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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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Monday, January 2, 2012


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 5 bucks! Movie tickets are good for any day of the week.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012


The Savage Jazz Trio invites you to "Eat for the Band", a benefit for the Anacortes High School Jazz Band featuring special surprise guests. A portion of the proceeds for the evening will be donated to help purchase unifroms for the AHS jazz band. Show starts at 6 PM.
Friday, January 6, 2012


Tiller’s Folly, are the Pacific Northwest's critically acclaimed, internationally traveled, virtuosic ambassadors of song. For the past sixteen years, through 1,000's of performances stretching from the mists of the Pacific Northwest to the British Isles, they have spread their memorable blend of energy, history, musicality, romance and just plain fun from small and large halls to theatres and festivals. Hailed by critics (“Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure”. – Peter North, Edmonton Journal), their words and melodies are at once populist, minimally produced and poignant while at the same time singularly powerful and sincere.

With eight studio CD's to the bands credit, Tiller's award winning productions continue to expand and refine their potent mix of acoustic & electric based, Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass 'and beyond.'

Fueled by their unfailing passion and enthusiasm for the music, Tiller’s is continuingly experimenting with different phrasing, tones and textures while recording with some of the most exciting and innovative musicians and singers in the business today as they continue to evolve as artists. Names like the phenomenally talented front man of the iconic group NewGrass Revival, John Cowan to Bob Babbitt (most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966–1972, as well as his tenure as part of MFSB for Philadelphia International Records) and the late legendary session keyboardist Larry Knechtel have moved Tiller’s music to a new level of mastery.

In 2011 they released a new project marking a new beginning for the band. In addition to current members Bruce Coughlan, Nolan Murray and Laurence Knight they again showcase the vocals prowess of the masterful John Cowan, as well as introducing new musical collaborators like Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart) and Cia Cherryholmes (The Cherryholmes) along with the legendary Scottish Music Hall of Famer Phil Cunningham on accordion. Rounding out the musical guests on the album are guitarist Jeff Autry (John Cowan Band) and banjo great Scott Vestal (John Cowan Band/Sam Bush Band).

Tiller’s Folly is:

Bruce Coughlan (songwriter, lead vocals. Guitar, bodhran, flute, whistle)

Nolan Murray (fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster, banjo, viola, guitar)

Laurence Knight (producer, bass, vocals)
Saturday, January 7, 2012


Eric Allen has been building an impressive list of original music that is described as "progressive blues", mixing blues, rock, funk, and folk to create a unique and original style.

He has appeared at the 1996 Cedarfest Music Festival, as well as many popular Minneapolis music venues including The Cabooze, The Mirage, Blues Saloon, Whisky Junction, and the The Fine Line Music Cafe. Eric has also opened for national acts such as The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Ronnie Brooks, Larry McRay, and Chicago blues legend John Primer.

He has released three albums to date, the last of which being "Ain't No Doubt". He has played many venues such as The Candlelight, The Bitter End, Roscoes, Twilight Room, The Buffalo Gap, The Trail's End, Red Onion Saloon, The Dog House, Flyers, Jazzbones and many more. ..
Tuesday, January 10, 2012


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, January 11, 2012


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, January 12, 2012


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, January 13, 2012


Tom Bruner has been in the music business for the better part of his life. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee but grew up in Texas. He joined the Musician’s Union at the age of 16 and began playing with Rhythm & Blues, Rock& Roll, and Commercial bands in the San Antonio, Texas area.

After graduating from North Texas with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Tom spent 4 years in the Air Force, assigned to the band at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was given the very first “guitarist slot” with the Academy Band, playing with the jazz big band, The Falconaires, and on “pops” arrangements with the Concert Band.
Also during this same period of time,

Tom was the guitarist playing in pit orchestras for 8-week runs of “Broadway musicals” (many produced by the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera), including Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Bernstein Mass (under the direction of Leonard Bernstein), Camelot (staring Robert Goulet & Carol Lawrence), Chicago (staring Gwyn Verden w/Bob Fosse directing) and many others.

