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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, September 11, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015


The music of guitarist-singer-composer Eric Madis reflects his diverse and deep roots in American music: blues, jazz, country and Hawaiian. Eric has released five CD’s on Luna Records, and his music has appeared on film soundtracks, television and radio. Although best known for his solo and group work, Eric’s guitar artistry has appeared on numerous recordings and he has performed with a diversity of recording artists, including Chicago bluesman Big Walter Horton, Hawaii’s Fabulous Farden Family, ukulele virtuoso Bill Tapia, swing violinist Paul Anastasio, and poet-author Nicki Grimes. Eric was a 1981 Kerrville Festival New Folk finalist, a 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz finalist, and he has received multiple award nominations from Washington Blues Society and the Northwest Area Music Association. Eric has taught guitar classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada, currently teaches for Dusty Strings Music School in Seattle and his online guitar lessons with are popular worldwide.

Paul Anastasio began studying the violin at age nine. Initially classically trained, he soon began exploring the worlds of American popular and folk music, performing as part of a bluegrass band and competing in fiddle contests while still in his teens. He soon found himself distracted from fiddle hoedowns by the hot sounds of swing violin and western swing fiddling. In the mid-1970s Paul had the good fortune to meet the great jazz violinist Joe Venuti. Joe regularly invited Paul to perform with him on stage in a Seattle club. Paul only found out later that he had had the distinct honor of being the only student ever invited to study at Joe's home in Seattle. After Joe's death Paul continued an intensive study of Venuti's style, and today he is considered one of the foremost authorities on Venuti's passionate, swinging approach to jazz violin.

At about the same time Paul began his studies with Joe, he began working on the road in the band of country music legend Merle Haggard. This was to be the first of several jobs he would work with top western swing and country music bands including Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin and Loretta Lynn. After performing in all fifty states, traveling over a million miles on band buses and eating in truck stops for the better part of ten years, he decided that he had enjoyed as much as he could stand and returned to his native Pacific Northwest.

Today Paul is considered not only a fine performer but a respected popular music historian as well, as he has spent over thirty years seriously studying the role of the violin in American popular music. He has had the opportunity to study informally with the best fiddlers on the music scene, including country and western swing legends Cliff Bruner, Joe Holley, Johnny Gimble and Buddy Spicher. He is in great demand as an instructor at summer music camps throughout the U.S. and Canada, is Review Editor and writes a regular column for Fiddler Magazine and teaches privately as well.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015


Local favorite el Colonel brings his new duo partner, Mary de la Fuente, to the Rockfish for some great music. Show starts at 8PM.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015


The Rockfish Grill is closed today. See you Tuesday!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015


The Swingnuts perform from 6-9PM tonight. They play high-spirited swing, upbeat Brazilian, and hot jazz—rare gems from the 1920s to the 1950s, plus modern day originals.

Peggy Wendel draws upon her vaudeville theater background to deliver her jazz favorites. She also pens swinging originals on themes as old as romance and as modern as Facebook.

Andy Carr has been on the scene playing piano in Puget Sound jazz and swing circles for over 30 years, as well as accompanying vocalists, choirs, and musical theatre. He can be heard tickling the ivories for the BlueStreet Voices jazz choir, and with Tangoheart Quartet.

Mark Dodge lays a solid foundation on bass, drawn from an extensive knowledge of musical styles and instruments. He’s played professionally since the 1980s. His studio label, Big Quack Records, produces folk, rock, and jazz albums.

Philip Nakano plays percussion with an ear for rhythmic grooves. His flute and sax solos have soul and style. He’s known for his satisfying beats in bands throughout the area, including Rivertalk and Fidalgo Swing.

Pete Smith is an accomplished guitarist who delves into the intricacies of swing, bebop, Brazilian, bluegrass, and gypsy styles. He’s played in Fidalgo Swing and was a regular on the Bongo Corral television show.
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