Blues articles

Kenny Nichol Awarded 2016 Potter Blues Scholarship

Congratulations to Kenny Nichol, the winner of the John Potter Youth Music Scholarship to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. Our deep gratitude to Dan and Sara at Crossroads Music in Port Townsend for creating & funding this award.  I have been playing ukulele for 3 years, and I am very excited to be in the

Apply for the John Potter Blues Scholarship

Our friends at Crossroads Music in Port Townsend are once again paying for a young, aspiring blues musician from Jefferson or Clallam County to attend the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. Crossroads Music began this music scholarship to honor their dear friend and teacher John Potter who passed in 2013.  He taught at Crossroads Music for

5/26: Seattle Secret Music Showcase

Don’t miss an evening of great music in support of Centrum scholarships. Performances by artist faculty from Centrum programming: Matt Munisteri (NYC jazz guitar virtuoso); Julian Smedley (jazz violin); Matt Weiner (jazz bass) and Casey MacGill (piano, cornet, ukulele); Friends of Centum: Red Water Trio (old jazz from new Hawaii); and young artists: Mason Turner

5/21: Vintage Jazz “Hot Strings” Performance

Get ready for an evening of the hot music of the string-swinging pioneers! Guitarist and contemporary master of 1920’s and 30’s jazz styles, Matt Munisteri will be joined by violinist Julian Smedley, bassist Matt Weiner and guitarist Cyd Smith for an awesome evening of music at the Wheeler Theater at the close of Centrum’s Vintage Jazz

Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes: Betonia Blues Master

Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes is a deep-roots folk blues musician who plays in the blues tradition described as American-primitivism, a repetitive and monotone style that is ethereal, gritty and rough. There are many sophisticated pickers but the primitive school had always been at the core of blues, conveying the most important element – the feeling. Centrum