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Salgado To Sub For Allman At Blues Fest

OPB | July 1, 2014 5 p.m. | Updated: July 2, 2014 8:17 a.m. | Portland

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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.

Salgado was booked at another gig on the same date, but agreed to fly back and step in.

Salgado was booked at another gig on the same date, but agreed to fly back and step in.

Paul Natkin

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.

Festival artistic director Peter Damman says he considered some acts that would have cost  "three times what Gregg Allman" cost, but in the end decided those costs were not worth potential benefits.

Festival artistic director Peter Damman says he considered some acts that would have cost  "three times what Gregg Allman" cost, but in the end decided those costs were not worth potential benefits.

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“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.

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