Sultry jazz, be-boping blues, rock and more...Port Townsend is chock full of musical talent. Classical, country, swing and tango...there is just about something for everyone. Whether you want to hear it or do it, there's places to go!
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Music Festivals and Events
Centrum Festivals - Jazz Port Townsend, Port Townsend Country Blues Festival, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and Chamber Music Festival
360-385-3102; TICKETS (800) 733-3608
Olympic Music Festival - Classical Concerts now at Fort Worden
PO Box 897, Port Townsend, WA 98368, Phone: 360-385-9699 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choral Groups, Performers and Educators
Children and Youth Choirs
Students in choir develop music-reading skills and singing technique through rehearsal and performance. Choral music offers an opportunity for artistic expression, the joy of working collaboratively with others, and an avenue for developing self-confidence. And besides that, it's fun!
The Port Townsend Youth Chorus is accepting new members of all ages. Director Leslie Lewis welcomes singers to join in the new season. Rehearsals start mid-September for elementary, middle and high school aged choirs. Each choir rehearses once per week after school to prepare for concert appearances throughout the season. Students learn basic vocal technique, musicianship, sight-reading, performance etiquette, and sing choral music of all styles and eras. Please call 360-379-0223 or email email@example.com for more information.
Steve Grandinetti - Teaching music to all ages & specializing in youth for over a decade, was on staff & performer at Centrum's Blues Workshop and School of Rock. As performer has played solo, with his band Stevie G & Gypsy Joy Ride, GEARTH, The Soul Syndicate, and others. Most recently went on the road with Locust Street Taxi. Also led after school jazz band and rock lunches and Blues Workshop at Blue Heron, taught for A Beat In Time. Available for lessons for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Bass, all ages. Contact Steve by Email or 360-385-0882.
Community Chorus of Port Townsend & East Jefferson County
Contact Lynn 360-385-1402
Peninsula Singers - Perform the world's greatest choral music.
PT Songlines Choir
All voices welcome in this non-auditioned choir, a weekly Tuesday-night space for singers of all levels of experience to find connection and joy through singing together in harmony. Co-directed by Laurence Cole and Gretchen Sleicher. Contact: Gretchen at 360-643-1595.
Rainshadow - 55-member a capella choral ensemble.
Contact Helen Lauritzen 360-379-2987
Songwriting Works Educational Foundation - non-profit music organization whose mission is: restoring health and community through song. We offer a variety of hands-on group songwriting experiences in community and care settings across the continuum of age and health. We also produce interactive intergenerational music events and publication and offer volunteers, musicians, health practitioners and families new opportunities to collaborate. We also do training and consulting in the arts-in-health and creative aging fields. Contact: 360-385-1160 firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Townsend Chamber Music Series - Centrum’s Port Townsend Chamber Music Series exists to showcase the brilliant talent of many of the world’s finest classical artists along with the top echelon of most promising young talents in the field today.
The Olympic Music Festival presents a summer season of concerts in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden State Park in beautiful Port Townsend, WA. World class chamber music performances take place at the Wheeler Theater Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM, with dates in July, August, and September. Highlights include the Olympic Chamber Music Fellowship and annual children’s concert. Please visit our website for information and tickets: www.olympicmusicfestival.org.
Musicians and Bands
The Harmonica Pocket - Silly and sweet, The Harmonica Pocket is a young at heart acoustic duo from Port Townsend Washington. They have performed for busloads of children and their grownups in theaters, schools, libraries, and festivals nationally and internationally. 206-355-8239.
Micaela Kingslight: Blues driven songwriting with a dash of the witty-gritty.
PT Steel Bands - Community-based, beginning and intermediate Caribbean Steel Bands whose mission is to learn Caribbean rhythms and songs in a fun, relaxed environment while making new friends and sharing the enchanting sounds of the steel pans with our community. ptsteelbands.com
Caribe - Blending lively instrumental arrangements featuring Caribbean Steel Pans and crowd-pleasing vocal songs, Caribe will warm your soul and lift your spirits with the sounds of the Caribbean: reggae, calypso, soca, samba and even your favorite pop tunes – with an island twist! caribesteelband.com
Robin Bessier - A kaleidoscope of contemporary, standard and original jazz: swing, bossas, sambas, ballads and get-up & dance tunes. 360-385-3691 or 360-701-0654.
Jack Reid - "A unique blend of Americana - cowboy music, some folk, a little blues, and "BlueBilly Swing". You may not know the name, but you'll know the music when you hear it!" 360-301-6357
Brother Townsend - Local PT band, Americana genre, with solid foundations in blues, rock, and classic country.
Aimée Ringle - 360-531-4395
Blue Crows - An acoustic trio of clarinet, guitar and cello. We play early blues, jazz, ragtime and jugband tunes. 360-316-9478
George Rezendes - Country blues, ragtime, folk and roots-rock.
Lisa Lanza - Classical piano. 360-385-5743
Freddy Pink - A local favorite! 360-385-7632
Tim Halpin & The Better Half Band - the ultimate party band!
Steve Grandinetti - Solo piano/guitar & vocals. Steve Grandinetti Band is a blues based jam band. 360-385-0882
Pies on the Run - Pies on the Run play Western swing, bluegrass, country ballads, yodeling cowgirl songs and more. email@example.com
Gwen Moore Coffee Concerts - Classical Piano. 306-385-3626 (Due to Gwen's illness, Coffee Concerts are suspended indefinitely).
Bud Shank - Remembering this great Jazz Alto Saxophonist.
Buzz Rogowski - Jazz piano.
David Michael - Original, robust and romantic music on Celtic Harp that draws on many world wide styles from medieval to ethnic.
Greg Vinson - String bass, voice and guitar.
Nevada Slim Band - Vintage country blues and traditional western music.
Port Townsend Community Orchestra - has been active in Jefferson County since 1987. PTCO offers four symphonic concerts a year -- in October, December, February and April at 7:30 p.m. in the Chimacum School Auditorium -- featuring Bach to Broadway. There is no admission fee so that everyone, children included, can attend. The orchestra is supported by contributions from its patrons and from local businesses. Donations are also welcome at the door. Contact Lesa Barnes, President, 360-643-3215, admin@PortTownsendOrchestra.org
Port Townsend Summer Band - The Port Townsend Summer Band is comprised of area musicians who volunteer their time and talents to perform free band concerts in the Gazebo at Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend. Concerts are presented free of charge at 3 p.m. on the last Sunday in June, July and August. The Band also plays for the Independence Day celebrations at Fort Worden on July 4th each year, and plays for other national observances. Contact Karl Bach 360-344-3658
Port Townsend has some great talent in bow making for violins, cello and violas. Check it out in the April 2004 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. Says author Russ Rymer in his article "The Music Tree": "Port Townsend, Washington, a seaside town on the Olympic Peninsula, has by happenstance become (along with nearby islands) the home of Charles Espey, Paul Siefried, Ole Kanestrom, Chris English, Morgan Anderson, Peg Baumgartel, Robert Morrow and enough other legends and strivers in the trade to make it the undisputed center of American bow manufacture."