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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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MARGARET WILDER BAND
Saturday, March 1, 2008

MARGARET WILDER BAND


Up and coming entertainer Margaret Wilder is noted for her delivery of captivating vocals and rollicking boogie-woogie songs.

Classically trained, Wilder is a singer, songwriter and pianist who was heavily influenced by jazz at an early age. Her passion for rhythm and blues followed, leading the young performer to an onstage career. Currently the front person of the Margaret Wilder Band, the formidable musician cleverly fuses blues, rock and funk, creating an unforgettable collection of tunes that blends the sounds of Etta James with Annie Lennox. Wilder is joined by veteran players Kim Carson on drums, David Payne on bass and Adrian Clarke on guitar.
 
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DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, March 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, March 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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GERTRUDE'S HEARSE
Friday, March 7, 2008

GERTRUDE'S HEARSE


Gertrude’s Hearse is a band hailing from La Conner, Washington. The band was formed atop the hill by bassist Stephen Starr and guitarist Raymond John adding Tim Saxton, Keith Stone, Matt Clausen and a plethora of other players to become one of the area’s hottest new bands. In short amount of time, 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 (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.

The undertakers and country-rock-bluegrass-rockin-punk-folk singers gaining quite a reputation in the Pacific Northwest are commonly known as Gertrude’s Hearse. They are becoming legend, often imitated, and never reproduced. Mothers watch yer daughters, fathers git yer guns, brothers watch yer tounges and everyone git ready for a shin splittin’ good time when Gertrude’s Hearse rolls into town.
 
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WIRED ROCKABILLY BLUES BAND
Saturday, March 8, 2008

WIRED ROCKABILLY BLUES BAND


The WIRED! Rockabilly Blues Band is a high-energy dance band that plays classic fifties style rock 'n' roll and the blues songs that inspired it.

WIRED! consists of three seasoned rock 'n' roll lifers who have joined forces to play music where people want to have fun. Guitarist/Vocalist Kevin Sutton from St. Louis, Missouri, drummer Rick Jacobson, and bassist Keith Bakke, both from the Seattle Area, have a combined 75 years of professional experience. It is obvious that the love what they do.

WIRED! puts on a tireless show. They play a wide variety of grooves from the very beginnings of rock 'n' roll like early Elvis and Gene Vincent, and the energy never quits. Include in the mix a good dose of songs penned by the band and you’ve got a sure recipe for fun!
 
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, March 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 DUNTONS
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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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CURLEY TAYLOR and ZYDECO TROUBLE
Thursday, March 13, 2008

CURLEY TAYLOR and ZYDECO TROUBLE


Don't miss the high energy Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. Show starts at 8PM and cover is $8 at the door.

Curley Taylor was born and raised in Louisiana and has been around music all of his life. At the age of 16 Curley started playing drums in his father's band, Jude Taylor & His Burning Flames, which is deep in Louisiana Blues, Soul and Zydeco.
By the age of 25, Curley had played drums for some of Louisiana's finest legends. It was during a tour with the great CJ Chenier that he first took up the accordion and soon after began extensive touring with Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie.



Alexandria News Weekly, April 14, 2005, C.J. Bell, "The Way "I" See it" :

A young lady asked me recently, "Is Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble Band as great as I've heard they are?"



I replied with matchless enthusiam, "They are greater."



Some describe Curley Taylor as a rising star, but to be candid, he is a star that has already risen. His incomparable talent as a musician is a rarity. Taylor's "skill and will" to succeed is unbelievable to those who don't know him. If the elevator to success would break down, Taylor would take the stairs.



The Daily Advertiser, March 26, 2004, Jonas Breaux, "Moving out front":

"Curley's got it in his blood," Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal said. "He's got a music mind ... he listens to things and practices until he gets it right." It's not just Taylor's sense and feel for music that has taken his brand of Zydeco to another level. His vocals are bluesy, full and recognizable.



("Lil Buck" Sinegal played guitar in Chenier's Red Hot Louisiana Band.)


The Times of Acadiana, January 28, 2004, Herman Fuselier, "A Change Is Coming"

Taylor may be the freshest Zydeco act to come along since Beau Jocque. "Country Boy," his debut CD from last year, contains all originals, except for a remake of Sam Cooke's "Another Saturday Night."


Instead of the usual Zydeco hollers, one-liners and nursery rhymes about dogs, donkeys, goats, and chickens, Taylor's lyrics tell stories and make sense. The tunes have a contemporary R&B and blues edge that can be enjoyed by someone two-stepping in Carencro or cruising along the Golden Gate Bridge.
I'm not alone in my excitement about Zydeco Trouble. In an online review of "Country Boy," Texas Fred Carter of WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, D.C. wrote, "This is a powerful effort, but as the son of Zydeco great Jude Taylor I'd expect no less. The singing is good, lyrics have meaning, good melody and the band is tight! His sound is fresh and invigorating."



