A Tribute to The Mount Baker R&B Festival
For 25 years, Lloyd and Marsha Peterson have put on this beloved event, thrilling thousands, bringing acts from across the globe and garnering national accolades. A decade ago, this festival won the most prestigious award given to an event by the Blues community. The Blues Foundation ( and The BMA’s (Blues Music Awards) honored The Mount Baker Rhythm And Blues Festival with the Keeping the Blues Alive award 2013. The event has steadily grown from humble beginnings at the Deming Christmas Tree Farm (1996-2005) to an event attended by over a thousand people every summer at the Deming Logging Show grounds (2006-2022). This January, Logging Show officials elected not to renew the lease of the property to the festival. The news came as a shock to all involved, including festival founder, Lloyd.
For a quarter century, the Mount Baker Rhythm And Blues Festival has provided local, national and international artists alike an opportunity to showcase talents and love of music with music lovers from all walks of life. For me, this festival has been a perennial mainstay platform, not only bolstering my passion and my career, but also serving as a homecoming of sorts, wherein close friendships have begun, grown and flourished over the years. This is a sentiment and experience not uncommon to this event shared by many who’ve attended.
Such devotion to the music community for decades is a legacy that deserves to be honored. The volunteers, attendees, musicians, and of course, Lloyd and Marsha, deserve at the very least, a closure of sorts and a celebration of the memories made at this event.
Our goal is exactly that – A one day concert in the style of The Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival, as a tribute to Lloyd and Marsha, all of the many volunteers and the festival itself.
This event will take place on Aug. 5th, 2023 in Birch Bay, WA on the property (former golf course) adjacent to The Beach at Birch Bay. Mainstage performances will include local and national acts, all of which have been celebrated, multi-year appearing MB R&B Fest alumni. Ticket on-sale date will be announced soon.