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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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Wednesday, August 1, 2007


It's our monthly Jazz invitational hosted by Frankly Moanin'. Join us for the best in mainstream jazz with special surprise guests, 6 - 9 PM the first Wednesday of every month.
Friday, August 3, 2007


The Mighty Titans of Tone is a new band on the Seattle scene fronted by internationally celebrated harmonica player, guitarist, and singer Kim Field.

Field began his musical career in New York, where he worked with the Sting Rays, a group managed by 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.
Saturday, August 4, 2007


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.
Monday, August 6, 2007


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.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007


It's Bluegrass Nite the second Wednesday of every month. This is an old fashioned invitaional type hootenanny with your hosts, The Duntons.
Thursday, August 9, 2007


It's not so easy to introduce Nick Gravenites because the man has done so many things.

Gravenites grew up on the southside of Chicago hanging out in the mid-50's with a coterie of misfit white kids - Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield - who went on to form that protean powerhouse of watershed white blues, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Learning their lessons first-hand from the southside greats - Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush - Gravenites & Co. burst open the seams of the scene with a feverish intensity and undeniable authenticity, redefining the blues with as much impact as the introduction of electric instrumentation had 15 years earlier. From the late 50's through the mid 60's, Gravenites gravitated between Chicago and San Francisco, establishing himself in the Bay Area in 1965.

In addition to authoring the classic "Born In Chicago" and the groundbreaking "East West" for Butterfield, Gravenites scribed hits for Janis Joplin and has his songs recorded by Big Brother and the Holding Company, Michael Bloomfield, the Electric Flag (of which Gravenites was a founding member), Pure Prairie League, Tracy Nelson, Roy Buchana, Jimmy Witherspoon as well as blues giants Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, and James Cotton. He has a couple of solo albums and has scored and played on the soundtracks for "The Trip", "Medium Cool", and "Steelyard Blues". He has appeared on some 40 albums as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer.

Gravenites worked extensively with John Cipollina, a connection that started with Nick producing the first Quicksilver Messenger Service albums and continued several years after Quicksilver's demise with the Nick Gravenites-John Cipollina Band.

Gravenites continues to perform regularly in the Chicago Blues Reunion with fellow band members and Chicago Blues legends, Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg and Corky Siegel.

David LaFlamme began his musical education on the voilin at the age of five, eventually going on to become a soloist for the Utah Symphony.

After serving in the army, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962. There he became an icon in the underground scene performing with all the best known artists of the day including frequent collaborations with Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin.

After his short-lived Electric Chamber Orkustra, LaFlamme co-founded an early incarnation of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks before joining It's a Beautiful Day in mid-1967. A self-titled debut LP was launched on Columbia in 1969, scoring the hit "White Bird." After several albums, he left the group and since released several solo albums on the Amherst label.

Don't miss a unique collaboration between these musical giants 8 PM Thursday August 9th at the Rockfish Grill. Cover is $15 at the door.
Saturday, August 11, 2007


Bump Kitchen is a place to mix, blend and cook smooth soul and fierce funk with a dash of blues and a sprinkle of nasty groove.

The band is led by percussionist and vocalist, Everett James, who was voted "Drummer of the Millennium 2000" by the Tacoma Blues Society.

Bump Kichen has performed at all the best venues in the Pacific NW and on festival stages including Sunbanks, Mt Baker and Winthrop Blues Festivals and Bumbershoot.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007


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).
Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Homestyle 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.
Saturday, August 18, 2007


The WIRED! Rockabilly Blues Band is a high-energy dance band that plays classic fifties style rock 'n' roll and the blues songs that inspired it.

WIRED! consists of three seasoned rock 'n' roll lifers who have joined forces to play music where people want to have fun. Guitarist/Vocalist Kevin Sutton from St. Louis, Missouri, drummer Rick Jacobson, and bassist Keith Bakke, both from the Seattle Area, have a combined 75 years of professional experience. It is obvious that the love what they do.

WIRED! puts on a tireless show. They play a wide variety of grooves from the very beginnings of rock 'n' roll like early Elvis and Gene Vincent, and the energy never quits. Include in the mix a good dose of songs penned by the band and you’ve got a sure recipe for fun!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007


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.
Friday, August 24, 2007


On Firkin Fridays, the Rockfish Grill offers cask conditioned versions of Anacortes ales. Cask conditioning is an English tradition that allows the beer to finish its fermentation in the barrel or "firkin" resulting in a character and complexity unique from any other beer. We'll offer a different variety every Friday served directly from the firkin with a traditional English hand pump. There's one batch a week and we pour till its gone, so get it while you can!
Saturday, August 25, 2007


Up and coming entertainer Margaret Wilder is noted for her delivery of captivating vocals and rollicking boogie-woogie songs.

Classically trained, Wilder is a singer, songwriter and pianist who was heavily influenced by jazz at an early age. Her passion for rhythm and blues followed, leading the young performer to an onstage career. Currently the front person of the Margaret Wilder Band, the formidable musician cleverly fuses blues, rock and funk, creating an unforgettable collection of tunes that blends the sounds of Etta James with Annie Lennox. Wilder is joined by veteran players Kim Carson on drums, David Payne on bass and Adrian Clarke on guitar.

