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TOO SLIM and the TAILDRAGGERS
Thursday, December 1, 2011

TOO SLIM and the TAILDRAGGERS


Boogie down with Rockfish favorites, Too Slim and the Taildraggers! Show starts at 8PM and cover is $10 at the door.

If Tim “Too Slim” Langford only played slide he would slither around most other blues guitarists and put a ferocious bite on their pride. However, as the sole six-string slinger, main songster and lead singer of the power trio he founded in 1986 in Seattle, Washington, he is a total force of nature. Leaving musical tracks for others to try and follow with now 16 albums and countless gigs, he remains as untamed and menacing as ever.


New bassist Polly O’Keary and drummer Tommy Cook provide bone-rattling punch as Langford makes his estimable presence known via eyeball-melting slide stomps, melancholy ballads and butt-kicking rockers on 12 far-reaching, original tunes. “Stoned Again” shows his razor slide in open D, a tuning he owns along with Blind Willie Johnson and Elmore James as he makes a startling pitch for justice regarding getting high with, “The devil drinks his whiskey and Jesus drinks his wine.” The melancholy minor key blues of “Daddies Bones” is a bracing change of pace with Joe Doria providing Hammond B-3 pads for Langford to pick straight lead while he sings a brooding tale about a wayward father that seems to reference the recent movie Winter’s Bone. The big arena rock sound of “Can’t Dress It Up” would give Tom Petty a run for his money as Langford uses his signature vocal growl to dramatic effect in contrast to the rousing horn hits and anthemic chorus. “In Your Corner” continues the fist-pump with a rocking Memphis boogie groove and vocal hooks that stick to the ribs while Langford unleashes his slide.


Guest soul man Curtis Salgado brings his vox bono to preach understanding on “I Heard Voices,” a smooth slice of funk that Langford gooses with tart lead licks that leads into “Everybody’s Got Something,’” a heartfelt plea for unconditional love with, “Everybody’s got something to give.” Langford next delivers a pointed rant on the insouciant lazy funk of “Workin’” about the current economic plight of the working folk that evolves into an angry, runaway train of a rave-up in the coda before fading. “She Sees Ghosts” is another funky slice of R&B driven by catchy hooks and fills as Langford employs an inventive tale about a dog who “sees things that nobody sees” as a creative metaphor for his own fears.

“Inside of Me” extends his uneasiness musically with a minor key, medium rocker featuring Doria on keys while Langford wearily expresses his consuming passion for his woman with the restrained, resigned line of “I’m inside of her, she’s inside of me.” With a different take on love and a riff that acknowledges SRV, Langford rocks the shuffle on “As the Tears Go By,” snapping off prickly fills and a solo that is Texas as well as blues-approved. The title track visits grunge city and finds Langford stepping back with his guitar while his rip-picking son Austin Elwood acquits himself with the exuberance and angst of youth as the father emotes with chilling passion about his demons. Closing with a melodic and moving instrumental named for the Mexican town where he honeymooned, “Bucerius” also pays homage to the instrumental bands that came out of the Northwest in the early sixties.

Langford has used the evocative images of cattle and human skulls as talismans on his album art while his music laughs in the face of life’s challenges. In addition, it exudes the deepest blue feelings that flow through it like the muddy Mississippi. It is an experience often imitated and rarely replicated, but in great evidence throughout Shiver.

Dave Rubin, 2005 KBA winner in Journalism

 
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GERTRUDE'S HEARSE
Friday, December 2, 2011

GERTRUDE'S HEARSE

The sound of gravel crunching beneath the tires of the hearse as it rolls through the iron gates. In the distance a lone fiddle cries to the grey dawn. An alabaster stone marks the spot where the hearse pulls to a final stop. After all, who called for the undertakers?

Gertrude’s Hearse is a band hailing from Skagit Valley, Washington. The band was formed atop the hill by a bunch a good fellas and guitarist Raymond John: adding Yusuf Kilgore, Matt Clausen, Keith Stone, Tim Daniels and a plethora of other players to become one of the areas hottest bands. In a three year period, they have built an outstanding repertoire of music ranging from folk, country, and rock, to bluegrass, R&B, and punk. No one else has their style, their energy, or their theme. Gertrude’s Hearse has the flexibility and versatility to perform with some or all of its members. They can readily cater to the more intimate as an acoustic-style duo/trio or elaborate with an all-out rock & roll 7+ piece grandstand-style band.

