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There's always something going on at the Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery. Check out our calendar for upcoming special events. Visit the Rockfish Grill for live entertainment including the best in jazz, blues and beyond.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009


Led by veteran trumpeter Paul Chandler and flanked by warhorse Julian MacDonough on drums, and newcomer Delvon Dumas on Hammond B-3 Organ, this little trio produces the sound equivalent of a bar fight between Duke Ellingtons Big Band, Twisted Sister, and Parliament Funkadelic.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009


Join us for Dinner and a Movie! Every Monday night stop by the Rockfish, order from our Dinner and a Movie menu and receive a ticket to the Anacortes Cinema located right across the street. Movie tickets are good for 30 days from date of issue.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009


It's our monthly Jazz invitational hosted by Frankly Moanin'. Join us for the best in mainstream jazz with special surprise guests, 6 - 9 PM the first Wednesday of every month.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009


Born in Temple, Texas in 1961 and raised in nearby Belton, Danny Barnes was an oddball to his small-town peers but blessed in the flesh-and-blood lottery. Grandma was of Tennessee heritage and her style of talk warmed young Danny to the records of Flatt and Scruggs; Dad was a country music fan and banjo enthusiast; middle brother infected Danny with his love for Delta blues; oldest brother was into punk rock and built a primitive studio out back of his house. Almost everybody played a little. Danny's openness to varied vibrations - Fred McDowell, Ralph Stanley, Sex Pistols, Lee Perry - was thus nurtured; and his natural skill with audio gadgetry was developed first at his brother's studio and later at the University of Texas, where he studied audio production and was graduated in 1985.

Over the wet-cement years, one musical influence proved to be primus inter pares. In the 1970s, there were acoustic traditionalists - and there was John Hartford. Seeing the iconoclastic musician play gave the teenaged Barnes's brain a jolt and cinched his future. "He was a total modern musician - a pop musician," Barnes observes, "but he had also done tons of homework in traditional music." The younger banjoist would carry forward Hartford's anything-with-strings dexterity, his capacity to absorb and personalize musical stimuli, his loopy good humor, and his dedication to dead things.

In 1990 Danny formed Bad Livers with bassist Mark Rubin and violinist Ralph White. The band debuted with "Delusions of Banjer" (1994, Quarterstick/Touch and Go Records), produced by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers. Bad Livers were soon pegged as hip purveyors of ramped-up proto-Americana, though in fact they played too well and roamed too freely to swim with any school. After a trio of critically lauded records for the Sugar Hill label - Hogs on the Highway, Industry and Thrift, and the astonishing electronica-hillbilly mash-up Blood and Mood, which the world is only now catching up with - Danny shuttered the group. The composer-instrumentalist had already left Austin, in 1997, for the tiny maritime community of Port Townsend, Washington, a half-mile from Puget Sound.

As a licensed pilot, skateboarder, motorcyclist, flyfisher, unicyclist, trap shooter, and disc golfer, Danny jibed with the no-fences culture of the Pacific Northwest. (His appetite for adventure is no bogus songwriter bluster - when he says "I've never been bored even for one second my entire life," you sense at once the accuracy of the self-appraisal as well as a personal twinge of slacker guilt.) He was not long in locating opportunities and companions in the neighborhood. In 2000, with bassist Keith Lowe and fiddler Jon Parry, he formed Thee Old Codgers. Their record, Things I Done Wrong, had its feet in hard times and its head in the progressive ether, and the high-caliber team playing on the touring that followed seemed to spur Barnes's stamina and at-hand vocabulary.

That record was produced by modern music composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz, whom Danny had met through guitarist Bill Frisell. Frisell, who also lived in the Seattle area, had phoned Barnes out of the blue after catching a club set of Danny's. The jazz giant was feeling a path into traditional American music, and asked Barnes for lessons. The banjoist was initially skeptical. "Then he sends me all these badass records with killer musicians, at the best studios," he recalls. "It really freaked me out - I had no idea about his work." Today the two are frequent collaborators; together with Keith Lowe they coaxed untapped harmonic possibilities from mountain-music forms in "The Willies" (Nonesuch, 2002).

