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Nat Reese Passes

Nat Reese Passes

We are sad to learn of the passing of West Virginia blues artist Nat Reese.  He died Friday, June 8, 2012 at age 88. Nat was on faculty at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival the last couple of years, representing the rich regional songster tradition, combining blues, swing, folk songs and standards into a well-rounded


Young Musicians Get the Blues at Centrum

Centrum, Seattle Teen Music and The Washington Blues Society are pleased to announce that three teenage musicians from the Puget Sound region will be receiving full-ride Passing the Torch scholarships to the 2012 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. The scholarships were awarded to Nolan Garret, Jesse James and Ian Sandico at the close of a


Acoustic Blues Festival at Seattle Secret Music Showcase at the Triple Door

Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival is excited to be included in Seattle’s Secret Music Showcase #12 at the iconic Triple Door Theater. Starting in 2004, The Seattle Secret Music Showcase began as a realization that much of the music that intrigues and inspires young musicians occurs in unexpected places and is not recorded. This observation has since


Blues Gospel Track – come on out and sing!

Want to join us singing gospel for five days–Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3–from 3:30 to 5 pm each day We’re offering a special “Gospel Track” option at this year’s gathering. This option includes: Six classes – Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5 pm, and Saturday at 10am; Free admission


Guy Davis, Corey Harris and True Blues

Former PT Blues Artistic Director Corey Harris has a great looking project underway, featuring some past and current workshop faculty. He’s looking for a bit of help – if you like this and wish to support it, the deadline is March 30. Here’s a letter from Corey: “Dear Centrum community, Together with filmmaker Daniel Patinkin,

Lauren Sheehan

Lauren Sheehan In The Library Of Congress

Thanks to the efforts of some amazing traditional music supporters in Seattle, Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival favorite Lauren Sheehan is in the Library of Congress. Northwest News Network reporter Tom Banse recently interviewed Lauren about her work, and the work of Dyann and Rick Arthur – the couple that have been working hard to