Gertrude (grrr-trood)
An old-time name representing the style of music from which the band bases its sound. They are equally comfortable playing acoustically, around a single can microphone, or plugged into a PA on-stage. Versatility has been an important factor in their early success as a band.

Hearse (her-sss)
A car used to transport a coffin to a burial site. It is also a somewhat taboo word in the English language, not often used and retaining a sort of mystery. The name of the band is hard to get out of the heads of those who have said it aloud or read it in print. It also offers a theme for the band's logos, artwork, and trademark. This too has played a key role in the band's early notoriety in the area.

The undertakers and country-rock-folk-grassin' singers gaining quite a reputation in the Pacific Northwest are commonly known as Gertrude's Hearse. They are fast becoming legend, often imitated, and never reproduced. Look for them makin their way through your town soon. Mothers watch yer daughters, fathers git yur guns, brothers watch yer tongues, and everyone git ready for a shin splittin good time when Gertrude's Hearse rolls into town.
 
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MARION WESTON
Saturday, December 3, 2011

MARION WESTON


MARION WESTON began touring in April 2007 shortly after she returned from recording her first CD "Everything" in Nashville. Marion's desire was merely to create an independent collection of country songs written by Canadian and American songwriters that spoke to her heart. To her surprise, soon after she finished the recording process Marion found that she was getting invites to perform, including an offer to open on the big stage at the huge Merritt Mountain Music Festival in Merritt, B.C. in front of Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. Not one to turn down a challenge and an opportunity, Marion rounded up a gangbuster set of musicians that love live music as much as she does.

The MARION WESTON music experience is both versatile and creative and offers her audiences a great blend country, rock, blues and funky original and cover tunes that show off Marion's bluesy, sexy, silky voice.


MARION WESTON loves life and all of her friends and family in Bellingham, Washington. She feels blessed to be able to touch so many and make new friends with performances in the northwest and Canada.
 
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CHERYL JEWELL and the SALTWATER OCTET
Friday, December 9, 2011

CHERYL JEWELL and the SALTWATER OCTET


Jazz vocalist Cheryl Jewell, who has been singing all her life, brings an array of musical prowess to her fresh, hip, passionate style of jazz.

Cheryl, nicknamed Jewell, grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but left as a teen to pursue a career in music. Since 2002, she has been based back in the Northwest, her home. In addition to work with her own trio/quartet, the Jewell Jazz Ensemble, she sings with both the Saltwater Octet, led by Mark Kelly, and the 18-piece big band Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra, led by Paul Sorensen.

Jewell’s on-stage passion and persona have garnered a growing fan base in the upper Puget Sound region. From Jewell’s first solo performance for a Navy Officers’ Wives Club at age 12, she has honed her style through nearly every genre, from high school musicals and jazz choirs to pop, rock and blues, from TV jingles to alt-country-rock.

“I’ve had such a diverse experience in music that it’s prepared me for this very moment in jazz,” says Jewell. “Jazz feels like home. For me, it’s a culmination of styles distilled into this one, passionate art form. I’ve navigated to the genre that’s a perfect expression for me.”

Proving out Jewell’s growing presence in jazz circles, she placed first runner-up to Northwest great Greta Matassa at the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Jazz competition in March 2009. Jewell’s jazz standards CD is due to be released in early fall 2009. The recording will include such familiars as “Cry Me a River,” the bluesy “Wayfaring Stranger,” and two 18-piece big band arrangements of “Lover Come Back to Me” and “My Blue Heaven”, arranged by Paul Sorensen.

The Road to Jazz: After a year of college, Jewell was anxious to get on the road. At 19, she began touring nationally with a top-40 band, and since has sung lead and backing vocals for some of the industry’s most well-known names, including Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge/Jeff Beck notoriety and Chet McCracken of The Doobie Brothers on drums.

Within the year, Jewell, now lead singer for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show All-Star Band, had added guitarist Eddie Van Halen, John Entwistle of The Who, and Steve Stevens of Billy Idol to the list of musicians she’s shared the stage with.
Singing as backup vocalist for the National Association of Songwriters (NAS) Concert, Jewell found herself on stage backing such notables as Roger McGuinn, the Motown songwriting team Holland/Dozier/Holland, and Randy Newman.

By now lead singer for the critically acclaimed all-girl rock band Rachel, Rachel, Jewell landed a variety of TV performances, including the Los Angeles Cerebral Palsy Telethon with Brooke Shields and Henry Winkler, and the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon.