By mid 1975, Tom had decided to pursue a career in composing, arranging, conducting and producing music for television and film (in addition to continuing to make a living as a guitarist) and formed Tom Bruner Productions (later becoming Tom Bruner & Associates, Inc). He started this segment of his career by initially writing, arranging and producing jingles for radio and television (over 100 total) and in 1977 was nominated for a Clio Award for a radio music spot he composed and arranged using Sarah Vaughan as vocalist.

Also in 1976, he became musical director for his first television show, THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The association he formed with that show was to last 18 years, resulting in his arranging and conducting music for dozens of country music stars – from the years 1976 through 1993.

During the 70s, 80s and 90s he continued writing jingles, arranging and conducting for recording artists and was musical director on over 60 national television shows – including 13 years at the helm of the orchestra of the Golden Globe Awards (from 1980 through 1993). He composed hundreds of music cues, arrangements, orchestrations and themes for television, theatrical & television films, animated cartoons, and several television station “music packages”. In the early 80's, Tom co-produced as well as wrote the music for a syndicated 13-episode children’s television show entitled IMAGINE THAT.

Tom’s credits as a Television Show Musical Director include The Golden Globe Awards (13 years), The Academy of Country Music Awards (18 years), The Olympic Flag Jam (a 3 hour super-show produced by Dick Clark at the Atlanta Dome in 1992, celebrating the hosting of the 1994 Olympics), The 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Black Gold Awards (w/Lou Rawls), The Great American Sing Along (w/Steve Allen), The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars (3 years), Ray Charles’ 40th Anniversary Salute, 26 Episodes of series programming for the Playboy Channel, The NBA Awards and many others.

Tom has written seven books on music. At least two of these books - Beginning Orchestration & Arranging and The Arranger/Composer’s Complete Guide To The Guitar are still in use in many colleges and universities. The other five books were designed for intermediate and advanced guitar study (published by Mel Bay Publishing).

In the fall of 1990, Tom moved his wife and 6 children to Nashville, Tennessee as a diversion to the hectic lifestyle of Los Angeles. Even though he still had to commute many times a year to California for film, record and television projects, his focus in Nashville was on his family and on working in his own recording studio. His arranging work in “Music City” grew as well, writing and conducting music for the record dates of prominent Nashville recording artists. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 for arrangements he did (for a 46-piece orchestra) on recording sessions for the CD Secret Love - for BMG artist Lorrie Morgan.

In mid-1998, Tom was offered the job of musical director for the Glasgow Dinner Theater in the tourist town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He decided to take the position and assembled an 8-piece show band he called The Reboppin’ Swing Daddies for a two year run. Not only did he have to select and arrange all the music for ever-changing shows, he was in charge of hiring musicians, singers, dancers and production support people - such as sound and lighting technicians as well as overseeing the budgeting and payroll of these employees.

Having been heavily involved in the many facets of making a living in the music industry for at least 35 years (since graduating from the University of North Texas in 1967), Tom never had time to take the opportunity to pursue an advanced university degree. Consequently, in the fall of 2006 he enrolled at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the Jazz Studies Master’s Degree Program and graduated Magma Cum Laude in December of 2007. He presently teaches Film Scoring classes at UNLV, as well as Music Theory, Film Music and Music Appreciation classes at the College of Southern Nevada. He plays jazz guitar at various engagements in Las Vegas, and continues to maintain his recording studio and music production activities.
Saturday, January 14, 2012


Mary McPage is one of the finest female Blues Singers in the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by country, rock and torch, McPage knows how to sell a song. Be it a standard or one of her original compositions, this sassy singer can take it from kitten to volcano and back again.

Mary found the blues after the breakup of her original-alternative band OZMOSiS. A short time afterwards she realized she never wanted to sing any other type of music. McPage is now standing tall and lookin’ fine, fronting her own band. And this band can fire it up and entertain all night long.
Monday, January 16, 2012


Check out Anacortes' best Happy Hour, 3-6PM everyday. Enjoy pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, fish and chips, nachos, hot wings and more all for only 3.99 plus get $1 off all drinks.

Besides 16 handles of house brewed craft beer including year round cask and an extensive wine selection, the Rockfish Grill now serves your favorite cocktails!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012


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, January 20, 2012


Pearly Blue is a northwest bluegrass group that specializes in a traditional presentation of mountain music. It’s members are veterans of many top Washington bluegrass bands including the Dunton Sisters, the Ohop Valley Boys, the Downtown Mountain Boys, and The Fossils to name a few.

