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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.

Here is What's Happening at The Rockfish Grill

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Wednesday, June 1, 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.
Friday, June 3, 2011


Mia Vermillion, blues singer and musician and slide guitar great Orville Johnson have recently joined together in live performances to bring Mia’s unique genre-blending sound of blues and early jazz to many different audiences. Their music together highlights a well-matched styling between Mia’s voice and Johnson’s guitar work. Also playing with Mia are Grammy nominated bassist Garey Shelton, gold record composer and pianist Tom Kellock, and Origin Records drummer, Mark Ivester.

Mia's music features songs from blues and early jazz artists such as Ma Rainy, Lil Green, Mary Ann Williams, Big Bill Broonzy, Cecil Gant, Billy Holiday to list just a few. Mia has added some of her own compositions to the musical sets in a perfect balance to the blend and style of music.

Mia has formulated a sound of sensuous, earthy blues and is on track to release her first album "Alone Together With the Blues" in January of 2009. As with her live performances, the record is a magic combination of sympathetic styling between Mia’s vocals and Orville Johnson’s mastery of guitar. The album contains a well-founded collection of tunes from early blues and jazz artists and includes two of Mia's own compositions: "Little Bit of Love" and "Love's Lost and Found.”

As a native of Washington State, Mia grew up in the Capitol City of Olympia. Throughout her childhood and as a young woman, she studied and listened to the musical statements of Ann Wilson of Heart, Lil Green, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt and many others. Mia is recognized for her vocals and works in composition and songwriting and is one of the showcased singer/songwriters along with her band at the Crossroads Bellevue Market Stage hosted in association with Puget Sound Productions. She has performed for audiences throughout the Northwest at different venues and festivals as well as in Beijing, China as part of a cultural exchange with musicians from around the globe.

Mia has been very active with her music in women’s causes and is currently serving as Vice President of Skagit Habitat for Humanity Women’s’ Build. She has been able to use her talents in aiding to raise funds for those women who are ‘heads of households’ and that qualify for Habitat home construction.

Orville Johnson was born in 1953 in Edwardsville, Illinois and came up on the St. Louis, Missouri music scene, where he was exposed to and participated in a variety of blues, bluegrass and American roots music. He took up the guitar at 17, with early influences from Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Chuck Berry. Orville moved to Seattle, Washington in 1978. Legendary for his dobro and slide guitar styling, Orville has released 7 albums including the acclaimed "Slide and Joy" and has been featured in multiple television and movie soundtracks.

The following is a quote of Mia’s regarding her music: "My songs and song choices come from my personal knowledge and life’s experiences: the inner and outer workings of relationships, the joy of music and life, and the huge satisfaction of recognizing and providing feminine value and perspective in it all”.

You can see video of the band perrforming from a recent concert performance at:
Saturday, June 4, 2011


The Mighty Titans of Tone is one of the hottest blues acts on the Northwest scene. They are fronted by internationally celebrated harmonica player and singer Kim Field.

Field began his musical career in New York, where he worked with the Sting Rays, a group managed by future Grammy winner Phil Schaap. Returning to his hometown of Seattle, he teamed up with Isaac Scott, appearing on two albums with the legendary guitarist. Field spent several years fronting the Slamhound Hunters, whose performances and two albums for Satin Records, 4/1 Mind and Private Jungle, were strongly received in both Europe and the United States.

Over the years Field has appeared on bills with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Walter Horton, and Big Mama Thornton. He has appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival, performed on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Central Park, and was a featured performer at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival seven years running. Field’s songwriting has been highlighted in the soundtracks of two feature films, The Killoff and The Lawless Land.

For the Mighty Titans of Tone, Field has assembled an all-star quartet of the Northwest’s premier musicians:

Guitarist Steve Yonck has developed a sizeable fan following through his work with the Hudson Blues Band and Harmonica Playboy and the Midnight Movers.

Bassist Brady Millard-Kish has worked locally with the Hudson Blues Band and the Jet City Fliers and performed and recorded with members of G. Love and Special Sauce, Soul Asylum, and the Neville Brothers.

Talented guitar slinger and singer, Eric Daw, has fronted his own band, Eddie and the Rockets, and supported Henry Cooper, Harmonica Playboy and the Midnight Movers, and the Hudson Blues Band.

The band’s backbone, drummer and vocalist Billy Spaulding, has been the rhythmic linchpin for Sweet Talkin’ Jones, Hugh’s Blues, and the Seattle Slim Band.

Unsurpassed musical chops, a dynamic stage act, and a unique repertoire of original tunes and the best that the blues and R&B have to offer—that is Kim Field and the Mighty Titans of Tone.
Wednesday, June 8, 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, June 10, 2011


The Colonel brings his fiery blues axe to the Rockfish along with his excellent band, Doubleshot.

Many of you will recognize the Colonel as host of the popular Rockfish series, "Guitarslinger" which features the top blues guitar players in the area.
Saturday, June 11, 2011


The Fabulous Roof Shakers are are led by Perry Sanders on Harmonica & Lead Vocals. Born in Olympia, WA, Perry has been playing music since he was ten. In 1989 Perry started schlepping gear for "Sweatband," a group led by Dennis Hastings and anchored by the guitar of Dave Broyles and the saxophone of Steve Munger. Mostly hauling gear, but occasionally sitting in, Perry went to school on Dennis’ soulful vocals and horn inspired harp playing.

After playing jam sessions with some of the northwest's top blues players, Perry met up with Tom "T-Boy Neil" Boyle in 1997. In '98 they formed "The Steamers" and, along with Freddie "Cleanhead" Kellog on bass and Richard "Smoke" Winfield on drums, they played good time, party blues up and down the Pacific Northwest. In 2000 Perry co-founded "The Blues Attitude" with Jerry "J.B." Bentley, T-Bone Williams and Smoke Winfield.

