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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, October 1, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011


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
Friday, October 7, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011


The four-headed love child named Junkyard Jane rose by night in the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington from a deadly mephitic brew of blues, swamp gas, rockabilly, old engine parts, country, motor oil, folk, funk and used kitty litter. Like all true originals, they display a Creole blend of influences that they affectionately call “Swampabilly Roots Music”.

With five critically acclaimed, all original CD’s under their belt and over 1000 live performances since their 1997 debut, the band decided to expand it’s musical horizons by relocating to the tour fertile South, landing in the Americana friendly city of Louisville, Kentucky.

Junkyard Jane, a BEAM Grant recipient (Benefiting Emerging Artist in Music), was one of only eight groups from a pool of thousands to make the final round at the International Band Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee; and their briefcase full of awards over the years includes the prestigious Washington State BB Award for “Best Band”.

Rooster Hooch, Junkyard Jane's newest release, finds the band coming into their own with raw arrangements, scaled down production and some of their best songwriting to date. Ductape & Sagebrush, showcases a journey into the rootsy, acoustic side of the band; while their third album, Swampabilly Snake Oil Freakshow, serves up a steamin’ plate of corn fed, swampy, jug band blues. JJ’s sophomore effort, Milkin’ the Frog, was voted BB Award winner for “Best Northwest Recording” and features all original music as does the debut CD Washboard Highway, which was named one of the top 10 NW recordings by KPLU radio.

Four-time “Best Songwriter” nominee and Summy Award recipient for “Female Performer of the Year”, Leanne Trevalyan entices the listener with her smooth, sultry vocal styling and acoustic guitar picking. Lea’s washboard scratchin’, slide whistle wailing and occasional kazoo solo ads a touch of whimsy to the show.

Billy Stoops, a BB Award winner for “Entertainer of the Year” as well as "Best Male Vocalist", delights and amuses audiences with his rich, soulful voice and on stage antics. Billy’s distinctive guitar style, both electric and acoustic, along with his groove-oriented songwriting garnered him a Summy Award for "Male Performer of the Year".

Louisvillian Alex Featherstone, the newest member of the clan, provides melodic bass lines on electric, acoustic and fretless basses, and his funk/rock origins compliment the bands rootsy tone. And finally, steady thumpin’ drummer Tom Sunderland, whose world beat rhythms can be heard on various TV soundtracks, keeps poundin’ down the groove so your butts can move!

“…as entertaining and uninhibited as anything you will ever see on stage!” John Allen Briscoe, WBS Newsletter
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011


Brian Lee and the Orbiters 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.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011


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!

Friday, October 14, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011


Seattle's Massy Ferguson has taken their raucous rock americana to the far reaches of the globe. In the past three years, the four-piece band has played shows in Melbourne, Australia, Munich, Germany and Puerto Pinasco, Mexico, to name just a few destinations.
Despite this penchant for the international, Massy Ferguson remains local to the bone, a fixture on the burgeoning Seattle roots music scene that has spawned the likes of Brandi Carlisle and The Fleet Foxes.

In 2008, Massy Ferguson released their full-length debut album, Cold Equations, which garnered rave reviews nationally despite being independently released. Music tastemaker Bruce Warren of WXPN Radio in Philadelphia made Massy Ferguson his Download of the Day, calling their album "an impressive record." Cold Equations also made waves in Seattle, getting serious spins on Seattle's highly influential non-commercial station KEXP and commercial station KMTT "The Mountain." Massy Ferguson was named a 2009 Artist To Watch by Skope Magazine, and in November of that year they were featured in a short documentary film about KEXP for

Additionally, the band has experienced great success with live shows, packing venues in the Pacific Northwest. They have headlined rooms ranging from Neumos to The Tractor to the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. They have opened for a number of national and international touring acts as well, including members of Phish and the Grateful Dead, The Bottle Rockets, Fastball, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and Micky and the Motorcars, among others.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011


David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player. He has been rockin' and shoutin' the blues since 1957. An Alabama native and longtime Texas resident, he has been filling dance and concert halls from Vancouver Island to southern Ontario since relocating to Canada. He was among the headliners at this year's Labatt Blues Festival in Edmonton (where he sold 131 CD's off of sun aft slot) and appeared at last year's Calgary Blues Festival.

Vest has appeared numerous times at Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival and at Seattle's Bumbershoot. He has also performed at the New Orleans Jazzfest, the Arkansas Heritage Festival, and Houston's Juneteenth Celebration, among many others.

Highlights of his long career include performing with Big Joe Turner in the early '60s, working with Jimmy T99 Nelson and Lavelle White, touring Eastern Europe, and receiving the direct "laying on of hands" from Texas piano legends Floyd Dixon, Big Walter the Thunderbird, and Katie Webster. As a teenager, he sat in with the Jimmy Dorsey Band and Bill Black's Combo, and jammed with members of Woody Herman's New Thundering Herd.

