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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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SAVAGE JAZZ
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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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SCOTT LINDENMUTH
Friday, February 4, 2011

SCOTT LINDENMUTH

Scott Lindenmuth is a guitarist with few boundaries. Whether performing with his contemporary instrumental group the Scott Lindenmuth Group, playing jazz standards and originals with the Scott Lindenmuth Trio, or performing as a solo classical guitarist, Lindenmuth is expanding his reputation as a cutting edge composer, creative and intuitive improviser, and master technician.

Calling on his compositional skills, Lindenmuth wrote all of the music on the three Scott Lindenmuth Group recordings. On the 2004 release The New Beginning, Lindenmuth continues with seven new originals. These recordings have received rave reviews in many major publications, including a 4 1/2 star Down Beat review and selection to Jazziz magazines year end critics list. They have been featured on radio stations throughout the U.S., with sales in many countries around the world.
 
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MARY McPAGE BAND
Saturday, February 5, 2011

MARY McPAGE BAND


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. In 1999, she released an acoustic blues CD - In Dog Years, with the group BLUE HOO. The CD landed her an invitation to appear on the nationally syndicated public radio show, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Taped live and broadcast out of Lexington, KY, her humor and original songs were a hit with the audience.

McPage is now standing tall and lookin’ fine, fronting her own band. And this band can fire it up and entertain all night long.
 
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STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, February 9, 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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WOODRUSH
Friday, February 11, 2011

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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SNAKE OIL
Saturday, February 12, 2011

SNAKE OIL


Snake Oil is a relatively new band composed of two Washington Blues Society multiple award winning guitarists/vocalists Mark Riley and Rod Cook (pictured), WBS award winning bassist/vocalist Rob Moitoza and drummer Marty Vadalabene. The group was originally conceived in the summer of 2009 by "Blues Boss" Dennis Dudley for the purpose making an attempt at winning the honor of being the WBS representative at the annual IBC competition in Memphis. In the process, the four members realized they had something special going on.

Audience response to the group has been enthusiastic from the outset. All the members of the group have decades of musical experience and are know for their stylisitic diversity. Mark Riley has played with numerous bands over the course of his career, notably in a seven year stint with Northwest icon Little Bill Englehart through the 1990's. In addition to Snake Oil Mark also fronts his own band. Rod Cook also has played with numerous bands/artists throughout his career, including former Mercury Recording Artist, Laura Love and former Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke. In addition to Snake Oil, Rod currently plays with Tacoma rising star, Vicci Martinez, fronts his own band, Toast, plays occasionally with Little Bill and moonlights in various other configurations. Rob Moitoza is a veteran of the great Bay area band Sons Of Champlain, and played with northwest slide guitar demon, Nick Vigarino, for a number of years. A talented singer and songwriter as well, Rob is a strong asset to any group he plays with. Marty Vadalabene, former drummer with "ragin cajun" Doug Kershaw, is an in demand drummer who has worked with many of the best in the northwest over the years.

One of Snake Oil's many strengths is the seemingly effortless interplay between the two guitarists who well know how to listen to and feed off each other. Combine that with diverse blues/roots material, three distinct and strong vocalists and a great groove and you have a hell of a band.
 
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HOLMES SHEA BAND
Friday, February 18, 2011

HOLMES SHEA BAND


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.
 
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T-TOWN ACES
Saturday, February 19, 2011

T-TOWN ACES


Led by bluesharp legend, Steve Bailey, the T Town Aces are a top notch act that will knock your socks of with their swinging blend of the blues.

Steve Bailey is truly a Northwest blues pioneer, starting his Seattle performing career in the late 1960's. Bailey was a mainstay of the original Public Market Blues scene, and the list of musicians that have played in his bands reads like a who's who of the Northwest Blues. A triple-threat performer on vocals, guitar, and harp, Bailey is also an accomplished songwriter, as well as running his own recording studio. Bailey's recordings with "The Blue Flames" took him on multiple tours to Europe and Japan, and he was the mastermind behind the international hit album, "Northwest Harmonica Showcase".
 
