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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


2013 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop Sessions Announced

The heart of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival is the week-long workshop where participants live and play with the bearers of acoustic blues traditions. Our artist faculty are curated by Artistic Director Daryl Davis, and the focus of the week is YOU. We ask each faculty member to put together multiple workshop sessions covering their area


Acoustic Blues Secret Music Showcase at the Triple Door May 9

Centrum and the Triple Door in Seattle are pleased to present a special “Secret Music Showcase” on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 7:30 pm at the Triple Door. The show will feature faculty from the Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, including sets from Daryl Davis, John Miller, Orville Johnson, Arthur Migliazza, Del Rey, Lauren


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