Headliner Gregg Allman has cancelled his Sunday appearance at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, citing health problems. Local legend Curtis Salgado has stepped in to fill the bill.
The festival is a major source of support for the Oregon Food Bank. Last year, ticket sales and related donations brought in $1.3 million dollars.
The festival bets on headliners like Allman to draw a crowd. Entrance the first three days of the festival is a voluntary donation; the Food Bank suggests $10. But under a new pricing structure adopted last year, the festival pre-sold Sunday tickets for $50 each, featuring Allman’s show, and dozens of other acts.
Peter Damman, the festival’s artistic director, learned Allman was bowing out at 11 in the morning. By 2:30 p.m. Salgado was locked in.
“I made a lot of calls to agencies I know,” Damman said. “There were possibilities of bringing in really expensive subs, but we wouldn’t have had any time to promote it. All things considered this was kind of a no-brainer.”
Damman said Salgado is popular with local audiences and hasn’t played the festival in several years.