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Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival 2023 – Experience the Magic

Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival 2023

Portland knows how to throw a party when it comes to blues. Every year, the Waterfront Blues Festival brings positive energy and plenty of top performers to the banks of the Willamette River. For decades, this legendary festival has been attracting blues lovers and bringing renowned musicians and people who enjoy good music from various parts of the world. Let’s explore this extraordinary summer event and learn how to travel around Portland on a budget and stress-free.


A laid-back atmosphere, beautiful Willamette River, and awesome people are some of the reasons why Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival is one of the best and most visited local festivals. The event is held in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a large outdoor area where guests can enjoy music while taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Prepare to be wowed by brilliant musicians, from award-winning blues legends to brilliant newcomers. 

2023 Festival Lineup

The Waterfront Blues Festival has an exciting lineup this year that includes blues veteran Buddy Guy, the dynamic sounds of The Mavericks, the deep rhythms of JJ Grey & Mofro, the funky guitar skills of Cory Wong, and the melodies of Los Lonely Boys. Of course, there are many more blues, funk, and soul performers, including Shemekia Copeland with Ruthie Foster, Eric Gales, Neal Francis, Amythyst Kiah, Curtis Salgado, Celisse, and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. Check out the official website for many more names, tickets, and lineups by day.

Food, Drinks, Happenings

Explore the festival’s culinary options created to make everyone happy. You’ll find everything from East African food, homemade ice cream, and falafel to barbecue, fried chicken, and noodles. Enjoy specialty brews or a glass of local wine while socializing with other music fans. The event also includes an art market where you can explore and purchase one-of-a-kind crafts, musical instruments, jewelry, and artwork, making it a complete sensory experience. 

The Kids Zone

Waterfront Blues Fest is a family-friendly festival. Children of 12 and under don’t need to buy tickets, and there are some entertainment options for them, like dancing lessons and a family area with various activities. Kids may participate in interactive games, crafts, and even their own small music sessions. The festival’s family area guarantees that everyone can enjoy the event together, creating lasting memories and cultivating a love of music through generations.

If you decide to celebrate the Fourth of July in Portland, having fun at the festival venue, you’ll experience traditional large-scale fireworks with blues notes in the background. 

Helping the Local Community

What distinguishes the Waterfront Blues Festival is its commitment to giving back to the community. The festival raises funds for the Oregon Food Bank, which fights hunger and food insecurity in the region. By attending the festival, you will not only be immersed in wonderful music but will also be contributing to a good cause. It’s a wonderful combination of entertainment and generosity that adds to the festival’s significance.

Waterfront Blues Festival Taxi Service

Count on Radio Cab for transportation to and from the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and other local rides during the festival. You can prearrange your cab rides, call a cab at 503-227-1212, or hail a taxi on the street. This long-rooted local taxicab service has polite and experienced drivers, 24/7 service, and affordable rates. 

Allow the music to inspire you and the memories formed during this unique event to last a lifetime. See you in Portland!

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Cancellations and Bookings

All cancellations of local trips made before the booking time and prior to vehicle dispatch will not incur a penalty charge. If you need to cancel a booking please contact us by phoning our call center at 503-227-1212. As a general rule, local trips are normally dispatched up to twenty minutes before their due time.


In the event of circumstances beyond our control, Radio Cab reserves the right to cancel all services. Where payment has been made, a refund will be issued. If a car breaks down during the journey, an alternative will be provided as quickly as possible.


No refunds will be given for trips terminated part way through the hire. If the trip was prepaid or a flat rate, full fare will be due to the driver. If the trip is not prepaid, full meter rate for the portion of the journey completed will be due to the driver.

Radio Cab Return/Refund Policy

Due to fraud concerns, our return & refund policy varies depending on the type of transaction for which a refund is sought.

Gift Cards

Radio Cab gift cards cannot be refunded or exchanged unless the balance remaining is less than $5. To redeem a Radio Cab gift card with a remaining balance of $5 or less please follow these simple steps:

Please email us with your request at manager at Be sure to include your name, gift card number, and the reason for your request.

Ship your card(s) back to us at the below address. Be sure to use a trackable shipping method such as FedEx, UPS, or USPS Priority Mail. Please include your contact information and your gift card(s).

Ship to:

Gift Card Return

Radio Cab Co.

1613 NW Kearney St.

Portland, OR 97209

Acceptance Criteria for Refunds:

Please ensure that the gift card you are returning meets the following criteria in order to receive a refund:

The gift card has not been damaged in any way

The balance on the card is $5 or less

Once we have verified that your returned gift card(s) meet our acceptance standards, a credit will be put back on your credit or debit card within 10 days after receiving your returned Radio Cab gift card.

Radio Cab is not responsible for any loss, damage or failure of delivery of your gift card return.

This policy ONLY applies to physical gift cards that are shipped to you.

AR Accounts

Credit card, debit card, and gift card over payments on AR accounts may be refunded. A refund must be requested with 90 days of the payment date. Radio Cab will verify the reason for your refund request and a credit will be put back on your credit or debit card within 10 days after verification of the reason for your refund request.

In-cab Credit Card Transactions

In-cab Credit card, debit card, and gift card payments are refundable in the event of an overcharge or fraud. In-cab credit card payment refunds must be requested within 90 days of the ride date. Refunds to credit/debit cards can only be refunded to the original card used. 

* Radio Cab Co. its subsidiaries and its licensees, successors, and assigns reserve the right to amend these terms at any time and to make exceptions on case-by-case basis.