Who was that skeleton crew? Day 2 of this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival brought a distinct Louisiana flavor to the downtown Portland riverfront with the marching band Mysti Krewe of Nimbus, Portland’s groove-happy version of a Mardi Gras party. And party they did, in skeleton costumes, bright flaming headbands, and other visual and musical visions. More Louisiana came, too, with the fiddles of Jordain Thibodeaux and friends.
The four-day festival, Portland’s annual Fourth of July week celebration of the blues and roots music, continues through Monday and concludes on Tuesday, July Fourth, with a full day of sounds leading up to a grand fireworks display over the river after dark.
Photographer Joe Cantrell was on hand Sunday at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, catching the moods of performers and audiences alike. Below, you can see the festival through his eyes.
— The Editors
Marching with the Mysti Krewe
In the Mysti Krewe, sometimes you’re aflame, sometimes you spread your wings.
Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs
Sights & sounds among the crowd
Did we mention it’s the Fourth of July week? Eyes on the prize ...
Meanwhile, back onstage …
- Kicking it off: Waterfront Blues Day 1. Joe Cantrell captures the action on Saturday’s opening day of the four-day Waterfront Blues Festival.