Saturday, September 24, 2016

Listed in order of performance time.
Please plan on walking from venue to venue and checking everything out!
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SNO. VALLEY MOOSE LODGE - Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method
PIONEER COFFEE - Nick Vigarino
VALLEY CENTER STAGE - Elnah Jordan Experience
PICCOLA CELLARS - C.C. Adams Band featuring Mary Ellen Lykins
CHANG THAI - Star Drums & Lady Keys


UMPQUA BANK - Eric Madis & Blue Madness
EURO CAFÉ - Paul Green & Brian Butler
GEORGIA'S BAKERY - Mia Vermillion
TWEDE’S CAFE - Margaret Wilder Band
PRO SKI - Kevin Andrew Sutton
MT. SI SENIOR CENTER - Jesse Weston Band
THE SWIRL - Chris Stevens Band


POUR HOUSE (21+) - John Stephan Band
CHAPLIN'S - Heather Jones and the Groove Masters

9PM -12AM

PIONEER COFFEE - Mark Riley Trio
PICCOLA CELLARS - Two Scoops Combo
CHANG THAI - Greta Matassa Quartet

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Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge

6:00-9:00: POLLY O’KEARY and the RHYTHM METHOD
Polly O'Keary, bass & vocal; David Miller, guitar & vocal; Tommy Cook, drums & vocal

Polly’s eclectic blues style reflects her colorful history. She grew up in a log cabin with no electricity or plumbing, and began her music career as a teen working bars in Mexico. At 19, she had a husband in prison and an 8th grade education. Twenty years later, she was a bassist for touring blues bands, playing a total of four continents, was one of the Pacific Northwest’s most highly awarded blues artists, and was working toward a Ph.D. Polly is today a five-time Washington Blues Society Best Female Vocalist, a three-time Best Songwriter and has won Best Album from Washington and Inland Empire blues societies. Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method is the trio she built with her fiancée and drummer Tommy Cook, also a highly-sought touring drummer, with whom she shared rhythm section duties for international touring act Too Slim and the Taildraggers for four years. Rounding out the trio is guitarist David Miller who, for 18 years, led the Dave Miller Blues band - one of Southern California’s most popular blues bar bands, leading one reviewer to praise his “jaw-dropping guitar licks” and “extraordinary mixture of inspiring virtuosity, both vocally and instrumentally.” According to the Midwest Record, “O’Keary is loaded with primal force even when she's taking it easy. Not anything near your stereotypical chick bass player, she's a leader all the way, not the window dressing. Hot stuff.” Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method’s 2014 debut album “Compass,” reflecting the humor and tragedy of her checkered life, won international rave reviews, and the trio’s irreverent, boisterous and joyful performances immediately established them on the national blues touring circuit.

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9:00-Midnight: STACY JONES BAND
Stacy Jones, harmonica, piano, guitar & vocals; Jeff Menteer, lead guitar & vocals; Rick Bowen, drums & vocals and Tom Jones, bass

Stacy Jones is the winner of the 2015 IMEA (International Music and Entertainment Association) award for Best Blues Song “Can’t Do Nothin’ Right” off her newest album Whiskey, Wine, & Water. She is continually nominated for “Best of the Blues” awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, guitar and winning vocalist of the year. She has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, SXSW, juke joints in Mississippi, river boats in California, headlined festivals, and shared stages with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, and many other legends. Her music has been described as “A Whiskey & Water baptism that laces blues and rock edges.” “With her feet firmly planted in roots based music, Stacy Jones pays homage to the blues but experiments by mixing in some mild-Americana and subtle country licks. Dynamic vocals fueled by powerful lyrics.” “The rolling thunder blues of Howlin’ Wolf mixed with the honesty of Lucinda Williams.”

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Pioneer Coffee

6:00-9:00: NICK VIGARINO

Vigarino radiates an unpredictable fervor with his slashing acoustic slide guitar and powerful vocals! Funky licks and modern lyrics color his homemade “slop-jar Delta funk” material. With his band or solo, he consistently captures and then rivets listeners with precise, passionate performances. He's released three recordings of original material, participated in several collaborations, has performed in 11 countries on 7 different European tours, and has garnered numerous music awards, including "Best Blues Duo Act" and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Blues Society in 2013.

