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Get ready to boogie as Port Townsend transforms into an acoustic blues mecca.

Centrum’s 2014 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival headliners include Maria Muldaur, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Ledet, Cedric Watson, Lightin’ Wells, and many more!  Mainstage shows at Fort Worden’s McCurdy Pavilion cap off a week-long workshop for nearly 250 passionate acoustic blues students taught by artists from across the country.  Club shows and a massive Saturday mainstage performances transform Port Townsend into the summer blues getaway.

2014 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Performances

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bluesiana Dance Party with Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band
7:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $20

Come with your dancing shoes and enjoy a raucous night of Blues dance music like you’ve never heard before.  The Fort’s on-campus caterer, Bon Appetit, will serve up a major gumbo & jambalaya dinner prior to the show out on the Littlefield Green next to the pavilion starting at 6:00 p.m., so come early and make a night of it.  Beer and wine available during dinner.  The enclosed dance hall will include a beer garden as well.

Most famous for her mega-hit, “Midnight in the Oasis,” Maria Muldar has dedicated her life to the study and conservation of American country blues.  This is going to be one of the hottest parties of the year!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Acoustic Blues Showcase Concert
1:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $43, $33 and $23

Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Showcase offers a walk through the roots and regions of traditional blues originating in the Southern USA. From the hallelujah of the gospel choir; to the intricate finger-style guitar of the Piedmont region; the fiery passion of the Delta blues; the foot stompin’ Mississippi Hill-Country blues; to Ragtime and its syncopated rhythms; Boogie-Woogie dance music; and the fast tempos of the Louisiana Creole’s Zydeco.  The blues celebrates the commonality of the human spirit. Join us on our walk and discover the styles and flavors of our blues heritage. You won’t be able to sit still in your seats.

FEATURED ARTISTS
Ethel Caffie-Austin & Delnora Roberts – GOSPEL Choir; Terry Harmonica Bean; Maria Muldaur & Chris Burns with special guest Alvin Youngblood Hart; Steve James; Mike Dowling with special guest Roger Edsell; Carl Sonny Leyland; Zydeco with Cedric Watson, Corey Ledet, Washboard Chaz & Mark Brooks.

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Blues in the Clubs
Admission $25 each night with wristband

Friday Night, August 1 – 8:00 p.m.

Terry Harmonica Bean; Mark Brooks; Daryl Davis; Rich DelGrosso; Wendy DeWitt; Sean Divine; Mike Dowling; Roger Edsall; Mary Flower; Alvin Youngblood Hart; Steve James; Orville Johnson; Judy LaPrade; Chaz Leary; Corey Ledet; Carl Sonny Leyland; Darren Loucas; John Miller; Dean Mueller; Mark Puryear; George Rezendes; Peter Madcat Ruth; Lauren Sheehan; Gayle Dean Wardlow; Cedric Watson; Lightnin’ Wells

Public House
Point Hudson Marina Room (under 21 OK)
American Legion Hall (under 21 OK)
Boiler Room (under 21 OK)
The Cellar Door
Shanghai Restaurant

Saturday Night, August 2 – 8:00 p.m.

Terry Harmonica Bean; Mark Brooks; Daryl Davis; Rich DelGrosso; Wendy DeWitt; Sean Divine; Mike Dowling; Roger Edsall; Mary Flower; Steve James; Orville Johnson; Judy LaPrade; Chaz Leary; Corey Ledet; Carl Sonny Leyland; Darren Loucas; John Miller; Dean Mueller; Mark Puryear; George Rezendes; Peter Madcat Ruth; Lauren Sheehan; Gayle Dean Wardlow; Cedric Watson; Lightnin’ Wells

Public House
Point Hudson Marina Room (under 21 OK)
American Legion Hall (under 21 OK)
Boiler Room (under 21 OK)
The Cellar Door
Shanghai Restaurant

Enjoy Washington’s largest summer jazz festival in beautiful Port Townsend.

At its core, Jazz Port Townsend is a week-long workshop where people from all over the world come to live and learn with some of the finest jazz musicians playing today.  Starting on Friday, Centrum hits the lights and the renowned artist/faculty take to the stage for mainstage performances in Fort Worden State Park’s 1200-seat McCurdy Pavilion. The festival also features the popular “Jazz in the Clubs” series, where intimate venues in downtown Port Townsend, WA, come alive with the sounds of jazz.

