The Kalama Blues Festival is back!

The town of Kalama is ready to welcome the Kalama Blues Festival on Saturday. The main attraction of the event will be Bill Rhoades who is a blues harmonica player from Portland. The Cascade Blues Association has awarded Rhoades 10 ‘muddy’ awards. He was also awarded for the ‘Best Blues Harp Rhoades’. Bill has performed and one of the five acts in the festival and is also hosting a blues radio show on KBOO-FM alongside producing several harmonica events.

Kalama had thrown its first blues festival in 1996 at the Kalama fairgrounds and have attracted big names and performers who have been cheered by around 1800 blues music fans. This year Kalama has withdrawn fund from the Big Idea to host their Blues Festival. The city has taken around $ 5,000 from it and $7, 000 from its tourism fund. It is also being heard that some of the organizers from the last festival have also got involved in the present one.

The festival now will be held at the Kalama Marina Waterfront Park which is located on the Columbia River. It’s the decision made to attract the people as the Park according to the Kalama Mayor Pete Houlsen seemed to be the perfect spot. Portland will sending their special barbecue grilled and served up by Reo Ribs, a famous BBQ junction in Portland.

Beverages will also be offered, a beer garden is being made with chairs for people to relax. People are also asked to bring their own blankets or chairs. The entry fee to the park is $7. Event organizers have also asked the people to bring two cans and $5 for the Helping Hands Food Bank

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