Blues articles


Saturday Afternoon Blues Showcase Concert

Saturday Afternoon Blues Showcase Concert

Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Showcase offers a walk through the roots and regions of traditional blues originating in the Southern USA. From the hallelujah of the gospel choir; to the intricate finger-style guitar of the Piedmont region; the fiery passion of the Delta blues; the foot stompin’ Mississippi Hill-Country blues; to Ragtime and its syncopated rhythms;


Advisory: Blues in the Clubs

For Blues lovers, Centrum’s “Blues in the Clubs” make this week one of the most enriching weeks of the year.  Our generous partners at the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader have published programs for this week’s festival, with complete details. Centrum’s website will always be the most up-to-date information and reference for Club details.


May 22: Centrum Blues Showcase in Seattle

Twice a year, the Seattle Secret Music Showcase shines a light on Northwest artists who are doing vibrant and amazing work, yet are unknown to a large number of Seattleites and folks from outlying regions. Come experience the sweetest music this side of the Mississippi – Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival and Seattle Secret Music Showcase


Corey Ledet and Cedric Watson Bring Creole & Zydeco to Port Townsend

The 2014 faculty at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival covers a lot of musical ground. But we’re particularly excited to welcome some serious Creole & Zydeco power to Port Townsend this year in Corey Ledet and Cedric Watson. Corey Ledet Corey Ledet spent his summers with family in Louisiana immersed in the Creole culture. He


Alvin Youngblood Hart – Blues With No Barriers

We’re looking forward to spending time with Alvin Youngblood Hart at the 2014 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. Since the release of his debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S


Historian Gayle Dean Wardlow joins Blues Faculty

Blues historian Gayle Dean Wardlow is one of the world’s authorities on Delta Blues.  He joins Centrum’s faculty for our Acoustic Blues Festival in late July.  He was asked about his entree to the art form in a 1991 interview.  Here’s just a snippet. You’re considered to be one of the foremost blues researchers and