September 28 – October 2, 2018

Co-Sponsored by Cascade Blues Association

Registration will open at 10 am PT February 6th

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Immerse yourself in a long weekend of classes and jams with four world class 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.

Mary is joined by 2018 Instructors: DUKE ROBILLARD    PAT DONOHUE    MICHAEL JEROME BROWNE

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.

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Registration for 2018 will begin February 6th at 10 am Pacific Time.

Community Lodging: 3/room, bathroom in hall or room Program Fee $278 + Meals $190 + Lodging $307 = $775 4 Nights + 12 Meals
Semi-Private Lodging: 2/room, bathroom in room Program Fee $278 + Meals $190 + Lodging $407 = $875 4 Nights + 12 Meals
Private Lodging: 1/room, bathroom in room, bath in hall or room Program Fee $278 + Meals $190 + Lodging $507 = $975 4 Nights + 12 Meals
Commuter: no lodging; lunches & dinners only Program Fee $278 + Meals $136  +  Facility Fee $150 = $564 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Non-participating Spouse/Partner (semi-private housing, all meals)  Meals $190 + Lodging $407 = $597 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.

Duke Robillard

Duke Robillard

Putting Renewed emphasis on the Blues
Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence.

Born Michael John Robillard on October 4, 1948, in Woonsocket, R.I., Duke has carved out one of blues’ most illustrious legacies, while also trodding some lofty related territories as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio sideman, producer, label operator and educator.

After showing an early affinity for music and guitar, he founded Roomful Of Blues with pianist Al Copley in Westerly, R.I., in 1967. By adding horns, Roomful announced itself emphatically as the prototypical jump blues band, and became a New England legend and a fixture beyond, as did Duke himself.

His unsurpassed mastery of the guitar style of T-Bone Walker (later crystallized memorably in his 2004 release “Blue Mood”) was deservedly heralded, but his breadth was also head-turning – from swing, standards and ballads to rockers, gutbucket Chicago blues and rockabilly.

By the time Duke left Roomful after a dozen years, he was firmly established in the upper echelon of contemporary blues guitarists. Duke went from Roomful to a stint with rockabilly revivalist Robert Gordon and then to the first iteration of the Legendary Blues Band, composed primarily of then-recent Muddy Waters sidemen.

Pat Donohue

 

Pat Donohue

Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. A versatile guitarist’s guitarist, Pat enjoys entertaining fans with intricate fingerpicking, easy wit, and nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes.

For over twenty years Pat was the lead guitar player and songwriter for the “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band” on the NPR favorite A Prairie Home Companion. Pat is now touring the US playing a variety of venues including Performance Halls, Coffeehouse series and in blues, folk and eclectic listening rooms. Pat also conducts guitar workshops and teaches at prestigious guitar camps across the country.

Pat recently released his new recording, “Blue Yonder.” He is accompanied on some cuts by members of the “Prairie All Stars” who were also members of the “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band”. There are also solo tracks on the CD, clever new original songs as well three new instrumental numbers.

Michael Jerome Browne

Michael Jerome Browne

Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award Winner (with 30 nominations since 1999), Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist, Four-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories- MJB is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.

Whether he’s gliding a slide across his national guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to play a lively Cajun waltz, or frailing away on his gourd banjo, Michael’s passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to American Roots Music. Gospel, Blues, Old-Time, Country, Soul and Cajun, expect to hear all of this and more from a performer who’s been called a street-smart archivist and an absolute treasure.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Michael is the son of English professors whose love of music and poetry inspired them to take their nine year old son to the great jazz, blues and folk clubs in their adopted home of Montreal. By the age of fourteen, MJB was already a regular on the vibrant folk and coffee house scene adding banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to his masterful command of all variety of guitars and harmonica.

A musician’s musician, when he isn’t performing his own material he is in demand backing up and recording with artists such as: Eric Bibb, Jordan Officer, and Susie Arioli. www.michaeljeromebrowne.com

 

Mary Flower

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.

 

 

Schedule Draft -subject to some changes as we continue working on 2018!

Friday, September 28

3:00 pm Arrival & Check-in at Wright Hall
4:00 pm Welcome & Orientation
5:50 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Introductions, Overview, Presentations

Saturday, September 29

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Class 2
11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Class 4
4:15 pm  Break
5:20 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Faculty Mini-Concert & Lecture

Sunday, September 30

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Class 2
11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Class 4
4:15 pm  Break
4:30 pm Slow Jam, Fast Jam, 1-on-1 Consultations
5:50 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Acoustic Blues Master Concert at Grange Hall (Blues participant tickets are included with registration)

Tuesday, October 1

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Class 2
11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Group Photo   Wright Hall
1:30 pm Class 3
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Class 4
4:15 pm  Break
4:30 pm Slow Jam, Fast Jam, 1-on-1 Consultations
5:50 pm Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Student Concert      Wright Hall

Wednesday, October 2

7:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Review & Extra Tidbits

 

10:30 am Break
10:45 am Group Evaluation & Last Call          Wright Hall
11:50 am Volunteer Servers to Dining Hall
12:00 pm Lunch

 

 

 

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