Located at the Blues Ranch on the Methow River in the resort town of Winthrop, Washington, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is a three-day event packed full of exciting national and regional entertainment for all ages. There is on site camping, food and craft vendors, portable showers, and a beer garden. The Blues Ranch is the perfect setting for one of Washington's greatest blues festivals. The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is the largest and longest running festival in the state of Washington. Over eighty thousand people have attended this event in the past twenty-six years. Past festivals have featured such national artists as Johnny, Winter, Janiva Magness, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Jimmie Vaughan, Booker T., Commander Cody, Little Feat, Mavis Staples, Bo Diddley, JJ Cale with Christine Lakeland, Bobby Rush, Susan Tedeschi, Koko Taylor, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tower of Power, Delbert McClinton, Elvin Bishop, Little Milton, Tommy Castro, Eric Burdon, Chubby Carrier, Charlie Musselwhite, The Blasters, Buckwheat Zydeco, James Harman and many others. The festival has rightfully become a destination event with fans traveling from all over the world to enjoy and celebrate the Blues.
This year's festival is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 18 - 20, 2014. We will kick things off FRIDAY night with a Lowdown Hoedown show at THE BLUES RANCH in the Big Top Tent Beer Garden. Saturday and Sunday's music begins at 11 a.m. and ends each night with electrifying blues jam sessions in the beer garden. A state of the art sound and lighting system will be provided to ensure the very best sound and entertainment.
The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is brought to you by Winthrop Music Association (WMA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All board members, staff and volunteers pride themselves in providing the very finest in rhythm & blues entertainment each year. We look forward to another great year and hope to see YOU at the 27th Annual 2014 Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival!!