Blues

August 5: Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Showcase

Join us for the largest country blues gathering in the nation! Concerts feature players and music from regions where pre-war country blues were formed — Piedmont, the Delta, Mississippi Hill Country, New Orleans, Texas and more. Immerse yourself in the African – American history and traditions from which blues has grown. Mainstage shows at McCurdy Pavilion

Fiddle Tunes

July 8: Fiddle Tunes Finale

Centrum’s 2017 Fiddle Tunes Festival wraps up this weekend with a rousing Fiddle Tunes Finale, with artists and traditions from around the world. Saturday, July 8, 1:30pm McCurdy Pavilion Reserved Seating $30, $25 and $16 Featuring: Klezmer: Michael Alpert, Jake Shulman-Ment, Pete Rushefsky Louisiana: Doug Kershaw Ireland: James Carty, John Carty, Maggie Carty Rhiannon Giddens and

Jazz

Listen to Justin Kauflin’s 2017 Jazz Port Townsend Set

Pianist Justin Kauflin made his Jazz Port Townsend debut at the 43rd annual festival the last week of July.  He performed in a trio concert with bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Kendrick Scott at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden and also served on the faculty of the week-long jazz workshop before the weekend of public

Writing

Enjoy Free Readings at 2017 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

During the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, a rich and diverse gathering of prose writers and poets read from their work. Unless otherwise noted, all readings take place at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park. All readings are free, and open to the public. Sunday, July 16, 7:15pm Alexandra Teague Monday, July 17, 7pm Erin Belieu;

Voice Works

July 1: Voice Works Vintage Vocals Concert

The intimate Wheeler Theater is home to a rich celebration of Vintage Vocals on Saturday night, from Roots, to Jazz, and R&B, and beyond. The Vintage Vocals show presents 6 pairs of artists from Denmark, Canada, the American South, and the Pacific Northwest. Saturday’s performance is the final public concert for 2017’s Voice Works gathering. Saturday, July

Residencies

Sullivan’s “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” Released

Writer Matthew Sullivan’s debut novel is making waves. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore was released in June, 2017 to significant acclaim. Sullivan was named a “Goodreads Debut Author of the Month” pick, and the novel was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, as well as a June Indie Next Pic. Sullivan worked on

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