Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop

MONDAY JULY 31 – SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 2023

Daily classroom instruction in traditional acoustic blues, performance, history, songs, and styles as well as technical skills and how to play well with others. Afternoons include discussions on relative topics and evenings present faculty concerts celebrating various regional styles, both traditional and moving the genre forward. Jamming happens between everything else, sometimes replacing sleep.

TUITION: In-Person Attendance, $620 / Youth Rate, $520 / Gospel Choir, $175 / Online Audit Track, $120 / Scholarships Work-Trade available.

SCHOLARSHIPS / WORK-TRADE: Scholarships are available for those who are not able to afford the full tuition. If the full tuition will be a significant financial burden to you, please select the scholarship/work-trade registration type. Work-trade positions work off tuition. Most are valued at $50 a session.

 

ROOM & BOARD: On campus you can stay in private dorm rooms in Buildings 203 and 225 with shared bathrooms. Linens will be provided, bring your own toiletries. Layered clothing is strongly recommended, the climate in Port Townsend can be hot and cold. Meals will be in the Fort Worden Commons. There will be late night jamming in building 204 and jamming in dorm 203. Dorm 225 will remain quiet.
For in-person participants we can provide a private room + meal plan – $680 (Choose between Quiet room and Jam room)

MEALS ONLY: Starting with Monday July 31 dinner, three meals daily through Sunday August 6, breakfast – $340

SHUTTLE (Sea/Tac – Port Townsend):
Monday July 31 shuttle departs Sea/Tac at 2:PM Pacific Time (Book arriving flights landing July 31 no later than 1:00PM Pacific Time.)
Sunday August 6 shuttle departs Port Townsend at 9:00AM Pacific Time (Departing flights no earlier than Noon Pacific Time Sunday August 6.)
· Round Trip $120
· One-way $60

WHO SHOULD COME: There is no age restriction or audition to attend. If you are familiar with your instrument, you will get the most out of the experience, however, this is not required and anyone who wants to be here is encouraged to do so. U-18 must be accompanied by an adult (21+) guardian (no charge for non-participating guardian) and will be required to sign a Centrum Student Contract. If staying in the dorm, the guardian must also stay in the dorm.

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: You will have your choice of one-hour instrument classes daily Tuesday through Friday, with late afternoon ensemble playing in various styles. Evening house parties in 204 will include impromptu faculty presentations, concerts and jams as well as an opportunity for participants to present to the group. Registration includes the concluding festival celebrations Wednesday evening, and Friday and Saturday evenings with Blues in the Clubs, on the Fort Worden campus, and Saturday afternoon in the McCurdy Pavilion, where you’ll have a front row seat for the Acoustic Blues Showcase concert.

DRAFT IN-PERSON SCHEDULE:
(Subject to change)

MONDAY July 31, 2023
· Check-in 4:00PM Pacific Time
· Dinner 6:00PM Pacific Time
· Orientation: 8:00PM Pacific Time

TUESDAY August 1 through THURSDAY August 3, 2023
· BREAKFAST: 9:00AM Pacific Time
· 1st SESSION: 10:00AM – 11:00AM Pacific Time
· 2nd SESSION: 11:15AM – 12:15PM Pacific Time
· LUNCH: 12:30PM Pacific Time
· 3rd SESSION: 1:30PM – 2:30PM Pacific Time
· 4th SESSION: 2:45PM – 3:45PM Pacific Time
· ENSEMBLES: 4:00PM – 5:00PM Pacific Time
· DINNER: 6:00PM Pacific Time
· EVENING EVENTS 8:00PM – 9:00PM Pacific Time
· OPEN 204 JAMS: 9:00PM – 12:00AM Pacific Time

FRIDAY August 4, 2023
· BREAKFAST: 9:00AM Pacific Time
· 1st SESSION: 10:00AM – 11:00AM Pacific Time
· 2nd SESSION: 11:15AM – 12:15PM Pacific Time
· LUNCH: 12:30PM Pacific Time
· 3rd SESSION: 1:30PM – 2:30PM Pacific Time
· 4th SESSION: 2:45PM – 3:45PM Pacific Time
· ENSEMBLES: 4:00PM – 5:00PM Pacific Time
· DINNER: 6:00PM Pacific Time
· BLUES IN THE CLUBS 7:30PM – 10:00PM Pacific Time
· OPEN 204 JAMS: 10:00PM – 12:00AM Pacific Time

SATURDAY August 5, 2023
· BREAKFAST: 9:00AM Pacific Time
· LUNCH: 12:30PM Pacific Time
· ACOUSTIC BLUES SHOWCASE – McCurdy Pavilion – 1:00PM Pacific Time
· BLUES IN THE CLUBS – 7:30PM – 10:00PM Pacific Time
· OPEN 204 JAMS: 10:00PM – 12:00AM Pacific Time

SUNDAY August 6, 2023
· BREAKFAST: 9:00AM Pacific Time
· CHECK-OUT: by 11:00AM Pacific Time

GOSPEL CHOIR:
· 3:30AM – 5:30PM Pacific Time daily Tuesday through Friday
Includes admission to the gospel class Tuesday through Friday and all evenings (after 5PM) in Building 204, Tuesday through Saturday. The gospel choir will perform at the mainstage on Saturday afternoon and tuition includes attendance to that concert. It does not include Blues in the Clubs, or the Wednesday dance. Gospel Choir is available for youth however, anyone under the age of 18 must attend with a registered participant or registered chaperone over the age of 21. Registered Acoustic Blues participants can participate in the Gospel Choir at no additional fee.

 

ONLINE-AUDIT:

Online participants choose between 2 classes per-hour, or toggle back and forth. There are 4 one-hour sessions daily Tuesday through Friday.

DRAFT ONLINE SCHEDULE:
(Subject to change)
MONDAY July 31, 2023
· Orientation: 8:00PM Pacific Time

TUESDAY August 1 through FRIDAY August 5, 2023
· 1st SESSION: 10:00AM – 11:00AM Pacific Time
· 2nd SESSION: 11:15AM – 12:15PM Pacific Time
· LUNCH BREAK: 12:30PM Pacific Time
· 3rd SESSION: 1:30PM – 2:30PM Pacific Time
· 4th SESSION: 2:45PM – 3:45PM Pacific Time

MORE INFO:

Questions?

Contact: Mary Hilts, Program Manager at mhilts@centrum.org, or call 360.385.3102 x 116


Port Townsend & Fort Worden

Located just 2 hours west of Seattle, Port Townsend is the perfect place to indulge your creative side. With its maritime heritage, Victorian architecture, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.

Centrum’s home is at Fort Worden – the kind of destination that stays with you for a lifetime. Amidst the magnificent natural setting and the influence of its military past, Fort Worden is home to inspiration, education and personal transformation. People gather here to participate in arts and music events, woodworking classes, conferences, camping and outdoor activities, family reunions, weddings, and much more. Originally designed as a military base to protect Puget Sound, Fort Worden evolved into an iconic and cherished state park. The fort – featuring 100 historic structures – spans two miles of saltwater shoreline with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the San Juan Islands.

Click here for detailed instructions about traveling to Seattle to Port Townsend without a car.

Ferry
Seattle to Bainbridge
Edmonds to Kingston
Mukilteo to Clinton (Whidbey Island)
Whidbey Island to Port Townsend

Airports
Sea-Tac International Airport 
17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158
Shuttle information

Jefferson County International Airport  
Airport Cutoff Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Bus/shuttle
Located less than two miles from downtown Port Townsend, Fort Worden is easily accessible for both locals and visitors.

 

 

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