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Friday, April 1, 2011


Terry Evans' musical journey began in Vicksburg, Mississippi where he was born in 1944. As a young man, he sang tenor, baritone and bass in the church choir while secretly listening to the likes of Elmore James, Little Walter and Albert King.

At the age of 22, Evans moved to Los Angeles where he sang in several South Central clubs including the Cotton Club and the Road Runner. It was here he hooked up with singing partner, Bobby King, and in 1976, the two joined Ry Cooder for Chicken Skin Music.

Both Evans and King have worked on several of Cooders albums over the years, including the current Chavez Ravine, and have toured extensively in Cooder's band. The two also teamed for a pair of well received solo albums.

As a solo artist, Evans has released several recordings including 2005's excellent, Fire in the Feeling. He has also recorded with some of the top people in the music business including Boz Skaggs, Maria Muldaur, John Lee Hooker and John Fogerty with whom he won a gold record for Eye of the Zombie.

On Fire in The Feeling, his voice is as rich as ever. On the Ry Cooder-penned “My Baby Joined the Army”, Evans emotes the pain of loss through his voice and guitar and captures the despair of Cooder’s lyrics. “Let’s Get Gone” and “Turn on Your Lovelight” are straight ahead groove-laced blues rockers and “I’ll Be Your Shelter (In the Time of Storm)” is a gospel-tinged track reminiscent of The Blind Boys of Alabama. The album was produced by Terry and Phil Bloch. Special guests include David Lindley, Jorge Calderon, and George Bohannon.

Ry Cooder has said that he always thought that his long time musical partner made a better "front man." You need only see a Terry Evans show to understand why. As a performer, he remains in constant demand, and as a recording artist, he is one of the most sought after singers in the business.
Friday, April 1, 2011


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)

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. Recently the CD's title track has been receiving radio airplay on the Everett public radio station, KSER 90.7.

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

In 2002 the band also accomplished one of their major goals. Fueled by the success of their newly released CD and their growing fan base, the band was asked to play at both the Bellingham and Skagit Valley Highland Games. Their upbeat energy and vocal passion played a huge part in their highland games success. Both games have asked Maggie's Fury to return to the main stage again in 2003.

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.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Lady "A" & the Baby Blues Funk Band (L.A.B.B) are one of Seattle's Hottest bands in the Pacific NW.

This band possesses old school Funkmanship with a Jazz flavor, Blues Savvy and Motown Fever and delivers everytime to it's audience. As Lady "A" likes to say "We believe in Audience participation - You'll feel like part of the show when we're done!."

Lady A has opened for such artist as Denise LaSalle and the late Little Milton and been on stage with such artist as Eden Brent, Janniva Magness, Kenny Neal, Charmaine and Charles Neville, Supa Chikan, Wylan Thibbdeau and Howlin Mad "Bill" Perry.

There is a tune for all ages with this band and to see them is to experience musical energy beyond belief. They're guaranteed to have you on your feet and dancin from the downbeat.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011


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.
Thursday, April 7, 2011


Greta Matassa and her band perform Thursday, April 7th from 7-10PM.

In the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim; numerous times, the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, have voted her the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated "Jazz After Hours" radio program, praises her versatility. "She has a fearlessness in approaching material,” Wilke says, "that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session.” Seattle Times critic Misha Berson described Matassa as a vocal chameleon who "can sound husky or crisp, ebullient or wailing, girlish or jaded.” Matassa displays all of those aspects of her talent in this live recording made at Bake's Place, a small club in Redmond, across Lake Washington from Seattle.

Matassa's fascination with songs began early. Her family moved frequently when she was small, but by the time she entered middle school, they had settled on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, opposite Seattle. This is what she said about her childhood:

"Growing up, my parents were big jazz fans and we had a lot of jazz music around the house. We listened to all the great stuff. I really liked the music from the thirties and forties, early Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday. I used to listen to a lot of Fred Astaire, a lot of Frank Sinatra. I never took lessons. While I was teaching myself to sing, my dad and I haunted used record stores. He'd choose anybody he knew that he thought would be interesting, and we'd just pick some people we'd never heard of and bring them home."

"I listened to instrumentalists, too, including Dizzy Gillespie and Art Farmer. My dad had a lot of West Coast jazz, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond. I listened to them, but I focused on the singers. I learned by singing along with them. I decided I wasn't going to be disciplined enough to do scales, so I thought, 'why don't I just see if I can find out how Billie Holiday got that sound and how Carmen McRae got her sound.' I'd sing with them over and over. I call it standing on the shoulders of giants. You sort of go along for the ride and see what it feels like. Then, as I got a chance to sing with rhythm sections, I'd experiment, throwing in an Ella Fitzgerald lick or a Sarah Vaughan lick, but at the same time struggling with how to become an individual, which is a lifelong endeavor. I didn't do all that well in school because I was mostly skipping out to work on music."

