Blues articles

Support the Blues Rhapsody Project

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

Rev. Ann Jefferson To Lead Gospel Track at 2017 Blues Festival

The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival is excited to welcome Rev. Ann Jefferson to lead the Gospel Track for 2017! Daily classes start on Monday July 31, 2017 and run through Friday August 4, 2017 from 3:30-5:30pm. Your tuition includes entry to the main stage performance on Saturday August 5, 2017. African American gospel music has spread beyond the Black

May 25: Centrum Blues Jam at Triple Door

On Thursday May 25, 2017, The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival will co-host its 6th showcase at Seattle’s Triple Door featuring Sean Divine, Mary Flower, Steve James, Orville Johnson, Casey MacGill, John Maxwell, Jon Parry, Matt Weiner, Ricardo & Friends and surprise guests! These events are a project of patron Richard Russell’s Seattle Secret Music project,

John “Gray Hound” Maxwell Joins 2017 Blues Faculty

John “Gray Hound” Maxwell will be teaching blues guitar at the 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. John was raised in Chicago and indoctrinated in the blues at the Old Town School of Folk Music by the great John Long. In over 40 years of honing his skills, John has shared the stage with Gatemouth

Darren Loucas & Sean Divine Returning to Port Townsend

Some new artist/faculty additions to announce! Darren Loucas (pictured above) and Sean Divine will return to PT for the 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. Darren and Sean are highly-regarded in the Pacific NW blues scene and have taught at Centrum previously. Darren Loucas is a returning faculty member. He is well known in the Northwest

Fingerstylist Happy Traum Joins 2017 Blues Faculty

We’re excited to announce that the legendary Happy Traum will be on faculty at the 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, July 30-August 6. Renowned folk singer, writer, teacher, recording artist and first-rate fingerstyle guitarist Happy Traum began playing guitar and 5-string banjo as a teenager, and was an important participant in the legendary Greenwich