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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, September 1, 2017
Friday, September 1, 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.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017

ST JOHN and the REVELATIONS

Saint John’s music career has gone from hitchhiking and performing in the streets of Europe to opening shows for national touring acts and recording with Peter Buck of R.E.M. From 2014-2016 he performed over 600 shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, had some songs played on local radio stations, endorsed a PA System from Mackie and was featured in Performer Magazine, was recently chosen to endorse Reunion Blues music gear, and isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Saint John was born in Victoria, BC, Canada and moved to California as a child. After graduating high school, he hitchhiked throughout Europe and started his music adventures by performing in the streets of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, England, etc, drawing crowds ranging in size from zero (character building) to dozens (which drew the local police). He then made his home in Venice Beach CA, amongst the hippies, poets, the homeless, gangs, and the modern beatniks and gypsies, to write and self-produce his first two records, ‘Halo’ and ‘Mercy’.

Both albums were well-acclaimed, he formed a band, Saint John and the Revelations, and took the music on the road, performing relentlessly along the west coast of America from Southern California (Hotel Cafe, House Of Blues, Coach House, Genghis Cohen, etc) to the Pacific Northwest (Triple Door, Nectar Lounge, Hard Rock Cafe, etc). Saint John has opened for many national and international acts, including Colin Hay (Men At Work), Tom Morello (RATM, The Nightwatchman), Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, VAST, and many others, and has also performed in many local festivals, including Venicestock, Venice Beach Music Festival, Seattle Acoustic Festival, and Brodienation.

Saint John recently released an EP, ‘Welcome’, with some of his songs recorded with Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., KMFDM, Ministry, King Crimson), and Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Fresh Young Fellows, Minus 5), and produced by Paul Fox (10,000 Maniacs, Wallflowers, Semisonic, Bjork).
Monday, September 25, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017

CLOSED

The Rockfish Grill is closed the day after Oyster Run for our annual staff picnic. See you Tuesday!
Friday, September 29, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017

MICHAEL SHAY TRIO

The Michael Shay Trio is Shay's touring ensemble. Always featuring 3-part harmonies, the Trio brings together diverse instrumentalists and vocalists from different corners of the music universe.

Blending roots-Americana with touches of world music, jazz, bluegrass, blues, country-folk and more, The Michael Shay Trio always surprises, engaging audiences with virtuoso musicianship, deep lyricism and just enough upbeat groove.

Shay has always been a musical chameleon, creating uniquely inspired and genre-bending collaborations worldwide. The Michael Shay Trio, however, sees Michael reining in his musical "universalism" a bit to put the spotlight on his voice in the context of North American traditions.

In that sense, the Trio is just as much at home in taprooms and bars as in listening rooms and theaters. "You can drink to this music, and you can think to this music."
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