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Ethel Caffie-Austin Leads Gospel Choir at 2014Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

Ethel Caffie-Austin Leads Gospel Choir at 2014Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

A native of MountHope, Ethel Caffie-Austin is known as West   Virginia’s “First Lady of Gospel Music.” She began playing piano at the age of six, started accompanying church services at nine and directed her first choir at age 11. Throughout her life, she has carried on a rich tradition of African-American gospel singing, piano


Essentially Blues – an Evening with Mike Dowling and John Miller

To close out Centrum’s sold-out Essentially Blues Acoustic Guitar Intensive, we are pleased to present two master guitarists in one amazing evening of blues music. Saturday – October 19, 2013 – 7:30pm Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden State Park – Port Townsend, WA Reserved seats: $20 – order tickets online. When the late, great Vassar Clements


Saturday Mainstage Preview: 2013 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

The Saturday afternoon mainstage show is jam packed with blues. After a week of workshops, our renowned artist faculty take to the stage at Fort Worden’s McCurdy Pavilion for a full afternoon of acoustic blues. Saturday, August 3, 2013 Acoustic Blues Showcase 1:30 pm; McCurdy Pavilion Reserved Seating $20/30/40; 18 & under free See more blues


Concerts for Kids & Free Fridays at the Fort

UPDATE: THE FREE FRIDAYS NOON CONCERT WILL BE MOVED INSIDE THE COMMONS AT FORT WORDEN IF IT LOOKS TO RAIN. — On Friday, August 2, 2013, at 11 am at Fort Worden State Park’s Chapel Building, Centrum presents a free Concert for Kids. The show features Lightnin’ Wells and Jay Summerour in a hilarious, kid-friendly


2013 Blues in the Clubs Preview

Some people may tell you things don’t get too hot in Port Townsend during the summer. Well, once Blues in the Clubs (part of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival) gets started on Friday night, that myth gets put to rest. On Friday and Saturday night of festival week, Port Townsend’s historic downtown comes alive


A Look at 2013 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Faculty

Artistic Director Daryl Davis has assembled an outstanding lineup of musicians for the 2013 gathering. Head over to our Blues faculty page for the complete listing. Here are some highlights: Boo Hanks Boo Hanks, a descendant of Abraham Lincoln on his mother’s side, is the greatest Piedmont Blues rediscovery in many years. He sings and