Mainstage and club performances at the Port Townsend Country Blues Festival take place August 1 & 2, 2008, and tickets are available. But for those of you who can’t wait, we’ve got a special dobro show happening at 7:30 pm, on July 12 at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater.
General Admission Seats are $16; 18 & under free. Follow this link to purchase tickets or call Centrum at 360.385.3102, x117.
Equally at home in myriad styles of music, Mike Neer made a name for himself playing Hawaiian steel guitar with the Moonlighters. Neer uses his knowledge of jazz and old-time Hawaiian music to great advantage by fusing them together, much in the same way that the early masters like Sol Hoopii and Benny Nawahi did. Mike still considers himself primarily a guitarist, although these days he’s returned to his roots of electric guitar.
Orville Johnson, Centrum’s Artistic Director of Slide and Steel, came up in the St. Louis music scene, where he participated in a wide variety of blues, bluegrass, and American roots music. He moved to Seattle in 1978, where he was a founding member of the folk/rock group the Dynamic Logs. Johnson has played on over one hundred albums and released four recordings.
Don Rooke is often referred to as one of the top five acoustic slide players on the planet. The mastermind behind the Canadian rock band the Henrys, Rooke pushes the sonic and harmonic envelopes in an acoustic fashion. And as a musical composer, he’s in a class by himself.
Mike Witcher is a resonator guitarist who boasts a long list of credits both as a session player and as a sideman. He has performed with many artists, including Dolly Parton, Laurie Lewis, Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Tyler Hilton, and many others. His playing offers a strong contemporary sensibility balanced with a deep respect for tradition.