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Passing The Torch Scholarship for Blues

Passing The Torch Scholarship for Blues

The second annual Passing The Torch Centrum Blues Scholarship program is underway. In 2012, Seattle Teen Music – in conjunction with the Washington Blue Society and Centrum – was able to fund three full ride scholarships to Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival (each valued at over $1200.00) for Seattle-area teen Blues musicians. For more information

Eleanor Ellis

The Musical Journey of Eleanor Ellis

Not every path is a straight line, and the  life and story of blues guitarist Eleanor Ellis is a great example. Eleanor is a founding member of the Washington DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, but the Louisiana native took an an interesting path to the blues. Starting out as a

Ann Rabson

RIP Ann Rabson

We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of blues musician Ann Rabson on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Fredericksburg, Virginia after a long battle with cancer. She was 67. Ann was the co-founder of the hugely successful trio Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women, and was a legendary force on the keyboards as well as being a deeply soulful

Chase Garrett

Chase Garrett on Blues: You Can Only Be You

Though he’s only 23 years old, blues pianist Chase Garrett is no novice to life as a professional performer. This year he’ll be re-joining the Centrum faculty at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. While he was abroad in London, we took a few minutes to catch up with him about filling in for blues

Mary Flower

Mary Flower: Band in the Hand

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, guitarist and lap slide player Mary Flower is renowned for her uniquely personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues and folk – technically dazzling yet grounded in the down-to-earth simplicity of early 20th century American music. Mary is on the faculty of the 2013 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues


Registration Open for 2013 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

Great news for blues lovers – we have opened registration for the 2013 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, which is taking place July 28-August 4, 2013. For an entire week, Fort Worden State Park gets transformed into a mecca for traditional blues. Artistic Director Daryl Davis has put together an amazing artist faculty group for