When she was a junior, Greta Goehle dropped out of high school and took a job in Salem, Oregon, with Tim Clark, a pianist and singer. "I just wanted to get my feet wet and find out what it was like. Tim was a kind of a loungy cocktail piano guy, a real Engelbert Humperdinck wannabe," she said, laughing. "He taught me the ropes. He dressed me up, dyed my hair, put Lee press-on nails on me and had me sing 'I Will Survive.' We were working at a country club, making four or five hundred bucks a week, which was pretty good for a 17-year-old. I was there for about a year and finally decided I'd had enough, and wanted to strike out on my own."

"Back in Seattle, I met the pianists Marc Seales and Barney McClure, and Michael Powers, the guitar player. Around 1985, Michael invited me to join him. I took a couple of players from his band and formed a small trio of my own. Then I hooked up with Jim Rasmussen's Jazz Police, a big band, and was pretty much their vocalist for about a year and a half. Around that time I was also still in a top forty band and starting to do some studio work. I had my finger in a bunch of different pies to try to get as much work as possible. I never had a day job. I just wanted to try to make a living as a singer. Diversification seemed to be the best way to stay employed."

She became even more diverse when in 1989 the Pacific Northwest Ballet asked Matassa to step in for Ernestine Anderson in a program based on the music of Kurt Weill. The show, in the Seattle Opera House, gave her wider exposure.

"The Weill show ran every two years for about ten years. It put me into the legit field and, eventually, led to Spectrum Dance Theater, which then got a grant and asked me to do a program with them. We debuted it in 1998. It was called ‘Voices of Jazz Danced,' a tribute to fourteen or fifteen jazz singers."

A few years later, Craig Baker, the owner of Bake's Place, encouraged Matassa to record at his club. In this intimate live recording. Matassa opens with "Why Try To Change Me Now," Cy Coleman's first songwriting success, and combines it with "Crazy He Calls Me," indelibly associated with Billie Holiday. She and the virtuoso bassist Clipper Anderson invigorate Gordon Jenkins's "Blue Prelude,” a staple of the 1930s, seldom performed these days.

Matassa integrated the selection of songs with her choice of musicians. She works often with Clipper Anderson, pianist Randy Halberstadt, drummer Mark Ivester and vibraharpist Susan Pascal. She and Halberstadt had collaborated on her show paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, adapting arrangements from Fitzgerald and Holiday recordings. Now, they were free to work on original approaches.

"Randy and I got to talking about how nice it would be to actually have a chance to do some arranging of our own. I have such respect for these musicians. They're so good that we could have done just about any kind of standard. A pet project for years has been collecting songs that I think are not done enough. There's a whole slew of obscure Harold Arlen tunes that I would love to have a chance to do: 'It Was Written in the Stars,' for example, 'Sing My Heart,' 'I Wonder What Became of Me.' "

The title tune of her recent CD is an object of Matassa's rescue mission. Frank Sinatra recorded Jimmy Van Heusen's "All This and Heaven Too" with Tommy Dorsey in 1940. Chris Connor revived it in 1955. Since then, it has been largely untouched.

"For some of the songs, I gave Randy specific ideas of what I wanted. In others, he came up with what he thought would work. Jack Brownlow's arrangement of 'Close Your Eyes' already existed. It's just beautiful, a rich, ready-made thing to step into. I wanted material that represents me and the band in a good light, and also is accessible to an audience.”

Her close connection to the audience is a vital reason for Matassa's success. Lately, she has taken to letting the audience call the tune. She delights in encouraging her listeners to program an evening. It started, she said, when she was playing a gay club, Kid Mohair, on Seattle's Capitol Hill; with some trepidation, she asked for requests. To her surprise, the customers asked for songs by Billy Strayhorn.

"I said, 'well, gee, this is fun.' It also gave me a chance to do tunes that I thought I was bored with. Somebody will call 'Body and Soul' or 'Over the Rainbow,' songs that are done into the ground. But we do it because it was requested, and make up an arrangement. I like the spontaneity of having something thrown at me, someone saying, 'here, field this, and see what you can do with it.'
Friday, April 8, 2011


Inspired by the need for emotional release and the desire for spiritual relaxation through sonic enlightenment, Vaughn Kreestoe was formed in Bellingham in April of 2008. Here's what "What's Up! Magazine", had to say about a recent live performance:

"Vaughn Kreestoe's such a tight band they sound like they've been together a decade... They may have been labeled a jazz band due to effortless improvisation, but they bring on the funk...the bodies filled the dance floor, rocking to guitarist Jeremy Elliot and keyboardist Delvon Lamarr's seamless leads...the audience stood just to listen, in sheer awe, to (Michael) Harris' incredible voice with its luminous tone and outstanding range... as Kevin Chryst rode his drums like brilliant, musical stallions."
Saturday, April 9, 2011


Brian Lee and the Orbiters play energetic and inspired blues in a wide orbit through the blues universe-especially Chicago, Texas, and West Coast styles. They also take excursions into country blues and jazz, all within their unique Orbiters sound.

