7th Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival concert will be Saturday, Aug. 27

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Grab your sunscreen, dust off those dancin’ shoes and get ready – the 7th annual Blues and Brews festival at Des Moines Beach Park is back, and will rock your socks off on Saturday, Aug. 27!

This fundraiser, put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, will run from Noon – 8 p.m.

This year, festival goers will have a long lineup of great blues artists and tons of local breweries to sample from. Add good food and sunny weather into the mix, and it is no wonder why this fundraiser is projected to hit the 1,800 attendee mark.

The primary beneficiary the festival helps is the Music4Life organization. Music4Life helps underprivileged kids to get musical instruments. The beneficiary is personal for Randy Oxford, who is playing during the festival with his blues band Randy Oxford’s All-Star Slam, who said:

“I strongly believe in how a musical instrument can change the life of a young person. Getting a trombone in the 6th grade definitely changed my life.”

Graciously, he will be presenting eight donated instruments on stage during his 4:30 p.m. set.

Last year’s festival was inconveniently hit by a large windstorm. Wind or no wind, that didn’t stop the Blues and Brews festival from raising money. It brought in an estimated 1,000 guests. Band member Clint Woodbury with the CD Woodbury Trio was “amazed” at how quickly the Rotary club adjusted plans to move the festival indoors, his band’s set is at 12:30 p.m. In sunnier years the festival has hit closer to the 1,400 mark of festival goers. Typically most of the attendees are locals who have attended for multiple years. On the other hand, out-of-towners are gradually learning about this small community’s big event, building its popularity nationally. Also, be sure to check out the Rotary club’s other popular event, the Poverty Bay Wine Fest, which is going on its 13th year. Many locals make it to both events.

Don’t forget to bring your low back lawn chairs and sunscreen. There will be abundant parking. Also, please note that pets are not allowed at this 21 and over event. Additionally, outside food and drink will be turned away, besides, there is plenty to eat and brews to drink in the festival!

Click here to buy tickets online now:


Without the help of great sponsors such as Normandy Park Market, this community event wouldn’t be possible. Be sure to thank them, including other valued sponsors that include: Alaska Airlines; Muckleshoot Casino; Lamar Advertising Company; The Waterland Blog; Recology CleanScapes; Marvin J. Osterhout, Family Dental Practice; Burke Law Offices; Seattle Southside; Green Latrine; Doug Myers, CFP with Edward Jones; HC Foundation, Highline College; Wesley Homes; Zenith Holland Gardens; Gehrke, Baker, Doull & Kelly, Attorneys at Law; Olympic View Dental; Judson Park; Snure Law Office, PSC; Club Pilates; Murray’s Carstar; Airport Touchless Car Wash; South Sound Blues Association; Great Northwest Insurance Brokers; Groove Merchant Northwest; Washington Blues Society, Russell Associates, Certified Public Accountants; Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park; Brian Seth with Allstate; Rotary International; and Tall Town Design.

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