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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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Monday, March 1, 2010


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.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010


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.
Friday, March 5, 2010


Hailing from Louisville, KY, Now based in Tacoma, WA, Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers play roots-based originals and covers.

Rising out of the Widely popular band, Junkyard Jane, BRD is a Four-piece Roots Rockin' combo, built to entertain and provoke deep thoughts and lot's o' dancin'.

Mixing influences from Buck Owens to Bootsy Collins, John Prine to John Holmes, Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers invite you to take a ride in the musical trunk of their '72 Nova. Come on and get in the car...
Saturday, March 6, 2010


Michael was born in New York City in 1960, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area.

Following his graduation from Berkeley High School when he was 15½, he moved to Seattle and frequented local jam sessions, keeping his fingers on the guitar strings and his mind on making his music reach a wider audience.

Says Powers, “I learned how to play by sitting in at as many places as I could, developing eclectic tastes by playing with all types of bands: Jazz, Rock, Blues, R&B, and Top 40. I wanted to learn how to play any kind of music that featured a guitar as a solo voice.”

As Michael’s musicianship progressed, his interests broadened to include music theory. He enrolled at Seattle’s prestigious Cornish College of the Arts where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition and Performance in 1982.

While at Cornish, Powers studied under composers Gil Evans and Sam Rivers, bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Art Lande, and trombonist Julian Priester. His style was also influenced by a diverse group of musicians which includes Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Charlie Parker, George Benson, Stanley Jordan, Miles Davis, and Kevin Eubanks.

On stage, Michael has shared performed with, recorded with or shared billings with piano giant Herbie Hancock, classic Jazz saxophonist Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson, B3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Cuber, Gil Scott Heron, Keiko Matsui, Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, Najee, Tommy Davidson, Dr. Cornel West, the legendary Ray Charles, Afro-pop star King Sunny Ade, Grammy award-winning vocalist Diane Schuur, R&B greats Gladys Knight and the Pips and Atlantic Starr, contemporary Jazz artists Ronny Jordan, Tom Grant, David Benoit, sax great Ernie Watts, the Yellowjackets, and the duo of Tuck & Patti.

“It’s hard to categorize my music, although it usually ends up in the Jazz record bins,” says Michael. “If I had to put a label on it, I would call it contemporary instrumental music. It’s a sound rooted in the Jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with Pop, R&B, and Blues; with Blues being at the core of my inspiration.”
Tuesday, March 9, 2010


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).
Wednesday, March 10, 2010


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!

Friday, March 12, 2010


Join us for Chris Stevens and the Surf Monkeys, an intertaining blend of swinging blues punctuated with the occasional left field surf instrumental. The Surf Monkeys are led by veteran guitarist Chris Stevens former head of the popular King-a-lings.
Saturday, March 13, 2010


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.

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.

"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."

In 2000 the band released their first CD titled "Wherever You Roam". The 10 song freshman debut 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."

In 2002 the band released their second CD titled "Across the Irish Sea", 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.

In 2003 the band added Bellingham fiddle sensation, Howie Meltzer. Howie's passion for the fiddle and traditional know-how have really strengthened the bands Celtic sound.

With fiddler in tow, in 2005 the band recorded their third CD, ...And the Waves Roll On". Named for one of Roxanne's sea faring songs, And the Waves Roll On is a collection of band originals, sea shantys, and traditional tunes that honor the brave souls who have faired the stormy seas.

In 2006 The band added yet another element to their Celtic arsenal. Irish dancer, Heather Turner added her dancing and shaking skills to the bands mix, giving Maggie's Fury audiences a well rounded Celtic experience. Trained in Irish Dance at the University of Limmerick, Heather is a bundle of fire and passion that keeps the band rocking along. When she is not dancing a jig or reel, Heather joins in with her natural percussion talents on drums, shakers, and an occasional tambourine .

The sound of Maggie's Fury continues to grow and reach wider audiences each year, and their diehard fan base remains consistent. So raise a pint at one of their next shows and revel in the spirit of the Celts, as Maggie's Fury provides the musical mayhem.

Sláinte, Cheers!

