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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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Friday, October 1, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010

BILLY ROY DANGER and the RECTIFIERS


Hailing from Louisville, KY, Now based in Tacoma, WA, Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers play roots-based originals and covers.

Rising out of the Widely popular band, Junkyard Jane, BRD is a Four-piece Roots Rockin' combo, built to entertain and provoke deep thoughts and lot's o' dancin'.

Mixing influences from Buck Owens to Bootsy Collins, John Prine to John Holmes, Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers invite you to take a ride in the musical trunk of their '72 Nova. Come on and get in the car...
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010

LITTLE BILL and the BLUENOTES


Northwest legends and Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame members, Little Bill and the Blue Notes return to the Rockfish featuring the great Dick Powell on harmonica and keyboards, guitar ace, Billy Stapleton, longtime Bluenote sideman, drummer Tommy Morgan and, of course, the legendary Little Bill himself on bass, vocals and big time charisma.

Vocalist and bassist "Little Bill" Engelhart is the founder and front man for the Blue Notes - one of the first Northwest rhythm and blues groups and a contemporary of The Fleetwoods, The Ventures, Sonics and Frantics.

In his career that spans over 40 years , Bill has played nearly every club and concert hall in the Northwest, including such legendary venues as Parkers Ballroom, The Aquarius, The Spanish Castle, and Lake Hills Roller Rink.

"You hear this voice...raw, rough and plain, with a wry twist that comes right out of too many nights on the road, a little like Joe Tex, with some Ray Charles Thrown in, and further back, some kind of sad, low moan from the country." Paul de' Barros - Downbeat Magazine
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SAVAGE JAZZ


It's our monthly Jazz invitational hosted by the Savage Jazz Trio. Join us for the best in mainstream jazz with special surprise guests, 6 - 9 PM the first Wednesday of every month.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010

VAUGHAN KREESTOE

Inspired by the need for emotional release and the desire for spiritual relaxation through sonic enlightenment, Vaughn Kreestoe was formed in Bellingham in April of 2008. Here's what "What's Up! Magazine", had to say about a recent live performance:

"Vaughn Kreestoe's such a tight band they sound like they've been together a decade... They may have been labeled a jazz band due to effortless improvisation, but they bring on the funk...the bodies filled the dance floor, rocking to guitarist Jeremy Elliot and keyboardist Delvon Lamarr's seamless leads...the audience stood just to listen, in sheer awe, to (Michael) Harris' incredible voice with its luminous tone and outstanding range... as Kevin Chryst rode his drums like brilliant, musical stallions."
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010

MARK DUFRESNE


Mark DuFresne is one of the most sought after Blues talents in the Northwest. The Washington Blues Society has awarded him best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica more than any other artist.

He has recorded three CD’s of all original music. “Out of That Bed”, “Have Another Round” and “There’s A Song In There”, which featured the lineup of the former Hollywood Fats Band.

In 2002 Mark joined the coveted band “Roomful of Blues” as lead vocalist. While in that role the band received a Grammy nomination for “That’s Right”. They also won the W.C. Handy award for Best Band - 2004. The New England Blues monthly awarded him Best Blues Vocalist. He returned home to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 after a very successful four and a half years.

Recently he has had the pleasure to tour in Europe with Italy’s finest... Maurizio Pugno, guitar, Alberto Marsico, organ and bass, and Gio Rossi: excellent musicians, excellent pasta...

Duresne's work on the chromatic harmonica is considered as some of the most innovative in Blues music and his skill at circular breathing consistently leaves audiences amazed.

“DuFresne is as distinctive as a vocalist as he is a fiery player; rather than recycling old riffs, his original compositions are tuneful, melodic and grooveworthy..” - Blues Review Magazine....
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010

ANACORTES OKTOBERFEST

Visit Anacortes for our first annual Oktoberfest with up to 30 breweries and 60 different beers to sample 12-6PM, Saturday October 9th at the historic port warehouse in downtown Anacortes.

Join us later for a brewer's reception open to the public 6-9PM at the Rockfish Grill and adjacent Heart of Anacortes.

For more info visit anacortes.org
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY


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, October 13, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

STILLY RIVER BAND


Performing together for decades, the Stilly River Band delivers an exciting range of music, from bluegrass to progressive folk, Latin, Irish, rock and rhythm 'n blues. Their bluegrass arrangement of Sam & Dave's soul classic, Hold On, I'm Comin' will put a smile on your face for the rest of the day.

Known by some as “the bad boys of bluegrass”, the Stillys play and eclectic mix of music from traditional bluegrass to other less conventional styles played in a bluegrass format that the band labels “rude grass.”

The band features John Amber-Oliver on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathon Schneider on tenor harmonies and banjo, Stuart Torgeson on dobro and accordion, John Daugherty on vocals and stand up bass, Steve Stolpe on vocals and mandolin and Mike Schway on fiddle.


The Stilly River Band delivers accomplished musicianship, excellent vocal harmony and an always entertaining and unpredictable show. Looking for a cross between Earl Scruggs and the Tempations? These are your guys!

