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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 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, September 3, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010

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

2008 WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards: Nominated for Best Traditional Blues act, Best Solo/Duo act, Best Acoustic Guitar, Best Songwriter
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010

BILL MATTOCKS BAND


The Bill Mattocks band is a tight high energy outfit delivering first rate contemporary blues and blues based rock. They band consists of some of the top players in the area and are led by triple threat vocalist, harp player and front man, Bill Mattocks.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 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, September 9, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 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, September 10, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010

CHRIS STEVENS and the SURF MONKEYS


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.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010

RANDY OXFORD BAND

When one thinks of award-winning instrumentalists in the rhythm-and-blues realm, the trombone is definitely not the first instrument that comes to mind. Most of the trophies in this game, at least on the national level, seem to go to electric guitarists, with the occasional harmonica player, keyboardist, or saxophonist picking up an award or two along the way. That makes Randy Oxford the proverbial "big frog" in the very small pond of blues-based trombonists, having chalked up more than twenty awards from the Washington Blues Society and similar Northwest organizations over the course of his career. This year finds the restlessly creative trombonist sporting a new band and a brand-new CD with a title that reflects his current musical orientation: MEMPHIS TO MOTOWN.

Born in 1960 in Seattle's Ballard district, Oxford heard a wide range of music from his parents' record collection during his formative years, and when he moved with his family to Chicago at age eleven, the listening opportunities only increased. "My parents played classical, jazz, pop, and even some Sousa," he recalls. "George Shearing was a big favorite on the record player as was Peggy Lee, Boots Randolph, Henry Mancini, Sinatra, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Crosby, and of course, Tommy Dorsey. My parents would go out to the London House in Chicago and see many of these groups perform live, and then they would come home with their albums and play them all day long. They would take me to see the Chicago Symphony one week and then Stan Kenton the next week. I learned early on that there was a whole wide world full of all kinds of music out there, and I felt very lucky to be around it at such an early age."

As a result of one cultural outing in particular, the young Randy Oxford discovered his lifelong instrument and took it up during his sixth-grade school year. "My dad always had a fascination with brass," Oxford explains, "and he took me to see "The Music Man", which had great music in it, including "76 Trombones". That looked like a lot of fun, so I gave it a go. The school really needed someone to step up and take on the trombone, as most kids wanted to play trumpet, sax, and drums."

After high school, Oxford was encouraged by his father to try out for the Army band. "The audition consisted of traveling to the Great Lakes naval Base in Chicago and going into a room full of military musicians who sat there and judged your ability to sight read sheet music," he recalls. "The sheet music covered many different styles, tempos, and dynamics. Luckily for me, I had four solid years in my high school band, where we did lots of sight reading of all kinds of music, so I was well prepared. After the audition, they said that they had an open spot for a trombone player in Europe. Once I was guaranteed a spot in Europe, I was ready to sign the papers."

After a chilly winter's boot camp in Missouri, Oxford was sent to the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. The course, which lasted nearly a year, combined musicians from all four branches of the Service for a curriculum that encompassed everything from symphonic music to swing and involved plenty of music theory and sight reading. "One amazing thing to me at the time, coming right out of high school, was that I was getting paid to attend this School of Music instead of paying to go to a dreaded college!" Oxford marvels.

Assigned to Berlin, Oxford gained invaluable experience in many countries and settings, playing to military and civilian audiences alike. "We had an Army group called The Ambassadors of Jazz that played American big-band swing all over Europe," he explains, "and the Europeans just went crazy for it! I found out that many of the old-school Big Band musicians were living in Berlin. I met Al Porcino, the legendary trumpet player from the Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich bands, and he asked me to join his big band. This was the ultimate school of music for me."

In 1981 Oxford returned home to the States, transferring to fill a trombone spot in the band stationed at Fort Ord, California, near Monterey. Once there, he lost no time in connecting with the local music scene. He worked with many groups, including the swing-oriented Monterey Peninsula Big Band, but his most influential experience came from a three-year stint with the Broadway Blues Band, a Santa Cruz ensemble whose instrumentation included a Hammond B3 organ and a three-piece horn section. "This is the band that really got me started on the blues," he explains. "All the old blues classics were played with this band, and we played at the 25th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. It was a blast!"

After finishing his military service in 1984, Oxford rteturned to the Seattle area and became a regular at the blues jam at Ballard's Owl Cafe wher he met Seattle keyboard and harmonica legend Dick Powell. Powell told him that guitarist Mark Whitman and his band Duo Glide might be looking for a trombonist. "I sat in with them, and they asked me to join the band," he recalls. "That led to shows and recordings with Jr. Cadillac, Little Bill and The Bluenotes, Fat Cat, Junkyard Jane, Nicole Fournier, and now finally The Randy Oxford Band."

