Kim Field and his band host a cadre of harmonica aces at the festival’s annual Harmonica Blowoff.
Kim Field is a Portland-based singer, harmonica player, songwriter, and bandleader. He has toured internationally and performed at such showcases as the San Francisco Blues Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, and Waterfront Blues Festival. Field has appeared on bills with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, and more. Field performs regularly with his outstanding band, the Perfect Gentlemen. Kim Field’s is also performing on the Rollin’ on the River Cruise on Monday, July 4.
Hank Shreve has established an international reputation as a harmonica player and singer. A Hohner Company endorsee and the winner of several championships and awards, Shreve is truly carving out his own musical vision and path. He has shared the stage with Honeyboy Edwards, Smash Mouth, Paul deLay and many other well-known national and international acts. Shreve performs regularly with his highly regarded group, the Hank Shreve Band.
Mark Dufresne is a harmonica wizard, vocalist, songwriter, and one of the most sought-after blues talents in the Pacific Northwest. A Grammy nominee and former lead singer for the legendary band Roomful of Blues, Dufresne’s three-octave tenor voice has wowed audience here in the United States and in Europe. Dufresne has won more awards from the Washington Blues Society than any other artist. Blues Review magazine has noted that “Mark Dufresne is as distinctive a vocalist as he is a fiery player.” A dynamic singer and showman, Dufresne currently performs with his own band and with the T-Town Aces.
Bill Rhoades, a native of Eugene, is a blues singer and harmonica master, as well as the co-founder of the Oregon Blues Society and the Cascade Blues Association. Rhoades has been performing since he was in high school, and has worked with such blues legends as Albert Collins, Michael Bloomfield, Jimmy Rogers, and Luther Tucker. He has also hosted his own long-running Blue Monday radio show on KBOO, and won the “Muddy Award” for best harmonica from the Cascade Blues Association seven times. Rhoades has been fronting his fine band, the Party Kings, for decades, and he was the original host for the Waterfront Festival’s annual Harmonica Blowoff.