Wilder's debut CD release DON'T WANNA WAIT is now available on-line. It was labeled a top seller at the 2006 Mount Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival and the Rendezvous Blues Festival. The Margaret Wilder Band was recently nominated for BEST NEW BAND and BEST KEYBOARD from the Washington Blues Society.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Join us on this rare FIFTH Wednesday of the month for an appearance by local guitarist, Jack Hamilton.
Thursday, August 30, 2007


Rockin' Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, J. Geils Band, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Widely known as a touring juggernaut among his peers, his schedule of over 200 performances per year includes clubs, concert venues, and festivals.

Originally from the East Coast, Jake moved to New Orleans in 1990 where he began to work with such notable New Orleans mainstays as: blues diva Marva Wright, Mem Shannon, Coco Robicheaux, Little Freddie King, Tommy Ridgley, Eddie Bo and other local legends. During this time Jake also toured nationally with G. Love & Special Sauce, blues and pop legend Maria Muldaur as well as logging international miles with bluesman T.J, Wheeler. He was selected to perform in an all-star band featuring blues legends Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin at the Howlin' Wolf.

In 1995 he formed the Rockin' Jake Band as an outlet for his original music. A year later Jake recorded his debut CD, "Let's Go Get 'Em" on Rabadash Records which earned him national recognition. In 1999 Jake produced "Badmouth" on Zuluzu records followed by "Full-Time Work" in 2002. It included an all-star cast of musicians such as John Gros (Papa Grows Funk), Ron Johnson (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe), Bryan Stoltz (the funky Meters), Ben Ellman and Theryl "Houseman" de Clouet (Galactic). In the spring of 2004 he released his first live cd “5 p.m. Breakfast” on Zuluzu records recorded over a four day period at the Green Parrot in Key West.
He is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted “Best of the Beat” award for best harmonica player in New Orleans. Jake is truly a hard working musician with extraordinary talent. He and his band pour out their souls in every performance with high energy and electricity which consistently brings the audience to their feet.

In his spare time Jake managed to snare some culinary kudos in New Orleans, taking the trophy for "Best Barbequed Brisket" at the 1999 New Orleans Musicians Barbeque Competition, and launching his own line of signature hot sauce, "Badmouth". Jake also takes time to give back to his New Orleans community with Project Prodigy Music Camp for children as well as the Blues in the Schools programs in New Orleans and other cities in the US.

Rockin' Jakes appears 8:00 PM Thursday, August 30th. Cover is $8 @ the door.
Friday, August 31, 2007


Its the Anacortes Jazz Festival Labor Day Weekend, Fri August 31 through Monday Sept 3rd. Four days of national acts on stage at the Curtis Wharf and a Jazz Walk among nine downtown clubs.

The Jazz Walk is a joint cover event on Friday and Saturday night, Aug 31 and Sept 1. $10 dollars each night allows access to all clubs. Music starts at 9 PM and runs until midnight. Here's the schedule:

Friday 8/31:
Adrift (8-11:00 PM) - Katy Bourne
Bellissima Tratoria - Julian MacDonough Trio featuring Mike Allen
Brown - Ryan Burns
El Jinete - La Rosa Trio
Majestic - Trish Hatley
Rockfish - Bill Anschell
Star Bar - Victor Noriega
Watertown - Dillinger's Calmbake

Saturday 9/1:
Aloha Paradise Grill (8-11:00 PM) -
Adrift (8-11:00 PM) - Rane Nogales
Bellissima Tratoria - Steve Korn Trio featuring Dawn Clement
Brown - Geoff Harper
El Jinete - Allen Lewis and Fidalgo Swing
Majestic - Frankly Moanin'
Rockfish - Mark Taylor Quartet
Star Bar - Lee Pence Trio
Watertown - Tim Sherman Band

Lee Pence: The Lee Pence Trio is a contemporary smooth jazz ensemble that performs throughout the Northwest. Lee's style follows in the footsteps of guitar greats Howard Roberts, Pat Martino, Johnny A, and Eric Johnson.

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Rane Nogales: Singer Rane Nogales is well known for creating a rich blend of sounds in a romantic, ultra-lounge, hot summer night style of jazz. Rane leads a sophisticated performance band with hundreds of standards in their repertoire and some of the finest musicians in the region in her line-up.

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Mark Taylor: Seattle based saxophonist, Mark Taylor, is a major voice and integral part of the Northwest jazz scene. Mark can be heard regularly around the Seattle area with the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Mark Taylor Quartet, and various other groups led by Marc Seales, Jay Thomas, Steve Korn and others. Having performed locally with Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Quincy Jones, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Lee Konitz, George Cables, Ernestine Anderson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Pete Christlieb, and others, Mark has established himself as an invaluable asset to the local music scene.

