Alyssa Delgado doesn’t half-ass anything. She told me as much when we met to chat about her latest project, “The Wah Wah Music Fest.” Salem has certainly benefited from her fire, as she and her partner, Evan have brought us the most successful, locally-owned, downtown coffee shop, The Governor’s Cup. As you might know, The Gov Cup isn’t just coffee. It’s a popular gathering place, a living room for all walks of Salem life and has been a consistent Friday night music venue for the last six years. But this article is not about The Gov Cup. Although, Alyssa and Evan’s experiences bringing sought-after bands from all over the Northwest has prepared and inspired them for this event.

“This is what we’re truly passionate about: music. It’s an honor to bring this amazing all-ages event to Salem.”

Alyssa has always wanted to curate an event like this, but waited until she felt she could do it big. She has teamed up with her husband and business partner, Evan Delgado and fellow downtown business owner of Kitchen on Court, Jim Vu to bring you this six-hour whirlwind of music, arts, food, and drink. This will be the Wah Wah’s inaugural event; as in, this is going to happen every year. The Wah Wah Fest will be held Saturday, October 7th in the municipal lot behind Kitchen on Court Street and The Franklin Building on High Street from 3 pm – 9 pm. There will be activities for all ages, so bring the whole darn family. And since the price is FREE, you can afford it. Please note that the following vendors and performers were what was confirmed at press time. Alyssa said there will be more added as they get closer to the event. Even without any further additions, there’s so much on the menu.

Food: David Fox’s “Paella del Zorro” and “Any Given Sundae” will be there dishing up their local fare. If you’ve never seen David make his paella, it’s a work of art in itself. Drink: Santiam Brewing and 1859 Cider Co. are confirmed – still working on adding a local winery and possibly a distillery. Art: Paula Booth and Timothy Knight will be providing art direction for kids and adults as well. And of course, the main attraction – music. Alyssa said she only wanted to do this if she could bring all headlining acts to Salem. So here is her dream lineup. The Redlight District is a psychedelic rock and roll quartet from Santa Cruz, California; Sallie Ford is bringing her “all-girl band” down from Portland; Redray Frazier is an R&B/Soul performer, also from Portland; and Swatkins & The Positive Agenda is another Portland band bringing their brand of R&B and Funk to the festivities. Sounds like there’s a chance of some serious dance in the forecast.

There will be a 480 square foot stage with all the accouterments, and it will be partially powered by YOU. Pedal Power Music will also be there with their fleet of stationary bikes encouraging the crowd to get kinesthetic and help offset the energy needs for the show. This is Oregon. We love stuff like that, right?

This promises to be another fantastic, homegrown celebration just for Salem. A generous gift given with echoes of thanks from folks who have been working for years to make Salem more livable, cultured, and vibrant. Can you imagine Court Street without The Gov Cup or the 24 hour Kitchen on Court? Don’t want to. And if all works out, we won’t be able to imagine early fall without our annual Wah Wah Fest. October 7th at 3 pm. Save the date.