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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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BADD DOG BLUES SOCIETY
Saturday, January 2, 2010

BADD DOG BLUES SOCIETY


Popular NW group Badd Dog Blues Society returns to the Rockfish.

Led by charismatic showman, vocalist and harmonica ace, Andy Koch, BDBS features a top notch line-up drawing from some of the premier players in the area.
 
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SAVAGE JAZZ
Wednesday, January 6, 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.
 
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THE SHOEMAKER BROTHERS
Friday, January 8, 2010

THE SHOEMAKER BROTHERS


Not every band is capable of producing powerful music, the kind that brings old souls to tears and young ones to their feet. But the Shoemaker Brothers, four siblings from Shelton, Washington, are not only capable of producing it—it is their only product. Theirs is the kind of music that evokes emotion; many an audience has fallen in love with their passion for and their commitment to their art. Their soulful sound is founded on classical strings and cultivated by American folk but grounded in a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility that keeps it fresh. The Brothers’ warm, homegrown vocals showcase lyrics that deal with issues that touch many American lives. In early January, they released a self-titled album before embarking upon a tour that will take them to the nation’s four corners.

Consisting of Samuel on the violin, Nathanael on the cello, Daniel on the viola, and Gabriel on the violin, the Brothers grew up as four of seven children—all of whom began their musical education at a very young age. Growing up, they performed as the “Shoemaker Family Singers,” along with their parents (the running joke is that their mother had aspirations of creating her own Von Trapp family). Apart from coming together for the occasional Shoemaker Family Christmas album, the Brothers largely pursued their musical endeavors independently. Nathanael wrote “Never Forget” for their oldest brother’s wedding, where he performed it with Samuel accompanying on the violin. The seed had been planted. The Brothers made the decision to officially come together in their current incarnation in December 2007.

When asked to cite their influences, they often bombard their interviewer with a stream of seemingly incongruent artists. They will certainly mention their immense respect and love of classical composers, such as Bach and Chopin, but are quick to make sure that they will not be limited to just these two. Their influences run from Creedence Clearwater Revival to John Legend, from the Rolling Stones to Dave Matthews, from Ray LaMontagne to Metallica. Please don’t make the mistake of trying to pigeonhole them—they simply won’t stand for it. It should be mentioned that in addition to their classical instruments, most of their shows feature the Brothers’ talent on the acoustic guitar, mandolin, Djembe, drum kit, and electric bass.

The Brothers went on their first tour during the summer of 2008, cruising down the Oregon Coast and through Napa Valley—playing music, making connections, and polishing their act. This past November they decided to make their music a full-time career. At the beginning of January they released their most recent, self-titled album while simultaneously beginning their first national tour. Thus far, they have traveled all around the country and have performed everywhere from Seattle to Boise, from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles, from Austin to New York City. They recently began the summer leg of their tour, which will keep them on the West Coast--traveling through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California.
 
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PAUL GREEN and STRAIGHT SHOT
Saturday, January 9, 2010

PAUL GREEN and STRAIGHT SHOT


Paul Green's 35-year professional career began in New Jersey in 1968 with The Blackberry Booze Band. He also performed with other Jersey musicians including Bruce Springsteen, The E Street Band, Clarence Clemons and Little Steven Van Zandt.


Moving to Oakland, California, in 1975, Paul became a member of the house band at a popular blues spot, Eli's Mile High Club, performing there weekly and recording two albums with JJ Malone and Troyce Key. From 1975 to 1989 he performed throughout the Bay Area with his own band and other musicians, including Sonny Rhodes, Little Frankie Lee, JJ "Bad Boy" Jones, Cool Papa, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, John Little John, and others.


In 1989 Paul relocated to Chicago where he continued to "cool himself" in the blues. He performed in such legendary Chicago blues clubs as Buddy Guy's, Rosa's, Kingston Mines, and Blues Etc., and shared the stage with such notables as Sugar Blue and Junior Wells.


Paul came to the Seattle area in 1991 and promptly won the Washington Blues Society award for "Best Blues Harmonica" in 1992. More recently, he won this award again in 2001, 2003 and 2004, and was also voted "Best Male Vocalist" in 2004.

Paul has recorded extensively with Dan Dean Productions for commercial and studio productions and has been performing locally in numerous venues with his hard-hitting Chicago-style electric blues quartet, Straight Shot.
 
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, January 12, 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).
 
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STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, January 13, 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!
 
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GAIL PETTIS
Friday, January 15, 2010

GAIL PETTIS

Three-time nominee and recent winner of Earshot Golden Ear Awards "Northwest Vocalist of the Year," Gail is a welcome addition to the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. Gail's rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing inspire comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae and have been described as "deliciously soulful" by Cadence Magazine.

Gail inherited a passion for jazz from her family while growing up in Gary, Indiana. Over the years, her desire for creative expression fueled an exploration of instrumental performance and dance, exposing her to many other styles of music, however vocal jazz remains her first love. Now residing in Seattle, she continues to draw inspiration from these diverse influences and enjoys sharing her unique talent with listeners at home and abroad. Most recently, she was artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, performing with the New Manhattan Big Band and with Eddie C. and the Dutch Jazz Cats on the mainstage and other venues in Amersfoort and Harderwijk. Included on this tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as a guest artist at Kobe's annual Jazz Vocal Queen Competition as 2006 First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition.