"Maggie's Fury's 'Pour Another Round' lays it on as thick as Guinness Stout." (Bellingham Herald, Take Five)
Wednesday, March 17, 2010


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.
Friday, March 19, 2010


The Rockfish Grill presents the sixth annual "Guitarslinger" guitar player showdown 9 PM Friday, March 19th. 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 2010, we have a who's who of traditonal, Seattle area blues players featuring guitarists Tim Lerch, Greg Roberts, Jack Cook, your host, the Colonel (pictured), upright player Guy Quintano and drummer, Les Merrihew.
Saturday, March 20, 2010


PART HARMONICA WIZARD AND PART rhythmic explorer, Harper is a fiery artist who blurs the lines between rock, blues, soul and world music. His latest Blind Pig release, "Day By Day", displays his trademark virtuoso harp performances, distinctive instrumentation, deeply soulful grooves and instantly memorable songs and provides another prime example of why his unique roots music style occupies a category of its own. Harper has been described as "a singer with the deep soul of Motown, a harmonica player who can graft Sonny Boy II and Little Walter with John Popper, a songwriter who tells his own compelling stories in an unhurried, J.J. Cale-like manner, and a musical visionary who is unafraid to mix the didgeridoo, an important part of his Australian indigenous culture, with infectious modern percussive rhythms". His skill lies in the fact that he is able to tap into the kindred spirits running through his traditional and modern influences, borrowing from western and world music to develop a highly original take on the roots genre. He also takes the harmonica beyond its assigned place. Harper’s innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects.

Born in the United Kingdom, Harper’s musical journey began early, performing in brass bands playing the trumpet and euphonium. At the age of ten, his family moved half way the world to Perth, Western Australia, and his father introduced Harper to the harp. In Perth, one of the most isolated cities in the world, there was a thriving blues and folk scene. The blues had a rawness, an honesty and a passion of the soul which spoke to Harper deeply. Then, like every blues lover, Harper began his journey backwards to discover the deeper roots of the music.

Prior to his introduction to American audiences, Harper released six albums to great acclaim in his homeland of Australia. In 1994 he moved to Melbourne, Victoria and released his first album, "Tears of Ice". This was followed by "Yesterday Is Over" in 1996 with his band Blue Devil and "Live At The Soup Kitchen" in 1997 as a soloist. In 2000, he released "Glass on The Stepping Stone" and "Live At St. Andrew’s" in 2001. In 2003 he released "Way Down Deep Inside", for which he received two harmonica awards and “Album of the Year” honor from US Magazine's Guide to the Best of the Blues Harmonicas & Beyond. Over the years Harper has received multiple Australian Blues Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Acoustic Artist of the Year.”

His prolific recording career and memorable stage performances allowed Harper to take his music beyond Australia. He’s played in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore and France. He first started performing in the United States in 1996, and has toured here ten times since. It was on one of these tours that he caught theattention of Blind Pig, which made him their first international signing.

Harper’s first Blind Pig release and American debut, 2005’s Down To The Rhythm, won accolades from the press for its unique sound and virtuoso performances, coupled with Harper’s compositional skill. “Harper is a crack harp player and he plays the instrument with both speed and efficiency, but it would be a mistake to pigeonhole Harper as just an impressive instrumentalist. He is also a solid songwriter, and a soulful singer with a knack for impassioned sincerity,” said All Music Guide. BluesWax noted, “There is much to enjoy here: clever songwriting, top-notch guitar, powerful rhythms, and some great Harper harp!

”Harper’s latest release from Blind Pig Records, Day By Day, showcases the results of steady touring over the past several years, and his always unparalleled songwriting. Distorted guitars blend with the unique drone of the didgeridoo to create raw yet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary, while Harper’s ace band holds down the groove with a keen second-sense of interplay and dynamics that so many groups strive for. Complementing the music are Harper’s compelling lyrics, portraying personal struggles, spiritual discovery, and modern relevance and topicality. Day By Day is certain to turn the heads of audiences looking for originality, honesty, passion and skill in modern roots music.

Showtime is 9PM and cover is $10 at the door.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010


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.
Thursday, March 25, 2010


James Armstrong is one of a very few seasoned artists who manages to honor the sound of traditional blues while giving it the contemporary grit
to which fans love to groove. Born to make music, his mother was a blues singer, his father played jazz guitar. James started performing at the age of
eight and by the time he was 17, he was touring across the country.

Over the years he’s worked with Albert Collins, Keb Mo', Coco Montoya,
Roy Brown, Chaka Khan, Ricky Lee Jones, Jan & Dean, Mitch Michell (Jimi Hendrix's drummer) and Tommy Castro,
to name just a few.

As both a performer and storyteller, James works with mood, humor and atmosphere, a skill that has not gone unnoticed by filmmakers. Several of his songs have been chosen for movie soundtracks. Bank of Love was used
in "Hear No Evil" and "The Florentine.". Two Sides to Every Story is featured in "Speechless."

His about-to-be-released fourth CD promises more authentic 21st Century blues songs, including among them: a funk-driven tribute to an old bluesman who helped him along the way; a mysterious and courageous bit of biography; a funny, yet painfully accurate rant about border crossing post-9/11 and a voodoo-drenched cautionary tale about seduction.

