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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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SAVAGE JAZZ
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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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ANDREW JR BOY JONES
Thursday, May 5, 2011

ANDREW JR BOY JONES


Guitarist, songwriter and singer Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones began working professionally at age 16 with Freddie King's backing band, the Thunderbirds. He got his first guitar from his uncle, jazz musician Adolphus Sneed. Jones cites an eclectic array of influences: Freddie King, Cornell Dupree and Larry Carlton. For many years, he's backed various Dallas-area vocalists on guitar, but in the mid-1990s, he came into his own as a vocalist with an album for JSP Records, I Need Time (1997), which showcases his crafty songwriting, great guitar playing, and powerful singing.

In 1967, Jones joined Dallas-area vocalist Bobby Patterson's outfit, the Mustangs. Through most of the 1970s, Jones backed various artists, including Patterson, Johnnie Taylor and Charlie Robertson. In late 1987, he went to California and joined the Silent Partners with bassist Russell Jackson and drummer Tony Coleman, the latter of whom is best known for his work with B.B. King's orchestra. Jones recorded with Bay-area piano player and singer Katie Webster on her critically praised Alligator Records album, Swamp Boogie Queen.

Jones met harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite at a Sonny Rhodes recording session, and Musselwhite persuaded him to stay in California and join his band. Jones played guitar on Musselwhite's three late-1980s/early-1990s albums for Alligator Records (Ace of Harps, In My Time, and Signature). He also had the chance to do some extensive world touring with the harmonica master.

Jones left Musselwhite's band amicably in the mid-1990s and is now back in Dallas, where he accompanies Dallas-area blues singers like R.L. Griffin, Hal Harris and the Lowlifers, and others.

In early 2005, Andrew and 43rd Big Idea Records began planning for Jr Boy’s 4th CD a live recording that captures the true essence of Andrew’s sound, enthusiasm and the spirit that led to Jr Boy’s previous WC Handy nomination.
 
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CHERYL JEWELL and the SALTWATER OCTET
Friday, May 6, 2011

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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LITTLE BILL and the BLUENOTES
Saturday, May 7, 2011

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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STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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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KEN PICKARD and ZYDECO EXPLOSION
Friday, May 13, 2011

KEN PICKARD and ZYDECO EXPLOSION


From the desk of Ken Pickard: "I am a third generation of accordion playing Pickards from Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington. Grandfather Moe, who came over from the old country at age 12, and Father Herb, born and raised in the family general store, Prairie Center Mercantile
Playing klezmer in Prague
in front of the oldest synagogue in Europe in Coupeville, both taught me to play starting when I as 5 years old. Moe Played piano and Herb and I accordions at most family gatherings. I have played many instruments including horn, blues harp, piano, and bass guitar but decided to concentrate on accordion because I play that best, and there aren't many piano accordion players.

"I played a stretch with The Shalom Ensemble, a Seattle band led by Rabbi Jim Morel of Bellevue, Washington, a Klezmer (Eastern European Jewish Folk Music) band and various bluegrass groups including Maggie and The Older Boys led by Margaret Storer, Buelgrass and The Prairie Ramblers led by famous bassist Buel Neidlinger, and I currently play Eastern European Folk Music with Kimmer Morris of Langley, Washington on violin, Yours Truly, and then there is Kenworth and The Zydeco Dumptrucks during the summer months up north in B.C.

"I have just finished a small town lawyer/environmentalist career and am concentrating on raising my wonderful son Aaron, music and sailing. The reason I started Zydeco Explosion was to inject more fun into my life. As my Dad was slipping into dementia, I asked him if he had any regrets about his life. His only regret was that he stopped playing music for dances.

Jude Taylor, My Grandpa Moe and Dad Herb played dances at Grange Halls in Island, Skagit and San Juan Counties. After he died I asked my Mom about his regret and she related her experiences of tagging along with the band and having to dance with all the "weirdos," and also did not like Herb out with the boys. So I guess my Dad honored my mom's wishes and it turned out for him to be a regret. I decided right then to keep a lot of music in my life. Our band is getting quite hot in my view and I can't wait to play for you all and get you rocking.

Kimmer Morris and Ken Pickard as Yours Truly"I started playing Zydeco about 7 years ago when I came under the teaching of Jude Taylor of Jude Taylor & His Burning Flames from Grand Coteau, Louisiana. We met at the Centrum Blues Festival in Port Townsend, Washington where I was his "best student." I immediately went and stayed with Jude and Annie and it took off from there. Jude is now one of my best friends. As Jude says, 'We're carbon copies. I'm just a few shades darker.'

"Playing a hot dance makes me feel better than about anything. The exchange of energy between the dancers and the band must supercharge my endorphins. After the Louisianathon I was high for a week.

See you at the dance."

 
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RAVINWOLF
Saturday, May 14, 2011

RAVINWOLF


True American recording artists, performing singer songwriters 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”.

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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YOUNG LIFE DAY
Thursday, May 19, 2011

YOUNG LIFE DAY

Stop by the Rockfish Grill on Thursday, May 19th and help send Young Life kids to camp this summer! ALL proceeds above the day's average sales will go towards helping students in the local community go to camp!!

The event takes place all day on Thursday, May 19th. Have a meal (or two or three) and help kids go to camp!

Wear a Young Life T-shirt to represent!!
 
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BROOKE PENNOCK BAND
Friday, May 20, 2011

BROOKE PENNOCK BAND


Formed in the gentle farmlands of Snohomish valley, the Brooke Pennock Band gained recognition in the Seattle New Folk scene in 2004 with their multi-award winning song, “Eddie.”

The song was featured on KZOK/KMPS-FM Radio’s compilation CD as the #1 winner of their songwriting contest. It was distributed widely on a “Save The Music” campaign throughout Northwest area Fred Meyer stores.

