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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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MARY McPAGE BAND
Saturday, May 1, 2010

MARY McPAGE BAND


Mary McPage is one of the finest female Blues Singers in the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by country, rock and torch, McPage knows how to sell a song. Be it a standard or one of her original compositions, this sassy singer can take it from kitten to volcano and back again.

Mary found the blues after the breakup of her original-alternative band OZMOSiS. A short time afterwards she realized she never wanted to sing any other type of music. In 1999, she released an acoustic blues CD - In Dog Years, with the group BLUE HOO. The CD landed her an invitation to appear on the nationally syndicated public radio show, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Taped live and broadcast out of Lexington, KY, her humor and original songs were a hit with the audience.

McPage is now standing tall and lookin’ fine, fronting her own band. And this band can fire it up and entertain all night long.
 
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DINNER and a MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, May 3, 2010

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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SAVAGE JAZZ
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

SAVAGE JAZZ


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.
 
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EDDIE SHAW and the WOLFGANG
Friday, May 7, 2010

EDDIE SHAW and the WOLFGANG


Eddie Shaw is a legendary tenor, alto sax and harmonica man who came to prominence as Howlin' Wolf's personal manager. Eddie, a talented singer, songwriter and band leader, is one of the most respected blues musicians alive today.

Originally from Benoit, MS, Eddie now lives on Chicago's South Side. Since Howlin' Wolf's death in 1976, Eddie kept the Wolf Gang name for his band as a tribute to the blues legend. A composer and arranger, Eddie worked the Delmark studios in the 60's managing weekly sessions for the label with fellow studio fixture Jimmy Dawkins. In the '90s he recorded for European and Japanese labels as well as for Rooster Blues in Clarksdale, Mississippi, which released Land of the Crossroads.

"On Land of the Crossroads I did mostly Mississippi bayou type blues because I stayed down in that part of the country," Shaw says. "Well, times change too. You go in with more modern equipment and you go with more up-to-date ideas. . . . Every time you do a new album, you're looking for better quality, you're looking for better compositions, you know, to upgrade everything. You want everything better than it was the year before, so hopefully that's the case now."

Eddie has won many awards over the years including most recently 2006 & 2007 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, LIVING BLUES 1996 Critics Award for Most Outstanding Blues Musician (horn), 1996 Winner of the Howling Wolf Award presented at the Chicago Blues Festival as well as many WC Handy nominations.

His touring band members include Eddie Vaan Shaw Jr, Eddie's son, and one of the best guitar players in the business, Lafayette "Shorty" Gilbert, Eddie's bassplayer for over 20 yrs and Tim Taylor on drums, son of the late Eddie Taylor.

Show time is 9PM and cover is $10 at the door.
 
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CHRIS EGER BAND
Saturday, May 8, 2010

CHRIS EGER BAND

The Chris Eger Band is a fresh, eclectic and electric group that blends a variety of types of music into style all its own. Not many musical genres are left untouched. The group draws on Blues, Rock, Funk, Rockabilly, R&B and Jazz just to name a few.

CEB is lead by 20 year old guitarist/vocalist Chris Eger, who's funky blues guitar work and powerful tenor vocals are sure to excite. The band's high energy performances are always a crowd pleaser. Whether it's a rockin' blues beat or a mellow groove, the band is tight, funky and dishes out plenty of soul.
 
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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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STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

STILLY RIVER BAND


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!

 
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HOLMES SHEA BAND
Friday, May 14, 2010

HOLMES SHEA BAND


In 2004, John Holmes and Jamie Shea joined forces to create The Holmes Shea Band as a vehicle for their energetic original rock, ballads and jazzy rhythm & blues. Jamie's vocals and keyboard and John's guitar and vocals are augmented by the solid rhythm section of Michael O'Neal on drums/vocals, Mark Gowan on bass, and Oscar de la Rosa on latin percussion/vocals and often features the flute & saxophone acrobatics of Mark Kelly and John Anderson.

Jamie Shea has been performing as a singer and keyboardist for most of her life. She began singing folk songs in a coffee house when she was 14 and soon thereafter joined the first of many rock and pop bands. In the 70's she toured extensively with the bands Potbelly, Burning Ground, Apricot Brandy, and the Wayne Bell Revue while sporadically studying voice and music theory. Raising a family kept her closer to home in the Pacific Northwest with bands Chrome Dinette. What the Chelm and The Walrus (with whom she also currently performs).

Although throughout her musical career Jamie had occasionally written her own songs, meeting up with John Holmes in 2003 was instrumental in opening the songwriting floodgates! Jamie enjoys exploring various musical genres writing songs ranging from the middle-eastern feel of "Sacred Money" to the New Orleans style blues whimsey of "Knocking on My Door."

