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KIM FIELD and the MIGHTY TITANS of TONE
Saturday, December 1, 2012

KIM FIELD and the MIGHTY TITANS of TONE


The Mighty Titans of Tone is one of the hottest blues acts on the Northwest scene. They are fronted by internationally celebrated harmonica player and singer Kim Field.

Field began his musical career in New York, where he worked with the Sting Rays, a group managed by future Grammy winner Phil Schaap. Returning to his hometown of Seattle, he teamed up with Isaac Scott, appearing on two albums with the legendary guitarist. Field spent several years fronting the Slamhound Hunters, whose performances and two albums for Satin Records, 4/1 Mind and Private Jungle, were strongly received in both Europe and the United States.

Over the years Field has appeared on bills with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Walter Horton, and Big Mama Thornton. He has appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival, performed on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Central Park, and was a featured performer at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival seven years running. Field’s songwriting has been highlighted in the soundtracks of two feature films, The Killoff and The Lawless Land.

For the Mighty Titans of Tone, Field has assembled an all-star quartet of the Northwest’s premier musicians:

Guitarist Steve Yonck has developed a sizeable fan following through his work with the Hudson Blues Band and Harmonica Playboy and the Midnight Movers.

Bassist Brady Millard-Kish has worked locally with the Hudson Blues Band and the Jet City Fliers and performed and recorded with members of G. Love and Special Sauce, Soul Asylum, and the Neville Brothers.

Talented guitar slinger and singer, Eric Daw, has fronted his own band, Eddie and the Rockets, and supported Henry Cooper, Harmonica Playboy and the Midnight Movers, and the Hudson Blues Band.

The band’s backbone, drummer and vocalist Billy Spaulding, has been the rhythmic linchpin for Sweet Talkin’ Jones, Hugh’s Blues, and the Seattle Slim Band.

Unsurpassed musical chops, a dynamic stage act, and a unique repertoire of original tunes and the best that the blues and R&B have to offer—that is Kim Field and the Mighty Titans of Tone.
 
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DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, December 3, 2012

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 5 bucks! Movie tickets are good for any day of the week.
 
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SAVAGE JAZZ
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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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GIN CREEK
Friday, December 7, 2012

GIN CREEK


Gin Creek is made up of five veteran musicians who have performed extensively with some of the Northwest's best bands and musicians. Coming together, they've pooled their talents to create their own distinctive sound that appeals to a diverse audience.

Based in the blues -- but encompassing jazz/swing, roots rock, r&b and country -- they are winning fans at Puget Sound area venues including Ballard's Salmon Bay Eagles, Tacoma's The Swiss Tavern, the 2011 Bothell Music Festival, Engel's Pub in Edmonds and the New Orleans Creole Restaurant. In

December they performed at 88 Keys in Pioneer Square for a taping of Marlee Walker's Blues-To-Do television show.

Gin Creek also plays a regular Thursday night gig at Orcas Landing restaurant in Hillman City.

Join Tom P. and Tom W. on rock-solid bass and drums, Mark H. on hot, New Orleans-style keys, Lanita D. on soulful vocals and a special guest guitarist for a lively evening of great music to party and dance to.
 
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CHERYL JEWELL and the SALTWATER OCTET
Saturday, December 8, 2012

CHERYL JEWELL and the SALTWATER OCTET


Cheryl Jewell brings her rockin’, swinging Christmas Show to the Rockfish Grill in Anacortes—no cover (9pm-mid). Accompanied by the Saltwater Octet under the direction of Mark Kelly, this show is a swinging and soulful celebration complete with audience sing-a-longs to some Bruce Springsteen Christmas faves and other holiday/jazz classics. This year, the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers will be joining Jewell and the Octet for a few special numbers.

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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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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, December 12, 2012

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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BARNEY McCLURE
Thursday, December 13, 2012

BARNEY McCLURE


Barney McClure has been everywhere. He has performed and/or recorded with Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Joe Turner, Don Shelton, Greta Matassa, Rebecca Parris, Dee Daniels, Grady Tate, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Larry Coryell, Mimi Fox, the late Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, and Emily Remler, Bud Shank, Don Lanphere, Richie Cole, Harold Land, Scott Hamilton, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Red Holloway, Buddy Tate, the late Sonny Stitt, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Kenny Wheeler, Shorty Rogers, Blue Mitchell, Bill Watrous, Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs, Red Norvo, Gary Peacock, Bob Magnusson, John Heard, Billy Higgins, Lewis Nash, and Jeff Hamilton - and, more. Barney has backed such notables as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Professor Irwin Corey, George Kirby and Steve Allen.

