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Waterfront Festival Artist Bios

Black Belt Eagle Scout

Black Belt Eagle Scout is a band created by Katherine "KP" Paul (she/they) who is from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community located in Northwest Washington state. BBES creates dreamy and intense melodies independently and presents them in a full band form.

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid with Dholi Adam McCollom

DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid have played a transformative role in the Portland club scene for more than 2 decades, hosting the  world's longest-running Bhangra & Bollywood party (ANDAZ), co-founding the Pacific Northwest’s first Global Bass dance party (ATLAS) and currently hosting TROPITAAL!—a Desi Latino Soundclash every month at The Goodfoot. The duo incinerate dance floors with a range of international sounds but are most known for their long-standing dedication to the South Asian sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood. They have played their versions of Filmi, Panjabi Folk and Desi Beats at numerous parties and festivals in cities including New Delhi, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, BC while remaining committed to their hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Darrell Grant's PDX Jazz Masters Trio Featuring Mel Brown

Since the release of his debut album Black Art, one of the New York Times' top ten jazz CD's of 1994, pianist and composer Darrell Grant has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe from Paris’s La Villa jazz club to the Havana Jazz Festival. Grant has been named Portland Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalist Association, received a Northwest Regional Emmy, and received the Governor’s Arts Award. He is a Professor of Music at Portland State University where he directs the Artist as Citizen Initiative. His jazz chamber opera Sanctuaries premieres September 7–9, 2021 at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. 

Joaquin Lopez with harpist Antonio Centurion

Joaquin Lopez is a performing artist and counselor whose work is grounded in personal transformation, self-expression, and Latino Queer identity.  Recently named a Portland “Creative Laureate,” Joaquin serves as an ambassador and advocate for Portland’s arts community.  As an actor and performer, he has worked with theatre companies such as Milagro, Sowelu, Hand2Mouth Theatre, BagNBaggage, WP Theater in New York, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  In June of 2019, he released UNIVERSO, an electro-pop album that pays homage to his coming-of-age as a gay man.

Portland Taiko

Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment. Since its founding in 1994, the group has headlined at arts festivals and concert halls, and has performed at hundreds of community events and school assemblies.

Portland Taiko performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, offers classes and workshops at the Oregon Buddhist Temple, and conducts team-building workshops for businesses and community groups.

Chris Pureka

Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her music has straddled the folk, americana and indie rock genres over the course of her 20 year career, and over that time, her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of life in song has struck a chord with those listeners who crave authenticity and depth.

Saeeda Wright

Whether singing on a grand stage, speaking to an eager crowd, or authoring stories through lyrics, melody, and beyond, Saeeda Wright is sure to elevate your mind and your spirit to heights you did not know you could reach.  Saeeda has performed with many prominent artists such as Prince and his New Power Generation, the Tim Snider Trio, Max Ribner Band, Mothers Favorite Child, Derrick McDuffey & Kingdom Sound, Lalah Hathaway, Mike Phillips, Duffy Bishop, and the Pacific Northwest’s own Liv Warfield.  Saeeda is also a dedicated vocal coach, helping other aspiring vocalists reach their full potential through her embodiment of humility, grace, and generosity.