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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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Friday, February 3, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017

KEVIN SUTTON and JIM McLAUGHLIN

Guitarist Kevin Sutton went to Saint Louis in his 20s to try and discover what American music was, and it was there that he became a part of a very vibrant music scene.

“Some of the great old-school Blues guys were still around then that you could sit in with, like James Crutchfield, Big Bad Smithy, Bennie Smith, and Henry Townsend.” Says Kevin, “I was lucky enough to also get a chance to play piano for Blues legend Tommy Bankhead for a period as well as the well-known bluesmen Jimmy Lee Kennett and Steve Pecaro. That education gave me a firm foundation in what the music we call Blues means. This music is a reflection of people’s lives up and down the Mississippi river and these people play the way they live. There is a musical honesty to these river people that rubbed off on me. No one more so than Johnny Johnson, who I was actually able to hire as a sideman, an idea that I still can’t quite believe happened. This was in the years before and after he was “rediscovered” by Keith Richards during the process of producing the music for Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday movie, “Hail Hail Rock and Roll.” Johnny did not change one bit after finding renewed success. Chuck himself would regularly visit local clubs in the Delmar Loop area of town. At the same time that the blues scene was going strong, another element of American music was in its infancy there as Jeff Tweedy was beginning his career with a band called Uncle Tupelo. He would go on to form Wilco and make an indelible mark on the world of music. There are many stories like this that were, and are, still happening today in St. Louis. As a community of musicians, back then we were all searching for that magic that so many found. This combination of music, and musicians, allowed me to understand what is so great about our music, our American music.”


Jim McLaughlin is a two-time World Harmonica Champion and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 winner of the Washington Blues Society’s Harmonica Player of the Year award. In 2016, he was awarded the Washington Blues Society's Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the organization's Blues Hall of Fame. Jim is ever popular for his harmonica playing locally, nationally and internationally. He has performed with such notables as: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, WAR, James Cotton, Vassar Clements, Townes Van Zandt and Charlie Musselwhite and many more esteemed artists.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017

MARCEL and NAKOS

NAKOS - From his birth, Nakos was often around music and musicians thanks to his folksinger dad. He developed a vague interest his father's 4-string mountain dulcimer at a very young age, and by age 12 he had learned to play a few tunes. However, he was becoming bored with the simple instrument, and began to play less and less.

The next year, a family vacation to a lake in Idaho changed everything. On a beautiful lazy summer's day on the beach, for no good reason, Nakos placed a spoon on the lowest string of the dulcimer and discovered that it changed the note. He excitedly spent the rest of the day experimenting and practicing - despite his musical upbringing, Nakos had never learned what slide guitar was.

The spoon was quickly replaced with his father's flashlight, and soon after, a 5/8" deep socket wrench that was his tool of choice for far longer than it probably should have been. The slide technique fascinated Nakos. He started practicing every day and, after realizing slide was not exactly new, listening to every slide guitar recording he could find. After much practice and playing the blues, he tried playing "real" slide on a guitar, and never went back. A few months later he had his 15th birthday, and received a Gibson Hound Dog Deluxe Dobro that he still plays.

Since he received a Dobro, Nakos' intense musical curiosity has lead him to Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Irish Traditional, Country and more. Having also been a teenager, he's had brushes with Rock, Pop, and even Thrash Metal. Because of his versatility, he's ended up in many interesting performing situations.

MARCEL - Marcel has roots tied to the Great Northwest through his family, the Carkeeks. The musicians in the family include a banjo playing great-great-grandfather and his son, a guitar player who toured the west coast during the Great Depression. Both of their family heirlooms, the1890's S. S. Stewart banjo and a 1930's Kalamazoo guitar, are now in his possession.

Despite his Americana heritage, Marcel began taking drum lessons at the age of eleven from jazz great, Mel Zelnick. Mel spent his life playing with great musicians such as Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, and Stan Getz. Marcel was one of the youngest students Mel ever taught and was therefore frequently showcased.

Marcel began experimenting with other instruments when his older brother left for college. His brother was known in the family as the "guitar player" but didn't want to take the family's heirloom Kalamazoo to school with him. Eventually Marcel picked up the guitar, and by the end of his older brothers first year in college, Marcel had surpassed him in skill. At age fourteen, Marcel's parents noticed the passion and raw talent in his skills, and bought him his first Martin guitar.

Marcel discovered his passion for bluegrass in 2011 and has since pursued the music intently. He leads Jackalope (formerly David's Drinking Band), hosts an exclusive bluegrass jam with some of the most talented bluegrass musicians in town, just finished recording a solo album titled Something Old, Something New and now gives private guitar lessons from his home as well as giving free lessons at Lessons With Marcel.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017

PIZZA and a PINT / BURGER and a BREW


Every Thursday, order a burger or any one topping pizza and a pint of your favorite Anacortes beer for only 10.99!
Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017

THE GROOVETRAMPS

The Groovetramps perform at 8PM. The Groovetramps are Melanie Owen & Joseph Barton. Joseph has played for numerous Denver bands such as The Clam Daddies, The Train Wreckers and Tempa & the Tamtrums. He recently came off the road touring for Grammy nominated Texas singer/songwriter Randy MacAllisater. Currently, in addition to The Groovetramps, he fronts The Joseph Barton Trio and plays bass and guitar with Armed & Dangerous Blues Review, Potcheen, The Thommy Knoxvilles, Gin Creek and other Seattle and Denver bands. Melanie, in addition to The Groovetramps, plays bass for Joseph Barton Trio and fronts Cedar Avenue Blues Band in Denver. She also guest fronts with The Thommy Knoxvilles in Denver and Armed & Dangerous Blues Review and Gin Creek in Seattle. The Groovetramps bring a fun, fresh take on old school blues, R&B, zydeco and americana and present smart, soulful originals. Their live show is fun, interactive, full of energy and humor.
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