Perry has been playing blues on the Eastside since 2003. Usually billed as "The Cellarmen," Perry featured Northwest greats such as Karl Thuman, Brian Feist, Mike Coucoules, K.T. Tuttle, Conrad Ormsby and Keith Anderson. Then in January 2006 the Fabulous Roof Shakers were formed which includes Gordon Benson on saxophones and vocals, Bruce Koenigsberg on bass, Keith White on drums, Joe Lane on Guitar and Vocals and Perry Sanders on Harmonica and vocals. FRS was nominated in 2007 for "Best New Blues Band" by the Washington Blues Society. The Fabulous Roof Shakers is a high energy blues band that can shake the roof.
Friday, June 17, 2011


MARION WESTON began touring in April 2007 shortly after she returned from recording her first CD "Everything" in Nashville. Marion's desire was merely to create an independent collection of country songs written by Canadian and American songwriters that spoke to her heart. To her surprise, soon after she finished the recording process Marion found that she was getting invites to perform, including an offer to open on the big stage at the huge Merritt Mountain Music Festival in Merritt, B.C. in front of Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. Not one to turn down a challenge and an opportunity, Marion rounded up a gangbuster set of musicians that love live music as much as she does.

The MARION WESTON music experience is both versatile and creative and offers her audiences a great blend country, rock, blues and funky original and cover tunes that show off Marion's bluesy, sexy, silky voice.

MARION WESTON loves life and all of her friends and family in Bellingham, Washington. She feels blessed to be able to touch so many and make new friends with performances in the northwest and Canada.
Saturday, June 18, 2011


About the Seatown Rhythm and Blues Band:

Hailing from Southern illinois, Guitarist Steve Black has brought his own style of Jazz, Blues and Funk to audiences, not just in the US, but the middle and far east. Growing up in the Midwest in the 70's he played with blues greats like Luther Allison, Otis Rush, funk bands Confunkshun, Lakeside, the Barkays, and smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows. Now residing in Seattle he plays with a number of well known jazz, blues and funk bands throught out the Northwest. He has a clean sweet and soulful sound that is guaranteed to rase a brow.

Nick Name Cool V PFunk, Vernon Petry originally from Spokane Wash
has 40 plus years experience with R&B music and has played professionally in Pacific Northwest, Canada, Oregon, and California. Playing all styles of music from the 70's to what is today. His originality and natural style of rhythm & soul keeps the groove movin.

Born in Chicago illinois this Multi
Instrumentalist, Songwriter arranger and producer, Jayar is a gifted singer as
well. With an Amazing four and a half octive range, his natural vocal talents
range from classic soul to hard hitting blues. This exteremely versatile artist has give many outstanding performances throughtout the country
and over seas. Over the years he has produced, not only for himself, but for
other solo artists and groups also.

Friday, June 24, 2011


Polecat is a Bellingham based new grass group made up of some of the best pickers in the area:

Bassman extraordinaire, Richard started playing the low end in high school on a 5-string Warwick bass guitar. His love for African music and polyrhythmic sounds have transferred over to the blonde 3/4 size K Style upright bass he uses in Polecat. He dominates the complex changes and hits, keeps the groove thumping along with Karl's kick, and adds a third vocal harmony on some of the barn burners.

An avid student of percussion for many years, Karl Olson is an uncommonly well-rounded rhythm man, with studies and projects based on orchestral, jazz, funk, reggae, udu, and tabla drumming. His precision, dynamics, and energy keep Polecat's listeners' ears on their toes. With only kick drum, snare drum, hi-hat, and one crash cymbal, he uses an array of sticks and brushes to maximize each piece of the kit.

With many years of piano lessons in early life, Aaron Guest gradually picked up more instruments over the years and has played drums, guitars, bass, and keyboards in several bands and recordings in his years in Bellingham. Polecat showcases his song-writing and baritone vocals, backed up with his high energy 12-string guitar playing. His wide range of listening and playing makes his songs less traditional, but they still pulse with the feel of American roots music.
Cayley Schmid

Immersed in Celtic music, dance, and culture for the better part of her life, Cayley Scmidt's 5-string fiddle playing embodies the energy of that tradition and brings a whole different kind of stompin' sound to Polecat's bluegrass/americana feel. She leads a few traditionals and writes her own reels that get people up out of their seats. Her complex lines in harmony with Jeremy's guitar are some of Polecat's most exciting musical moments.

Jeremy Elliott's articulate yet soulful, fast as lightning but smart guitar playing adds an undeniable spark to the band. Growing up in Georgia and being surrounded by some of the best roots players in the country really shows, but his style is his own. He melds rock rhythms, bluesy bends, and bluegrass lines with ease. Jeremy's song-writing and arranging is featured on several tunes, and his vocal harmonies add another layer to the Polecat sound.
Saturday, June 25, 2011


The Alan Hatley Trio is an audience engaging Blues/Rock band that was formed about 4 yrs. ago and has performed and been very well received at lots of local venues and fairs.

Alan Hatley (lead guitar and vocals) older brother Ron Hatley (drums and vocals) and Stan Hayden (Bass guitar and vocals). Alan and Ron have a full history and musical background as they come from a family of musicians with musical influences of Country, Rock, Blues, and Jazz. Stan is also a seasoned musician and teacher. Stan joined the group a year ago and has made great contributions with his knowledge and talents.

The Alan Hatley Trio also writes and arranges their own flavorful original songs with a unique fused sound blending Rock, Blues, and Jazz. A fun loving band!

Monday, June 27, 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!
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