Although he had recorded with Al Porcino, The Ambassadors of Jazz, and even his high school bands, Oxford made his first Northwest album as a result of joining the immensely popular roots-rock band Jr. Cadillac, participating in a 20th anniversary cassette album recorded live in 1988 at the Seattle Sheraton. Early the following year, probably with Cadillac, Oxford played a 50th birthday celebration honoring Northwest rock-and-roll legend Little Bill Engelhart, and Engelhart was so impressed with Oxford's playing that he invited him to join his band. Eighteen years later, Oxford still views the eight years spent with Little Bill and The Bluenotes as his most important learning experience. "Little Bill is my main mentor in the blues," he says. "He really taught me how to play the blues and live the blues. He taught me how to survive the tough times in the music biz and how to keep a band working year after year. He is why I am still going strong in this tough music business today."

In 1998, Oxford started jamming with a new, eclectically styled Tacoma band called Junkyard Jane whose "swampabilly blues" repertoire relied heavily on original material. During Oxford's three-year tenure the band made three CD's, achieved great local popularity, and placed as one of the top eight entries in a Memphis-based national Battle of the Bands competition.

After leaving Junkyard Jane in 2001, Oxford decided to take what he had learned about the music business and turn it into an enterprise that would help to build and strengthen the local blues community. Beginning at the now-defunct Jake's Alehouse in Federal Way, he started hosting weekly jam sessions at appropriate venues in the Puget Sound area. "I wanted to help musicians hook up and find bands and gigs," he explains, "so I started hosting blues jam sessions and started my own booking agency, Oxford Entertainment. Now I can help bands form and find new players from the blues jams that I host. Then I can help them find gigs through my booking agency."

One of the happiest results of Oxford's jam sessions was the discovery of the personnel that comprised the first Randy Oxford Band. Bassist Jack Kinney, originally from southern California, had toured with such legendary rockers as the Ventures, the Coasters, and the Isley Brothers before settling in the Northwest and joining Oxford. Singer/guitarist Jerry Lee Davidson had left his native Seattle as a musically restless teenager in the early 1970's to try his luck in Chicago's thriving folk and blues circles, eventually working with a pantheon of artists ranging from Willie Dixon to Willie Nelson to Chuck Berry. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Virginia Klemens had also made her mark on the Chicago music scene at a young age, fronting her own bands as well as working with artists like Doc Watson, Maria Muldaur, and bluesman Homesick James.

With the discovery of drummer/vocalist Riky Hudson, a Little Rock, Arkansas native with a diverse musical background, the band was complete. Its debut CD ALL THE BUZZ, released in late 2004, was a masterful integration of tradition and creativity, spanning an uncommonly wide range of eras and sources. It earned Oxford a 2005 award for Best Blues Recording from the Washington Blues Society.

The following year, however, Randy Oxford surprised the local blues community with a decision to break up his highly successful band and start over, explaining to the Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE last November that he felt the band had "hit a plateau" and needed a more diverse repertoire and more showmanship to attract a larger audience. Drawing on the vast resource pool of musicians discovered at his popular weekly jam sessions, he put together a new Randy Oxford Band, keeping only guitarist Steve Blood and drummer Riky Hudson. The title of his recently released CD, MEMPHIS TO MOTOWN, reflects the change. "To be a modern day 21st century Blues band," he explains in his liner notes, "you have to branch out and embrace a style called "Americana", which includes R&B, Funk, Motown, Jazz, and all kinds of sounds wrapped around a Blues core."

Although this disc certainly displays a new sound, it's a far cry from the banal, commercialistic sellout that this hard-core traditionalist critic might have feared. Steve Blood and guest guitarist Dean Reichert contribute wonderfully complementary solos to such straight-ahead blues as Keb Mo's "Dirty low Down and Bad", Denise LaSalle's "Someone Else Is Steppin' In", and Delbert McClinton's "Go On". "Honey", a slow, minor-key blues co-written and sung by new bassist Dominique Stone, gets an expressive guitar solo from Steve Blood that calls B.B. King to mind. Heather Rayburn, a native Texan who serves as primary lead vocalist, delivers most of her songs in a muscular, up-front contralto, but on Mildred Anderson's Forties-era blues "Cool Kind of Poppa", she employs what Oxford calls a "Betty Boop" style that evokes Maria Muldaur'supper range.

Since the Randy Oxford Band had already included the James Brown hit "Think" on its first release, the Memphis-to-Motown soul-music connection that defines its latest album constitutes more of an emphasis shift than a new direction. Consequently, the material here that doesn't strictly qualify as blues encompasses Elvin Bishop's gospelesque "I'll Be Glad", the fun-loving funk of Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Bow Wow", and a couple of Motor City hits from the early Seventies led by Dominique Stone. The best of these latter tracks is Marvin Gaye's protest anthem "What's Going On", backed by tight, refreshing vocal harmony from the band. The closest thing to contemporary pop on this album is Joan Osborne's haunting "Safety In Numbers", which Heather Rayburn delivers in a sensitive, country-influenced style that further showcases her versatility.

