonies. This is prominently […]