Jewell credits her friend and mentor Lou Rawls and then manager David Brokaw for bringing her this national TV exposure. As commented by Lou Rawls, “Jewell has the voice of an angel.”

While living in Los Angeles, Jewell joined the alt-neo country-rock band Tin Star; as the fresh new voice with the group, the Music Connection magazine described her as bringing “…a powerful voice and playful charm…” to the band. The review added, “Jewell, aptly named, shines on stage, and adds pizzazz…” The Los Angeles Times described Jewell as “big voiced” and BAM, LA’s Music Scene publication, said the band had “built up a sizeable following in Southern California.”

Jewell knew she’d eventually return to the Pacific Northwest. Today, Jewell’s reputation is gathering growing notice. Brokaw Company Publicist Diane Hadley, who has followed Jewell's career for a number of years, describes her trajectory: “From being the best, she's only gotten better. She's found her niche in jazz, where she can express the depth of her emotions. A seasoned performer, Cheryl is one of those rare, extraordinary vocalists that gives one the chills when she sings.” Jewell is just as passionate away from the microphone—she throws herself into a variety of the many recreational opportunities the Pacific Northwest has to offer. To refresh and rejuvenate, she is an avid hiker and bicyclist, and enjoys cross-country skiing. “I’m enthralled with this region and very happy to call it home again.” —Ginger Oppenheimer
 
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FABULOUS ROOF SHAKERS
Saturday, December 10, 2011

FABULOUS ROOF SHAKERS


The Fabulous Roof Shakers are are led by Perry Sanders on Harmonica & Lead Vocals. Born in Olympia, WA, Perry has been playing music since he was ten. In 1989 Perry started schlepping gear for "Sweatband," a group led by Dennis Hastings and anchored by the guitar of Dave Broyles and the saxophone of Steve Munger. Mostly hauling gear, but occasionally sitting in, Perry went to school on Dennis’ soulful vocals and horn inspired harp playing.

After playing jam sessions with some of the northwest's top blues players, Perry met up with Tom "T-Boy Neil" Boyle in 1997. In '98 they formed "The Steamers" and, along with Freddie "Cleanhead" Kellog on bass and Richard "Smoke" Winfield on drums, they played good time, party blues up and down the Pacific Northwest. In 2000 Perry co-founded "The Blues Attitude" with Jerry "J.B." Bentley, T-Bone Williams and Smoke Winfield.

Perry has been playing blues on the Eastside since 2003. Usually billed as "The Cellarmen," Perry featured Northwest greats such as Karl Thuman, Brian Feist, Mike Coucoules, K.T. Tuttle, Conrad Ormsby and Keith Anderson. Then in January 2006 the Fabulous Roof Shakers were formed which includes Gordon Benson on saxophones and vocals, Bruce Koenigsberg on bass, Keith White on drums, Joe Lane on Guitar and Vocals and Perry Sanders on Harmonica and vocals. FRS was nominated in 2007 for "Best New Blues Band" by the Washington Blues Society. The Fabulous Roof Shakers is a high energy blues band that can shake the roof.
 
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STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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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CHRIS EGER
Friday, December 16, 2011

CHRIS EGER


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. 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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ROD COOK and TOAST
Saturday, December 17, 2011

ROD COOK and TOAST

Rod Cook is a well respected, in demand Seattle area guitarist known for his stylistic versatility and soulful, melodic playing. Best known for his work with Folk/funk, Americana artist Laura Love in the 1990's and the early part of this decade, guitarist, vocalist Rod Cook began the guitar at the age of nine. He started playing professionally at the age of 20 after playing in bands through his High School years. From the early 1980's to the early '90's he played with The Royals, a longtime mainstay in the Seattle blues and rock scene. In 1991 he teamed up with singer/songwriter/bassist Laura Love , recording seven albums with her, two of which were released on Mercury Records, and touring the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1993 he also teamed up with former Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke and formed the acoustic guitar duo "Double Cookin'." In 1995 they released their only album, Double Cookin'. This duo still performs periodically. In 1996 he launched his own band, Rod Cook and Toast, a band performing original and cover material based in blues, rock, country, Americana, surf and American roots music in general. The band has recorded two albums (I Ain't The Fool, 1998 and Troublemaker, 2006). In 2003 he was introduced to young Tacoma singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez. He has been playing with her on a regular basis since 2004, recording three albums (On My Way, 2005, I Could Be A Boxer, 2007 and From The Outside In, 2009) as well as a DVD (Vicci Martinez Live, 2006). In addition to the Vicci Martinez Band, Rod Cook and Toast, and Double Cookin', Rod can be seen performing periodically with local Northwest icon Little Bill Englehart, new project Snake Oil with Mark Riley, Rob Moitoza and Marty Vadalabene, doing the ocassional solo acoustic gig, as well as hosting and guesting at various jam nights around the Seattle/Tacoma area.