John Holmes started writing songs in the late 60's and played in Seattle in the 70's performing with the bands Lost Continent and Spectacle. After having a family and moving to Mount Vernon his focus became more towards writing music and lyrics and he established his own recording studio (Wired Homes Studio) in the mid 90's as a tool for recording his songs and those of many friends and songwriters in the Northwest. The studio collective has thrived on the creative energy and friendships of local musicians. There have been recording projects by Rick Epting, Ira Fein, Li Gold, Wedge Michaels as well as 2 projects with Ron Weyers, Sunrise and Caught Up In A Web, and 2 projects with John Savage, Walkin' In The Sand and Old Moonshine

Philosophy: The creative process is one that enables us all to communicate what we're feeling and experiencing each in our own unique way. When we are allowed to indulge in this creative process in an uninhibited and non-judgmental manner it becomes a therapy of a kind in that it allows expression of anything in any way that we feel like.
 
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LITTLE BILL and the BLUENOTES
Saturday, May 15, 2010

LITTLE BILL and the BLUENOTES


Northwest legends and Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame members, Little Bill and the Blue Notes return to the Rockfish featuring the great Dick Powell on harmonica and keyboards, guitar ace, Billy Stapleton, longtime Bluenote sideman, drummer Tommy Morgan and, of course, the legendary Little Bill himself on bass, vocals and big time charisma.

Vocalist and bassist "Little Bill" Engelhart is the founder and front man for the Blue Notes - one of the first Northwest rhythm and blues groups and a contemporary of The Fleetwoods, The Ventures, Sonics and Frantics.

In his career that spans over 40 years , Bill has played nearly every club and concert hall in the Northwest, including such legendary venues as Parkers Ballroom, The Aquarius, The Spanish Castle, and Lake Hills Roller Rink.

"You hear this voice...raw, rough and plain, with a wry twist that comes right out of too many nights on the road, a little like Joe Tex, with some Ray Charles Thrown in, and further back, some kind of sad, low moan from the country." Paul de' Barros - Downbeat Magazine
 
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SPOONSHINE DUO
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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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THE JIM BASNIGHT THING
Friday, May 21, 2010

THE JIM BASNIGHT THING


Born in Seattle, the Jim Basnight Band has members with extensive and unique musical backgrounds. The band, fronted by Jim Basnight on vocals and guitars, performs songs from all six of Jim’s unique CD’s as well as his new career retrospective “We Rocked and Rolled: The First 25 Years of Jim Basnight”. They are well versed in a number of styles including Rock from the 50’s through the 90’s, as well as Soul, Punk, Funk, Americana, Alternative and the Blues.

“Jim Basnight is a true rock and roll warrior, fighting the good fight for decades now. He’s always been shaking up the rock music scene in some way, shape, or form” Bill’s Music Forum 2008

“Long before Seattle was the grunge rock capitol of America, it had a long history of rugged, tough-as-nails rock, beginning in the 1960s with garage rock stalwarts the Sonics and Wailers and culminating in the '80s with Jim Basnight and the Moberlys, a band that evoked the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at the same time, while turning out some of the decade's finest, if unfortunately obscure, new wave pop.” All Music 2008

"The ‘King of Pop’ for the Northwest may very well be Jim Basnight." The Montana Kaiman 2002

“Rightfully hailed as the man who helped introduce that ol' New Wave to the Pacific U. S. Northwest, Jim and his bands The Moberlys, Rockinghams, and most recently The Jim Basnight Thing have straddled many a musical hurdle - not to mention pigeon-hole - by sharing influences (and often stages) with everyone from Johnny Rivers and the Young Fresh Fellows to Suzanne Vega, The Police and even The Band.” Gary “Pig” Gold www.Tomlou.com 2001

"Jim Basnight has certainly covered a whole lot of ground over the past 20 years, creating a body of work dripping with quality and excitement. Unlike most performers, he can't be stereotyped, as each of his records offers something new and different." Rock Beat International, April 2000
 
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CHERYL JEWELL and the SALTWATER OCTET
Saturday, May 22, 2010

CHERYL JEWELL and the SALTWATER OCTET


Jazz vocalist Cheryl Jewell, who has been singing all her life, brings an array of musical prowess to her fresh, hip, passionate style of jazz.

Cheryl, nicknamed Jewell, grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but left as a teen to pursue a career in music. Since 2002, she has been based back in the Northwest, her home. In addition to work with her own trio/quartet, the Jewell Jazz Ensemble, she sings with both the Saltwater Octet, led by Mark Kelly, and the 18-piece big band Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra, led by Paul Sorensen.

Jewell’s on-stage passion and persona have garnered a growing fan base in the upper Puget Sound region. From Jewell’s first solo performance for a Navy Officers’ Wives Club at age 12, she has honed her style through nearly every genre, from high school musicals and jazz choirs to pop, rock and blues, from TV jingles to alt-country-rock.

“I’ve had such a diverse experience in music that it’s prepared me for this very moment in jazz,” says Jewell. “Jazz feels like home. For me, it’s a culmination of styles distilled into this one, passionate art form. I’ve navigated to the genre that’s a perfect expression for me.”

Proving out Jewell’s growing presence in jazz circles, she placed first runner-up to Northwest great Greta Matassa at the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Jazz competition in March 2009. Jewell’s jazz standards CD is due to be released in early fall 2009. The recording will include such familiars as “Cry Me a River,” the bluesy “Wayfaring Stranger,” and two 18-piece big band arrangements of “Lover Come Back to Me” and “My Blue Heaven”, arranged by Paul Sorensen.