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GUITARSLINGER
Friday, February 25, 2011

GUITARSLINGER


The Rockfish Grill presents the seventh annual "Guitarslinger" guitar player showdown 9 PM Friday, February 25th. Cover is $10 at the door.

Past Guitarslingers have brought us the top blues guitarists on the Northwest scene and this year will be no exception. For 2011, we have a who's who of Seattle area blues veterans featuring guitarists Rod Cook, Tom Boyle and Kimball Conant with your host, the Colonel (pictured).
 
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RANDY OXFORD BAND
Saturday, February 26, 2011

RANDY OXFORD BAND

When one thinks of award-winning instrumentalists in the rhythm-and-blues realm, the trombone is definitely not the first instrument that comes to mind. Most of the trophies in this game, at least on the national level, seem to go to electric guitarists, with the occasional harmonica player, keyboardist, or saxophonist picking up an award or two along the way. That makes Randy Oxford the proverbial "big frog" in the very small pond of blues-based trombonists, having chalked up more than twenty awards from the Washington Blues Society and similar Northwest organizations over the course of his career.

Born in 1960 in Seattle's Ballard district, Oxford heard a wide range of music from his parents' record collection during his formative years, and when he moved with his family to Chicago at age eleven, the listening opportunities only increased. "My parents played classical, jazz, pop, and even some Sousa," he recalls. "George Shearing was a big favorite on the record player as was Peggy Lee, Boots Randolph, Sinatra, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Crosby, and of course, Tommy Dorsey. My parents would go out to the London House in Chicago and see many of these groups perform live, and then they would come home with their albums and play them all day long. They would take me to see the Chicago Symphony one week and then Stan Kenton the next week. I learned early on that there was a whole wide world full of all kinds of music out there, and I felt very lucky to be around it at such an early age."

As a result of one cultural outing in particular, the young Randy Oxford discovered his lifelong instrument and took it up during his sixth-grade school year. "My dad always had a fascination with brass," Oxford explains, "and he took me to see "The Music Man", which had great music in it, including "76 Trombones". That looked like a lot of fun, so I gave it a go. The school really needed someone to step up and take on the trombone, as most kids wanted to play trumpet, sax, and drums."

After high school, Oxford was encouraged by his father to try out for the Army band. "The audition consisted of traveling to the Great Lakes naval Base in Chicago and going into a room full of military musicians who sat there and judged your ability to sight read sheet music," he recalls. "The sheet music covered many different styles, tempos, and dynamics. Luckily for me, I had four solid years in my high school band, where we did lots of sight reading of all kinds of music, so I was well prepared. After the audition, they said that they had an open spot for a trombone player in Europe. Once I was guaranteed a spot in Europe, I was ready to sign the papers."

After a chilly winter's boot camp in Missouri, Oxford was sent to the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. The course, which lasted nearly a year, combined musicians from all four branches of the Service for a curriculum that encompassed everything from symphonic music to swing and involved plenty of music theory and sight reading. "One amazing thing to me at the time, coming right out of high school, was that I was getting paid to attend this School of Music instead of paying to go to a dreaded college!" Oxford marvels.

Assigned to Berlin, Oxford gained invaluable experience in many countries and settings, playing to military and civilian audiences alike. "We had an Army group called The Ambassadors of Jazz that played American big-band swing all over Europe," he explains, "and the Europeans just went crazy for it! I found out that many of the old-school Big Band musicians were living in Berlin. I met Al Porcino, the legendary trumpet player from the Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich bands, and he asked me to join his big band. This was the ultimate school of music for me."

In 1981 Oxford returned home to the States, transferring to fill a trombone spot in the band stationed at Fort Ord, California, near Monterey. Once there, he lost no time in connecting with the local music scene. He worked with many groups, including the swing-oriented Monterey Peninsula Big Band, but his most influential experience came from a three-year stint with the Broadway Blues Band, a Santa Cruz ensemble whose instrumentation included a Hammond B3 organ and a three-piece horn section. "This is the band that really got me started on the blues," he explains. "All the old blues classics were played with this band, and we played at the 25th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. It was a blast!"

