PORT TOWNSEND — Oregon-based song poet and slide guitar player David Jacobs-Strain will return to Port Townsend this weekend to play a concert at the Rainshadow Recording Studio.
The guitarist will be accompanied by harmonica player Bob Beach in the concert at 8 tonight at the studio at Fort Worden’s Building 315, 200 Battery Way.
Tickets for tonight’s all-ages concert are $15.
The bluesman — whose newest record is due to release later this year, with his voice joined by the likes of A-list musicians such as Jim Keitner, Viktor Krauss, Greg Liesz and Larry Goldings — is known for his “virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon,” according to a news release. His live show “moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.”
Jacobs-Strain began playing on street corners and at farmers markets as a teenager, saving up his quarters to buy his first steel guitar. He dropped out of Stanford to play full time, but not before having appeared at festivals across the country.
To date, he has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot and Blues to Bop in Switzerland.
Jacobs-Strain taught at Jorma Kaukonens Fur Peace Ranch and at 15 years old was on the faculty at Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop.
He has shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Boz Scaggs, Etta James, the Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Robert Earle Keen, Todd Snider, Taj Mahal, Janis Ian, Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Weir, T-Bone Burnett and Del McCoury.