9:00-Midnight: MARK RILEY TRIO
Mark Riley, guitar & vocals; Tom Erak, bass and Marty Vadalabene, drums

Mark Riley has won numerous music industry awards for his amazing guitar playing and song writing. He has released several successful albums and has played in countless groups including The Mark Riley Trio, Snake Oil, Little Bill & The Blue Notes, The Mark Whitman Band and many others. Aside from his mastery of playing music, he also is a master craftsman at building his own line of boutique custom guitars. Performing quantum physical blues and jazz mixed with a touch of classic rock & roll.

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North Bend Theatre


Mark DuFresne is one of the most sought after blues talents in the Northwest.  The Washington Blues Society has awarded him for best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica more than any other artist. He has recorded three CD’s of all original music: “Out of That Bed”,  “Have Another Round” and “There’s A Song In There”, which featured the lineup of the former Hollywood Fats Band. In 2002, Mark joined the coveted band “Roomful of Blues” as lead vocalist. While in that role, the band received a Grammy nomination for “That’s Right”. They also won the W.C. Handy award for Best Band - 2004.  The New England Blues Monthly awarded him Best Blues Vocalist. He returned home to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 after a very successful and fun four and a half years. Recently he has had the pleasure to tour in Europe with Italy’s finest - and his work on the chromatic harmonica is considered as some of the most innovative in blues music.  His ability to circular breathe has left audiences amazed.

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9:00-Midnight: RED HOUSE
Tim Scott, bass & vocals; Jimmy Holden, keyboard & vocals; Robin Crane, drums & vocals and Mark Noftsger, guitar

Four of the baddest bluesmen in the Northwest, playing blues, R&B, soul and funk with fiery abandon; they do it "Their Way". Having started their first band while still in high school, fast forward over 30 years, they have co-created a new project - Red House. Since forming, they have performed at Mt. Baker R&B Festival, Sunbanks R&B Festival, Porterhouse Brewfest, North Bend Blues Walk 2014 & 2015, Lincoln Theater with Coco Montoya, Snohomish Taste of Music, IBC Finals 2014, WBS Blues Bash, Indigenous Cultures Day at EMP Museum and clubs all around the Northwest area. Red House isn’t just a blues band. They embrace many of the idioms that sprang from the blues; R&B, soul, funk and even a little jazz. Each musician brings to the table almost 50 years of experience and expertise. That’s one reason why Red House is the band other bands come to see.

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Valley Center Stage

Elnah Jordan, vocals; Frank Seeberger, guitar; Beth Wulff, keyboard; Charles Mack, bass and Jamael Nance, drums

Vocalist Elnah Jordan, a well-seasoned performer specializing in jazz, gospel and blues, commenced her career in the streets of San Francisco and was awarded 1983 Jazz Vocalist of the Year! She performed the role of the legendary Bessie Smith for 2-1/2 years in “The Evolution of the Blues” written and produced by Jon Hendricks of the scat team of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Later, she starred in “Street Dreams”, an Off Broadway musical drama which afforded the prestigious Cabaret Gold awards for her performance. Elnah has had the honor to open for Gil Scott Heron and Bobby Blue Bland in the San Francisco Club forum. Elnah moved to the Seattle area in the early 90s, which landed well for re-introduction of her roots in gospel music, the very essence of her inspiration!

