Centrum, the Port Townsend arts and education non-profit, has announced the appointment of Daryl Davis as the new artistic director for the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. Davis succeeds Corey Harris, who served from 2009 to 2011. The 19-year-old festival brings together nationally known performers, aficionados and students for performances and workshops.
Davis “a popular presence at the workshops,” says Centrum Executive Director John MacElwee, is a native of Chicago but was raised in Europe and Africa. A vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and composer who has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, The Coasters, B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Percy Sledge, Davis is also the author of, “Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan,” the story of his quixotic journey into the heart of the KKK.