Guitarist and Anacortes resident Barry Brower has been at the core of many fine groups in addition to The Fossils. He also formed the Friends of Sally Johnson in the 1980s. Barry is a bluegrass writer and historian, and was a longtime emcee of KBCS “Bluegrass Ramble.”

Jen Dunton is familiar to many Skagit Valley residents from her years of performing at the Rockfish Grill with the Dunton Sisters. She switches from guitar to bass in Pearly Blue but that sweet voice remains. The legendary Ralph Stanley said of her and her sister Bev Dunton, “Those girls sure can sing!” She has performed with the likes of Tony and Larry Rice and interviewed with major recording labels in Nashville.

Rich Jones has been a long-time stalwart on the Washington bluegrass scene. Raised in Darrington, the son of a talented musician from North Carolina, Rich has been playing banjo since he was a teenager. He is a multi-instrumentalist adept at guitar and mandolin as well as banjo. Rich has been a member of Ron Spears and Within Tradition and the Ohop Valley Boys.

Mandolinist Mike “Spumoni” Manetas is a special guest in this version of Pearly Blue. He comes all the way from Arcata, California, where he is a regular performer with the Compost Mountain Boys. “Spu” and Barry are longtime musical partners, having played together in Fickle Hill throughout the 1970s, one of only a few west coast bluegrass bands performing at the time. Because of their long history of playing together, they have a very large repertoire of bluegrass songs.

Fiddler Rob Bennett comes from a family of noted Washington bluegrass musicians. He was a longtime member of 78 RPM, one of the top Washington bluegrass bands of the 1990s, as well as Skagit Valley’s Queen’s Bluegrass. He began playing the fiddle at the age of ten, once performing on stage with the Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe. With his clear high voice, Rob also sings lead and tenor vocals with the band.
Saturday, January 21, 2012


Hot Rod's Blues Reviwe is led by Frank "Hot Rod" Holman on Hammond B3 and Piano. Holman has been a longtime player in the Seattle music scene. In the 80's he played with FrontPage at landmark Seattle clubs like The Warehouse, The Pipeline, Bananas, and Parkers. Later he spent time in LA recording and performing with The Living Dolls.

Frank returned to the NW and played with various Seattle bands including Variant Cause, The KZOK Classic Rock Band and The Diablotones.

Over the past 6 years, Frank has found a home for his Hammond B3 in the Seattle Blues Scene. He also is a founding member of the Robbie Laws Bigger Blues Band.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012


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.
Thursday, January 26, 2012


Every Thursday, order any one topping pizza or burger and a pint of your favorite Anacortes beer for only 9.99!
Friday, January 27, 2012


In 2004, John Holmes and Jamie Shea joined forces to create The Holmes Shea Band as a vehicle for their energetic original rock, ballads and jazzy rhythm & blues. Jamie's vocals and keyboard and John's guitar and vocals are augmented by the solid rhythm section of Michael O'Neal on drums/vocals, Mark Gowan on bass, and Oscar de la Rosa on latin percussion/vocals and often features the flute & saxophone acrobatics of Mark Kelly and John Anderson.

Jamie Shea has been performing as a singer and keyboardist for most of her life. She began singing folk songs in a coffee house when she was 14 and soon thereafter joined the first of many rock and pop bands. In the 70's she toured extensively with the bands Potbelly, Burning Ground, Apricot Brandy, and the Wayne Bell Revue while sporadically studying voice and music theory. Raising a family kept her closer to home in the Pacific Northwest with bands Chrome Dinette. What the Chelm and The Walrus (with whom she also currently performs).

Although throughout her musical career Jamie had occasionally written her own songs, meeting up with John Holmes in 2003 was instrumental in opening the songwriting floodgates! Jamie enjoys exploring various musical genres writing songs ranging from the middle-eastern feel of "Sacred Money" to the New Orleans style blues whimsey of "Knocking on My Door."