His book, "There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake" - a "how-to" in jazz instruction - continues to sell with little promotion. Additionally, he has published a collection of original compositions that have words entitled "Barney, With Words." Barney continues to arrange, compose and notate for Sound Music Publications and for a host of vocalists throughout the U.S. He assists in the programming of the jazz portions of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival as the Jazz Program Director, and other smaller festivals.
 
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MAGGIE'S FURY
Friday, December 14, 2012

MAGGIE'S FURY

BR>Maggie's Fury combines the rousing melodies of the Irish fiddle and whistle with spirited vocal harmonies likened to Eastern Canadian Maritime traditions. Add a touch of modern folk rock and you have the perfect recipe for Celtic mayhem pack to the kilt with harmony, passion and spirit.

"These Celtic rockers have a more authentic sound than most of the Celtic groups trooping through town." (Wayne Ellis, Every Other Weekly)

Based in Bellingham, Washington, Maggie's Fury came to life five years ago from the musical passions of brothers Terry and James Walters, and life long family friend Roxanne Read. Known then as the Furies, the trio began performing their own mix of modern folk pop, drawing a small following from their monthly gigs at the Skagit River Brewery in Mount Vernon.

"Early on I can remember us trying to decide which angle the band should take," said guitarist James Walters. "Then one sunny afternoon the three of us were at a northwest highland games festival. I can recall us thinking, wouldn't it be great to have a band performing that was vocally charged and got the crowd excited to be here. We need to be that band. From that moment on we began writing songs that combined traditional Celtic elements with modern vocal rock energy. Since then, we have never looked back."

"Maggie's Fury is great. Thier style is unique, they're becoming very popular, and they certainly can pack the house." (Eric Lint, General Manager of the Skagit River Brewery)

The band's first CD featured nine original tunes inspired by the bands wanderlust for foreign travel, and one traditional East coast maritime selection. The band also began to expand their sound to larger venues and added Bellingham drummer, Tom Caldwell. Caldwell's upbeat, energized drumming style added the extra punch that the band needed to break into the Northwest club scene. Ready to meet the local music scene head on, the band adopted the name Maggie's Fury, a name more suited toward their fierce developing sound. The name "Maggie" comes from the Walters brothers dearly departed mother.

"Mom always had a love for a gathering," said Terry Walters. "Her fiery spirit and love for people have a tremendous influence on the way James, Roxanne and I write songs. It is very fitting that we name the band after her."

The band's second CD titled "Across the Irish Sea", was produced and recorded by Whidbey Island sound guru, David Maloney (Junk Yard Jane and Sister Monk Harem). Where their first CD explored their general love for travel, their second effort took listeners to the source of the band's spiritual homeland, Ireland. "Across the Irish Sea" explored the bands' Celtic roots with upbeat Irish pub songs and traditional Irish melodies.

"Maggie's Fury's 'Pour Another Round' lays it on as thick as Guinness Stout." (Bellingham Herald, Take Five)

The sound of Maggie's Fury continues to reach wider audiences and their diehard fan base remains consistent. The band has recently added Bellingham fiddle sensation Howie Meltzer to the lineup. Howie's fiddle passion and traditional know-how will strengthen the Celtic Heart of Maggie's Fury.
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU EVERY DAY
Monday, December 17, 2012

3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU EVERY DAY


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!
 
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SPOONSHINE DUO
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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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SCRATCH DADDY
Friday, December 21, 2012

SCRATCH DADDY

$cratch Daddy has been playing around the Skagit Valley for many years. Some of the venues include: The Mount Baker Blues Festival, Skagit Valley Woodstock, plus many local clubs, wineries and local benefit programs in the area. Some of the players may have changed but not the idea of doing something different and more than the traditional covers … we do “the blues and beyond …”

Mary Ellen Lykins aka “Swan” ~ Lead Vocals
Mary Ellen (friends call her Swan) is a recent import to the Pacific Northwest. She moved here from Ogden, Utah, which--she tells us---has a surprisingly vibrant blues family. Exploring the Blues scene in Washington could be the most fun she's had in a long, long time; and she's thrilled to bring her full-on style of singing the blues to a new audience and a new band.

Mitch Faris ~ Lead Guitar, Slide, Harmonica and Vocals
All the men in Mitch's family played an instrument. He started at a young age on the harmonica and picked up the guitar as a teenager.
With influences like ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, Mitch then began trying his hand at slide.
His first professional gig was with a country-western band that toured the Midwest in the early 1980's.
After settling down in the Olympia area, he played in local bands, 'Blazin Blue Hotrods' and 'Hoss and the Hit Kickers'.
With a move to Whatcom County ten years ago, Mitch has continued his love of the Blues, and has performed with local bands and with numerous jams.
His new interest is building 'cigar box guitars', similar to the instruments fashioned and played by slaves on plantations.
Whether it's electric guitar riffs or down-home slide, Mitch is having fun.