Rod has also backed up blues legend Taj Mahal and opened as a solo act for Todd Rundgren, Sonny Landreth, and Charlie Musslewhite. He has been nominated numerous times for the Washington Blues Society's "Best Of The Blues" Awards, including nominations for all three guitar categories (Acoustic, Electric and Slide) in 1999, 2000 and 2004. In 2004 Rod received the award for "Best Acoustic Guitar" and "Best Electric Guitar" and in 2006 was again awarded the "Best Acoustic Guitar" award. In October 1998 he was featured in the national publication Acoustic Guitar magazine
 
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JIM BASNIGHT THING
Friday, December 23, 2011

JIM BASNIGHT THING


Born in Seattle, the Jim Basnight Band has members with extensive and unique musical backgrounds. The band, fronted by Jim Basnight on vocals and guitars, performs songs from all six of Jim’s unique CD’s as well as his new career retrospective “We Rocked and Rolled: The First 25 Years of Jim Basnight”. They are well versed in a number of styles including Rock from the 50’s through the 90’s, as well as Soul, Punk, Funk, Americana, Alternative and the Blues.

“Jim Basnight is a true rock and roll warrior, fighting the good fight for decades now. He’s always been shaking up the rock music scene in some way, shape, or form” Bill’s Music Forum 2008

“Long before Seattle was the grunge rock capitol of America, it had a long history of rugged, tough-as-nails rock, beginning in the 1960s with garage rock stalwarts the Sonics and Wailers and culminating in the '80s with Jim Basnight and the Moberlys, a band that evoked the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at the same time, while turning out some of the decade's finest, if unfortunately obscure, new wave pop.” All Music 2008

"The ‘King of Pop’ for the Northwest may very well be Jim Basnight." The Montana Kaiman 2002

“Rightfully hailed as the man who helped introduce that ol' New Wave to the Pacific U. S. Northwest, Jim and his bands The Moberlys, Rockinghams, and most recently The Jim Basnight Thing have straddled many a musical hurdle - not to mention pigeon-hole - by sharing influences (and often stages) with everyone from Johnny Rivers and the Young Fresh Fellows to Suzanne Vega, The Police and even The Band.” Gary “Pig” Gold www.Tomlou.com 2001

"Jim Basnight has certainly covered a whole lot of ground over the past 20 years, creating a body of work dripping with quality and excitement. Unlike most performers, he can't be stereotyped, as each of his records offers something new and different." Rock Beat International, April 2000
 
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CHRISTMAS EVE
Saturday, December 24, 2011

CHRISTMAS EVE

The Rockfish will close at 8PM Christmas eve.
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU
Monday, December 26, 2011

3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU


Check out Anacortes' best Happy Hour, 3-6PM and 10PM to close everyday. Get $1 off all pints, wine pours and cocktails. Order from our happy hour menu 3-6PM everyday and 11-close Fri and Sat. Enjoy pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, fish and chips, nachos, hot wings and more all for only 3.99!

Don't forget: 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!
 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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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NEW YEAR'S EVE with STEVE RAIBLE and the NEWSCASTERS
Saturday, December 31, 2011

NEW YEAR'S EVE with STEVE RAIBLE and the NEWSCASTERS


br>Join us New Year's Eve for Steve Raible and the Newscasters.

Steve Raible is a seasoned musician who has been on the NW music scene for 35 years. He's a soulful player of Blues, Funk and R&B with a commanding ability on guitar and vocals.

Over the years Steve has been a faithfully solid member of The Charles White Band, The Fonkeys, Chris Steven's and the King-A-Lings, high energy reggae posse Psycotasia, R+B rockin soul band Freddy Pink and the Hightops, who opened for national acts Tower of Power, Sly Stone, and Johnny Rivers. Steve also has worked with Rod Cook and Toast, Nick Vigarino, Miles From Chicago, Steve Trembley, Robin Moxey, Alice Stewart, Cool Ray and the Shades and numerous other Northwest show and club bands.

Show starts at 9PM. Complimentary champagne and party favors and no cover!
 
             
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