September 27 - October 1, 2023

Do you love acoustic blues guitar? So do we. So much so we dedicate 5 days to bringing four of the best acoustic players and teachers here to Menucha for an extended weekend filled with all the blues goodness.

Arriving Wednesday afternoon you'll be welcomed to our slice of Pacific Northwest heaven. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be filled with classes, getting to know fellow players and take your playing to the next level in classes and jams. On Friday night you'll be treated to a public concert featuring the instructors. Saturday night you can show your skills during the student concert just for Blues participants. Sunday brings parting ways to return home filled with good friends, food and music. Don't miss it!

Come and immerse yourself in five days of instruction with four of the best acoustic blues musicians. We'll be announcing the faculty for 2023 soon!

We are thankful to work with Mary Flower to offer this amazing week of music. Stay tuned and mark your calendars.

 

Mary Flower

Mary Flower’s immense fingerstyle 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, including 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.

"Flower is a renowned guitar instructor, teaching at music camps and festivals, offering lessons via Skype, and frequently crafting articles and tips as a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar. But she cannot be narrowly defined. Livin’ with the Blues Again showcases her talents as a complete artist, deeply versed in an array of vernacular styles for which she demonstrates an abiding love that underlies her quietly jaw-dropping technique. She may not sing with the soulful grit and urgency of Rory Block, Maria Muldaur, or Bonnie Raitt, but her stylistic range is broader, approaching that of David Bromberg or Ry Cooder. What fun for those who don’t know her music to discover her here."  —Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Example Schedule

What does the Blues in the Gorge? schedule look like?

Here's what the days looked like in 2022. We'll post the 2023 schedule closer to time.

Wednesday, October 5

 3:00 pm Arrival & Check-in
4:30 pm Welcome & Orientation
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Meet the instructors, Info about classes
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Thursday, October 6

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1 Eric Lugosch

Beginner Fingerstyle 1

(Level 1-2)

Mamie Minch

Hill Country Blues 1

(Level 2-3)

10:45 am Class 2 Hubby Jenkins

Bahamian Guitar Player Joseph Spence

(Level 2-3)

Mary Flower

Singing Blues Harmony

(all levels)

12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3 Eric Lugosch

Beginner Fingerstyle 1

(Level 1-2)

Mamie Minch

Intro to Alternating Bass

(Level 1)

3:00 pm Class 4 Hubby Jenkins

Blind Willie Johnson

(Level 2-3)

Mary Flower

Blues and Improv in Open D Tuning

(Level 2-3)

4:30-5:15 pm Slow Jam with Mary & Hubby
4:30-5:15 Fast Jam with Mamie & Eric
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Playing Well Together - presentation by  staff
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Friday, October 7

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
Mary Flower
Blues Basics
(Level 1)
Eric Lugosch
Harlem Street Singer 2
(Level 2-3)
10:45 am Class 2
Hubby Jenkins
Fingerpicking the Blues
(Level 1)
Mamie Minch
Hill Country Blues 2
(Level 2-3)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3
Mary Flower
Other Keys While in Dropped D Tuning
(Level 2-3)
Mamie Minch
Guitar and Voice Synchronized
(all levels)
3:00 pm Class 4
Eric Lugosch
Beginner Fingerstyle 2
(Level 1-2)
Hubby Jenkins
Bahamian Guitar Player, Joseph Spence, part 2
(Level 2-3)
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Acoustic Blues Masters Concert at the Corbett Grange Hall
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Saturday, October 8

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
Hubby Jenkins
Fingerpicking on the Banjo
(Level 1-2)
Mamie Minch
Hill Country Blues 2
(Level 2-3)
10:45 am Class 2
Eric Lugosch
Fingerstyle Guitar: Next Level 1
(Level 2-3)
Mary Flower
Learn John Cephas' "Blue Day Blues"
(Level 3)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3
Mary Flower
Lap Slide Basics
(All Levels)
Hubby Jenkins
Spirituals and Gospel for Guitar
(Level 2-3)
3:00 pm Class 4
Mamie Minch
Guitars 101
(All Levels)
Eric Lugosch
Fingerstyle Guitar: Next Level 2
(Level 2-3)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Student Concert
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Sunday, October 9

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Pack up, early jam or sleep in
10:15 am All-Camp Gospel Jubilee (includes the raffle drawing)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Depart for home

A Few Memories of Past Blues in the Gorge Camps

2021

Raffle guitar giveaway story 2021 (click to read)

2020 (our online camp)

Watch the 2020 Concert

Instructor concert featured Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Jim Kweskin, Kristina Olsen and Mary Flower

Link to the 2020 video archive page