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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.

Here is What's Happening at The Rockfish Grill

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MARK DUFRESNE
Saturday, November 1, 2008

MARK DUFRESNE


Spend the evening with multi Washington Blues Society award winner and former lead vocalist for the legendary Roomful of Blues, Mark Dufresne, as he brings his new band to the Rockfish for a evening of high class entertainment.
 
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DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, November 3, 2008

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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FRANKLY MOANIN
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

FRANKLY MOANIN



It's our monthly Jazz invitational hosted by Frankly Moanin'. 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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BREWGRASS 08
Friday, November 7, 2008

BREWGRASS 08


If you're coming down from the hills for just one event this year, make sure it's Friday and Saturday, November 7th and 8th 2008 for the fifth annual BREWGRASS! joint cover weekend where you're gonna find all kinds of great Bluegrass music and a load of great craft brewed beers.

One joint cover gets you into several different Anacortes venues for some of the best pickin in the Pacific Northwest: 5 Clubs, 10 Acts, 48 Handles. Hot Dang! Come and go all night to the Rockfish Grill, the Brown Lantern Ale House, the Majestic Inn, Adrift, and the Watertown Pub and Grill all within a three block stretch on Commercial Ave in Old Town Anacortes. Music will start each evening at 9 PM and finish around midnight (Note: Music at Adrift and the Star Bar will run 8 - 11:00 PM).

And for any Brewgrass! goers wishing to spend the night in town, the nearby Cap Sante Inn is offering a discount on lodging with advance reservation. Call them @ (360) 293-0602 and tell them your coming to town for Brewgrass!

Click on the Brewgrass! icon on the calendar page of this site for more info.
 
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BREWGRASS 08
Saturday, November 8, 2008

BREWGRASS 08


If you're coming down from the hills for just one event this year, make sure it's Friday and Saturday, November 7th and 8th 2008 for the fifth annual BREWGRASS! joint cover weekend where you're gonna find all kinds of great Bluegrass music and a load of great craft brewed beers.

One joint cover gets you into several different Anacortes venues for some of the best pickin in the Pacific Northwest: 5 Clubs, 10 Acts, 48 Handles. Hot Dang! Come and go all night to the Rockfish Grill, the Brown Lantern Ale House, the Star Bar, Adrift, and the Watertown Pub and Grill all within a three block stretch on Commercial Ave in Old Town Anacortes. Music will start each evening at 9 PM and finish around midnight (Note: Music at Adrift and the Star Bar will run 8 - 11:00 PM).

And for any Brewgrass! goers wishing to spend the night in town, the nearby Cap Sante Inn is offering a discount on lodging with advance reservation. Call them @ (360) 293-0602 and tell them your coming to town for Brewgrass!

Click on the Brewgrass! icon on the calendar page of this site for more info.
 
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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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THE STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

THE STILLY RIVER BAND


Its the bad boys of bluegrass, the Stilly River Band. If you're lookin for a combination of Bill Monroe and the Temptations, then these are your guys!

Note: The Stilly River Band will be taking over temporarily for the Duntons on the second Wednesday of the month. The Duntons will return from hiatus in the fall. Stay tuned for more details.
 
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The COLONEL and DOUBLESHOT
Saturday, November 15, 2008

The COLONEL and DOUBLESHOT

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The Colonel brings his fiery blues axe to the Rockfish along with his excellent band, Doubleshot.

Many of you will recognize the Colonel as host of the popular Rockfish series, "Guitarslinger" which features the top blues guitar players in the area.
 
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SPOONSHINE DUO
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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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MARK HUMMEL'S HARMONICA BLOWOUT featuring RICK ESTRIN and MAGIC DICK
Thursday, November 20, 2008

MARK HUMMEL'S HARMONICA BLOWOUT featuring RICK ESTRIN and MAGIC DICK



Since 1991, Mark Hummel has been both producing & performing at his annual Blues Harmonica Blowout series. These shows have grown to be a much heralded event & continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they appear. The list of participants is a who's who of Blues harp history, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Norton Buffalo, Kim Wilson, Huey Lewis, Carey Bell, Billy Boy Arnold, Rod Piazza, Rick Estrin, Paul deLay, Snooky Pryor, James Harman, Gary Primich, Sam Myers, Magic Dick in just the last three years of this 11 year event.

Tonight's event will feature not only Mark, but also harp legends Rick Estrin and Magic Dick. Each harp master will blow on their own and then together, in a one-upsmanship festival. Hence, the Blowout!

Mark Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. His albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals have firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Mark absorbed the music of such Chicago based harp blowers as Little Walter, James Cotton, and Sonny Boy Williamson, before settling in Berkeley, California in 1972. There he played with local bluesmen such as Cool Papa, Boogie Jake, Mississippi Johnny Waters and Sonny Lane. In 1980, he took the helm to lead the popular Blues Survivors Band.

