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Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival

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 finest music festivals. The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is the largest and longest running blues festival in the state of Washington. Over eighty thousand people have attended this event in the past thirty-plus years. Past festivals have featured such national artists as North Mississippi Allstars, Marc Broussard, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Los Lobos, Larkin Poe, Los Lonely Boys, Samantha Fish, The California Honeydrops,  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Johnny Winter, Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, Allen Stone, The Holmes Brothers, Roy Rogers, 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.

The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is brought to you by Winthrop Music Association (WMA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH MUSIC.  We believe that music is a catalyst for joy, connection, and healing. Our vision is to offer audiences, musicians, volunteers, and staff a profound and unique experience of diverse world-class music, community, and natural beauty; 
and for the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival and the Winthrop Music Association 
to be vital partners in creating and sustaining a vibrant cultural and economic ecosystem in the Methow Valley.

We look forward to another great year and hope to see YOU at the next Annual Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival!!


The WMA Board currently includes:

Rick Northcott, president
Jimmy Smith, vice president
Dave Swenson, treasurer
Peter Dammann, secretary
Don Ashford
Sarah Jo Lightner
Bart Northcott
Matt Pratt
Erika Olsen, ex-officio


2020 Best Festival
Washington Blues Society


2015 Keeping The Blues Alive Recipient
The Blues Foundation


2022 Grand Summit Award
Washington Festival & Events Association


Proud Member
Washington Festival & Events Association

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