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October 7-11 ,2020

Co-Sponsored by Cascade Blues Association

We’re working on plans for 2020, let us keep you informed as we continue making plans!

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Immerse yourself in a long weekend of classes and jams with four world class blues players/teachers. During your stay, take up to 12 classes, enjoy exceptional meals, and in your free time explore the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. We limit enrollment in order to keep Blues in the Gorge an intimate and unforgettable experience.

Artistic Director and instructor MARY FLOWER is renowned for her personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues and folk. She is technically dazzling yet grounded in the simplicity of early 20th century American music; her instrumental skill with the Piedmont blues guitar is at a level of mastery that takes most players a lifetime to hone.

All levels of players are welcome and there will be jumpstart classes available each day for people who are just getting started with the blues.  To get the most out of Blues in the Gorge, participants should know all first position chords (majors, minors and sevenths) and have some finger picking experience.

Deep gratitude to our 2019 instructors: Guy Davis, Albanie Falletta, Rich Moore, Mary Flower

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We are thankful for our sponsors and supporters:


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These are the costs for 2019, 2020 costs will be posted soon (and won’t be much different)

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Triple Occupancy Lodging: 3/room, bathroom in hall or room Program Fee $290 + Meals $196 + Lodging $307 = $793 4 Nights + 12 Meals
Double Occupancy Lodging: 2/room, bathroom in room Program Fee $290 + Meals $196 + Lodging $407 = $893 4 Nights + 12 Meals
Single Occupancy Lodging:  1/room, bathroom in room, bath in hall or room Program Fee $290 + Meals $196 + Lodging $507 = $993 4 Nights + 12 Meals
Commuter: no lodging; lunches & dinners only Program Fee $290 + Meals $138  +  Facility Fee $150 = $578 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Non-participating Spouse/Partner (semi-private housing, all meals)  Meals $196 + Lodging $407 = $603 4 Nights + 12 Meals


Cancellation Policy:

If 90+ days out, canceling a registration results in a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.

If 46-90 days out, 65% refund.

If 30-45 days out, 50% refund.

If fewer than 30 days out, there is no refund available.

Payment Plan Option:

You may choose to divide the cost across several months, depending upon how far in advance you are registering. Options will automatically appear in the online registration process. The cost is only $5 per month.


Thanks to the generosity of previous students, several partial scholarships will be available. If you would like to apply, send a short email to, asking for the scholarship application form. There’s no need to go into your story in this email – that’s what the form will be for.


Mary Flower will be joined by 3 world-class players…stay tuned to see who it will be!

Mary Flower

Mary Flower’s immense finger picking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story.
An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals, teaching seminars and concert stages domestically and abroad,  that include Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Vancouver Folk Festival, among many.

A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Finger Picking Guitar Championship, a nominee in 2008, 2012 and 2016 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and many times a Cascade Blues Assn. Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.

Flower’s 11 recordings, including her  four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records — Bywater Dance, Instrumental Breakdown, Bridges and Misery Loves Company — show a deep command of and love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.

2019 Schedule

This is the 2019 Schedule which gives you a good idea what the days are like at Blues in the Gorge. We’re working on 2020, but it won’t be too very different.