The 2022 Waterfront Blues Festival wrapped things up with an emphatic bang after dark on the Fourth of July: Four days of wall-to-wall music, dancing, gathering, cheering, and celebrating in downtown Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park, capped by a resounding fireworks show lighting up the sky high above the Willamette River.
From the Nigerian rhythms of Femi Kuti & The Positive Force to the traditional Mississippi sounds of Cedric Burnside to the musical daughter and mother Judith and Michiko Hill to the dance contest and reveling and faces in the crowd and much more leading up to the big bang, photographer Joe Cantrell was on hand to capture the essence of the festival’s fourth and final day.
Here’s a flavor of the feast he experienced and framed:
May the Positive Force be with us
Music, music: We’ve got the music
Keeping cool: Ice water to the rescue
All the world’s a stage, and some of the show’s in the crowd
… and at the end, the biff! bam! boom!
- Also see Back to the Blues on the Waterfront, Joe Cantrell’s photo essay on Friday’s Day One of the Waterfront Blues Festival.
- See Blues Fest Day 2: Dance to the Music, Joe Cantrell’s photo essay on Saturday’s Day Two of the Waterfront Blues Festival.
- And see Blues Fest Day 3: Skeletons on Parade, Joe Cantrell’s photo essay on Sunday’s Day Three of the Waterfront Blues Festival.