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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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THE BOW DIDDLERS
Friday, March 2, 2007

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).

Even though they've only been together as a group for 2 years, they 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 STRANGE TONES
Saturday, March 3, 2007

THE STRANGE TONES

Hailing from Portland, the Strange Tones are a highly talented and entertaining combo with a unique take on American roots music.

The band has twice received “Best Contemporary Blues Act” and “Best Electric Guitar” Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association. But their appeal extends well beyond the blues community with a distinctive style that defies easy classification. It's the sound of Fender amps set up at the crossroads of blues, rockabilly, surf, and vintage R&B. It's the sound of Slim Harpo meets Link Wray, Magic Sam meets Wanda Jackson, and Howlin’ Wolf meets the Mod Squad.

They are led by the twin guitar attack of of "Guitar" Julie and Suburban Slim. Raised on a steady diet of Jimmy Reed’s blues and Ike and Tina’s R&B, Guitar Julie’s incendiary solos light up the stage while her soulful vocals leave no doubt that every word she sings must be true.

Suburban Slim, is recognized as one of the Northwest’s top guitar players. From greasy blues to surf-a-billy madness his playing always entertains.

The big fat groove of The Strange Tones comes from one of the finest rhythm sections around. Drummer J.D. Huge propels the band with a steady hand, at times with a subtle shuffle, at others swinging like a man possessed while Andy Strange keeps the band firmly anchored with the deep throb of his Fender bass.

The band’s new CD Crime-A-Billy was included in Real Blues Magazine's top 100 CDs of the year. Featured on National Public Radio’s Car Talk, the CD has been receiving international praise. “The album is a tasty cohesive collection of tough, ready to romp tunes. Stellar performances on all fronts and great song selections all wrapped up as only The Strange Tones can do it.” –Portland Blues

Whether it’s a smoky, down home roadhouse, a private dance, or a high profile festival performance, the Strange Tones deliver.

Show starts at 9PM. Cover is $8 at the door.
 
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DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, March 5, 2007

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, March 7, 2007

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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JAMES ARMSTRONG
Thursday, March 8, 2007

JAMES ARMSTRONG


Guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong's star has risen rapidly on the blues scene over the past several years. His song "Pennies and Picks" from his third Hightone Records release, Got It Goin' On, garnered a 2001 WC Handy nomination for Song of the Year. Armstrong himself was nominated for Contemporary Male Blues Guitarist of the Year. It's easy to see why ... Armstrong tours extensively and his shows are considered one of the best on the circuit.

The son of a blues-singing mother and jazz guitar-playing father, James Armstrong got the music bug at an early age. He learned by playing - a lot of it - in the Los Angeles club scene of the early 1980s. He recalls backing "Big" Joe Turner during that time at Santa Monica's Music Machine, and a similar gig with Albert Collins later on as part of a band that included guitarist Coco Montoya. Then there was that wild gig with Smokey Wilson in East L.A. that reinforced the image of the blues as a tough business on a young Armstrong.

Armstrong's first HighTone release, 1995's "Sleeping With a Stranger", drew widespread critical acclaim, as well as tremendous popularity on the European circuit. He followed that up with "Dark Night" in late 1998, an album that reflected personal turmoil and introspection of the time, and featured his debut on the slide guitarist.

The songs on 2001's "Got It Goin' On" cover a wide spectrum of experiences: "Pennies and Picks" is a true story of the road; "2 Sides" was written over eight years ago and included in the movie Speechless, starring Michael Keaton; "Mr. B's" is another true story, about a club in Santa Monica where James was their number one act sold-out every weekend in the early '90s; "Love Will Make You Do Wrong" is a cautionary tale about the downside of the heart and the mesmerizing "Another Dream," a blues ballad for the new millenium.

Armstrong's take on his writing process is: "I let the tone of the lyrics dictate the style of the music". In other collaborations, "I'll just grab a title first and then go with an idea," he says. Whichever way he approaches things, James Armstrong attacks songs with his voice and guitar like few artists in blues.

James Armstrong appears @ the Rockfish Grill 8PM Thursday March 8th. Cover is $8 at the door.
 