Throughout the program, Randy Oxford utilizes the trombone's full range of tonal possibilities, riffing convincingly with the guitarists and taking solos that reflect the heat and spice of New Orleans or the cool of the Tommy Dorsey era as the situation demands. "I think that you will enjoy the "Americana" style of Blues that my band is exploring these days," he says in his new CD's liner notes. Like his previous release, MEMPHIS TO MOTOWN can be purchased at live shows and on his website, randyoxford.com
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 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, September 15, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 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, September 17, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010

GEOFFREY CASTLE BAND


Geoffrey Castle, the founder of the groundbreaking group, The Guarneri Underground, will change forever the way you think about the violin, unless you've seen him already. Then you know that you're in for an incredible night of music unlike anything you've heard anyplace else.

Featured on CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, hundreds of radio stations nationwide, Castle is known for his inspired, high energy, crowd pleasing virtuoso performances in venues both large and small, all over the world.

See him in an intimate setting, one night only, with his All-Star Band featuring Darin Watkins on drums and Eric Robert on Keys.

Come prepared to have the kind of time that you will be talking about for a long long while... CDs, DVDs, and fabulous artwork by Mrs. Shannon Castle (they got married in the Rockfish, so it's a special occasion) will all be available at the concert.

"Castle has created a pure, uncluttered masterpiece" - Seattle P-I

"Jaw Dropping Rock Violinist" - Anchorage Daily News

"If you missed him, kick yourself!" - Anchorage Press

"Castle redefines what is possible on the violin." - Kirkland Reporter

Show starts at 9 PM. Cover is $10 at the door.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010

RED HOT BLUES SISTERS


2008 BB Awards recipient for Best Band and Entertainer of the Year. 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 local blues community by surprise with the power and depth of their musicianship.

Recently featured live performances including a 2007 European Tour including Belgium, France, Netherlands and Germany and on the main stages of Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Sunbanks Blues Festival, Mt. Baker Blues Fest, Bite of Seattle, The Yale in B.C. Canada, Seattle's Northwest Folklife, Blues by the Sea, Highway 99, The New Orleans, Rockrgrl Music Conference and Wild Buffalo have continued to introduce the talents of RHBS to the Northwest music scene, resulting in extremely positive responses from ardent blues, rock and R&B fans.

Fronted by the hot and soulful vocals of Suze Sims and the searing rock/blues styles of Teri Anne Wilson on guitar, this group also features some of the finest North West musicians.

The Red Hot Blues Sisters have a guaranteed crowd pleasing show that is quickly gaining momentum, well-crafted songs with brilliant performances that are rapidly being picked up for airplay and a growing fan base!

PRODUCTIONS
Producers Bonnie Hayes and Tom Pfaeffle recently joined forces with Peace Code Records to produce their latest 2 song EP, Hot Off the Press which includes Ocean Beach and See You composed by Suze & Teri. Bonnie Hayes is best known for her hit songs "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Tom Pfaeffle is best known for his work with Heart and Queensrych. Together, they influenced an impressive sound on this EP!

Other releases by Red Hot Blues Sisters include: Flood In The Basement released May 2005 Peace Code Records includes Kiss My Dimple and Lost & Found Friends of the Holidays 2005 released November 2005 Compilation CD produced by Friends of the Holidays includes Lost & Found along with songs by artists Rod Cook & Toast, Randy Oxford Band, Stickshift Annie w/ Kimball and the & Blues Alliance.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 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, September 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 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.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010

CURTIS HAMMOND BAND


The Curtis Hammond Band featuring guitarist Mark Noftsger and the Thirteenth Street Horns has been together in various forms for over 25 years, regularly performing at major Northwest venues such as The Central Saloon, Parkers (appeared with the Lovemongers including Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart), and the Shark Club.

Formerly known as Get Off the Stage, the band performs a highly danceable blend of blues, R&B, and soul. The current lineup consists of nine top flight Seattle area musicians including former members of Northwest pro bands such as the Dick Powell Band and Broham.

The group is lead by vocalist and percussionist Curtis Hammond. Curtis started out singing and playing with his Brothers and Father as a teen in the 70's with a band called Broham. They traveled around California, the NW and Canada. After a musical hiatus, Curtis was invited to perform with the Funk Brothers at the Showbox. He was approached by drummer Steve Thompson after the show and invited to sing for Get Off The Stage. His musical influences are Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, and any kind of old skool funk!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010

CD WOODBURY

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

"he is a musician's guitarist." Roy Brown, from the March 2009 WBS Bluesletter
Monday, September 27, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010

CLOSED

The Rockfish Grill is clolsed for remodeling. We will re-open 11 AM Friday Oct 1.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CLOSED

The Rockfish Grill is clolsed for remodeling. We will re-open 11 AM Friday Oct 1.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CLOSED

The Rockfish Grill is clolsed for remodeling. We will re-open 11 AM Friday Oct 1.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010

CLOSED

The Rockfish Grill is clolsed for remodeling. We will re-open 11 AM Friday Oct 1.
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