Blues Roundup: music, skies, berries

Not much knitting here last weekend, but lots of music, and blueberries, too. The Waterfront Blues Festival ran from Thursday through Sunday, and the weather was perfect. Sunny and warm, but not hot. Portland knows how to throw a party! And it was for a good cause: The festival raised $1.3 million for the Oregon Food Bank, well in excess of their goal of $1 million, plus tons of canned food. (Admission most days is a suggested donation of $10 plus 2 cans of food.)


The music was great all weekend. My favorites?


Nikki HIll, a great big voice in a sassy package. Yes, those are sequined cowboys on her skirt, as well as sequined slide pumps on her feet.


MarchFourth Marching Band, with stilt walker/dancer/acrobats! I think this is every band kid’s dream of a band afterlife. But even cooler and funkier.


John Hiatt, an oldie but goodie. He’s written tons of stuff that others have sung, but I also like his own whiskey voice.

I don’t know that I’d classify all the music I heard as the blues, but the variety made the festival much more enjoyable. There was also a lot of zydeco music, which is always fun.

I missed Sunday, which featured Mavis Staples and Robert Plant. I was at the Oregon Zoo, enjoying the Go-Go’s and the B-52’s. Definitely a smaller venue than Waterfront Park, but still a sizeable crowd.


Zoo concerts are great; you can picnic on the lawn before the show. Go with a group of friends, and it’s a potluck miracle. I made a blueberry cobbler, as requested.


It’s great picnic fare, especially with a side of spray whipped cream. I’d prefer ice cream, but that doesn’t travel well.


I’m coming to the end of my blueberry harvest. It’s my last chance to use my own berries for a blueberry cream pie in a gingersnap crust which requires fresh berries, so that was last night’s dessert.


Lorajean saw my pie pic on Facebook, and then I saw her at Twisted when I was delivering patterns yesterday. She was hoping that the pie was for tonight’s knit nite, but sadly, no.

But I came home and did the last picking, and there are just enough berries to eke out one more pie. Let the rejoicing begin…

9 responses to “Blues Roundup: music, skies, berries

  1. Portland sounds like SUCH a great city.

  2. Debbie McDuffee

    would you share your cobbler receipe?

  3. Sounds like a fun weekend! I haven’t been to any of the concerts at the zoo, but they always sound like fun. I should check the schedule for the rest of the summer!

    • I usually wait to see what the weather is going to be like, but for this one we planned in advance! If you wait, you run the risk of not getting in. But I hate getting rained on…

  4. My daughter worked at the massage booth all weekend. She had fun, but blues music is not her favorite.

  5. Looks like so much fun! We have concerts like that here but hundreds of thousands of people show up and I don’t do crowds well. That cobbler looks killer!

  6. quiltyknitwit

    You have such a good & fun life! Knitting, hiking, jam, homegrown blueberries & live music – wow!