Mark Edick ~ Drums and Vocals
Mark, a lifelong native of Washington State, grew up in a family of musicians in the Puyallup area. Family reunions consisted of his dad, uncles, aunts, cousins etc .. (a dozen or so) in a big circle playing Country and Blue Grass music for hours on end. At first opportunity (grade school) he took up percussion in school band and stuck with it through college. In 1976 he moved to Skagit County and quickly made connections with local musicians and has been playing in local bands ever since.
Mark is a groove oriented drummer with his heart in Blues and Funk and has recently put his passion for drumming and vocals to work with "$cratch Daddy".

Dan Hewitt ~ Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Dan grew up in Mount Vernon and lives there still.  His first band was “The Catch” at Washington State University in 1979, trying to convert everyone back to rock when disco was all the rage.  In the late 1990's he helped form “One Way Ticket”, playing classic rock.  That band morphed into Smoke & Mirrors, which dis-banded in the mid 2000's.  In 2011 he helped form “Buffalohead” until it dis-banded in early 2012.  Joining $cratch Daddy has taken Dan on a new direction in music and style from the former classic rock bands.

Jeff Morgan ~ Hammond Organ
Jeff’s talent on the Hammond has him in high demand with many bands through out Skagit County and beyond. His style and sound adds an extra dimension to $cratch Daddy, and we are fortunate to have him.

Barry Brovan ~ Bass and Guitar
Barry started a band in Anchorage High school just so he could learn the guitar. Nobody knew how to play music so it was quite an adventure.
He was the only one that stuck with it and moved to California after graduation only to find surfing music going on. That didn’t suit his musical desires so he started the original 6 piece group called the “Ver Gents” back in the late 70’s doing Motown, R & B, with some Blues thrown in for good measure. They toured about 3 years and took a break to rest, but never regrouped. He continued to play with various groups in California before coming to Washington about 20 years ago. He recently moved to Concrete, Washington and began looking for a Blues Group. He came across $cratch Daddy and liked what they were about and has been with them 5 years. He has played lead guitar throughout most of his musical career but about seven years ago his son gave him a bass for his birthday and he hasn’t put it down since. Blues, R & B, Motown … is the only way to go!
 
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THE BOW DIDDLERS
Friday, December 28, 2012

THE BOW DIDDLERS


The Bow Diddlers have eclectic tastes in music, but they REALLY like to play hoppin' fiddle tunes and old-timey country music (we're talkin' Hank Sr, Lefty, Louvin Bros.). Then they'll throw in some boogie woogie,
some swing, a little jazz and rock'n'roll.....Maybe something by Richard Thompson, The Beatles or some Motown.....Ya never know!

Featuring fiddler-extraordinaire Jon Parry, Bill Jedrzejewski on vocals
and guitar, Peter Pendras on lead guitar and vocals, Dan McDonald on
bass and Dan Duggin on accordion and keys,

The Bow Diddlers have been based in Bow/Edison for the last two years, Building a following, drawing people from Seattle to B.C. and recently recording their first album (to be released in the Spring).

The Band collectively have almost two (!) centuries of playing music under their belts. So these Geezers know a thing or three, but they're always trying new stuff and always willing to go out on a limb.
 
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THE FONKEYS
Saturday, December 29, 2012

THE FONKEYS


The Fonkeys are led by guitarist Steve Raible, 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, 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.
 
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NEW YEAR'S EVE with GERTRUDE'S HEARSE
Monday, December 31, 2012

NEW YEAR'S EVE with GERTRUDE'S HEARSE

Anacortes originals Gertrude's Hearse have been playing the Skagit Valley and beyond since it began it’s musical life in the Spring of 2005.
They are currently playing in support of their new album, the full length, all-original KnotWörst. This set of new songs encompass the original sound of their own country-rock (FUN-eral) music, adding new touches heavily influenced by the diverse backgrounds of the band members, or Undertakers...

Over the years, GH has grown up a bit but has held on to that small town expanding their musical lineup to include electric & acoustic guitars, drums, electric bass, sax, flute, fiddle, harp, and multi-vocalists, lending a 60s-meet-current alt-country/rock/jam mix of original and selected “preservation” songs (or obscure covers) that keep the crowd entertained, involved, and dancing.
With over 500 shows to date ranging from gritty saloons, slippery ski areas, radio shows, benefits and main stage headliners, 1350 copies of their CDs Wörst (2007) & their latest "Knotwörs (2012) sold to date, radio play, a steadily growing fan base, and integrity to the clubs and fans who support them, Gertrude's Hearse is a packaged deal, the real deal.

The Rockfish Grill has supported the music of Gertrude's Hearse and celebrated the release of both of their CDs at our venue. Come on out and join us for a great evening of entertainment.
 
         
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