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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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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

FRANKLY MOANIN'


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.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009

GERTRUDE'S HEARSE

Gertrude (grrr-trood) - An old-time name representing the style of music from which the band bases its sound. They are equally comfortable playing acoustically, around a single can microphone, or plugged into a PA on-stage. Versatility has been an important factor in their early success as a band.

Hearse (her-sss) - A car used to transport a coffin to a burial site. It is also a somewhat taboo word in the English language, not often used and retaining a sort of mystery. The name of the band is hard to get out of the heads of those who have said it aloud or read it in print.

Gertrude’s Hearse is a band hailing from La Conner, Washington. The band was formed atop the hill by bassist Stephen Starr and guitarist Raymond John adding Tim Saxton, Keith Stone, Matt Clausen and a plethora of other players to become one of the area’s hottest bands. In short amount of time, they have built an outstanding repertoire of music ranging from folk, country and rock to bluegrass, R&B and punk. No one else has their style, their energy, or their theme.

The undertakers and country-rock-bluegrass-rockin-punk-folk singers gaining quite a reputation in the Pacific Northwest are commonly known as Gertrude’s Hearse. They are becoming legend, often imitated, and never reproduced. Mothers watch yer daughters, fathers git yer guns, brothers watch yer tounges and everyone git ready for a shin splittin’ good time when Gertrude’s Hearse rolls into town.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009

SON JACK JR and DELTA HOTHOUSE

Pour one part each of Son House, John Lee Hooker, RL Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Skip James, and Blind Willie Johnson into a large blender. Add a couple splashes of Big Bill Broonzy, Sleepy John Estes and Long John Baldry. Add triple measures of guitar wizardry, top notch songwriting, engaging stage presence, and alot of sweat and you've got an idea of what a Son Jack Jr show is like.

Son Jack Jr. is a blues singer, songwriter and guitarist who performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets.

Raised in London, England, he moved to the US in 1997 where he re-started a musical career that had been dormant for 20 years. Back in the 70’s and ‘80’s he recorded, performed and toured extensively in the UK. Now he's back with two critically acclaimed releases since 2005.

His latest album “When The Devil Calls” hit the Top 50 chart on payplay.fm in May 2008 and gets regular airplay on local, national and international radio, including XM Satellite’s Channel 74, BluesVille.

“…he makes you shiver. His beautiful voice, his perfectly timed licks and his never ceasing love for the Mississippi Delta amaze me.” ROOTSTIME

“…an amazingly talented player and singer of the Delta Blues. Fans of the Delta Blues will quickly fall in love with the unique way Son Jack Jr. offers his special interpretation of that style.” BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK

“…Original back porch, acoustic blues that's flavored with the founders of this art form. If you have a soul his music connects to it.” BLUESLETTER

“I love country blues and don’t hear much these days so I was happy to hear the new CD by Son Jack Jr. He must really love country blues because he sure has the feel”. CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

Selected NW 2008 appearances:
Sunbanks R&B Festival
Untapped Blues Festival
Music for the Mountain Festival
Triple Door Musicquarium Lounge
Highway 99 Blues Club
Rockfish Grill

2008 WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards: Nominated for Best Traditional Blues act, Best Solo/Duo act, Best Acoustic Guitar, Best Songwriter.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009

DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY


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, April 8, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

THE STILLY RIVER BAND


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!

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009

GRETA MATASSA


Five times voted the northwest’s “best jazz vocalist” by Earshot Jazz, Greta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today.

In demand for concert and nightclub appearances, her one-woman show, “Ella and Billie,” a musical tribute, won her critical acclaim. Her collaborations and guest appearances with Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Teatro ZinZanni, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Men’s Chorus have been innovative and successful.

Greta has released four CD’s and a live concert on DVD. She receives regular national airplay and has been compared with greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, and Nancy Wilson.

