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concerts on the dockDowntown Port Townsend will rock with all-ages free concerts on Thursdays July 11th through August 29th at the Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza.

This music on the waterfront is sponsored by Wilder Auto of Port Angeles, Kitsap Credit Union, The Peninsula Daily News, local businesses, the Port Townsend Main Street Program, and the City of Port Townsend.

A Beer/Wine & Cider Garden and local vendors add to the festive atmosphere.


July 11th The Better Half
Stage Sponsor: Quimper Mercantile
Beer/Wine & Cider Garden Sponsor: All About Escrow

July 19th The Solvents, backed by Aardvark with The Pitfalls
Stage Sponsor: First Federal
Beer/Wine & Cider Garden Sponsor: Middletown Pinbar

July 25th Locust Street Taxi
Stage Sponsor: SOS Printing
Beer/Wine & Cider Garden Sponsor: Sport Townsend

August 1st Buck Ellard with Steel Madronas


August 8th Ranger and The Re-Arrangers
Stage sponsor: The Blue Moose
Beer/Wine & Cider Garden Sponsor: Subway

August 15th Toolshed Trio
Stage Sponsor: The Wooden Boat Festival
Beer/Wine & Cider Garden Sponsor: Getables

August 22nd Off The Hook

August 29th Emerging Artists Night & DJ Dance Party!
Stage Sponsor: KPTZ 91.9 FM
Beer/Wine & Cider Garden Sponsor: Schodowski Law

The Port Townsend Main Street Program’s 2013 Concerts on the Dock poster features original art by Rose Soini of Chimacum. The work was created by making hand-cut paper patterns. SOS Printing designed the poster.

Poullard - Fiddle TunesJuly 4-6, 2013 at Fort Worden State Park, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes will showcase the bearers of the North America’s fiddle traditions with a full bevy of concerts and dances. Fiddlers, guitarists and mandolin players from such diverse musical regions as Basque country in Spain, Cape Breton, Mexico, Québec, and many various American styles will play in master jams, lead dances and headline mainstage shows in McCurdy Pavilion, a World War I-era balloon hangar that has been converted into a 1,200-seat concert hall.

The more than thirty-year tradition of Fiddle Tunes at Centrum started in 1977, when named Bertram Levy began the Festival in order to bring the music of the traditional Southern Mountain fiddle to the Pacific Northwest. Levy hired fiddlers to teach a week-long workshop that culminated in a full weekend of performances. About 150 people attended the workshop. The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes now serves more than twice as many people and the original vision of the Festival has remained, said Centrum executive director Rob Birman.

“Centrum’s international recognition was attained, in large measure, by the renown and meteoric growth of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes,” said Centrum executive director Rob Birman. We’re honored to be one of the few places in the country that is preserving all elements of traditional fiddle music, from those of the U.S. and beyond. In that sense, Centrum is sustaining the role of passing culture from one generation to the next, which has always been a vital part of shaping history and influencing what is known as contemporary music. Pound for pound, Fiddle Tunes performs way above its weight class. There is nowhere else in America where one can experience such variety and innate talent in one setting.”

Performers include (Old Time) Chirps Smith and Dot Kent, Bobby Taylor and Kim Johnson, Vivian Williams and Phil Williams, Curly Miller and Carole Anne Rose, Joseph Decosimo, Rich Hartness, Riley Baugus, and Dan Gellert; (Basque) Joseba Tapia, Arkaitz Miner and Xavier Berasaluze; (Down East) Don and Cyndy Roy;
(Klezmer) Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz, and Mark Rubin; (Texas-Polish) Brian Marshall and family; (Quebecois) Yvon Mimeault and Guy Bouchard; (Turicato, Michoacán) Los Jilguerillos del Huerto; (Cape Breton) Dawn Beaton and Barbara Magone; and (Louisiana) Edward Poullard, Cedric Watson, and Desiree Champagne.

