Blues articles

August 5: Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Showcase

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

2017 Blues in the Clubs Lineups

Blues in the Clubs is perhaps the signature experience of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival –  it’s a a moveable feast of great music in various downtown venues, with each venue operating on a first-come, first-seated basis. Your wristband is an all access pass (Please read our Wristband Policies), and we encourage you to move

A Memphis Tradition Sure to Cure the Blues

This week at Centrum is all about the blues. It’s a well-known fact that the roots of acoustic blues music are in the South. However, columnist and world traveler Cheryl Cashman, of Port Townsend, founder of Adventure Artisans travel concierge services and friend of Centrum, is here to tell us us about another tradition to be discovered

August 2: Hill Country Blues and Zydeco Dance

The 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival holds its first public show on Wednesday, August 2 at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden. Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sunpie Barnes, Leroy Etienne, and an All-Star Blues Band will lead a Hill Country Blues and Zydeco Dance. Not to be missed! Hill Country Blues and Zydeco Dance Plus BBQ

Faculty Update: Luther Dickinson

We regret to announce Luther Dickinson is not able to join us for the 2017 Centrum Port Townsend Acoustic Blues week, due to a health issue that has to be attended to. We all wish him healing and look forward to when he can join us another year. The faculty are all gearing up for

Support the Blues Rhapsody Project

This year Centrum is partnering with the Rhapsody Project and bringing four young students of color to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues workshop to deepen their experience with the American blues traditions. Centrum will provide tuition scholarships for the youth and the Rhapsody Project is raising funds for their room and board. The Rhapsody Project’s goal is