Portland on Stage: Jazz and Blues
Jimmy Mak’s, recognized by Down Beat magazine as “one of the world’s top 100 places to hear jazz,” features terrific house bands and
regular appearances by acclaimed national jazz acts. Each February, the 10-day Portland Jazz Festival features national, regional and local
artists in more than 150 events, including dozens of free performances.
Just east of Portland, Gresham’s Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, held the first weekend of August, has attracted top performers for more than 25 years.
Portland is also home to the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi,
and the second largest in the nation — the Waterfront Blues Festival.
Every Fourth of July weekend, more than 120,000 attendees enjoy 100+ performances and a fireworks display at the south end of Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Over the past 20 years, the Blues Fest has benefited the Oregon Food Bank, collecting 1.2 million pounds (0.54 kilograms)
of food and more than $3.4 million to combat hunger in Oregon and Southwest Washington.