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BADD DOG BLUES SOCIETY with the BLOND AMBITION DANCERS
Saturday, March 10, 2007

BADD DOG BLUES SOCIETY with the BLOND AMBITION DANCERS


Popular NW group Badd Dog Blues Society makes their debut apperance at the Rockfish.

Led by charismatic showman and harmonica ace, Andy Koch, BDBS features a top notch line-up drawing from some of the premier players in the area.

Anything can happen at a Badd Dog show and this appearance will be no exception as they are joined by the Blond Ambition Belly Dancers. Don't miss this one!
 
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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 DUNTONS
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

THE DUNTONS


It's Bluegrass Nite the second Wednesday of every month. This is an old fashioned invitaional type hootenanny with your hosts, The Duntons.
 
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RANDY OXFORD BAND
Saturday, March 17, 2007

RANDY OXFORD BAND


The Randy Oxford Band is one of the top draws on the Northwest Blues scene.

The band features a stellar lineup led by one of the best front men in the business, trombone player and Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame member, Randy Oxford.
 
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HOMESTYLE
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

HOMESTYLE


Homestyle 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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FIRKIN FRIDAY EVERY WEEK
Friday, March 23, 2007

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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SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON BIRTHDAY with KIM FIELD
Saturday, March 24, 2007

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON BIRTHDAY with KIM FIELD

Kim Field along with the Colonel and his Doubleshot rhythm section host a birthday celebration for Blues harmonica great, Sonny Boy Willamson.

John Lee Williamson (March 30, 1914 - June 1, 1948) was an American blues harmonica player and the first to use the name Sonny Boy Williamson. He was born near Jackson, Tennessee on March 30, 1914. His original harmonica recordings were considered to be in the country blues style, but he soon demonstrated skill at making harmonica a lead instrument for blues, and popularized the instrument for the first time in a more urban blues setting. He has been called "the father of modern blues harp".

His very first recording, "Good Morning, School Girl", was a major hit on the 'race records' market in 1937. He was hugely popular among black audiences throughout the whole southern US as well as in the midwestern industrial cities such as Detroit and his home base in Chicago, and his name was synonymous with the blues harmonica for the next decade. Other well-known recordings of his include "Shake the Boogie", "You Better Cut That Out", and "Early In The Morning". John Lee's style influenced a large number of blues harmonica performers, including Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, Sonny Terry, Little Walter and Snooky Pryor among many others. He was easily the most widely heard and influential blues harmonica player of his generation. His music was also influential on many of his non-harmonica playing contemporaries and successors, including Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers.

He was popular enough that by the 1940s, another blues harp player, Aleck/Alex "Rice" Miller, who was based in Helena, AR, began also using the name Sonny Boy Williamson. John Lee objected to this, though no legal action took place, possibly due to the fact that Miller did not release any records during Williamson's lifetime, and also that Williamson played mainly around the Chicago area, and Miller seldom ventured beyond the Mississippi delta region.

Williamson recorded prolifically both as a bandleader and a sideman over the entire course of his career, mainly for the Bluebird label, with many early sessions taking place at the Leland Hotel in Aurora, IL while most later sessions were recorded in Chicago. His final recording session took place in December of 1947, backing Big Joe Williams.

On June 1, 1948, John Lee Williamson was killed in a mugging on Chicago's South Side, as he walked home from his final performance at The Plantation Club, a tavern just a block and a half away from his home.

Tonlght's show will be a celebration of the original Sonny Boy Willamson's music as well as all the legendary blues harp players he influenced.
 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

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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BECKI SUE and her BIG ROCKIN DADIES
Saturday, March 31, 2007

BECKI SUE and her BIG ROCKIN DADIES


Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies is the Pacific Northwest's premier powerhouse hip shakin' blues band. Powered by the venerable Jim King on sax, blues harp and vocals and the incendiary guitar work of Tom "T-Boy" Boyle, this band takes off like a rocket from the word go.

Up front with Jim is Becki Sue with her big voice and sassy attitude and a style reminiscent of the great Texas blues belters Angela Strehli and Lou Ann Barton.

Backed by the award winning rhythm section of Les "Wildchild" White on upright bass and Jeff Hayes on drums, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies is delighting audiences everywhere with their on stage antics and their ferocious blues chops. This is what the blues is supposed to sound like!
 
             
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