Greta Matassa has become one of the hottest tickets on the northwest jazz scene, so don't miss this show.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009

MAGGIE'S FURY

Maggie's Fury combines the rousing melodies of the Irish fiddle and whistle with spirited vocal harmonies likened to Eastern Canadian Maritime traditions. Add a touch of modern folk rock and you have the perfect recipe for Celtic mayhem pack to the kilt with harmony, passion and spirit.

Based in Bellingham, Washington, Maggie's Fury came to life five years ago from the musical passions of brothers Terry and James Walters, and life long family friend Roxanne Read.

"Early on I can remember us trying to decide which angle the band should take," said guitarist James Walters. "Then one sunny afternoon the three of us were at a northwest highland games festival. I can recall us thinking, wouldn't it be great to have a band performing that was vocally charged and got the crowd excited to be here. We need to be that band. From that moment on we began writing songs that combined traditional Celtic elements with modern vocal rock energy. Since then, we have never looked back."

In 2000 the band released their first CD titled "Wherever You Roam". The 10 song freshman debut featured nine original tunes inspired by the bands wanderlust for foreign travel, and one traditional East coast maritime selection. The band also began to expand their sound to larger venues and added Bellingham drummer, Tom Caldwell. Caldwell's upbeat, energized drumming style added the extra punch that the band needed to break into the Northwest club scene. Ready to meet the local music scene head on, the band adopted the name Maggie's Fury, a name more suited toward their fierce developing sound. The name "Maggie" comes from the Walters brothers dearly departed mother.

"Mom always had a love for a gathering," said Terry Walters. "Her fiery spirit and love for people have a tremendous influence on the way James, Roxanne and I write songs. It is very fitting that we name the band after her."

In 2002 the band released their second CD titled "Across the Irish Sea", produced and recorded by Whidbey Island sound guru, David Maloney (Junk Yard Jane and Sister Monk Harem). Where their first CD explored their general love for travel, their second effort took listeners to the source of the band's spiritual homeland, Ireland. "Across the Irish Sea" explored the bands' Celtic roots with upbeat Irish pub songs and traditional Irish melodies.

In 2003 the band added Bellingham fiddle sensation, Howie Meltzer. Howie's passion for the fiddle and traditional know-how have really strengthened the bands Celtic sound.

With fiddler in tow, in 2005 the band recorded their third CD, ...And the Waves Roll On". Named for one of Roxanne's sea faring songs, And the Waves Roll On is a collection of band originals, sea shantys, and traditional tunes that honor the brave souls who have faired the stormy seas.

In 2006 The band added yet another element to their Celtic arsenal. Irish dancer, Heather Turner added her dancing and shaking skills to the bands mix, giving Maggie's Fury audiences a well rounded Celtic experience. Trained in Irish Dance at the University of Limmerick, Heather is a bundle of fire and passion that keeps the band rocking along. When she is not dancing a jig or reel, Heather joins in with her natural percussion talents on drums, shakers, and an occasional tambourine .

The sound of Maggie's Fury continues to grow and reach wider audiences each year, and their diehard fan base remains consistent. So raise a pint at one of their next shows and revel in the spirit of the Celts, as Maggie's Fury provides the musical mayhem.

Sláinte, Cheers!

"Maggie's Fury's 'Pour Another Round' lays it on as thick as Guinness Stout." (Bellingham Herald, Take Five)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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, April 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009

FIRKIN FRIDAYS


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, April 18, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009

THE FAT TONES

Stealing the show at major music venues, blowing away audiences, winning award after award both collectively and individually has all become common place for the Fat Tones.

In the last two years the Fat Tones have won 10 different awards at the Empire Blues Society Awards Banquet, including BEST BLUES GUITARIST, BEST BLUES BAND, BEST BLUES DRUMMER, BEST BLUES BASSIST, BEST BLUES ALBUM, BEST SLIDE GUITARIST and BEST PERFORMER.

The band's independent releases include their fifth CD “$50 and Free Beer”, joining the hot selling “Struttin'”, the ever popular “Three” and their debut "Bomb Run".

