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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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SAVAGE JAZZ
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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.
 
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THE ALKIS
Friday, July 3, 2015

THE ALKIS

For songwriter Carly Calbero and drummer Nika Wascher, The Alkis was an inevitability. After years of incorporating Wascher's unique drumming and harmonies, the switch to a band just made sense. Their chemistry is undeniable onstage and their rhythmic, high-energy songs are a welcomed change from the typical girls-playing-music. In June they debuted their first EP - Bright Eyed Kids. You can expect some great things from this new Seattle band.
 
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DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, July 6, 2015

DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY


Join us for Dinner and a Movie! Every Monday night, stop by the Rockfish Grill, order any food item and get a ticket to the Anacortes Cinema located right across the street for only 6 bucks! Movie tickets are good for any day of the week.
 
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STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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!

 
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KURT LINDSAY
Friday, July 10, 2015

KURT LINDSAY

A soulful singer/songwriter whose gritty vocals and introspective lyrics will swoon you silly. Kurt is a singer/songwriter who blends folk-sensibilities with soul and has been influenced by various musicians from Otis Redding, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice, all the way to The Beatles. For more info visit kurtlindsaymusic.com
 
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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).
 
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LITTLE JOE ARGO and RICK STAR
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LITTLE JOE ARGO and RICK STAR

Singer / songwriter and guitarist "Little" Joe Argo and bass player Rick Star in Argo and Star Go Country 6PM tonight.
 
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MIA VERMILLION
Friday, July 17, 2015

MIA VERMILLION

Mia Vermillion’s presence on the blues scene has the admired attention of both fans and critics alike. Based out of the Pacific Northwest, a current hot bed for blues talent, her 2009 independent debut CD titled “Alone Together With the Blues” transformed Mia from an unknown to a regionally and nationally known blues songstress – shinning a spotlight on blues talent emerging out of Seattle. Mia’s recordings received rave reviews, boasting airplay on The Roots Music Report Blues Radio chart Top 50 (2 weeks at #45 and #46) as well as rocketing to #2 on XM Radio’s B.B. King’s Bluesville’s ‘Picks to Click’ with her recording of I’m Going to Copyright Your Kisses. Tracks from her debut record continue to play on both terrestrial radio and XM Sirius satellite radio.

In spring 2009, upon the release of her debut, an injury set Mia back and kept her from performing for nearly two years. But as a testament to her depth and breadth of talent and determination for well-being, she returned to performance in 2011 to tear up the main stage at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon. Mia also opened two nights for Grammy nominee and Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond at Seattle’s Jazz Alley. She has spent 2012 touring regionally at prominent festivals and well-known venues, and working on the beginnings of her next recording project.Mia Vermillion - 2012 Untapped Blues & Brews Festival

Whether performing with a solid rhythm section and guitar behind her, or in a solo performance with her guitar, Mia Vermillion brings her own songs, beats and style to the blues creating a fresh unique sound. “…One of the best vocalists I’ve heard in a while…” says Graham Clarke with Blues Bytes Magazine. Mia’s voice and stage presence has been described as sultry and intoxicating. “…she infuses her singing with more humidity than Ma Rainey and more sex than Lena Horn,” according to AllAboutJazz.com’s Michael Bailey.

Her charismatic stage presence is supported by a crew of very gifted musicians: Jason Edwards, a talented young drummer out of Seattle; various notable Northwest bassists; and Rod Cook on slide and acoustic guitar. Collectively, these musicians have performed and recorded with such noteworthy artists as Heart, Taj Mahal, Vicci Martinez, The Halyards, and James “Curley” Cooke of the Steve Miller Band.

Additionally, Mia and guitar/dobro master Orville Johnson won the Washington Blues Society’s blues challenge in the Solo/Duo category as representatives for the prestigious Blues Foundation 26th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. (Due to the fore mentioned injury during that period Mia was unable to attend the IBC.)
 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FIDALGO SWING

Join us for some great Django inspired tunes performed by local favorites Fidalgo Swing.
 
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ANDREW NORSWORTHY
Friday, July 24, 2015

ANDREW NORSWORTHY

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and now rooted down in Seattle, Andrew Norsworthy has written, recorded, and performed music for over 20 years. Traveling across the US extensively, and playing in Europe as well, he has had the opportunity to share stages with such terrific artists as Kelly Joe Phelps, Josh Rouse, Dan Bern, Michelle Malone, Patrick Sweany, Tim Easton, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and many others. His most recent release is 2012’s blues-soaked ‘The Key & The Cross’, described by the Seattle Weekly as a showcase for “badass guitar playing” and an “equally strong voice”.
 
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Anacortes Brewery 21st Birthday Party at Heart of Anacortes
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Anacortes Brewery 21st Birthday Party at Heart of Anacortes

The Anacortes Brewery Celebrates their 21st Birthday 2-7PM Saturday, July 25th at the Heart of Anacortes. This means our local brewery, the 10th oldest in the state, is finally old enough to drink it’s own beer!