9:00-Midnight: MCTUFF

Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you’ve never heard, exhibiting a mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin’ and groovin’ adventure that you will not soon forget, featuring the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the incredible Tarik Abouzied on drums. McTuff began in 2008 as an ode to jazz organ greats Jimmy Smith and Captain Jack McDuff, and has since evolved into a versatile and exciting group that has performed across the nation. The band has two albums under its belt, their 2009 release McTuff Vol. 1 and their 2011 follow-up McTuff Vol. 2: After the Show, with a third slated for release in Spring 2015. McTuff has performed at Bumbershoot, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, as well as festivals and venues all over the US. The band has also held a residency at Seattle’s legendary Seamonster Lounge for over five years. Their Tuesday night show has become regular stop for local and traveling musicians including Skerik, Allen Stone, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), G Love (and Special Sauce), Blake Lewis, Kevin Sawka, and many others. The members of McTuff have performed and toured with an impressive list of world-renowned groups and artists including Carlos Santana, Stanton Moore, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby Previte, Michael Shrieve, Mike Stern and many others.

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Piccola Cellars

6:00-9:00: C.C. ADAMS BAND featuring MARY ELLEN LYKINS
Mary Ellen Lykins, vocals; Craig Adams, guitar/vocals; Mark Edick, drums/vocals; Kevin Summers, sax/vocals and Neil Sorensen, bass/vocals

The CC Adams Band featuring Mary Ellen Lykins performs with passion - and Mary Ellen is the icing on the cake! There’s no mistaking the voice… Mary Ellen Lykins is a powerhouse best typified as the power of Etta James with a bit of Janis Joplin grit thrown in. The band’s roots are in the Blues with a funky bit of R&B and a dash of tasty rock mixed in for flavor. Thwarting the conventional, the band thrives on unique arrangements. The CC Adams Band were semifinalists in the 2014 NW International Blues Competition!

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9:00-Midnight: TWO SCOOPS COMBO
Eric "Two Scoops" Moore, piano & vocals; Hank Witherspoon, bari, tenor & alto sax; Bryce Van Parys, upright bass and Jamael Nance, drums

Two Scoops Combo features Eric “Two Scoops” Moore, "Seattle's own version of New Orleans' Dr. John," – Paul de Barros, Seattle Times.

This 8-time BB Award Winner has been pounding the piano since the age of 5. He spent many years touring and recording with old Chicago Blues artists, playing clubs & festivals in 36 states, 12 countries on 3 continents. Eric has shared the stage with many notable blues stars, including Muddy Waters’ guitarist/bass player, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson (for 6 years!), Buddy Guy & Koko Taylor (at the same time!), Ronnie Earl, Lonnie Brooks, Susan Tedeschi & Paul deLay. Eric is a prolific songwriter and recording artist. He has released 8 critically-acclaimed CDs. He writes some of the funniest and most mouth-watering lyrics you've ever boogie-woogied to! Eric’s hit song “Big Buffet” has gotten steady airplay for the past 20 years!

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Chang Thai

Leslie "Star Drums" Milton, drums & vocals and Gael "Lady Keys" Kurath, keyboard & vocals

"Star Drums and Lady Keys" is a musical duo combining the New Orleans drumming of Leslie "Star Drums" Milton with the Chicago piano of Gael "Lady Keys" Kurath. Their music centers on blues and ranges to R&B, soul, and New Orleans party music. With regard to histories, Leslie was drumming in the New Orleans French Quarter at the age of 12 and toured the whole Chitlin circuit and the Apollo Theater in his teens. As a session drummer in Los Angeles for many years, he played with famous blues and soul artists including Johnny Otis, Etta James, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Roy Brown, and Ike & Tina Turner. After moving to Seattle in 1977, he played with the Blue Lights, Slam Hound Hunters, and Freddie James. Leslie has been honored to receive the Drummer of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Hall of Fame membership, and Living Blues Legend awards from the Washington Blues Society. Upon teaming up with Gael in 1998, they found that they shared a love for the same styles of great music. Their partnership was honed by 11 years of playing every Saturday at the Alligator Soul Restaurant in Everett, and they have now played a broad range of clubs and parties together for 18 years. Les had his 78th birthday in 2016 and is still drumming strong - the beat goes on!