In addition to his blues and jazz credentials, Vest has also appeared with many country music legends, including Red Foley and Faron Young. He wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette. (The story of their relationship is chronicled in Jimmy McDonough's recent best-seller, "Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen.")

Vest performed for several years as pianist, lead vocalist and songwriter with the Paul deLay Band. Their final CD, The Last of the Best, featuring several of Vest's songs, reached the Top Ten in the USA on Billboard's national blues charts.

Oregon Music News calls David Vest "a one-man highlight reel … one of the more unique individuals, let alone unique musicians you’ll ever want to meet."

The Red Deer Advocate is one of many newspapers to use the phrase "the real thing" in describing his music.

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011


About the Seatown Rhythm and Blues Band:

Hailing from Southern illinois, Guitarist Steve Black has brought his own style of Jazz, Blues and Funk to audiences not just in the US, but the middle and far east. Growing up in the Midwest in the 70's he played with blues greats like Luther Allison, Otis Rush, funk bands Confunkshun, Lakeside, the Barkays, and smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows. Now residing in Seattle he plays with a number of well known jazz, blues and funk bands throught out the Northwest. He has a clean sweet and soulful sound that is guaranteed to raise a brow.

Nick Name Cool V PFunk, Vernon Petry originally from Spokane Wash
has 40 plus years experience with R&B music and has played professionally in Pacific Northwest, Canada, Oregon, and California. Playing all styles of music from the 70's to what is today. His originality and natural style of rhythm & soul keeps the groove movin.

Born in Chicago illinois this Multi
Instrumentalist, Songwriter arranger and producer, Jayar is a gifted singer as
well. With an Amazing four and a half octive range, his natural vocal talents
range from classic soul to hard hitting blues. This exteremely versatile artist has give many outstanding performances throughtout the country
and over seas. Over the years he has produced, not only for himself, but for
other solo artists and groups also.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011


Alice Stuart has played with everyone from Taj Mahal to Frank Zappa. She started her career in the early sixties right here in the Pacific Northwest and along the way has assembled a wonderful catalog of folk, roots and blues.

Alice Stuart blazed the trail for women in Rock and Roll as one of the only females in the country to write her own music, front a male band, and play lead guitar on national and international circuits during the 1970s.

Blues Hall of Fame inductee Dick Waterman once remarked, "There would be no Bonnie Raitt without Alice Stuart."

And according to Taj Mahal, "Alice cut the road that Bonnie traveled."
Monday, October 24, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011


Check out Anacortes' best Happy Hour, 3-6PM and 10PM to close everyday. Get $1 off all pints, wine pours and cocktails. Order from our happy hour menu 3-6PM everyday and 11-close Fri and Sat. Enjoy pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, fish and chips, nachos, hot wings and more all for only 3.99!

Don't forget: Besides 16 handles of house brewed craft beer including year round cask and an extensive wine selection, the Rockfish Grill now serves your favorite cocktails!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011


C.D. Woodbury has performed in Texas Roadhouses and in Stadiums. He has performed for two US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and Jimi's music for the Hendrix family. He has jammed with jazz legends, international blues stars, and has worked with sidemen to the biggest rock acts. Yet, he still remains "the Northwest's best-kept secret". Though he has played many styles, he always returns to the blues and American roots music on his guitar.

In 2009, the C.D. Woodbury Band was formed primarily out of an unrehearsed appearance at the Snohomish Blues Invasion with CD and former members of Tim Casey's back-up band, the Bluescats. The Bluescats were one of the top acts in the region and a top selling act in Europe, including edging Eric Clapton to be the number 1 blues act in Belgium one year. Chris Kliemann, Don Montana, and Mike Fish are a dynamic, tight rhythm section.

The CD Woodbury Band plays a mixture of new interpretations of old favorites, obscure jems, and original songs.

"...Powerful" -Experience Hendrix Magazine

"...When I formed a band of my own, he was the first guy I called. I still work with him sometimes. I love C.D.” - Polly O'Keary, currently touring with Too Slim and the Taildraggers

"C.D. has a unique combination of education (he has a degree in music studies from Portland State), skill, raw musical talent and passion." - Steve Ater, Tone Kings

“When I got back to Seattle from my Roomful (of Blues) stint I needed a guitarist. On the good word of Randy Oxford I exchanged e-mails with C.D. We played our first gig together, no rehearsal. ...He is absolutely a consummate professional. That's A Fact, Jack.” Mark DuFresne

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011


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 perform with vocalist Annie Eastwood. Annie's sound combines blues and jazz with a unique sultry and sensitive touch that she can shape to rock the house.
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