Saturday Mainstage Preview: 2013 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

The Saturday afternoon mainstage show is jam packed with blues. After a week of workshops, our renowned artist faculty take to the stage at Fort Worden’s McCurdy Pavilion for a full afternoon of acoustic blues.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Acoustic Blues Showcase
1:30 pm; McCurdy Pavilion
Reserved Seating $20/30/40; 18 & under free

See more blues and save money with our popular Blues Package! Includes Saturday mainstage performance and Blues in the Clubs. Seating is reserved at McCurdy Pavilion and is general seating at the club venues. Section A: $72 / Section B: $60 / Section C: $53.

With ten sets of music (see end of post for full lineup), you’ll experience a wide range of acoustic blues styles. Here are some highlights to look forward to:

Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons

Boo Hanks is a descendant of Abraham Lincoln on his mother’s side, and one of the finest Piedmont Blues rediscoveries in many years. He sings and plays guitar in the style of the legendary Blind Boy Fuller. At the age of 79, he made his first recording and at 82 he has enjoyed performances around home as well as Lincoln Center and Belgium. Dom Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist and a songster. Playing in a broad range of old-time blues, country, string band, rock and jazz, he has impressed audiences with his outrageous performance style. As a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom has toured all over the world.

Clay Swafford

When Jerry Lee Lewis was asked what he thought about Clay Swafford’s playing he said “The boy can play, and is doing a damn good job of keeping this music alive.” Clay started playing piano at age 5, and now he is well respected as one of the top up and coming blues piano players today.

Mary Flower

Women and blues go hand in hand, and we’re looking forward to a powerpacked set with Del Rey, Eleanor Ellis, Lauren Sheehan, and Mary Flower. Mary is renowned for a 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.

Warner Williams and Jay Summerour

National Heritage Award winner Warner Williams has been plying his musical wares in and around the Maryland-Washington, D.C. area for the past sixty-five years. Drawing on an endless repertory of blues, county, jazz, pop, gospel, rock, and even old-time classics, Williams imprints each piece with his own style, the mark of a true songster. His longtime musical partner Jay Summerour is a harmonica legend who makes music old and new dance with energy and rhythm.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Acoustic Blues Showcase
1:30 pm; McCurdy Pavilion
Reserved Seating $20/30/40; 18 & under free

  • Gospel Choir with Angela Hill accompanied by Arthur Migliazza
  • Orville Johnson with Angela Hill
  • Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)
  • Uppity Women: Gaye Adegbalola and Andra Faye w/Clay Swafford
  • Blues Piano: Clay Swafford
  • Women in Blues: Del Rey, Eleanor Ellis, Lauren Sheehan, and Mary Flower
  • Rich Del Grosso, Jonn Del Torro Richardson and Jon Parry
  • Zydeco Blues with Sunpie Barnes, Leroy Etienne and Michael Harris
  • NEA National Heritage Fellow Warner Williams with Jay Summerour
  • Daryl Davis, Phil Wiggins, Billy Flynn, and Dean Mueller