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010

TRISH HATLEY


Vocalist Trish Hatley is one of the most beloved and enduring figures on the Northwest music scene.

Known for her easy sense of swing, beautiful tone and innate sensitivity to the music, she effectively balances technical mastery with genuine accessibility, making her extremely popular among jazz fans everywhere she performs.

Hatley is also one of the hardest working musicians around. She performs and records with her own band, the Trish Hatley Quintet, as well as the vocal jazz trio Trish, Hans & Phil. She has appeared in several Pops concerts with the Everett Symphony and has also been a frequent guest vocalist with Jim Kerl’s Swing Session Big Band.

Trish has recorded five CD’s to date and has also produced four shows: “A Fifth of Jazz,” “Women in Song”, “Isn’t It Romantic” and “The Great American Songbook.” Her latest CDs, “I Remember” was released in January 2010, and released in March 2010, “Sing, Ask and It Is Given,” a collection of affirmations set to original jazz melodies that she composed.

Trish performs regularly at festivals, nightspots and concerts throughout the Northwest. Showtime for Trish's Rockfish performance is 6PM.

"When I think of Trish, the first word that comes to mind is dazzling. Her ability to captivate the audience while inspiring the musicians has made Trish one of our most requested soloists."
—Dr. Paul Cobb, Conductor, Everett Symphony

"This slim brunette does it all with a style and energy suffused with a self effacing wit and possesses a soulful soprano voice!"
—Nancy Wollbeck, Anacortes American
Friday, October 15, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010

FARKO COLLECTIVE


A quintet of extraordinary musicians lead by bassist Farko Dosumov.

Farko Rustamovich Dosumov was born in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He had begun taking lessons on the classical guitar when he was ten, and then switched to the electric bass at fourteen years of age.

After winning the green card lottery in 1999 at the age of nineteen he moved to New York City to pursue a future career in music.

Farko later attended Cornish College of the Arts, located in Seattle, Washington, and specialized in jazz bass.

Since then, he has played with many talented artists and groups such as The Danny Godinez Band, Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder, Randy Oxford Band, Flowmotion, Pura Fe, Jazzukha and most recently his own group Farko Collective.

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/farkocollective#ixzz0xve4UD3Z
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010

STEVE RAIBLE and the NEWSCASTERS


Steve Raible is a seasoned musician who has been on the NW music scene for 35 years. He's a soulful player of Blues, Funk and R&B with a commanding ability on guitar and vocals.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SPOONSHINE DUO


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, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010

GAIL PETTIS

Three-time nominee and recent winner of Earshot Golden Ear Awards "Northwest Vocalist of the Year," Gail is a welcome addition to the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. Gail's rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing inspire comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae and have been described as "deliciously soulful" by Cadence Magazine.

Gail inherited a passion for jazz from her family while growing up in Gary, Indiana. Over the years, her desire for creative expression fueled an exploration of instrumental performance and dance, exposing her to many other styles of music, however vocal jazz remains her first love. Now residing in Seattle, she continues to draw inspiration from these diverse influences and enjoys sharing her unique talent with listeners at home and abroad. Most recently, she was artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, performing with the New Manhattan Big Band and with Eddie C. and the Dutch Jazz Cats on the mainstage and other venues in Amersfoort and Harderwijk. Included on this tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as a guest artist at Kobe's annual Jazz Vocal Queen Competition as 2006 First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition.

Closer to home, Gail's smooth, engaging style garners consistent praise from enthusiastic audiences in the region's finest jazz establishments including the Sorrento Hotel, Bake's Place Providence Point, Bellevue's 0/8 Seafood Grill & Twisted Cork Wine Bar, Osteria La Spiga in Capitol Hill. Audiences have also enjoyed her performances at Tula's, Bite of Seattle, and Belltown's La Vita 'e Bella Café.


In addition to public and private engagements, Gail enjoys spending time in the studio. Her voice-over work has been heard on radio and television commercials. Her debut CD, "May I Come In ?" was released to an enthusiastic national audience in August 2007 on the OA2 Record label. The recording has also been showcased on listeners on XM Satellite Radio and Music Choice television and was recently nominated for Earshot Golden Ear "2007 Northwest Recording of the Year".


"(Gail Pettis)....goes from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz."

—Earshot Jazz

When we select entertainment, we not only look for artists who have honed their skills, but we look for artists who connect with the music they perform and with the audience they are performing for. Gail Pettis, in our opinion, can do all of these things and more.

—Craig and Laura Baker, proprietors, Bake's Place Providence Point
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010

BLUES ORBITERS

The Blues Orbiters are play energetic and inspired blues in a wide orbit through the blues universe-especially Chicago, Texas, and West Coast styles. They also take excursions into country blues and jazz, all within their unique Blues Orbiters sound.

Their tunes are a blend of originals and favorites from the rich blues tradition. Founder Brian Lee leads the band with smooth, soulful vocals, and instrumental variety on slide guitar, blues harp, and guitar. He also has written many of the band's original tunes.

"Best of the Blues" award winner Tim Sherman is a master of the blues guitar, whose playing never ceases to amaze and inspire.