Their tunes are a blend of originals and favorites from the rich blues tradition. Founder Brian Lee leads the band with smooth, soulful vocals, and instrumental variety on slide guitar, blues harp, and guitar. He also has written many of the band's original tunes.

"Best of the Blues" award winner Tim Sherman is a master of the blues guitar, whose playing never ceases to amaze and inspire.

Hank Yanda on bass, and Conrad Ormsby on drums propel the band with both incredible energy and finesse. Hank also contributes superb vocals.

The band has been nominated by the Washington Blues Society for "Best Band" in 2008 and 2003, as well as for "Best Recording" in 2006. Tim won the Blues Society award for "Best Electric Guitarist" in 2006 and 2002.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011


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, April 15, 2011


Seattle's Massy Ferguson has taken their raucous rock americana to the far reaches of the globe. In the past three years, the four-piece band has played shows in Melbourne, Australia, Munich, Germany and Puerto Pinasco, Mexico, to name just a few destinations.
Despite this penchant for the international, Massy Ferguson remains local to the bone, a fixture on the burgeoning Seattle roots music scene that has spawned the likes of Brandi Carlisle and The Fleet Foxes.

In 2008, Massy Ferguson released their full-length debut album, Cold Equations, which garnered rave reviews nationally despite being independently released. Music tastemaker Bruce Warren of WXPN Radio in Philadelphia made Massy Ferguson his Download of the Day, calling their album "an impressive record." Cold Equations also made waves in Seattle, getting serious spins on Seattle's highly influential non-commercial station KEXP and commercial station KMTT "The Mountain." Massy Ferguson was named a 2009 Artist To Watch by Skope Magazine, and in November of that year they were featured in a short documentary film about KEXP for

Additionally, the band has experienced great success with live shows, packing venues in the Pacific Northwest. They have headlined rooms ranging from Neumos to The Tractor to the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. They have opened for a number of national and international touring acts as well, including members of Phish and the Grateful Dead, The Bottle Rockets, Fastball, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and Micky and the Motorcars, among others.

The band recently signed a record deal with Seattle's Spark and Shine Records and are working on their next album to be released in the summer of 2010. Their second album is much anticipated and should bring the band into greater prominence in Seattle as well as in far-off locations.
Saturday, April 16, 2011


Rod Cook is a well respected, in demand Seattle area guitarist known for his stylistic versatility and soulful, melodic playing. Best known for his work with Folk/funk, Americana artist Laura Love in the 1990's and the early part of this decade, guitarist, vocalist Rod Cook began the guitar at the age of nine. He started playing professionally at the age of 20 after playing in bands through his High School years. From the early 1980's to the early '90's he played with The Royals, a longtime mainstay in the Seattle blues and rock scene. In 1991 he teamed up with singer/songwriter/bassist Laura Love , recording seven albums with her, two of which were released on Mercury Records, and touring the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1993 he also teamed up with former Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke and formed the acoustic guitar duo "Double Cookin'." In 1995 they released their only album, Double Cookin'. This duo still performs periodically. In 1996 he launched his own band, Rod Cook and Toast, a band performing original and cover material based in blues, rock, country, Americana, surf and American roots music in general. The band has recorded two albums (I Ain't The Fool, 1998 and Troublemaker, 2006). In 2003 he was introduced to young Tacoma singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez. He has been playing with her on a regular basis since 2004, recording three albums (On My Way, 2005, I Could Be A Boxer, 2007 and From The Outside In, 2009) as well as a DVD (Vicci Martinez Live, 2006). In addition to the Vicci Martinez Band, Rod Cook and Toast, and Double Cookin', Rod can be seen performing periodically with local Northwest icon Little Bill Englehart, new project Snake Oil with Mark Riley, Rob Moitoza and Marty Vadalabene, doing the ocassional solo acoustic gig, as well as hosting and guesting at various jam nights around the Seattle/Tacoma area.