John Holmes started writing songs in the late 60's and played in Seattle in the 70's performing with the bands Lost Continent and Spectacle. After having a family and moving to Mount Vernon his focus became more towards writing music and lyrics and he established his own recording studio (Wired Homes Studio) in the mid 90's as a tool for recording his songs and those of many friends and songwriters in the Northwest. The studio collective has thrived on the creative energy and friendships of local musicians. There have been recording projects by Rick Epting, Ira Fein, Li Gold, Wedge Michaels as well as 2 projects with Ron Weyers, Sunrise and Caught Up In A Web, and 2 projects with John Savage, Walkin' In The Sand and Old Moonshine

Philosophy: The creative process is one that enables us all to communicate what we're feeling and experiencing each in our own unique way. When we are allowed to indulge in this creative process in an uninhibited and non-judgmental manner it becomes a therapy of a kind in that it allows expression of anything in any way that we feel like.
Saturday, January 28, 2012


Blues Redemption is comprised of four multi-talented, award winning Puget Sound area musicians sharing a common passion for Blues music. Dedicated to the genre, they have been playing The Blues all their musical careers.

Brian Feist is a guitarist with an uncommon sense of melody, swing, and deep passion. If you love the blues in the tradition of early Clapton, B.B. King, Peter Green and Michael Bloomfield, then you will be transported when you hear him play.

Having toured locally and nationally, Doug Skoog has played piano with legendary greats such as Chuck Berry and John Lee Hooker. Formerly with Blue Tale Fly Band, a back up band for James Cotton and opening act for Siegel Schwall Band, John Prime, Sam Lay and Legendary Blues Band with Pine Top Perkins. Doug's piano playing has been described as funky, tight and sometimes complicated or, in Chuck Berry's words, after stopping his show to feature Doug's solo, "This player is from my Al Ma Mater." Doug's soulfulness is heavily influenced by Delta Blues, Chicago Blues and Gospel piano styles.

Joe Hendershot has played almost exclusively in the Puget Sound area throughout his musical career. Joe has played in a ton of bands since the late 60's including Goldbrick, Deep Summer, Sleeping Village, The Village Band, Mariah, Magnum, Adrian, Wild Honey, Pamela Moore, Flight, Billy Street, Stackhouse, New Blues Brothers Revue, Rapture and Lion Heart. Having played soft rock, hard rock, pop rock, country rock, Christian rock, rhythm and blues, funk, and even jazz standards, Joe feels right at home playing the blues and loves the freedom of expression it affords him.

An award winning drummer, Billy "Hot Pocket" Barner* a.k.a. "The Pocket" has performed internationally. His musical genre spans all styles from Rock, Blues, Motown, Soul, Funk, Afro/Cuban and New Orleans Second Line to Jazz and Country. Billy has played in some of the most prestigeous bands to emerge from the Pacific Northwest including The Mark Whitman Band, BIG, The Crossroads Band, The Blues Orbiters, Nicole Fournier & her 3lb. Universe, Junkyard Jane, Blues Alliance, Jumbo Groove with Ron Gardner, The Sultans, The Centrix, The Toffs, 7th & Pacific, Capt. Flyswat & The Cat's Pajama Band, The Porcelain Tabernacle, The Collection, Hometown Blues Band, Peacable Lane, Jonah's Whale, Oasis, Rapture, Johnny & the Marks, The Fabulous Cyclones, Jerry Miller & Co., Color Blue, Terry Lee Hardesty and The Eagle River Band, Tanglefoot, Loose Reins, Intruder, The Robin Barrett Band, The BBC Project, The Great Pretenders, The Billy Shew Band, In The House, The Cee Cee James Band, Roger Enders and Road To Ruin, The Tim Enders Band, Son Jack, Jr., The Tommy Wall Band, John Scooch Cugno and The Delta 88 Revival, The Galaxies, Blues Redemption and many many others. Consequently, Billy has met, performed with and/or opened for many nationally & internationally known performers including: RB Greaves, George Benson, Pablo Cruise, Spencer Davis Group, Eric Burden and the Animals, Maria Muldaur, Arthur Lee and Love, Charlie Musslewhite, Tinsley Ellis, Hubert Sumlin, TOTO, Three Dog Night, Iron Butterfly, REO Speedwagon, Paul Revere and the Raiders, BTO, Rick Derringer, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Cascades, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Jr., among others.

In 2002 Billy received the Atlas Cole memorial Summy Award for Drummer of the Year from the Tacoma Music Foundation.
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