First Annual Skunk Island Blues Festival

Saturday, September 14, 2019

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Please join us for a day of music, fun and food for a great cause!

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Lost in the Shuffle, featuring Gerry Sherman (guitar & vocals), Ralph Baker (harmonica & vocals) & Glen Helman (bass)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Hounds of Townsend, featuring John “Greyhound” Maxwell (guitar & vocals), Jon Parry (violin), Sean Divine (harmonica) & Guy Quintino (acoustic bass)

John “Greyhound” Maxwell and The Hounds of Townsend. The Hounds of Townsend were whelped in 2018 after its four members met at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. Three of the four have been instructors at the festival.
John “Greyhound” Maxwell (guitar, mandolin, vocals) was voted the Washington Blues Society’s Best Acoustic Guitarist for 2017 and his newest recording represents the WBS at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. His previous recording represented the Golden Gate Blues Society at the 2015 IBC and placed in the final five. John has opened shows for Taj Mahal and KebMo, Maria Muldaur, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Coco Montoya, David Lindley and others.
Jon Parry (blues violin) by the age of 15 was opening shows for Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thornton, and B.B. King, among others. Jon has performed professionally as a sideman across America, at concert halls, festivals and clubs ranging from the Kennedy Center to the barrooms of New Orleans. He is a long time member of the legendary Goose Creek Symphony. Jon has recorded and performed with artists such as Hank Williams Jr and Danny Barnes.
Sean Divine (harmonica) is a founding member of the Jelly Rollers and is one of the premier blues harp players in the Northwest. Sean has several times been an instructor at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.
Guy Quintino (acoustic bass) has been a staple on the Northwest blues scene for over 25 years, playing with Mark DuFresne, the Hudson Blues Band, Steve Bailey and the Blue Flames among others. He has been nominated for Best Blues Bass by the Washington Blues Society. Guy also had the opportunity to back up Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin when they performed at Jazz Alley.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Harlem Ren

You might know him as “Coach Ahmad”! Well, he also performs the Blues and we are so excited to have him out here for this festival.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Badd Dog Blues

Fresh off a full Summer of touring Alaska, Andy and the gang are ready to party at OAP!

Formed in 1995, The Badd Dog Blues Society tours steadily, working three to four nights a week from the mountains to the islands and back again. They have toured southeast Alaska from Petersburg to Juneau to Port Protection and all point in between for over ten years. The band travels as a four- to five- piece, drawing from a growing dog pound orchestra of more than 40 top-notch players, spreading the word of the blues throughout the Northwest corner of the lower 48.

Tapping the wealth of abundant talent in the Bellingham blues scene, Andy Koch has brought together an up-tempo ensemble sure to please blues lovers everywhere. You’ll be in for an evening to remember as Andy and his band wag their way through the back alleys of the blues – dancing, singing and howling the night away.

Andy “Badd Dog” Koch sings and plays harmonica and guitar in the band.

Musicians have included Rob Smith, Ranger Kidwell Ross, Chester Dennis Jones, Mike Boyce, Jon Parry, Fat James, Johnny “Buffalo” Goodman, Wedge, Tall Paul, Roger McGilvery, Derek “Doc Hamma” Koellmann, Patrick Manuel, and countless others.

The Badd Dog Blues Society maintains a Facebook page full of dedicated fans, and publicize themselves heavily. They have built a strong following through professionalism, showmanship and tons of fun!

The Badd Dogs welcome the region’s blues musicians who show up, at Andy’s request, and deepen the blue tones in any given set.

Andy gathers the strays wherever he goes to make wonderful music with the local greats!

Enjoy Chef Troy’s famous Pig Roast buffet $30, beer garden featuring beer from local brewing company Port Townsend Brewing.

A big shout out to our sponsors: Sound Community Bank, Autoworks, Chimacum Corner Farm Stand & Co-presenter, KPTZ!

Purchase your digital tickets HERE!

Tickets available at the gates the day of the festival.
*online buyers will NOT receive physical tickets, bring the Eventbrite print-out or get checked in off the Will-Call list.

Entry fee includes access to all performances. Pig Roast and Beer Garden are available at an additional cost.

Doors open at noon, live music begins at 1:00 pm with Lost in the Shuffle. Blankets and chairs are welcome! We will have additional chairs available. This is not a covered area, so please dress accordingly. No coolers, please. Attendees will receive wrist-band as they come in which will give you in & out privileges. Dogs are allowed on leashes & we suggest carpooling!


We need your help! Volunteer roles include ticket sales at the gate, wayfinding assistance, and grounds help. Please contact Ken Dane for more information.


This event wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors! We’re honored to be supported by the following businesses:

Co-Host Sponsor:

Presenting Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring? It’s not too late! Contact Ken Dane for more information

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