From July 31 to Aug. 4, Centrum’s Fort Worden campus will transform into a vibrant acoustic blues village, alive with the sounds of artists from around the globe. Photo courtesy Centrum

From July 31 to Aug. 4, Centrum’s Fort Worden campus will transform into a vibrant acoustic blues village, alive with the sounds of artists from around the globe. Photo courtesy Centrum

Centrum's acoustic blues workshop celebrates 30 years

Join Centrum this summer for an unforgettable musical journey at the Acoustic Blues Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington! Nestled in the historic Fort Worden State Park, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich traditions of early blues music, guided by some of the world’s finest tradition bearers.

From July 31 to Aug. 4, Centrum’s Fort Worden campus will transform into a vibrant acoustic blues village, alive with the sounds of artists from around the globe who share a deep passion for early blues. This is more than just a workshop; it’s a community of like-minded individuals coming together to celebrate, learn and protect the soulful heritage of blues music.

The workshop delves deeply into the roots of acoustic blues, exploring its gospel origins and offering a taste of its early electric evolution. You’ll have the chance to learn “knee-to-knee” from master musicians in small, focused sessions. Whether you play guitar, harmonica, piano, mandolin, violin, bass, banjo, ukulele, percussion, accordion or sing, you’ll find tailored instruction to hone your skills and inspire your creativity.

Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Workshop offers the chance to learn from master musicians in small, focused sessions. Photo courtesy Centrum

Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Workshop offers the chance to learn from master musicians in small, focused sessions. Photo courtesy Centrum

Each evening, the learning continues with faculty concerts, talks, jam sessions and house parties. These events create a dynamic and supportive environment where you can interact with the artists, ask questions and jam together, forging connections and memories that will last a lifetime.

This year’s faculty lineup is nothing short of spectacular, featuring:

  • Andrew Alli
  • George Aschmann
  • Jon Atkinson
  • Bruce Sunpie Barnes
  • Mark Brooks
  • Conrad Cayman
  • Pamela English
  • Leroy Etienne
  • Mary Flower
  • Jayy Hopp
  • Benjamin Hunter
  • Hubby Jenkins
  • Rev Robert Jones
  • Shari Kane
  • Valerie Kirchhoff
  • Judy LaPrade
  • Ethan Leinwand
  • John Maxwell
  • Tom Mitchell
  • Jerron Paxton
  • Nick Pence
  • Mark Puryear
  • Lauren Sheehan
  • Shirley Smith
  • Dave Steele
  • Clay Swafford
  • Jontavious Willis, Artistic Director

These artists are not only exceptional musicians but also passionate educators committed to sharing their knowledge and love for the blues. Their expertise covers a wide range of instruments and styles, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience for all participants.

Centrum’s blues workshop delves deeply into the roots of acoustic blues, exploring its gospel origins and offering a taste of its early electric evolution. Photo courtesy Centrum

Centrum’s blues workshop delves deeply into the roots of acoustic blues, exploring its gospel origins and offering a taste of its early electric evolution. Photo courtesy Centrum

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of acoustic blues. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or a passionate beginner, the Acoustic Blues Workshop at Fort Worden offers something for everyone. Come to learn, play, and be inspired in a setting that breathes history and creativity.

To learn more and secure your spot, visit Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Workshop page. Tickets for evening performances are also available at Centrum Box Office Ticket Sales.

Join Centrum for a week of music, community and inspiration. They look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend this summer!

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