Hank Yanda on bass, and Conrad Ormsby on drums propel the band with both incredible energy and finesse. Hank also contributes superb vocals.

The band has been nominated by the Washington Blues Society for "Best Band" in 2008 and 2003, as well as for "Best Recording" in 2006. Tim won the Blues Society award for "Best Electric Guitarist" in 2006 and 2002.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU


Check out Anacortes' best Happy Hour, 3-6PM Sunday thru Friday. Enjoy pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, fish and chips, nachos and more all for only 3.99 and get $1 off all pours!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

FIDALGO SWING


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.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010

MARK HUMMEL and the BLUES SURVIVORS featuring RUSTY ZINN


Mark Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. His albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals have firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Mark absorbed the music of such Chicago based harp blowers as Little Walter, James Cotton, and Sonny Boy Williamson, before settling in Berkeley, California in 1972. There he played with local bluesmen such as Cool Papa, Boogie Jake, Mississippi Johnny Waters and Sonny Lane. In 1980, he took the helm to lead the popular Blues Survivors Band.

In 1985, the Blues Survivors released Playing in Your Town, on Rockinitus Records, and immediately went out on the road. Earning their name, they toured virtually non-stop throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

In 1988 Mark teamed with Canadian guitarist and vocalist Sue Foley to relase Up & Jumpin'. He followed that with Blues Survivors recordings, Hard Lovin' in 1990, Feel Like Rockin' in 1994 and Married to the Blues in 1995. For Heart of Chicago, Mark's sixth release and first on Tone-Cool, he traveled to the Windy City to record with some of the city's most legendary players like former Muddy Waters sidemen Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Bob Stroger, guitarist Dave Myers from Little Walter's band, and others. In 1998 Mark released Lowdown To Uptown, a mix of Chicago blues & uptown jazz. This cd featues great guests such as Jr. Watson, Mike Welch, Brenda Boykin & the last piano recording of the late, great Charles Brown. Mark's most current CD is called "Ain't Easy No More" on the Electro Fi label featuring a mixture of Hummel's originals and choice arrangements of previously recorded blues.

Mark has performed at numerous festivals across the country, including the San Francisco Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and has performed and judged at the Hohner Harmonica World Championship, held annualy in Germany.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010

ERIC MADIS


Eric Madis is a guitarist, singer and composer whose playing and compositions reflect a love and mastery of the blues that have been supplemented and refined by years of experience in jazz, country, folk, and Hawaiian music. What results are performances that include authentic renderings of old rural blues, personal interpretations of modern urban blues and jazz standards, and original music that defies strict categorization, but that draws heavily from these traditions.

Eric lives in Seattle where he leads Blue Madness and the Eric Madis Trio, performs as a solo act and plays in several other Seattle area groups. He released his fifth CD "The Dues Will Never Be Paid in Full" on Luna Records in November 2009. Eric also teaches for the National Guitar Workshop, Dusty Strings, and online at JamPlay.com.

Eric lived his formative years in Colorado. His mother, an accomplished opera singer, took him for piano lessons at the age of nine. He began performing shortly after beginning the guitar at ten, and formed his first band in middle school. His family relocated in 1969 to Chicago, where he began performing regularly in coffeehouses at the age of sixteen, and where he also gained much of his blues knowledge. Besides leading groups such as Blue Madness, BluesCast, Ukiah, and Don't Go No Further, he has worked with many blues, jazz, country and Hawaiian greats, including Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim, Deacon Jones, Mark DuFresne, Steve Bailey, Mike Lynch, Grant Dermody, Paul Anastasio, Ryan Burns, Pete Martin, Runaway Train, Pat Burton, Bill Tapia and the Farden Family. He has opened shows for James Cotton, Robben Ford, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Hawkeye Herman, author Sherman Alexie and others.

Eric's five albums have received excellent reviews, regional airplay and nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS). He has received 16 Best Blues nominations from WBS, was a 1981 Kerrville National Folk Festival Award finalist, a 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz finalist, and has music on five film soundtracks. He has taught guitar for the National Guitar Workshop, NW Folklife, UW Experimental College, Denver Free University, Seattle Acoustic Blues Festival, Guitar Workshop Plus and Dusty Strings.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010

T-TOWN ACES


Led by bluesharp legend, Steve Bailey, the T Town Aces are a top notch act that will knock your socks of with their swinging blend of the blues.

Steve Bailey is truly a Northwest blues pioneer, starting his Seattle performing career in the late 1960's. Bailey was a mainstay of the original Public Market Blues scene, and the list of musicians that have played in his bands reads like a who's who of the Northwest Blues. A triple-threat performer on vocals, guitar, and harp, Bailey is also an accomplished songwriter, as well as running his own recording studio. Bailey's recordings with "The Blue Flames" took him on multiple tours to Europe and Japan, and he was the mastermind behind the international hit album, "Northwest Harmonica Showcase."

Joined by Dennis Ellis on sax , Dan Newton on guitar and vocals, John Lee on bass and John Rockwell on drums these guys will keep you rockin with Memphis soul to rollicking New Orleans gumbo.
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