With modern masters like these in the search party, Danny's sharp-edged exploratory side was soaring. Three solo self-releases (Minor Dings, Live at McCabe's, and Oft-Mended Raiment) and a duo with songwriter Pete Krebs, Duet for Clarinet and Goat, were followed by Dirt on the Angel (Terminus, 2003), which featured Frisell, old-time master Dirk Powell, Allman Brothers and Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell, and Psychograss violinist Darol Anger, among others, and won acclaim as Danny's richest work yet. In 2004 he contributed to Mylab, a groove-centric Wayne Horvitz project (and one of the New Yorker's top ten jazz releases of the year); joined Frisell, Robin Holcomb, and members of the Seattle Symphony and Northwest Chamber Group in "Joe Hill," a Horvitz-composed piece exploring the life and legacy of the IWW organizer; and toured and recorded with Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen.

Not yet mentioned are Danny's reading, with punk artist Jim Carroll, of William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" on audiocassette, his original music for Richard Linklater's film "The Newton Boys," his performance with Frisell on German director Ed Herzog's film "Lively Up Yourself," and a dozen other farflung credits. It is certain that he will keep growing, and we who admire him optimistically trust his audience will as well. The time-transcendent implicative power (rhythmic, poetic) and unity of his latest collection remind us of things that art does by necessity - give play to the impulses of a diligent, self-censoring sensibility - and of the pure delight that music, born of pure delight, can create. - Robbie Fulks (Fulks is a critically acclaimed recording artist , his latest CD "Georgia Hard" is out now on Yep Rock Records. Robbie is also a contributing writer for Journal of Country Music, Playboy, GQ and has two articles in DaCapo Press's "Best Music Writing" yearly anthologies 2001 and 2004)

"The banjo stirs a feeling of timelessness with its old time/bluegrass/folk associations. Danny Barnes builds with these base molecules of the instrument's heritage, sculpting a sound with one foot in contemporary technological landscapes, another in deep running traditions, and arms waving free in outer space. Found audio samples merge and crash as the instrument's high picking peaks and valleys of bassy depths loop in a journey through the American heart of darkness and back towards the light. Add the free form jazz of Ornette Coleman to the legacy of Dock Boggs, remix it with DJ Shadow, and view it through a DIY punk aesthetic and you have some idea of Folktronics. Live, on studio or homemade records, and through the countless concert recordings that circulate in the taper scene as word-of-mouth gems, Barnes is a sonic pioneer, hacking through the underbrush with his musical weapons of choice, banjo as compass." - Sarah Hagerman,

"Music needs to change...grow and constantly inspired through the work of the people that create it. Thank God we have a man like Danny Barnes leading the way...a true hero and resounding voice to those who are smart enough to listen." - Jeff Austin, Yonder Mountain String Band

"like all great neo-traditionalists he can string together snippets of traditional tunes and lyrical fragments from dozens of folk and country songs, and come up with something that's instantly recognizable and yet brand new." - Harp

"yet nothing he plays smacks of novelty, gimmick or willful eclecticismSQL_INJECTION_ATTEMPTion provides the measure of a voracious musical appetite and a large soul." - No Depression

"the label 'true original' gets bandied about too often these days, but danny barnes deserves it." - Paste

"barnes' original numbers sound as wonderfully aged as standards" - Time Out New York

"barnes' countrified tack belies an intellect as wryly cutting as randy newman, fingers as soulfully nimble as ry cooder's and a sense of history whose fervency rivals t bone burnett's- did we forget to mention charles ives and r. crumb? -yet the sum of his sound is distinctively his own." -

"an eclecticism that's nothing less than endearing and simultaneously visionary." - all music guide

"this is the way forward for bluegrass." - Mojo

"danny barnes is the coolest songwriter i have heard in ages. i can't stop listening to his records and have played them over and over.... - Chuck Leavell (stones, allman brothers)

"he's an original. he's the real deal." - Bill Frisell

Danny Barnes performs 8-11PM. Cover is $8 at the door.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009


The Ian McFeron Band exploded onto the Seattle music scene shortly after releasing their debut album, Don't Look Back (2003), when they were discovered by "The Mountain" in Seattle (AAA-formatted KMTT at 103.7 FM). Within months, the first single, Love Me Twice, edged out songs by Modest Mouse, Bob Schneider, The Bo Deans, and Ray LaMontagne in The Mountain's "New Music Throwdown," a weekly competition where listeners vote for their favorite of two new songs. The band went on to share the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Amos Lee, Sister Hazel, Missy Higgins, Julia Fordham, Carbon Leaf, The Hothouse Flowers, and Jars of Clay. The Ian McFeron Band continues to tour the western United States including WA, OR, ID, CO, UT, NM, AZ, TX, OK, and CA.