The Road to Jazz: After a year of college, Jewell was anxious to get on the road. At 19, she began touring nationally with a top-40 band, and since has sung lead and backing vocals for some of the industry’s most well-known names, including Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge/Jeff Beck notoriety and Chet McCracken of The Doobie Brothers on drums.

Within the year, Jewell, now lead singer for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show All-Star Band, had added guitarist Eddie Van Halen, John Entwistle of The Who, and Steve Stevens of Billy Idol to the list of musicians she’s shared the stage with.
Singing as backup vocalist for the National Association of Songwriters (NAS) Concert, Jewell found herself on stage backing such notables as Roger McGuinn, the Motown songwriting team Holland/Dozier/Holland, and Randy Newman.

By now lead singer for the critically acclaimed all-girl rock band Rachel, Rachel, Jewell landed a variety of TV performances, including the Los Angeles Cerebral Palsy Telethon with Brooke Shields and Henry Winkler, and the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon.

Jewell credits her friend and mentor Lou Rawls and then manager David Brokaw for bringing her this national TV exposure. As commented by Lou Rawls, “Jewell has the voice of an angel.”

While living in Los Angeles, Jewell joined the alt-neo country-rock band Tin Star; as the fresh new voice with the group, the Music Connection magazine described her as bringing “…a powerful voice and playful charm…” to the band. The review added, “Jewell, aptly named, shines on stage, and adds pizzazz…” The Los Angeles Times described Jewell as “big voiced” and BAM, LA’s Music Scene publication, said the band had “built up a sizeable following in Southern California.”

Jewell knew she’d eventually return to the Pacific Northwest. Today, Jewell’s reputation is gathering growing notice. Brokaw Company Publicist Diane Hadley, who has followed Jewell's career for a number of years, describes her trajectory: “From being the best, she's only gotten better. She's found her niche in jazz, where she can express the depth of her emotions. A seasoned performer, Cheryl is one of those rare, extraordinary vocalists that gives one the chills when she sings.” Jewell is just as passionate away from the microphone—she throws herself into a variety of the many recreational opportunities the Pacific Northwest has to offer. To refresh and rejuvenate, she is an avid hiker and bicyclist, and enjoys cross-country skiing. “I’m enthralled with this region and very happy to call it home again.” —Ginger Oppenheimer
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU

 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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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BOBBY HOLLAND and the BREADLINE
Friday, May 28, 2010

BOBBY HOLLAND and the BREADLINE

The music of Bobby Holland and the Breadline is an up-tempo mix of rockin' blues with a disitnctly southern flavor.

Led by guitarist Bobby Holland and featuring former world harmonica champion Jim McLaughlin, the band features top notch musicianship, four part harmony and a catalog of excellent original material which they combine with their own unique intrepretations of blues standards.

In many ways, Breadline defies categorization as they move seamlessly from a standard like Muddy Waters "King Bee" to a rockin version of the Buck Owens classic "Hot Dog" and onto a bluesy take of Frank Zappa's "Cosmik Debris".

Along the way they deliver first rate original material from the songwriting team of Bobby Holland and Rick Star.

One thing is certain, Bobby Holland and the Breadline project an image of fun, and they get people out on the dance floor.
 
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RAVINWOLF
Saturday, May 29, 2010

RAVINWOLF


True American recording artists, performing singer songwriters and dedicated to the blues, 'Ravinwolf' has released 2 full-length studio CD’s and are currently working on a live all acoustic album entitled “Acoustic Champagne” to be released in 2009.

Their creative approach to acoustic folk-blues is what they like to call “Acoustic Art”... they have a patented a sageland blues sound all their own, a hint of blues rock fusion and southern back-porch style saddled up next to a pop edge with an old school delivery, they are taking the greater Seattle metropolitan blues scene by storm making appearances this year at The Junction Road House in Port Angeles, Egan's Ballard Jam House, the Fire Creek Grill and the Rockfish. They have been described as "organic, raw & free...jubilant & phenomenal," by many of their audiences.

Road ready, Ravinwolf has toured throughout the Northwest from Eugene to Bellingham, eastward to Sun Valley and Missoula and into the reaches of the far North where they spent 2 years touring Alaska from Fairbanks to Homer in promotion of their album "How Are You?"

Their 2009 tour schedule is robust with appearances scheduled this season at Wenatchee's Apple Blossom Festival, Yakima Valley Folklife Festival, Caffe Mela Summer Concert Series and some of the Northwest's finest brews & blues venues, winery Summer Concert venues and premiere music festivals. They are pleased to be offering their support to national talent such as Carrie Clark, Seattle's own 'Flowmotion' and to the Washington Blues Society 2008 Award Winner Alice Stuart & the Formerlys.

Ravinwolf reaches across the aisle of genres...the working man's band and the sophisticated music connesieur's band. Each show is a musical journey made especially for the audience present in the room. Uplifting thought rock...you hear more in their music than the sounds they make.
 
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