Rod has also backed up blues legend Taj Mahal and opened as a solo act for Todd Rundgren, Sonny Landreth, and Charlie Musslewhite. He has been nominated numerous times for the Washington Blues Society's "Best Of The Blues" Awards, including nominations for all three guitar categories (Acoustic, Electric and Slide) in 1999, 2000 and 2004. In 2004 Rod received the award for "Best Acoustic Guitar" and "Best Electric Guitar" and in 2006 was again awarded the "Best Acoustic Guitar" award. In October 1998 he was featured in the national publication Acoustic Guitar magazine
Friday, April 22, 2011


If notes were bullets Nick Vigarino would be a gunslinger straight from the streets of the Mean Town Blues.

From his humble beginnings in Ohio to his waterfront home in the Pacific Northwest, Vigarino is an accomplished songwriter as well as a commanding performer. With that unmistakable baritone voice and his slide making those six strings sing, Nick Vigarino will make you dance and smile and forget about those blues.

Nick has released three recordings of original material, several collaborations, performed in 11 countries on 7 different European tours, and has garnered numerous music awards.

"He's been compared to Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke...his style is a fusion of the Chicago and the Delta blues.... hip-hopped up with an amplified acoustic bottleneck, wailing against a VERY funky bump-and-grind rhythm section. The sum of the whole is nothing less than marvelous. A must hear." - Victory Music Review

"Vigarino's guitar masterwork (particularly on dobro and slide) ignites tunes like Louisiana Breakdown, and his baritone vocals range from world-weary John Doe (of X) to soulful Delbert McClinton" - Jazz Times

"Slide guitar with the virility and passion of Son House, combined with a jolt of addictive funk." NPR - KPLU, All Blues

"Vigarino manages to combine rockabilly, ballads, and the blues, giving you a feel for what this wild man is capable of on stage and in the studio." - Blues To Does

"He's original, he's unpretentious, he ain't no poseur or imitator and he's not afraid to sing his mind with 'politically incorrect' lyrics." - Real Blues

"Nick Vigarino is where country blues meets the year 2000" - Long John Baldry

"We were promised that this guy smoked, but even that's putting things lightly...Nick took to dismantling what was left of all sensibility with the skill of a surgeon and the impact of a wrecking ball." - Washington Blues Society

"Wear comfortable shoes. Dancing is not exactly mandatory, but you might want to check for a pulse if this doesn't do it for you." - Anacortes American
Saturday, April 23, 2011


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....
Monday, April 25, 2011


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!
Friday, April 29, 2011


BLUES PLAYGROUND plays “North Sound” blues. That’s a combination of Chicago and Texas blues with a dash of funk and soul topped off with some British blues. Whether they’re playin’ their own songs, or standards that you love, you will NOT be able to sit still!

Started by Northwest music veterans Sean Denton and Jeff Nicely, the idea for Blues Playground was born out of an impromptu acoustic gig. This led to a house band gig at a local night spot.

“We need a band” Sean said to Jeff.
“Yes we do” said Jeff.

So they got Richard Williams and
Jimmy Culler and then they had a band.
“Let’s go play” said Jeff.

“Yes, let’s go play” said Sean.

And they did.

When Sean was in the 8th grade, his brother took him to a Paul Butterfield concert and his fate was sealed. Sean has played in Northwest bands since the early ‘70s. He has survived hard rock, disco, new wave and grunge and emerged scarred but stronger to return to his roots. He has 2 cds from a previous project that showcase his exceptional songwriting abilities as well as his vocal and guitar work. Come see the band live to catch some of his innovative slide work. Not just the same old “Dust My Broom”.

Jeff brings over 30 years of lively performance experience to the stage. He captures the true rhythm and soul of the blues with his harmonica and contributes passionate percussion and vocal parts. Influenced early by his own family of musicians and their record collections, Jeff is an accomplished player of jazz, rock, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass and more. He’s performed with some of the best during his harmonica travels, from tight funk ‘n soul shows to loose pickin’ parties.

When he was 5, Richard played electric guitar for “show and tell” at school and was kissed by a girl shortly after. “King Richard” sits on the drum throne in the Playground, but he is also an accomplished guitar player, singer and recording engineer at his own Plum Tree Studio.

“Five String” Jimmy likes to hang glide for fun and then takes his life in his own hands on the Blues Playground. His bass playing and singing are an important element on the Playground and he’s always ready with a joke, usually one we can’t share with the audience.
Saturday, April 30, 2011


Alice Stuart has played with everyone from Taj Mahal to Frank Zappa. She started her career in the early sixties right here in the Pacific Northwest and along the way has assembled a wonderful catalog of folk, roots and blues.

Alice Stuart blazed the trail for women in Rock and Roll as one of the only females in the country to write her own music, front a male band, and play lead guitar on national and international circuits during the 1970s.

Blues Hall of Fame inductee Dick Waterman once remarked, "There would be no Bonnie Raitt without Alice Stuart."

And according to Taj Mahal, "Alice cut the road that Bonnie traveled."
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