Brooke has also won the “Made in Washington’s Best Emerging Artist Award” the “West Coast Songwriters Award” (for the song “I Wont Be Alone”) and was a Billboard Music Songwriters Finalist and Lilith Fair/Levi’s Top 10 Emerging Artist finalist. Her songs have received airplay on local and regional radio, including KZOK, KMPS, KEXP and KMTT.

Several songs from the Brooke Pennock Bands extensive catalogue were also used on the soundtrack of the independent film “Poppies: Odyssey of an Opium Eater.” (www.poppiesthemovie.com) The movie has won numerous awards and been featured at many International Film Festivals.

For the band’s fifth and latest CD, “The Heater Must Be Broke” BPB returned to “No Goin’ Back” Producer Ryan Hadlock (The Strokes, Metric, Afghan Whigs, The Gossip, Johnny Flynn) at Bear Creek Studios (http://www.transgressiverecords.co.uk/ryanhadlock)(www.bearcreekstudios.com)

“The Heater Must Be Broke” layers Brooke’s picturesque vocal sketches and accompanying harmonies with a butt shakin’ rhythm section. With standout tracks like “Train,” (available for free download at the bands website www.brookepennock.com) BPB are poised for even more success.
 
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DOUBLE SCOTTS on the ROCKS
Saturday, May 21, 2011

DOUBLE SCOTTS on the ROCKS


Double Scotts on the Rocks is:
Scotty Harris - Saxophones / Vocals: Winner of the 2006-07 & 08 "Best Blues Horn" by the Washington Blues Society. Scotty's brand of Sax playing combines elements of jazz, blues, reggae, soul and funk. Scotty performs regularly with local Seattle legends as well as national recording artist Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Seattle Seahawks #93 Craig Terrill, is the musical director for Lee Oskar and Friends,( founder of War) and went to Belgium and Spain with Seattle legends "The Sonics in 2008. Scotty also fronts award winning "Bassic Saxx" with Lissa.

Scott E. Lind - Lead and Rhythm Guitar / Vocals: Scott has been playing guitar for over 25 years and in that time has become one of Seattle’s premier guitar players. His soulful approach is the same whether he is playing for a crowd of five or five thousand, and he has done both. Scotty gives 100% all the time, every show, no matter what and comes through with a showmanship that is not often seen anymore. Scott also won the regional "Best Blues Guitar competition at Guitar Center in 2007.

Lissa Ramaglia - Electric upright, Electric Bass / Vocals: Shortly after coming to Seattle, Lissa joined up with Duffy Bishop and was nominated by the Washington Blues Society for Best of Blues - Best Bass. 1998, 2001 and 2005 brought more nominations, winning two in 2007 for Best New Band and Best Duo. Lissa brings elegance to her performances in vocal and musical finesse. Lissa has toured with Kenny "Blues Boss " Wayne, Tony Coleman, as well as playing regularly withLee Oskar and Friends,( founder of War) and co-fronts award winning Bassic Saxx with Scotty Harris."

Chris Leighton - Drums and Percussion: Chris has won the "Best Drummer" category for The Washington Blues Society so many times that they retired his number. Chris's style of playing is very unique and he brings a beautiful swampy element to Double Scotts. Chris has played on countless recordings both local and national. and most recently toured and recorded with The Laura Love Band.
 
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CD WOODBURY
Friday, May 27, 2011

CD WOODBURY


C.D. Woodbury has performed in Texas Roadhouses and in Stadiums. He has performed for two US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and Jimi's music for the Hendrix family. He has jammed with jazz legends, international blues stars, and has worked with sidemen to the biggest rock acts. Yet, he still remains "the Northwest's best-kept secret". Though he has played many styles, he always returns to the blues and American roots music on his guitar.

In 2009, the C.D. Woodbury Band was formed primarily out of an unrehearsed appearance at the Snohomish Blues Invasion with CD and former members of Tim Casey's back-up band, the Bluescats. The Bluescats were one of the top acts in the region and a top selling act in Europe, including edging Eric Clapton to be the number 1 blues act in Belgium one year. Chris Kliemann, Don Montana, and Mike Fish are a dynamic, tight rhythm section.

The CD Woodbury Band plays a mixture of new interpretations of old favorites, obscure jems, and original songs.

"...Powerful" -Experience Hendrix Magazine

"...When I formed a band of my own, he was the first guy I called. I still work with him sometimes. I love C.D.” - Polly O'Keary, currently touring with Too Slim and the Taildraggers

"C.D. has a unique combination of education (he has a degree in music studies from Portland State), skill, raw musical talent and passion." - Steve Ater, Tone Kings

“When I got back to Seattle from my Roomful (of Blues) stint I needed a guitarist. On the good word of Randy Oxford I exchanged e-mails with C.D. We played our first gig together, no rehearsal. ...He is absolutely a consummate professional. That's A Fact, Jack.” Mark DuFresne

"he is a musician's guitarist." Roy Brown, from the March 2009 WBS Bluesletter
 
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KIMBALL and the FUGITIVES featuring ANNIE EASTWOOD
Saturday, May 28, 2011

KIMBALL and the FUGITIVES featuring ANNIE EASTWOOD


Longtime Seattle area performer, Kimball Conant brings his band The Fugitives to the Rockfish.

Kimball is known for his vintage Gretsch electric guitar and for his distinctive finger picking style of playing. His muisc calls upon a wide range of influences including blues, R&B and even latin elements he picked up while living in Paraguay.

Kimball and the Fugitives perform with vocalist Annie Eastwood. Annie's sound combines blues and jazz with a unique sultry and sensitive touch that she can shape to rock the house.
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU
Monday, May 30, 2011

3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU


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!
 
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