Closer to home, Gail's smooth, engaging style garners consistent praise from enthusiastic audiences in the region's finest jazz establishments including the Sorrento Hotel, Bake's Place Providence Point, Bellevue's 0/8 Seafood Grill & Twisted Cork Wine Bar, Osteria La Spiga in Capitol Hill. Audiences have also enjoyed her performances at Tula's, Bite of Seattle, and Belltown's La Vita 'e Bella Café.


In addition to public and private engagements, Gail enjoys spending time in the studio. Her voice-over work has been heard on radio and television commercials. Her debut CD, "May I Come In ?" was released to an enthusiastic national audience in August 2007 on the OA2 Record label. The recording has also been showcased on listeners on XM Satellite Radio and Music Choice television and was recently nominated for Earshot Golden Ear "2007 Northwest Recording of the Year".


"(Gail Pettis)....goes from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz."

—Earshot Jazz

When we select entertainment, we not only look for artists who have honed their skills, but we look for artists who connect with the music they perform and with the audience they are performing for. Gail Pettis, in our opinion, can do all of these things and more.

—Craig and Laura Baker, proprietors, Bake's Place Providence Point
 
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WOODRUSH
Saturday, January 16, 2010

WOODRUSH

Woodrush draws audiences into a refreshing live music experience through their infectious melodies and entertaining performance. In an industry where original sound is becoming harder to find, Woodrush delivers a generous blend of musical genres and variety to any entertainment line-up.

Woodrush founders, Kelly Shirey (lead vocals, guitar) and Jim Castaneda (vocals, vocal percussion, bass), have been performing together for over a decade, recently adding multi-instrumentalist, Leland Hirschman.

Their Alternative-Americana sound incorporates aspects of rock, pop, folk, funk, and jazz with classic vocal harmonies, reminiscent of bands such as Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Compelling melodies, vocal percussion and well-crafted songs sets Woodrush apart from the average band. In addition to their substantial selection of original songs, Woodrush also plays a diverse array of crowd-pleasing covers.

Their many years of experience includes performances at festivals, bars, coffee houses, restaurants, clubs, casinos and corporate events. It is evident in every performance that these three musicians have a true passion for what they do.
 
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DINNER and a MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, January 18, 2010

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.
 
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SPOONSHINE DUO
Wednesday, January 20, 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.
 
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FIRKIN FRIDAY
Friday, January 22, 2010

FIRKIN FRIDAY


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!
 
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BILL MATTOCKS BAND
Saturday, January 23, 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.
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU
Tuesday, January 26, 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!
 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, January 27, 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.
 
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BILLET-DEUX
Friday, January 29, 2010

BILLET-DEUX


Billet-Deux plays acoustic jazz influenced by the work of Django Reinhardt and his musical heirs.

Music filtered through the cafes of Paris , the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Classical concert halls, and modern jazz all combine within Billet-Deux to create a incredible musical experience. Modern Gypsy Jazz.

This amazing group of musicians consists of Troy Chapman - Guitar, James Hinkley - Cello and Vocals, Keith Bowers - Guitar, Michael Yocco - Bass and Roger Bennett - Drums and Percussion.
 
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JAMES HIGGINS and the MUDDY BOOTS BAND
Saturday, January 30, 2010

JAMES HIGGINS and the MUDDY BOOTS BAND


James Higgins and the Muddy Boots Band began playing together in May 2008 and realized that they had something special: an infectious musical chemistry that even fans can't help but notice and tap their feet to. The band immediately began performing in and around Bellingham and have been gigging regularly throughout the winter.

Their repertoire has been described as infectious, fun, upbeat blues and folk with environmental and political undercurrents, danceable and family-friendly - irresistibly raw folk, rock, and blues brewed in Scotland and bottled in America!

Band leader and singer/songwriter James Higgins, a native of Scotland, spent years traveling throughout continental Europe playing music on the streets, in pubs and at festivals. In addition to his own songs, Higgins also has an endless repertoire of cover songs ranging from Scottish/Irish traditional to acoustic folk, rock and blues a la Neil Young, JJ Cale, Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, to name just a few. During those years, he played almost every corner of the Continent before moving to the Pacific Northwest.

Along his winding route he wrote a huge repertoire of songs and drew countless sketches of the places and faces he passed. His music is a blend of steam-rolling, hobo blues and haunting folk melodies that often reflect his life and thoughts on the road.

James Higgins drifted into Bellingham some years ago, where he bumped into the members of the Muddy Boots Band. They are Donald Denney on Bass, Charlie Baker on Guitars & Vocal Harmony, and Justin (TREE) Ericson on Drums. Together they take Higgins's naturally spooky sound and imprint it with their own infectious muddy stomp.

Higgins has several CD releases which include: Crawling out the Woodwork, The Sad Heart of Verdun, Drop in a Fall, Passing Story, Verse Chorus Train, Summair (Scottish and Irish ballads), Neilston, and Driftwood (his most recent).
 
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