Acoustic Blues Masters - featuring Mary Flower, Pat Donohue, Josh White, Jr., Scott Ainslie, and Eleanor Ellis
Oct 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30

$25 Advance | $28 At the Door

These world-class talents are the faculty at Menucha's Blues in the Gorge guitar camp and are coming together to play a post-camp concert.
Ticket sales ended Oct 4, 2015 6:30 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Mary Flower | 7:30 PM
Mary Flower is a world-class guitarist and lap slide player who swings the blues. In the atmosphere where Mary operates, she’s recognized as one of the pre-eminent fingerstyle guitarists who continue in the rich acoustic blues tradition. Picking a few of her jaw-dropping instrumentals, sliding on her perfectly controlled lap slide, she comes by her music naturally, like a walk in the park. Add a rich voice to the virtuoso picking and you can step into the present state of ragtime, blues and singular acoustic string music.

With nine albums to her name, this Yellow Dog Records recording artist has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her instrumental skill - a mastery of the Piedmont blues style that takes most players a lifetime to hone - for which Flower is most celebrated.

Her performances around the world include Merlefest, Prairie Home Companion and the Winnipeg Folk Festival to name a few. A seasoned teacher, Mary has been on staff at many guitar workshops including Fur Peace Ranch, Centrum Blues Festival and Swannanoa Gathering.

2008 and 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee
2000 and 2002 Finalist at National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship
2011 Muddy Award Recipient from Cascade Blues Assn. for "Acoustic Guitar"

“A world class fingerstyle guitarist and lap slide player”. Downbeat Magazine

“There are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music…”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Marries acoustic blues with touches of ragtime, folk, and jazz… the interplay is always interesting, often provocative, and sometimes breathtaking.”
Living Blues more >>>
Pat Donohue | 7:30 PM
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. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including Sushi-Yucki and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?

For over twenty years Pat was the lead guitar player and songwriter for the “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band” on the NPR favorite “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 released his new recording, “Blue Yonder” in April 2016. He is accompanied on some cuts by members of the “Prairie All Stars” who were also members of “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band”. There are also solo tracks on the CD, clever new original songs as well three new instrumental numbers. more >>>
Josh White, Jr. | 7:30 PM
Josh White, Jr. started performing at age four with his world-renowned father, Josh White. At nine he landed his first Broadway role (a role for which young Josh won a Tony award), playing his father’s son in “How Long ‘Til Summer.” He acted in over 50 TV dramas before his 21st birthday.

As a young man, he put acting on hold and hit the road for decades of touring and recording. As a concert artist, Josh has performed on the world’s greatest stages of four continents, including Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Odeon Hammersmith Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Madison Square Garden to name a few.

Josh has shared the concert stage with many outstanding musicians, including Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Odetta, Burl Ives, Art Garfunkle, Bob Gibson and Ray Charles.

Josh’s numerous recordings brought several Grammy nominations and worldwide acclaim. In addition to his albums, he has made many educational recordings for children, notable among them “The Dream Awake” about the struggle for racial equality with James Earl Jones and Josephine Premice and “May the Brush Be with You” with Jimmy Carter, Frank Sinatra, Lily Tomlin and Muhammad Ali. He has been featured on Nickelodeon TV many times and has helped create a school curriculum called “Living History.” more >>>
Scott Ainslie | 7:30 PM
Scott Ainslie is a traditional acoustic Blues singer, guitarist, historian and songwriter with personal roots in the Civil Rights era and a great affection for cross-cultural exchange. He is a powerful musician, a fine singer, and a masterful storyteller.

A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie also studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as with black Gospel and Blues musicians.

Ainslie has five solo CDs to his name and maintains an active recording, performing and teaching schedule that carries him around the country, to Canada, and to Europe. He has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting and presenting traditional music. These include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council. Ainslie was presented with the annual Independent Weekly Triangle Arts Award; the National Slide Guitar Festivals’ Living Heritage Award; and the 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC. Ainslie’s rich career has included transcribing the original recordings of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson and releasing an instructional DVD on Johnson’s guitars. more >>>
Eleanor Ellis | 7:30 PM
Eleanor Ellis has developed a distinctive and personal approach to music and has played at festivals and clubs throughout the United States, in Canada and in Europe. She credits her musical reach to such greats as Memphis Minnie, Skip James and other early recording artists, as well as to the influence of the blues players she has known personally. She traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and bluesman Archie Edwards, and sometimes accompanied Delta Blues great Eugene Powell.

“I’ve listened to a lot of guitarists and singers over the years and I’ve absorbed quite a bit, but I’d like to think that what I’ve taken from them I have made into something else uniquely my own.”

Ellis still carries a distinct Louisiana dialect of her home state, although she now makes her home in Maryland, where she has been a central part of the thriving mid-Atlantic Piedmont blues scene in and around Washington, DC, since 1976. In 2012, she was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) for Best Blues/Traditional R&B Female Vocalist. more >>>