Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival FAQ

Tuition: Cost of the 2014 workshop is $550. This includes admission to all workshop activities, and all public performances (main stage and blues in the clubs).

Day Pass: Participants can register for a day pass to attend the 2014 workshop on any given day between Monday and Friday. The cost per day is $100. This includes admission to all workshop activities that day, but does not include public performances (main stage and blues in the clubs).

If you think you might need financial assistance, Centrum has both a scholarship and a work-trade program. Early application is encouraged.

Gospel track: Tuition for the 2014 gospel track is $150. This includes admission to the workshop Monday through Friday and the main stage performance on Saturday. The gospel track does not include blues in the clubs.

Room and Board: Most participants stay in private unadorned dormitory rooms at Fort Worden. If you stay in a dorm, you are required to purchase a meal ticket. There are a limited number of double rooms, that is, rooms with two twin beds. All rooms come with linens, blankets, and towels, but you should plan on bringing soap and personal toiletry items.

Meals are served at the Fort Worden Commons by Bon Appetit, who maintains a passion for fine locally-grown food in a socially-responsible manner.

Once you’ve registered for the workshop, you will have the opportunity to register for room and board through Centrum. This year you will have the opportunity to choose between the jam wing and the quieter wing. In the jam wing participants can jam in the common area between 8:00am and 10:00pm.

2014 rates:

  • Dorm room with 3 meals/day: $565
  • Dorm room with lunch and dinner: $485
  • Meals only – 3 meals/day: $305
  • Meals only – lunch and dinner: $225

Transportation: Centrum will operate an airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the Festival. Please read our 2014 Summer Shuttle Guide to learn how you can sign up for this service. Round trip cost is $105, one way is $60.

Under 18: Centrum encourages young blues artists to attend the workshop. Blues participants under-18 must be accompanied by a chaperone chosen by their parent or guardian throughout the week.  Every chaperone must be registered.  If the under-18 participant is staying on campus in the dorm, their chaperone must also reside on campus in the dorm during the period of the workshop and festival.  If the chaperone does not wish to enroll in the workshop but will be staying on campus in the dorm, the chaperone is only required to pay for room and board for themselves (separate from the youth), not tuition (choose registration type “Chaperone”).  Participants under 18 years old will be required to sign a Centrum Student Contract and chaperones are asked to read this contract so they understand the rules they will be assisting to enforce.  Questions? – please contact our Blues Program Manager, Mary Hilts, at (360) 385-3102 x116 or at mhilts@centrum.org.

Climate: Summer nights in the Pacific Northwest can be chilly. Please remember to bring a sweater, sweatshirt or jacket.