Blues & Soul Records, Japanese bi-monthly magazine, December 25, 2003, Skunk Chikano

The "Country Boy" album was introduced among many other albums in the magazine's CD Issue Review corner. It was featured as the best Zydeco new-recording album in recent years, with a near perfect scoring (4.5 out of 5).



Faith & Soul News Magazine, Chantelle Bernard Johnson, "Curley Taylor: Country Boy or the P-Diddy of Zydeco?"

Like his "edgy" Zydeco/R&B musical style, 33 year old Taylor is setting a trend with the mainstream Zydeco audience today as a business man. He has already established his own signature line of Curley Taylor shirts, featuring a poised country boy, clad in baggy pants, cap, covered face, with an accordion in hand. "I'm trying to catch people who never really listened to Zydeco before...that thought it was just chanky-chank and old people's music."
 
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THE ATLANTICS
Saturday, March 15, 2008

THE ATLANTICS


Legendary Bellingham based R&B act, the Atlantics, make their Rockfish debut.

This group of veteran performers will have you up on your feet and dancing the night away with their mix of blues and memphis to motown soul.

The Atlantics are a Bellingham based band of five experienced musicians who have been together for 28 years. These guys enjoy themselves, but take their music seriously. Carrying on the tradition of great Northwest dance bands, they offer some of the best, most infectious popular dance music of the last 50 years.

On any given evening with the Atlantics, crowds will hear unique interpretations of songs by Ray Charles, James Brown, Jon Cleary, Robert Cray, John Hiatt as well as several orginal tunes. The common theme of all this diversity is dance-ability and fun. With over 100 titles on their current play list, the Atlantics can match the mood of any crowd.
 
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SPOONSHINE DUO
Wednesday, March 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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JUNKYARD JANE
Saturday, March 22, 2008

JUNKYARD JANE

The four-headed love child named Junkyard Jane rose by night in the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington from a deadly mephitic brew of blues, swamp gas, rockabilly, old engine parts, country, motor oil, folk, funk and used kitty litter. Like all true originals, they display a Creole blend of influences that they affectionately call “Swampabilly Roots Music”.

With five critically acclaimed, all original CD’s under their belt and over 1000 live performances since their 1997 debut, the band decided to expand it’s musical horizons by relocating to the tour fertile South, landing in the Americana friendly city of Louisville, Kentucky.

Junkyard Jane, a BEAM Grant recipient (Benefiting Emerging Artist in Music), was one of only eight groups from a pool of thousands to make the final round at the International Band Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee; and their briefcase full of awards over the years includes the prestigious Washington State BB Award for “Best Band”.

Rooster Hooch, Junkyard Jane's newest release, finds the band coming into their own with raw arrangements, scaled down production and some of their best songwriting to date. Ductape & Sagebrush, showcases a journey into the rootsy, acoustic side of the band; while their third album, Swampabilly Snake Oil Freakshow, serves up a steamin’ plate of corn fed, swampy, jug band blues. JJ’s sophomore effort, Milkin’ the Frog, was voted BB Award winner for “Best Northwest Recording” and features all original music as does the debut CD Washboard Highway, which was named one of the top 10 NW recordings by KPLU radio.

Four-time “Best Songwriter” nominee and Summy Award recipient for “Female Performer of the Year”, Leanne Trevalyan entices the listener with her smooth, sultry vocal styling and acoustic guitar picking. Lea’s washboard scratchin’, slide whistle wailing and occasional kazoo solo ads a touch of whimsy to the show.

Billy Stoops, a BB Award winner for “Entertainer of the Year” as well as "Best Male Vocalist", delights and amuses audiences with his rich, soulful voice and on stage antics. Billy’s distinctive guitar style, both electric and acoustic, along with his groove-oriented songwriting garnered him a Summy Award for "Male Performer of the Year".

Louisvillian Alex Featherstone, the newest member of the clan, provides melodic bass lines on electric, acoustic and fretless basses, and his funk/rock origins compliment the bands rootsy tone. And finally, steady thumpin’ drummer Tom Sunderland, whose world beat rhythms can be heard on various TV soundtracks, keeps poundin’ down the groove so your butts can move!

“…as entertaining and uninhibited as anything you will ever see on stage!” John Allen Briscoe, WBS Newsletter


 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, March 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, March 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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STEVE BAILEY and CROSSROADS
Saturday, March 29, 2008

STEVE BAILEY and CROSSROADS


Led by bluesharp legend, Steve Bailey, Crossroads 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."

Joined by Dennis Ellis on sax , Dan Newton on guitar and vocals, John Lee on bass and John Rockwell on drums these guys will keep you rockin with Memphis soul to rollicking New Orleans gumbo.
 
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