Saturday, October 9

6:30 pm Doors/7:00 pm Concert

This is the only public concert by this year’s four world-class instructors at the Blues in the Gorge guitar intensive at Menucha Retreat & Conference Center.

JIM KWESKIN, the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman and Bruno Wolfe. During the five years they were together, they successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became the Lovin' Spoonful. No other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing.

SUZY THOMPSON, master fiddler, powerful blues singer in the style of Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith, and a highly respected blues fingerpicking guitarist. Founder of Berkley Old Time Music Convention.

PHIL WIGGINS, harmonica master, winner of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship and two-time WC Handy Award winner. A national treasure who rarely performs on the west coast.

MARY FLOWER, the camp’s artistic director, is an award-winning fingerpicker and was called “a national treasure in your own backyard” by Jorma Kaukonen.

Expect an entertaining, one-of-a-kind musical journey with many surprises along the way!


VENUE: Columbia Grange Hall in Corbett (only 30 minutes from downtown Portland). The Grange is just 3 miles off of I-84’s exit #22.
37493 Grange Hall Road, CorbettOR 97019 [ Click here for a map! ]

The Grange is a wonderful 1898 building that feels like something out of a movie – just charming! Seating limited.


TICKETS:  $30 online and at door

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: Proof of vaccination required for entry.  (Recent negative Covid test not accepted.) Mask wearing required throughout concert.

QUESTIONS: Call Lori Nance, program director, Blues in the Gorge, 503-695-2243 or email

Tickets at the door - there are about 15 left as of 4:30pm today

Refund Policy: Purchased tickets are non-refundable, except if the purchaser is exposed to or tested positive for COVD-19, or in the case that Menucha cancels the concert. If Menucha cancels the concert, refunds will automatically be issued by check.