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McCurdy Pavilion

Jazz Port Townsend mainstage performances take place at Fort Worden’s McCurdy Pavilion.

Centrum – the national arts nonprofit located at Fort Worden State Park – presents Jazz Port Townsend July 25-27, 2013 . Washington’s  largest summer jazz festival, Jazz Port Townsend will be headlined in 2013 by such internationally renowned musicians as Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, and Artistic Director John Clayton – turning  the Victorian seaport and arts community of Port Townsend into an incredible summer jazz scene.

Mainstage shows take place at Fort Worden State Park’s McCurdy Pavilion—a renovated WWI-era balloon hangar converted into a 1,200-seat performance hall. Smaller, more intimate shows take place in Port Townsend’s downtown restaurants and clubs.

The lineup of mainstage and club performers includes such artists as Clarence Acox, Cyrille Aimee, Dan Balmer, George Cables, Obed Calvaire, Dave Captein, Gerald Clayton, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Dawn Clement, Anat Cohen, Chuck Deardorf, Diego Figueiredo, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Halberstadt, Jon Hamar, Jeff Hamilton, Stefon Harris, Gary Hobbs, Jeff Johnson, Joe LaBarbera, Kelly MacNayr, Julian McDonough, Thomas Marriott, Rene Marie, Dave Peck, Travis Ranney, Joe Sanders, Vern Sielert, Bria Skonberg, Gary Smulyan, Terell Stafford, Chris Symer, Mark Taylor, Jay Thomas, Byron Vannoy, Sachal Vasandani, Eric Verlinde, Laura Welland, Jiggs Whigam, Rodney Whitaker, Anthony Wilson, and Matt Wilson.

The mainstage and club performances serve as the public capstone to the weeklong jazz workshop attended by 225 jazz students of all ages from all over the country.

“Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend festival rivals any major assembly of jazz musicians in the world,” said Centrum executive director Robert Birman. “The camaraderie, stellar talent and love of Port Townsend pervade every performance. We are excited to feature two of the fastest rising women in jazz, Anat Cohen and Bria Skonberg, on one ticket on Friday, June 26. That will be an event not to be missed. In addition, we have a big band salute to Quincy Jones and top shelf arrangers and performers at every event this summer. I tip my hat to John Clayton and his colleagues who dedicate so much to making Port Townsend’s jazz week one of the best of the year, every year.”

Jazz Port Townsend is produced with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Washington State Parks; the Washington State Arts Commission; Harris, Mericle & Wakayama; Subway; AllState; Edward Jones; WESTAF; and Wilder Auto, as well as media sponsors KPLU and KPTZ.

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

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.