2014 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Evening Jazz Port Townsend Concert – featuring The Jensen Sisters and Wycliffe Gordon and friends
7:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $45, $32 and $23

The Jensen Sisters
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Christine Jensen, alto
Geoffrey Keezer, piano
Martin Wind, bass
Jon Wikan, drums

Wycliffe Gordon and Friends
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Jeff Clayton, alto
Benny Green, piano
John Clayton, bass
Jeff Hamilton, drums

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Afternoon Jazz Port Townsend Concertfeaturing George Cables, Sachal Vasandani and the Centrum All-Star Big Band with Bill Holman
1:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $52, $35 and $28

Inspired By A Master–Tribute to George Cables
Geoffrey Keezer, piano,
Benny Green, piano
Dawn Clement, piano
Anthony Wilson, guitar
George Cables, piano

Sing, Sing, Sing!
Sachal Vasandani, voice
Johnaye Kendrick, voice
Dena DeRose, voice & piano
Eric Verlinde, piano
Jon Hamar, bass
Julian, MacDonough, drums

All-Star Big Band, Directed by NEA Jazz Master Bill Holman

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Evening Jazz Port Townsend Concert – featuring Benny Green Trio and Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts Ensemble
7:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $45, $32 and $23

Benny Green Trio
Benny Green, piano
David Wong, bass
Rodney Green, drums

Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts Ensemble
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Taylor Eigsti, piano
Martin Wind, bass
Matt Wilson, drums

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Jazz in the Clubs Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights

July 24-26, 2014
8:00 p.m. Thursday
10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Admission: $25 with wristband

Public House
Point Hudson Marina Room
American Legion Hall
Manresa Castle
The Cellar Door
Rose Theater
American Legion

Play your heart out in Port Townsend this month beginning with an Independence Day celebration with Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Artistic Director Suzy Thompson, husband and longtime musical partner Eric and daughter Allegra fill Fort Worden with their music, inspiring hundreds of musicians from around the nation to join in.

Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Artistic Director Suzy Thompson

Over the past three decades, Suzy has been a leading force in many influential roots music groups. A renowned flatpicker, Eric’s playing is exceptional for its purity of tone, speed, and soulfulness. Allegra was raised on a steady diet of American roots music, everything from Delta Blues to Appalachian fiddle tunes. She currently plays bass and sings old fashioned Bluegrass, Old-Time, Honky-Tonk, and Cajun music.

Rock out this summer at Port Townsend Main Street Program’s Concerts on the Dock, in downtown Port Townsend Thursdays July 10 through August 28 at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza. Local vendors and a Beer, Wine and Cider Garden will contribute to the festive atmosphere. Seating opens at 4:30 pm, concerts begin at 5 pm and end at 7:30 pm.

Port Townsend Concerts on the Dock

“Concerts on the Dock are a favorite way to celebrate summer in Port Townsend. The blend of bands will appeal to many tastes, and there’s lots of danceable music lined up. Bring a picnic, or grab food to go from one of our local businesses,” says Dominic Svornich, Main Street’s festival coordinator.

2014 is shaping up to be an epic year for Jazz Port TownsendWashington’s longest-running summer jazz festival. Artistic Director John Clayton has worked with Centrum to assemble a truly outstanding collection of jazz artists from around the country.

Jazz Port Townsend - The Clayton Brothers

Listen to talented artists NEA Jazz Master Bill Holman, clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski, pianist Benny Green, in addition to Jeff Hamilton, Wycliffe Gordon, Ingrid Jensen and Geoffrey Keezer. Jazz Port Townsend includes main stage performances at Fort Worden, as well as Jazz in the Clubs July 25 and 26 from 10 pm to 1 am at various venues around Port Townsend.For more information or to buy tickets, go towww.centrum.org.

Key City Public Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Park with two plays over four weekends. Experience both comedy and tragedy outdoors this summer. “The Trojan Women” runs August 1 through 10, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm. In the aftermath of war, what happens to the women and children left behind?

Shakespeare in the Park in Port Townsend

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” runs August 15-24, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm. Three overachieving actors attempt to perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s play in one fast-paced, witty and physical performance!

Visit us this summer and enjoy everything Port Townsend!