In 1985, the Blues Survivors released Playing in Your Town, on Rockinitus Records, and immediately went out on the road. Earning their name, they toured virtually non-stop throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

In 1988 Mark teamed with Canadian guitarist and vocalist Sue Foley to relase Up & Jumpin'. He followed that with Blues Survivors recordings, Hard Lovin' in 1990, Feel Like Rockin' in 1994 and Married to the Blues in 1995. For Heart of Chicago, Mark's sixth release and first on Tone-Cool, he traveled to the Windy City to record with some of the city's most legendary players like former Muddy Waters sidemen Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Bob Stroger, guitarist Dave Myers from Little Walter's band, and others. In 1998 Mark released Lowdown To Uptown, a mix of Chicago blues & uptown jazz. This cd featues great guests such as Jr. Watson, Mike Welch, Brenda Boykin & the last piano recording of the late, great Charles Brown. Mark's most current CD is called "Ain't Easy No More" on the Electro Fi label featuring a mixture of Hummel's originals and choice arrangements of previously recorded blues.

Mark has performed at numerous festivals across the country, including the San Francisco Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and has performed and judged at the Hohner Harmonica World Championship, held annualy in Germany.

Born on May 13, 1945 in New London, Connecticut, Magic Dick arrived in post-war America to the Atomic Bomb, World Peace, Bebop and Rhythm & Blues. By the time he was eight, the trumpet would be Dick's constant companion and would serve as a springboard to the harmonica his sophomore year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts where he met J. Geils and Danny Klein and became a founding member of the J. Geils Blues Band in 1968.

By 1969 the band had moved to Boston and joined forces with Peter Wolf, Stephen Jo Bladd and Seth Justman. In 1970 the J. Geils Band recorded their first of nine albums for Atlantic Records and toured incessantly, jamming with many of the blues greats including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. The band developed a reputation for 'getting crazy' and devastated audiences for fifteen years with their high-energy style of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.

These recordings showcase Magic Dick's innovative harmonica playing, which served as a strong distinguishing sound for the band. Chart-toppers like "FreezeFrame", "Centerfold", "First I Look At The Purse", "Must a Got Lost", "Give It To Me" and Magic Dick's own "Wammer Jammer" were in the Top Ten off and on for 20 years and made them one of the few top bands(other then WAR) that featured a harmonica prominently in the frontline.

Subsequent to The J. Geils Band, Magic Dick performed as a guest artist harmonica soloist for Patty Smyth, Debbi Harri, Full Circle, The Del Fuegos and Ryuici Sakamota, among others. In 1992, Magic Dick and J. Geils formed the band Bluestime featuring Magic Dick on harmonica and vocals and J. Geils on guitar.

One day back in 1970, a 20-year old Rick Estrin had the opportunity to play harmonica with Muddy Waters and his band at the Sutherland Hotel on 47th and Drexel in Chicago’s South Side. During the break, Muddy called Estrin over, shook his finger in his face, and shouted, "You outta sight boy! You got that sound boy, I KNOW that sound when I hear it, that’s MY sound!"

Today, singer/harmonica player/songwriter Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players in the blues world. His work on the reeds is at once deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. The Associated Press called his harp playing, "endlessly impressive."

For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats, featuring guitarist Little Charlie Baty. Estrin's effortless command of the harmonica is matched only by his soulful vocals and remarkable original songs. His quick wit, coifed hair, pencil-thin mustache and sharp attire inform his songs in a way Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Willie Dixon and Elvis Presley would all be proud of. Blues Revue declared, "Estrin sits on one of the finest blues catalogs of any band on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow’s been struck."

Besides Estrin’s songwriting and musical skills, he is among the greatest live showmen around. "People don’t go out to see people who look like them," says Rick. "They want to see something special. I was schooled in this business to be a showman, and that’s what you get when you come to see me perform."

Mark Hummel's Harmonica Blowout starts at 8 PM and cover is $20 at the door. Limited reservations will be taken at 360-588-1720.

For more artist information, visit www.markhummel.com.
 
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LITTLE BILL and the BLUENOTES
Saturday, November 22, 2008

LITTLE BILL and the BLUENOTES


Northwest legends and Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame members, Little Bill and the Blue Notes return to the Rockfish featuring the great Dick Powell on harmonica and keyboards, guitar ace, Billy Stapleton, longtime Bluenote sideman, drummer Tommy Morgan and, of course, the legendary Little Bill himself on bass, vocals and big time charisma.
 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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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FIRKIN FRIDAY EVERY WEEK
Friday, November 28, 2008

FIRKIN FRIDAY EVERY WEEK



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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CHRIS EGER BAND
Saturday, November 29, 2008

CHRIS EGER BAND

The Chris Eger Band is a fresh, eclectic and electric group that blends a variety of types of music into style all its own. Not many musical genres are left untouched. The group draws on Blues, Rock, Funk, Rockabilly, R&B and Jazz just to name a few.

CEB is lead by 20 year old guitarist/vocalist Chris Eger, who's funky blues guitar work and powerful tenor vocals are sure to excite. Eger is backed by bassist and father Randy Eger, who has over 35 years of live performance experience and drummer Gary Riggle, a band mate of Randy's in the 70's and 80's, who locks in a strong foundation to build on.

The band's high energy performances are always a crowd pleaser. Whether it's a rockin' blues beat or a mellow groove, the band is tight, funky and dishes out plenty of soul.
 
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