A prolific songwriter whose lyrical prose and fervent work ethic has drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams, McFeron has released a steady stream of albums: Don't Look Back (2003), A Long Way To Freedom (2005), and Fistfight With Father Time (2006). Let It Ride (2007) marks the band's fourth full length LP- a fourteen-track narrative spanning themes of love and heartbreak, faith and despair, political corruption and hope. Released on March 3rd, 2007, Let It Ride was celebrated with back-to-back shows at the Triple Door in Seattle, both of which sold out in advance.

In live performance, McFeron (vocals, guitars, piano) is joined by the Texas fiddle of Alisa Milner and the backbeat rhythms of Jon Markel and Mark Bateman. The band has also performed with well-known Northwest lead-guitar players such as Alice Stuart and Rod Cook, and with slide-guitar virtuoso Dan Tyack. The diverse musicianship of its members allows the Ian McFeron Band to shift smoothly through a variety of roots-Americana styles, ranging from acoustic folk rock to gritty alt-country blues, from heartfelt, soulful ballads to driving, danceable backbeat groves.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Don't feel like cooking? Bring the family to the Rockfish Grill on Tuesday where kids twelve and under eat free all day (One child entree complimentary with each adult entree purchased).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Its the bad boys of bluegrass, the Stilly River Band. If you're lookin for a combination of Bill Monroe and the Temptations, then these are your guys!

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009


Longtime Seattle area performer, Kimball Conant brings his band The Fugitives to the Rockfish.

Kimball is known for his vintage Gretsch electric guitar and for his distinctive finger picking style of playing. His muisc calls upon a wide range of influences including blues, R&B and even latin elements he picked up while living in Paraguay.

Kimball and the Fugitives have recently been performing with Stickshift Annie Eastwood, nomintaed by the Washington Blues Society this year for best vocalist. Annie's vocals combine blues and jazz with a unique sultry, sensitive touch that she can shape to rock the house.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009


The Spoonshine Duo featuring Jacob Navarro and William Cook of the popular group, Spoonshine, perform their own brand of home grown roots music the third Wednesday of every month.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009


On Firkin Fridays, the Rockfish Grill offers cask conditioned versions of Anacortes ales. Cask conditioning is an English tradition that allows the beer to finish its fermentation in the barrel or "firkin" resulting in a character and complexity unique from any other beer. We'll offer a different variety every Friday served directly from the firkin with a traditional English hand pump. There's one batch a week and we pour till its gone, so get it while you can!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009


In the short time since the Red Hot Blues Sisters performed their first live show in 2004 at Highway 99 in Seattle, they have taken the International blues community by surprise with the power and depth of their musicianship.

Named Best Band of 2008 by the Washington Blues Society, fans of the Red Hot Blues Sisters love their innovatiove and original songwriting and their fresh electric feel to the blues. Selective covers of traditional standards shine with the power of Aretha and the pearl in-laid guitar coolness of Bonnie Raitt & Eric Clapton.

The band is fronted by the powerful soulful vocals of Suze Sims and the searing rock and blues style of Teri Anne Wilson on guitar. They're joined by top Northwest musicians Patrick McDanel on bass and John Oliver on drums.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Join us for some great Django inspired tunes performed by local favorites Fidalgo Swing. Guitarist and host Allen Lewis will be joined each month by special guests to kick off our very own Djangofest right here at the Rockfish.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009


Join us for Chris Stevens and the Surf Monkeys, an intertaining blend of swinging blues punctuated with the occasional left field surf instrumental. The Surf Monkeys are led by veteran guitarist Chris Stevens former head of the popular King-a-lings.
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