PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 80 bands are gearing up to take the stage this weekend at the annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.
Portland native Liz Vice is one of this year’s performers. Her sound is a little gospel, a little soul and a little R&B.
“I just want people to have fun,” Vice told KOIN 6 News. “Not because I force them to, but because they see that they end up having fun.”
The 33-year-old starting singing in church.
She released her debut album There’s A Light last fall and has been touring ever since.
“I categorize it as a message of hope, love and it’s soulful,” Vice said. “I’m singing from my soul.”
This will be Vice’s second time performing at Blues Fest, and she admits she still gets a little nervous before hitting the stage. But she says it’s her music and message that push her to get out of her comfort zone.
“When I think of the blues I think of people adding songs to their laments, adding songs to the reality of life, adding music to the reality of life,” she said.
Vice says it’s an honor to play in Portland, especially since she will soon be leaving the Rose City for The Big Apple to continue pursuing her music career.
“It’s like book-ending the first year of music,” she said. “Right before I move out of Portland, to have a show at Blues Fest is a perfect ending to the 2 years.”
Vice performs at Blues Fest at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
The festival runs Friday, July 1 – Monday, July 4. Tickets are $10 each day and all proceeds collected will go to the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, click here.
If you’re interested in volunteering at the festival, click here.