Sometimes fate allows all the puzzle pieces to fall into place, and that is exactly what happened one fruitful night a few years back at a club in Spokane, Washington. Bobby Patterson (Lead Guitar), Bob Ehrgott (Bass Guitar), and Robby Minton (Drums) got into a jam that electrified the audience and had them screaming for more.

Since then, the Fat Tones have evolved into a high-impact, progressive fusion of Blues and Rock that leaves their audiences blown away.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009

HEATHER MASSE and AOIFE O'DONOVAN

Heather Masse from the Wailin' Jennys and Aoife O'Donovan from Crooked Still bring their touring band to the Rockfish.

Cover is $15 at the door. Showtime is 9 PM. Call 360-588-1720 for reservations.

During last year’s Tulip Festival when Canadian trio The Wailin’ Jennys played a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, alto Heather Masse nearly brought down the house with her rendition of “Tiptoe through the Tulips.” This year the Jennys are taking time off from touring, but Masse will be returning during the Tulip Festival for a very special concert at the Rockfish. She’ll be joined by Aoife O’Donovan, the acclaimed vocalist from Boston contemporary bluegrass group Crooked Still. Heather and Aoife (pronounced EEF-uh) will appear with their own band, including Portland pianist Jed Wilson.

Since earning a degree in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather Masse has performed with the band Joy Kills Sorrow and with her own group Heather & the Barbarians. Both groups have recordings featuring her vocals. Masse joined The Wailin’ Jennys in early 2006 and has toured extensively with the Jennys since then. She will appear on the group’s first live CD, scheduled for release in 2009. The Wailin’ Jennys have been frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor’s weekly public radio program. Masse’s performance with the Jennys so impressed Keillor that he invited her back for solo appearances on A Prairie Home Companion on both December 27, 2008, and January 24, 2009.

Aoife O’Donovan, also an alumna of the New England Conservatory, is a founding member and vocalist of Crooked Still, and is featured on the group’s three CDs. She has toured extensively with the group throughout North America and Europe, drawing rave reviews. O’Donovan is also a member of the folk noir trio Sometymes Why, which includes Kristin Andreassen of Uncle Earl and Ruth Ungar Merenda of The Mammals.

Here’s what critics have said about Masse and O’Donovan:

“Aoife O’Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a blusier Alison Krauss, she’s about to become the newest darling of the Americana set.” USA Today

"What a voice!  Every once in a while I happen on a voice so pure, with such great texture, intonation, time and phrasing that it stops me in my tracks. Heather Masse has all that and more." John Ziegler, KUMD

“Aoife O’Donovan has a voice of rare, stunning purity and clarity.” Sing Out!

"The icing on the cake [of Joy Kills Sorrow] . . . is vocalist Heather Masse, whose voice hovers somewhere between Alison Krauss and Maura O'Connell . . . ."  Sing Out !

“Singer Aoife O’Donovan provides seductive, down-home charm . . . a genuine class act.” Sing Out!

Discography:
Heather Masse -
Various Artists: "Down at the Sea Hotel" (2007) with The Wailin' Jennys
Heather Masse: "Many Moons" (2008) Heather & the Barbarians: "Tell Me Tonight" (2007)
Joy Kills Sorrow: "Joy Kills Sorrow" (2006)

Aoife O'Donovan
Crooked Still: "Still Crooked" (2008)
"Shaken by a Low Sound" (2006)
"Hop High" (2004)
Sometymes Why: "Your Heart is a Glorious Machine" (March 2009)
"Sometimes Why" (2005)
Wayfaring Strangers: "This Train" (2003)
CDs available from CDBaby.com or at the show

For artist information, visit www.heathermasse.com and www.myspace.com/aoifeodonovan

Heather Masse & Aoife O’Donovan
Presented by Tin Hut Concerts
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

JACK HAMILTON


Join us on on Gallery Walk Friday for an appearance by local guitarist, Jack Hamilton and his band, 9AM.
320 Commercial Ave. | Anacortes, Washington
360-588-1720 | MAP