Rally at the Border Blues Fest May 17

Six blues bands scheduled to perform at Deep Bay

BluesFestival_Final_17in_RGBOROVILLE – In celebration of Armed Services Day and and in conjunction with the Run for the Border charity motorcycle ride on Saturday, May 17, the Oroville Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Rally at the Border Blues Fest at Oroville’s Deep Bay Park.

The event features six talented Blues Bands from around the state. This biker-friendly concert will take place on the shores of Lake Osoyoos, Bands include Junk Belly, a blues based pop/rock band featuring original tunes; Voo Doo Church of Blues, with blues, rocking blues and swing featuring Gary Yeoman’s lowdown dirty blues and a bit of Texas Rock; the Okanogan Valley’s own North Half, with blues, classic rock and rhythm and blues that will keep you dancing; Blues Edition, a high energy blues band with a fine mix of rhythm and blues and swing; RedHouse, a diverse group of musicians that combine a love for the blues with their own unique songwriting styles; and Steve Bailey and the Blue Flames, Bailey was a mainstay of the original Public Market Blues scene. He is a triple-threat performer on vocals, guitar, and harp, as well as an accomplished songwriter.

Motorcycle riders are welcome to cruise right into the park, eat and have a few beverages, including some of our own local beers and wines, check out the vendors – even set up a tent and camp if they choose. For those who arrive on four wheels there will be a nearby secure parking area with shuttles to and from the park, as well as a shuttle from town.

As many as 300 motorcycles make the 150 mile journey from Wenatchee up Hwy. 97 each May for the Run for the Border, but all motorcycle riders, 21-and-older, are encouraged to come to the concert on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., check out Oroville’s downtown restaurants and shopping and participate in the Charity Poker Run through the Okanogan Highlands planned for Sunday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to the concert and charity poker run, organizers have mapped out nine great motorcycle routes, seven starting in Oroville and two in Canada for riders to enjoy.

Tickets are available at a savings in advance for $20 online. Tickets are also available locally at the Pastime Bar and Grill and the Camaray Motel. Camping is $10 for the night, but space is limited. Proceeds from this year’s festival will go to the Masons/Shriners for all the good works they do in the community and through the Shriner’s Hospital in Spokane.

For more information and to buy tickets online, go to our website at http://www.rallyattheborderbluesfest.com, call 509-485-2272 or email borderbluesfest@gmail.com. Like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RallyAtTheBorderBluesFestOrovilleWashington.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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