As August begins, we celebrate a tradition of blues in Port Townsend that began more than 15 years ago.
Each year, hundreds of blues musicians descend on Fort Worden State
Park for the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, turning the historic facility in to a giant resonating chamber for
acoustic blues music. The Park comes alive, and so does each musician
who makes it happen.
The cornerstone of the Festival is the weeklong workshop that runs August 1 –
August 8, 2010, where participants live and play with the bearers of
acoustic blues traditions. Led by Artistic Director Corey Harris,
the week is devoted to blues, day and night; musicians jamming and
swapping tunes with passionate players from around the world.
As the week progresses, we present the renowned artist/faculty in public
performances - in Fort Worden's WWI-era McCurdy Pavilion – as well as
intimate club performances in Port Townsend's historic downtown
district. In 2010 we get the ball rolling on Wednesday night with an All-Star Blues Dance.
We've begun posting our performance previews for the Blues Festival – be sure to head over to our Blues site to learn more about each show. Friday night's show, for instance, features the great David Bromberg. Here is a video of David talking about and playing a classic Ray Charles tune.
Tickets for all Festival performances are available online,
or by calling 800-746-1982. Purchase Festival
Packages and Save! Allfest Package: $74/$9; Mainstage