After finishing his military service in 1984, Oxford rteturned to the Seattle area and became a regular at the blues jam at Ballard's Owl Cafe wher he met Seattle keyboard and harmonica legend Dick Powell. Powell told him that guitarist Mark Whitman and his band Duo Glide might be looking for a trombonist. "I sat in with them, and they asked me to join the band," he recalls. "That led to shows and recordings with Jr. Cadillac, Little Bill and The Bluenotes, Fat Cat, Junkyard Jane, Nicole Fournier, and now finally The Randy Oxford Band."

Although he had recorded with Al Porcino, The Ambassadors of Jazz, and even his high school bands, Oxford made his first Northwest album as a result of joining the immensely popular roots-rock band Jr. Cadillac, participating in a 20th anniversary cassette album recorded live in 1988 at the Seattle Sheraton. Early the following year, probably with Cadillac, Oxford played a 50th birthday celebration honoring Northwest rock-and-roll legend Little Bill Engelhart, and Engelhart was so impressed with Oxford's playing that he invited him to join his band. Eighteen years later, Oxford still views the eight years spent with Little Bill and The Bluenotes as his most important learning experience. "Little Bill is my main mentor in the blues," he says. "He really taught me how to play the blues and live the blues. He taught me how to survive the tough times in the music biz and how to keep a band working year after year. He is why I am still going strong in this tough music business today."

In 1998, Oxford started jamming with a new, eclectically styled Tacoma band called Junkyard Jane whose "swampabilly blues" repertoire relied heavily on original material. During Oxford's three-year tenure the band made three CD's, achieved great local popularity, and placed as one of the top eight entries in a Memphis-based national Battle of the Bands competition.

After leaving Junkyard Jane in 2001, Oxford decided to take what he had learned about the music business and turn it into an enterprise that would help to build and strengthen the local blues community. Beginning at the now-defunct Jake's Alehouse in Federal Way, he started hosting weekly jam sessions at appropriate venues in the Puget Sound area. "I wanted to help musicians hook up and find bands and gigs," he explains, "so I started hosting blues jam sessions and started my own booking agency, Oxford Entertainment. Now I can help bands form and find new players from the blues jams that I host. Then I can help them find gigs through my booking agency."

One of the happiest results of Oxford's jam sessions was the discovery of the personnel that comprised the first Randy Oxford Band. Bassist Jack Kinney, originally from southern California, had toured with such legendary rockers as the Ventures, the Coasters, and the Isley Brothers before settling in the Northwest and joining Oxford. Singer/guitarist Jerry Lee Davidson had left his native Seattle as a musically restless teenager in the early 1970's to try his luck in Chicago's thriving folk and blues circles, eventually working with a pantheon of artists ranging from Willie Dixon to Willie Nelson to Chuck Berry. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Virginia Klemens had also made her mark on the Chicago music scene at a young age, fronting her own bands as well as working with artists like Doc Watson, Maria Muldaur, and bluesman Homesick James.

With the discovery of drummer/vocalist Riky Hudson, a Little Rock, Arkansas native with a diverse musical background, the band was complete. Its debut CD ALL THE BUZZ, released in late 2004, was a masterful integration of tradition and creativity, spanning an uncommonly wide range of eras and sources. It earned Oxford a 2005 award for Best Blues Recording from the Washington Blues Society.

The following year, however, Randy Oxford surprised the local blues community with a decision to break up his highly successful band and start over, explaining to the Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE last November that he felt the band had "hit a plateau" and needed a more diverse repertoire and more showmanship to attract a larger audience. Drawing on the vast resource pool of musicians discovered at his popular weekly jam sessions, he put together a new Randy Oxford Band, keeping only guitarist Steve Blood and drummer Riky Hudson. The title of his recently released CD, MEMPHIS TO MOTOWN, reflects the change. "To be a modern day 21st century Blues band," he explains in his liner notes, "you have to branch out and embrace a style called "Americana", which includes R&B, Funk, Motown, Jazz, and all kinds of sounds wrapped around a Blues core."
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU
Monday, February 28, 2011

3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU


Check out Anacortes' best Happy Hour, 3-6PM Sunday thru Friday. 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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