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Steve James to Teach Slide Guitar at 2017 PT Blues Workshop

Steve James to Teach Slide Guitar at 2017 PT Blues Workshop

Steve James, a twenty-plus year veteran of Centrum’s blues programs, returns in 2017 to play and teach slide guitar at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. He recalls his early involvement with the style: “Yeah, when I was a kid just starting out, a lot of the good slide players came through town pretty regular;

2017 PT Blues Faculty Addition: Ben Fox

We’re excited to announce that New Orleans bassist and multi-instrumentalist Ben Fox will be part of the artist faculty at the 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. Ben became enamored with jug band music when he got to play with some traveling hobos who had stopped in his college town of New York City. He


Maria Muldaur Brings Jug Band Music to 2017 PT Acoustic Blues Workshop

Maria Muldaur  –  “America’s First Lady of Roots Music” –  is joining the faculty of the 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, and will return to her roots: Jug Band Music, lighthearted “Good Time Music for Hard Times”. Maria is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,”which received several Grammy nominations,

Orville Johnson, Grant Dermody Perform in Port Townsend Feb. 11

Rainshadow Recording Studio is hosting a concert featuring past Port Townsend Acoustic Blues faculty Orville Johnson and Grant Dermody on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are for sale online. The studio is located in Building 315 at Fort Worden, and Rainshadow will donate 10 percent of ticket sales to Centrum. Note:

Alvin Youngblood Hart Added to 2017 Centrum Blues Faculty

Centrum is pleased to announce that blues master Alvin Youngblood Hart will be part of the 2017 artist faculty of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, July 30-August 6. Alvin Youngblood Hart creates a blurred line of Blues, Roots, Country and Rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades.  In the summer

Just Announced: 2017 Country Blues Intensive

Ready to build your Country Blues skills? Join us October 18-22, 2017 for a Country Blues Intensive.  Blues masters John Miller and Michael Roach will be working to develop your abilities as an all-around musician in the style,  becoming comfortable singing, playing, and singing while playing, working in a lead or accompanist capacity, and feeling