Thursday, July 4
Fiddlin’ on the Fourth Afternoon Show
McCurdy Pavilion
1:30 pm; $20/25
Joseph Decosimo and friends—Tennessee
Brian Marshall and Family—Texas-Polish
Curly Miller and Carole Anne Rose—Arkansas
Dawn Beaton and Barbara Magone—Cape Breton

Fiddlin’ on the Fourth Evening Show
McCurdy Pavilion
7:30 pm; $20/25

Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz with Mark Rubin—Klezmer
Yvon Mimeault and Guy Bouchard—Quebec
Rich Hartness and friends—North Carolina
Chirps Smith—Midwestern Fiddler

Friday, July 5
Free Fridays at the Fort
Nora Porter Commons
Noon to 1 pm; free
Fiddle Tunes Showcase

Cajun and Creole Dance
Littlefield Green
7 pm; $15
Edward Pouliard, Cedric Watson, Desiree Champagne, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege, and friends

Saturday, July 6
Fiddle Finale
McCurdy Pavilion
1:30 pm; $20/25
Joseba Tapia, Arkaitz Miner and Leturia—Basque
Don and Cindy Roy—Down East from Maine
Dan Gellert—Old-time from Indiana
Bobby Taylor and Kim Johnson—Old-time from West Virginia
Vivian and Phil Williams—Old-time from Washington state
Jos Jilguerillos del Huerto—Michoacán, Mexico

Fiddle Tunes ticket packages are also available. Visit www.centrum.org or call 800.746.1982 for more info.

yvette-landryJune 27 through June 29, 2013 at Fort Worden State Park, Centrum presents Voice Works: A Week of Singing. The public capstone to a full week of singing and slide guitar workshops, Voice Works shows include both concerts and dances. Mainstage shows take place at McCurdy Pavilion, a World War I-era balloon hangar converted into a 1,200-seat performance hall. Dances and smaller performances take place in Fort Worden’s dance halls and in the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater.

Headlining Voice Works this year are the Birmingham Sunlights, who will be performing their special brand of four-part a cappella gospel. The group developed their style within the Church of Christ, where no musical instruments are permitted. Three brothers—James, Barry, and Steve Taylor—founded the group and were joined by Reginald Speights and, later, Bill Graves, in performing well-known hymns as well as original pieces. Besides appearing at numerous festivals across the nation, the Sunlights have toured in Africa and performed extensively in Europe, the Caribbean and Australia.

Voice Works’s performers also include bluegrass mandolinist Caleb Klauder, guitarist Reeb Willms, Linda and David Lay, Cajun musician Yvette Landry, singer/songwriters Pharis and Jason Romero, vocalist and dobro player Laurel Bliss, banjo player Riley Baugus, singer/songwriter Kristin Andreassen, jazz singer Meredith Axelrod, guitarist John Lilly, and blues singer and fiddler Suzy Thompson.

“The use of one’s voice to convey meaning is about as elemental as it gets,” said Centrum executive director Rob Birman. “Centrum’s Voice Works performances explore the wide variety of applications of singing and songwriting and I think audiences will be impressed with the profundity and sheer variety that stems from such a simple starting point. In a sense, Centrum’s summer builds with each week, and it seems fitting that it all begins with Voice Works. I encourage audiences to see and hear what our artists have to offer, especially at our opening event showcasing women singer/songwriters on Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 p.m. It’s going to be a highlight of the entire summer season.”

To Order Tickets visit www.centrum.org; call Centrum at 800.746.1982 or visit the Centrum office at Fort Worden State Park from noon until 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the box office beginning one hour before each show.


Thursday, July 27
Women’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Wheeler Theater
7:30 pm; $15
Pharis Romero
Yvette Landry
Kristin Andreassen
Suzy Thompson
Nancy Thorwardson
…and more!

Friday, June 28
Concerts for Kids
Fort Worden Chapel
11 am to noon; $5 for adults/kids free
Kristin Andreassen

Free Fridays at the Fort
Nora Porter Commons
Noon to 1 pm; free
Voice Works Showcase

Honky Tonk Dance and Polka Dot Contest
USO Building
7:30 pm; $10
Voice Works Faculty All-Star Band
(Please note: tickets only available at the door)

Saturday, June 29
Roots and Branches of American Singing, from the Secular to the Sacred
McCurdy Pavilion
7:30 pm; $20
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Wilms
Laurel Bliss
Yvette Landry
Riley Baugus
John Lilly
Jason and Pharis Romero
Meredith Axelrod
The Birmingham Sunlights
…and more!