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Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival rescheduled to 2021

After careful consideration, and with a heavy heart, Winthrop Music Association is cancelling the 33rd Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival scheduled July 17-19, 2020. This has been a very difficult decision but we must put the health and safety of everyone first, and the uncertainty surrounding the next few months has made planning untenable.

Ticket holders have two options:

  1. Donate your full ticket amount or a portion of your purchase to Winthrop Music Association, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which runs the Festival (the value of your donation is tax deductible). For example, if you purchased a festival pass and camping and you would just like to donate your camping pass or just your ticket purchase Ticket Tomato has that capability or
  2. Receive a ‘Face Value’ refund from Ticket Tomato.

Ticket donations will be placed in a fund to support the musicians scheduled to play this year, as well as to assist the Methow Valley community including our local food bank, The Cove. “The impact of the unfolding pandemic on blues artists as well as on members of our community has been enormous,” says WMA board president, Rick Northcott. “Winthrop Music Association will continue to do what we can to help support the Methow Valley and our music community.”

“Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival has weathered many hardships over its 33 years —wicked winds, raging wildfires— and some came close to sinking the event,” continues Northcott. “But thanks to our festival attendees and to our dedicated Winthrop team and partners, we’ve been able to not only survive these challenges, but have grown strong, become financially sustainable, and thrived as the largest and longest-running blues festival in Washington.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the support and faith of our fans,” adds festival director, Erika Olsen. “We urge you to stay healthy and safe in these times, and to look for ways to best help one another and care for your loved ones, friends, and community. We’re counting on emerging from this with an even better sense of what matters, and we will be back – July 16-18, 2021. We can’t wait to celebrate our love of music and community with you again at the Blues Ranch on the Methow.”

Please contact Ticket Tomato at 800-820-9884 or email info@tickettomato.com to either donate or receive a refund.


Winthrop Music Association
Erika Olsen, Rick Northcott, Jim Smith, Peter Dammann, Dave Swenson, Rich Reeves, Bart Northcott, Don Ashford

P.S. Please consider sustaining the musicians and artists whose work you love by purchasing music either directly from them or online; their livelihood and viability depend upon your support.

Winthrop Music Association (WMA) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization formed in 2005 to ensure the continued success of the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival. WMA strives to promote arts and cultural activities in the Methow Valley and beyond. WMA is a proud supporter of The Cove Food Bank, Methow Valley School District Music Program, Methow Arts, Methow Valley Theater, Room One, Washington Blues Society Musician Relief Fund, Inland Empire Blues Society, Cascade Blues Association, Methow Valley AAU Basketball Booster, Tommy Zbyszewski Methow Valley Education Foundation scholarship and many others.

Ticket Information

Friday night Beer Garden show included with Festival Weekend Pass

  • Only 2,500 tickets available!
  • Children 12 and under are free with  paid accompanying adult.
  • For information on camping please visit our CAMPING information page.
  • Tickets and On-Site camping are sold by TICKET TOMATO
  • BUY TICKETS HERE or call 800-820-9884


  1. All sales are final; there are no cancellations, refunds, or credits.
  2. Tickets/Wristbands are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
  3. We are not responsible for lost or stolen Tickets/Wristbands.
  4. All prices listed are “per person”.
  5. You must wear your admission wristband for the duration of the festival. Wristband(s) are non-transferable.
  6. All customers purchasing a ticket to the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival agree to the festival guidelines (found here and under Event Info).
  7. Artists and times are subject to change without notice; the festival is rain or shine.

Winthrop Music Association/Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival respects and is committed to protecting your privacy. Although personally identifiable information is collected when you visit Ticket Tomato’s site and purchase a ticket, the information is solely for the purpose of being able to bill and process ticket orders as well communicate about the festival. Ticket Tomato adheres to the guidelines of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

By entering the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed or videotaped, and you authorize the promoter the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of you and grant the perpetual right to take use your likeness, image, photo without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium.

Winthrop Music Association and Ticket Tomato are not responsible for LOST or STOLEN tickets. Our official policy states that there will be NO REFUNDS for tickets. All sales are final. There will be no reissues for lost or stolen tickets. The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival will take place rain or shine, and artists and times are subject to change without notice.

These circumstances will not be grounds for a refund, including but not limited to the following: local or national weather conditions and natural disasters, waiting in lines, road closures or traffic issues. 

A ticket is for the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, not a specific artist. Artists and schedules are subject to change without notice. Artist cancellation is not grounds for a refund.

Promoters, Venue owners, Security and Event Staff have the right to refuse entry to any ticket holder, without a refund, for any reason at their discretion, including but not limited to: disorderly behavior, intoxication, venue capacity, breach of security restrictions.


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