There’s a ton of fun in store for this coming of age party including Comedy Improv with Brian Geer and Mike Jenkins, the Anacortes Community Theater Players performing songs and scenes from ACT productions, members of the Bellingham Circus Guild, the Anacortes Music Channel hosted by Karl Blau, Little Joe Argo and Rick Star in Argo and Star Go Country, Wide Willie Washburn, Fanny Alger and the Bartender Olympics emcee’d by Washington Beer Commission executive director, Eric Radovich. On air personalities from KISM Radio 92.9 Bellingham will also be on hand.

Beer and Wine service will feature multiple Anacortes brews with food provided by the Rockfish Grill and H2O. The Anacortes Brewery’s 21st Birthday Party is a 21 and over event. The Heart of Anacortes is located at the corner of 4th and O in downtown Anacortes.

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2:00-2:30 Comedy Improv with Brian Geer and Mike Jenkins
2:30-3:15 Anacortes Music Channel Showcase hosted by Karl Blau
3:15-3:45 Bellingham Circus Guild Presents
3:45-4:30 Little Joe Argo and Rick Star
4:30-5:00 Anacortes Community Theater Players
5:00-5:30 Wide Willie Washburn
5:30-6:00 The Bartender Olympics (MC Eric Radovich)
6:00-7:00 Fanny Alger
 
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THE SWINGNUTS
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

THE SWINGNUTS

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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LLOYD JONES - SOLO
Friday, July 31, 2015

LLOYD JONES - SOLO


So, who exactly is Lloyd Jones?

Portland, Oregon roots artist Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. He’s a relentless road dog, hitting festival stages, Delbert’s annual Sandy Beaches Cruises (he’s been a regular on six winter cruises), and clubs all across the land to enthusiastic crowds who can’t get enough of his swampy blues, his backporch picking, his serious-as-anthrax funk, soul, roadhouse two-beats, and old-school rhythm and blues (back before the R&B tag was somehow appropriated for other musical purposes, apparently when we weren’t looking). Yet he may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene.

What’s he sound like?

Jones is a master of the soulful understatement, the raw growl, and the groove. From his roots in muddy Oregon soil, he’s forged a 30-plus-year career as an impassioned singer and fierce guitar slinger, a clever and soulful songwriter, a bandleader, record producer, and an almost strident torchbearer for all that’s true and good about America’s music. Jones is his own true artist who works diligently at pushing American roots music forward.

What he does, he says, is “combine New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century. This music is not about louder and faster. It’s about time, meter, groove. I thought Muddy and Walter and those guys were pushing the envelope in their era. They were using effects, they were inventing their own sound. They were modern. I want to look at it in a contemporary way.” The gist is all the same — Lloyd Jones is the total package.

Played with anybody we know?

Consider this: Robert Cray sings his praises the way Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang gospel. Delbert McClinton won’t cruise the high seas without him. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Joe Louis Walker and Coco Montoya saw fit to record his songs (and some of those songs have turned up as soundbed music on national TV shows). He counts McClinton, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall and other luminaries among his friends and musical cohorts, and can tell you stories that’ll curl your toes about touring with the likes of Earl King, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Clay, Etta James and scores of others.

He’s shared stages and spotlights with Albert Collins, Cray, Raitt, McClinton, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Dr. John, John Hammond, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, and a hundred more. And except for Albert and Junior, God rest their souls, all will pretty much still say nice things about him. For years he’s been living, learning and interpreting in his own way this music for which he has so much respect. He’s recorded award-winning albums for Blind Pig, AudioQuest, Burnside Records and Criminal Records that gained him international acclaim. He’s earned every fan he has the hard way — by laying it down stinkier than year-old cheese every night on every stage and in every recording session.

So how can you help?

Jones is a gifted singer, songwriter, American storyteller and energetic showman. He writes timeless music, steeped in a rich musical history that he’s learned, lived and loved over the years. “This is not a work of science,” he says. “It’s about attitude and joy that applies to all age groups. I’m addicted to this music.”

Lloyd Jones and his timeless, swampified American songwriting style is tailor-made for dancing like crazy people on a Saturday night. Jones is no poser, no youngster who copped a couple of quick blues licks and headed for the big time with a cocky swagger and a brand-new Strat. You see it in his face when he plays — the ear-to-ear grin, the soul-gripping grimace when he bites off another stinging note. You hear it in every heart-aching lyric, sung in a voice that genuinely shares with you life’s hard knocks and hard-won secrets. Many roots heavyweights, not to mention legions of CD-buying fans, sing his praises. Give him a listen, and you will too.

Lloyd Jones performs Thursday January 31st from 8-11PM.
 
 
             
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