Washington peninsula serves up music and food festivals // (c) 2011 www.watermusicfestival.com
In the coming months, visitors can savor an assortment of fun music and food events on southwest Washington's Long Beach Peninsula, located two-and-one-half hours from Portland and three-and-one-half hours from Seattle.
On Aug. 17-18, a celebration called Blues and Seafood brings top regional blues bands, fresh seafood, micro brews, fine Northwest wine and barbequed Willapa Bay oysters to the Ilwaco waterfront. The event opens with the Friday Night All Star Jam featuring the Coyote Kings and North Coast Blues Band. The music continues on Saturday with Boogie Bone, the Strange Tones with the Volcano Vixens, Portland’s own Norman Sylvester Band and The Heart Breakers, a compilation of the region’s finest female blues artists.
On Aug. 19, Jazz and Oysters transforms Wilson Field in Ocean Park into an outdoor jazz club with a stellar line up of stars. Among the performers are top Latin jazz vocalist Jessie Marquez; traditional jazz, swing and blues favorites First Thursday Jazz quartet; and the Jovino Satos Neto Quintet, led by three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto. Complementing the music are offerings of locally harvested Willapa Bay oysters, sausages, desserts and beverages.
Other music events on the Long Beach Peninsula include Cape Disappointment State Park’s acclaimed Waikiki Beach concert series in Ilwaco on July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25; and the classically inspired Water Music Festival, Oct. 12-14, at venues throughout the peninsula.
Additional culinary events including the Cranberrian Fair in Ilwaco, Oct. 13-14; and Wild Mushroom Celebration at participating peninsula restaurants and accommodations, Oct. 1-Nov. 15.