Expect more searing slide, engaging grooves, soulful singing,and trademark Armstrong wit as James continues to draw from his unique personal history, raw instincts and seasoned skills.

Seen live, Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace
with grit. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can,
shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. Wherever he travels, from Lebanon to Alaska, from Hong-Kong to Norway, his magnetism continues to hush a noisy rabble or entice a
crowdto follow him out into the street or down the length of a beach. Little wonder he’s been dubbed “The Ambassador of the Blues.”

Living Blues
"... With a skintight band and a well-balanced combination of fire, technical
proficiency, and taste, Armstrong continues on his way to the
upper echelon of contemporary blues artists. "

Show starts at 8 PM. Cover is $10 at the door.
Friday, March 26, 2010


Chris "Hambone" Wilson vividly remembers his first exposure to the blues. It was at the young age of 6 when his class went on a field trip to Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA. There he saw live roots musician John Jackson play the Virginia Piedmont style of blues.

Growing up Chris followed his destiny, constantly listening to and learning from his older brothers records. Chris, making his first slide from a brass pipe, playing it on a cheap guitar, talked three friends into forming his first band called White Lightning. Later numerous teen-aged bands followed, playing anywhere and everywhere in the Washington DC area. Meanwhile Chris, now nicknamed Hambone, polished his guitar chops and absorbed the influences of local superstars Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, the Jimmy Thackery led Nighthawks, and Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band.

In 1989 Hambone enrolled at Potomac State, a small college in Keyser VA. Potomac State is located in the Appalachia Mountains, an area rich in old time mountain music which Hambone absorbed and integrated into his playing. After two years at Potomac State Hambone transferred to West Virginia University in Morgantown WV. In 1994 he saw the formation of the Hambone Wilson Band whose first performance was at The Hedgehog, a notorious dive in Sunnyside, VA. At that time WVU was regularly listed as one of the top party schools in the nation, and the night life was as vibrant as the music being played. Hambone thrived in this atmosphere, playing everything from rock, blues, the funk, to southern boogie on a nightly basis with a variety of local musicians. In 1994 he joined The Barefeet and Company, a talented band that played the East coast college circuit until 1998.The band headlining for crowds of several thousand and were opening for major label touring bands. With several vocalists and a repertoire that covered all genres of music The Barefeet and Company was a much loved jam band. During that time they released 2 albums.

Hambone fed up with the constant touring, recording and negotiating with promoters. In 1999, began to move and play around the country until settling in the Northwest corner of Washington State, where he still resides on a small acreage in the foothills of the Cascades. Since relocating he has played with many of the regions top players and bands, and rekindled an old friendship with Evan Johns, an internationally known guitar player originally from the Washington, DC area. Through eight years of guitar dueling, live performances, and recording with Evan Johns, Hambone’s guitar playing has evolved to the unique sound that he offers to today’s audiences. Which is a mixture of all Hambone’s influences, but richly steeped in the blues and rockabilly of the Washington DC music scene.
Saturday, March 27, 2010


Mark DuFresne is one of the most sought after Blues talents in the Northwest. The Washington Blues Society has awarded him best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica more than any other artist.

He has recorded three CD’s of all original music. “Out of That Bed”, “Have Another Round” and “There’s A Song In There”, which featured the lineup of the former Hollywood Fats Band.

In 2002 Mark joined the coveted band “Roomful of Blues” as lead vocalist. While in that role the band received a Grammy nomination for “That’s Right”. They also won the W.C. Handy award for Best Band - 2004. The New England Blues monthly awarded him Best Blues Vocalist. He returned home to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 after a very successful four and a half years.

Recently he has had the pleasure to tour in Europe with Italy’s finest... Maurizio Pugno, guitar, Alberto Marsico, organ and bass, and Gio Rossi: excellent musicians, excellent pasta...

Duresne's work on the chromatic harmonica is considered as some of the most innovative in Blues music and his skill at circular breathing consistently leaves audiences amazed.

“DuFresne is as distinctive as a vocalist as he is a fiery player; rather than recycling old riffs, his original compositions are tuneful, melodic and grooveworthy..” - Blues Review Magazine....
Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Check out Anacortes' best Happy Hour, 3-6PM Sunday thru Friday. Enjoy pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, fish and chips, nachos and more all for only 3.99 and get $1 off all pours!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Join Jack Hamilton and 9AM for a set that spans from Van Morrison to Van Halen every fifth Wednesday at the Rockfish. Show starts at 6PM..
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