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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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SNAKE OIL
Friday, March 1, 2013

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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MARK DUFRESNE
Saturday, March 2, 2013

MARK DUFRESNE


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....
 
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MAGGIE'S FURY
Saturday, March 9, 2013

MAGGIE'S FURY


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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TRISH HATLEY
Thursday, March 14, 2013

TRISH HATLEY


Vocalist Trish Hatley is one of the most beloved and enduring figures on the Northwest music scene.

Known for her easy sense of swing, beautiful tone and innate sensitivity to the music, she effectively balances technical mastery with genuine accessibility, making her extremely popular among jazz fans everywhere she performs.

Hatley is also one of the hardest working musicians around. She performs and records with her own band, the Trish Hatley Quintet, as well as the vocal jazz trio Trish, Hans & Phil. She has appeared in several Pops concerts with the Everett Symphony and has also been a frequent guest vocalist with Jim Kerl’s Swing Session Big Band.

Trish has recorded five CD’s to date and has also produced four shows: “A Fifth of Jazz,” “Women in Song”, “Isn’t It Romantic” and “The Great American Songbook.” Her latest CDs, “I Remember” was released in January 2010, and released in March 2010, “Sing, Ask and It Is Given,” a collection of affirmations set to original jazz melodies that she composed.

Trish performs regularly at festivals, nightspots and concerts throughout the Northwest. Showtime for Trish's Rockfish performance is 6PM.

"When I think of Trish, the first word that comes to mind is dazzling. Her ability to captivate the audience while inspiring the musicians has made Trish one of our most requested soloists."
—Dr. Paul Cobb, Conductor, Everett Symphony

"This slim brunette does it all with a style and energy suffused with a self effacing wit and possesses a soulful soprano voice!"
—Nancy Wollbeck, Anacortes American
 
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PALMER JUNCTION
Saturday, March 16, 2013

PALMER JUNCTION


Palmer Junction is a band from Enumclaw, Washington that plays Blues music. They play blues music of all types from many different artists and time periods, such as Peter Green, John Mayall, BB King, Eric Clapton, and Joe Bonamassa. Not limited to covers, Palmer Junction writes a lot of original music, influenced by each individual member’s backgrounds, giving the music its own unique flavor. They have been taking their music all over the greater Puget Sound, playing clubs from Tacoma to Anacortes.

The band is made up of five Washington natives: Aaron Saliba on guitar, Brian Olver on guitar, Chris Hansche on bass, Nick Dyer on drums, with Jenny Lee providing her dynamic vocals and tambourine skills. All of the members grew up in neighboring towns, not being united until the band started playing making music together.

Palmer Junction plays clubs and pubs regularly, but has had some notable performances such as: the Gray Skies Blues Festival 2012, the Old Town Blues Festival 2012, South Sound Blues Association’s Back to Beale Street Finals, Washington Blues Association’s International Blues Challenge Qualifiers, and the Muckleshoot Casino’s Battle of the Band Finals.

The band recently released their first collection of recordings entitled "At the Shed". This album was recorded at Pacific Recording Studios in Tacoma and by the band themselves in the shed. Heavily influenced by the blues music that brought the band together, the original music also contains hints of different influences from each individual member, giving it a unique sound.
 
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SPOONSHINE DUO
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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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GUITARSLINGER
Saturday, March 23, 2013

GUITARSLINGER


The Rockfish Grill presents the ninth annual "Guitarslinger" guitar player showdown 8:30 PM Saturday, March 23rd hosted by the Colonel (pictured).

Past shows have brought us the top blues guitarists on the Northwest scene and this year will be no exception.

The 2013 line-up features guitarists Eric Lind, CD Woodbury and Eric Rice along with el Colonel. The rhthym section is made up of saxman turned bass player Scotty Harris and drummer Keylin Mayfield.
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU EVERY DAY
Monday, March 25, 2013

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 also serves your favorite cocktails!
 
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T TOWN ACES
Saturday, March 30, 2013

T TOWN ACES

br>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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