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Frankly Moanin: The Frankly Moanin' Jazz quartet, now in its 14th year, helps perpetuate the Jazz tradition with performances in local venues and events throughout the area. Founded in 1993, originally as a trio, Frankly Moanin' has evolved through the years, adding and subtracting members…the current group consists of the original trio (Warren Newton on keys, Tim Eslick on Bass and Todd Anderson on Drums), plus John Savage, a local legend on guitar.

Geoff Harper: Geoff Harper has been one of the Northwest's premier bassists for the past decade. He has performed with an impressive lineup of musicians from Herbie Hancock to Bill Frisell. Harper studied bass at both Cornish College of the Arts and the Berklee College of Music and has recorded extensively in the Seattle area.

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Katy Bourne: Seattle vocalist, Katy Bourne, believes, among other things, that jazz should be fun and that each song has the potential to be a great adventure.
Katy swings hard and lives for the synergy of the moment. "When a tune is really cooking, there is a synergy between the players that is euphoric and profound. That's as close to heaven as it gets for me."

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Trish Hatley: Trish Hatley has captured a large loyal following from her many singing performances in the Northwest. She has brought Live Swinging Jazz too many venues from small intimate clubs to big productions.
Trish ceates a fun and entertaining atmosphere anytime she plays that keeps bringing people back for more

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Bill Anschell: Seattle pianist/composer Bill Anschell is one of the most respected jazz men in the Northwest. He is also one of the most traveled. He spent several years in Atlanta where he appeared in leading events across the Southeast including the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and the Atlanta Jazz. His trio has toured extensively in Central and South America, and as a performer and musical director, he has appeared at North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Nice Festival in France, the Monterrey Jazz Festival in California, and the Kennedy Center in Washington.
His performances have been widely broadcast on radio and television including National Public Radio's "JazzSet," hosted by Branford Marsalis; Radio France; and French national television.

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Julian McDonough Trio: The Julian MacDonough Trio, specializing in swinging group interplay, features the incomparable Mike Allan on tenor sax and the always inspiring Adam Thomas on upright bass. Winners of the Western Canadian Music Award for outstanding jazz recording, this group, steeped in the tradition of the great sax trios of Sonny Rollins and with it's fresh takes on familiar tunes, is all propelled by the swinging and fiery drumming of Julian MacDonough.

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Dilinger's Clambake: Dillinger's Clambake is a "new era" swing band that mixes styles of Ballroom and Jitterbug to Rock & Roll and Funk. Their eclectic selection of American Dance Hall repertoire appeals to a wide generation of listeners. While swingin' hard like many traditional big bands, the "Clambake" cooks it up with a strong boogie-woogie, polished vocal harmonies and the steaming sound of their air tight horns.

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Burns: Pianist Ryan Burns, besides being a staple on the Northwest jazz scene, has collaborated with rocker's Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Peter DiStefano (Jane's Addiction) and many others. Prepare for the unexpected as Burns' music swings from classic jazz standards to unconventional covers.

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Korn: Seattle drummer, Steve Korn, is a musician's drummer, and his versatile style has made him a sought after player on the Northwest jazz scene. Korn's quintet has been featured at the Seattle Art Museum's Art Of Jazz Series, the Earshot Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, KPLU Summer Jazz Cruises and at the University of Washington Jazz Artist Series. Korn has also performed with many jazz greats including Jon Faddis, Julian Priestser, Larry Coryell, George Cables, Jessica Williams and Ernestine Anderson to name a few.

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Fidalgo Swing: Anacortes based Fidalgo Swing plays a brand of Gypsy Jazz designed to get people on the dance floor. They are led by founder and lead guitarist Allen Lewis and co-founder, Jake Baird on Bass. The band also features Phillip Nakano on Saxophone, Josh Rust on Guitar, and Bryan Therber on Violin. Together, these core musicians have an experience timeline of over 100 years. Along with performing on their own, the band often features many other talented performers from around the Pacific Northwest.

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Sherman: One of the finest blues guitarists on the Left Coast, Tim got plugged into the Seattle scene at the Blue Monday jam at the late, great Owl Cafe in the mid-'80s. Since then, he has worked with The Slackmasters, The Bluestars, The Dick Powell Band, Stevie & the Blue Flames, Out of the Blue, The Led Jackson Band, and Annieville Blues. Fronting his own group, Sherman specializes in a jazzy blend of instrumental blues with a cool West Coast feel.

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La Rosa Trio: Start with the inspired Latin drumming of Oscar DeLaRosa, add the seven-string jazz guitar accompaniment of Yusuf Kilgore, then include the melodic finesees of multi-instrumentalist Philip Nakano and the result is the De La Rosa Trio, a premier act specializing in a fresh and innovative Latin jazz sound.,

Noriega: With a taste for adventure and pushing the boundaries, pianist/composer Victor Noriega (2006 NW Instrumentalist of the Year - Earshot Jazz) spins a sophisticated web of emotion, intellect, and risk-taking in his music, creating a style that is all his own.

Victor has performed for a variety of audiences at jazz music festivals and top jazz venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. Featured performances in North America include the Earshot Jazz Festival, The Banff International Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, and The 2nd Annual Filipino-American Jazz Festival, as well as numerous jazz club engagements on both coasts.

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