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Greta Matassa, voice; Darin Clendenin, piano; Chuck Kistler, bass and Greg Williamson, drums

"Matassa's performance was a marvel of virtuosity.” -Los Angeles Times

Greta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today. Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle's Jazz stages for many years and has been voted "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" seven times by Earshot Jazz! With her recent successful dates at New York's Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center and tours of Russia, Singapore, Hawaii and Japan, Greta's sound is now reaching new audiences. Greta has released seven CD's and a DVD live concert with guitarist Mimi Fox. Greta is also a respected teacher and has been on faculty at Jazz Camp West, Drayton Harbor Jazz Festival and The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

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Wildflower Wine Shop

7:00-10:00: HEATHER B BLUES

Heather Banker has been playing guitar and singing from up and down the East Coast (including New York City) to Italy and Japan, averaging nearly 200 shows a year. She has led jazz and blues groups as well as playing solo blues and folk on acoustic guitar. She currently is playing in the Greater Seattle area. She plays vintage women's blues with The Nearly Homeless Blues Band (featuring Washington Blues Society Hall-of-Famer Jack Cook) and The Heather Banker Jazz Combo as well as playing as a single. She's played with Little Bill and the Blue Notes, Alice Stuart, Roger Fisher of "Heart", Joe Doria, Andy Coe, Two Scoops Moore, and Joel Tepp (Danny O'Keefe), and her music has been aired on KBCS and SCAN TV, and been featured in Seattle Blues papers 'Blues To Do' and The Washington Blues Society's 'Blues Letter'.

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Birches Habitat

7:00-10:00: ANNIE O'NEILL

Seattle singer/songwriter performing in acoustic blues, rock & roll, soul, folk and jazz styles! Currently performing her unique solo acoustic originals throughout the region. Having fun with natural grooves, soulful harmonies and a style and sound all her own, Annie will rock your socks off!

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Umpqua Bank

Eric Madis, guitar/vocal; Martin Rush, bass/vocal and Brad Stoll, drums

Blue Madness performs a spectrum of blues styles from Delta to Chicago to Texas to big band swing to blues-rock. Carried by the masterful rhythm section of Martin Rush and Brad Stoll, guitarist-vocalist Eric Madis delivers the signature jazzy, rocking style that he has developed since his Chicago days in the early 1970s, as well as his renowned bottleneck slide work.

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Compass Outdoor Adventures

7:00-10:00: ROD COOK

Rod Cook is a well-respected, in-demand, Seattle-area guitarist/vocalist known for his stylistic versatility and soulful, melodic playing. Rod has worked as a professional musician for over forty years. He is known for his collaborations with former Mercury recording artist singer/songwriter/bassist Laura Love, former Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke, The Voice finalist Vicci Martinez, Northwest icon Little Bill Englehart and many others; as well his exploits with his band Rod Cook and Toast. Rod has also backed up blues legend Taj Mahal and opened as a solo act for Todd Rundgren, Sonny Landreth, and Charlie Musslewhite. He has received numerous nominations and awards for the Washington Blues Society's "Best Of The Blues" Awards, including the award for "Best Acoustic Guitar" (2004, 2006 and 2015) and "Best Electric Guitar" (2004, 2012, 2015 and 2016). He currently performs in a variety of bands as well as solo acoustic engagements around the Northwest.

Euro Cafe

Paul Green, harmonica/vocals and Brian Butler, guitar/vocals

Paul has been a performing musician since his teens. Both an award-winning blues artist and a jazz vocalist, he was inducted into the Washington State Blues Society Hall Of Fame, and the annual Best Blues Harmonica Award was named after him by that same organization. His most recent CD released on the Pony Boy Records jazz label, “Creativity”, is made up entirely of his original lyrics set to jazz instrumental melodies, a style known as Vocalese. His unique vocal and harmonica style have won him praise from both fans and fellow musicians alike. He continues to appear in clubs and perform studio work throughout the Puget Sound region.
Acclaimed musician Brian Butler plays bold blues and originals steeped in the ambiance of a gifted story teller. Backing his expressive vocals with dynamic guitar and harmonica, Brian's captivating songs touch on adventure in New Orleans ("Second Line Beat"), love and lust in a winter storm ("When the Wind Blows"), nature’s fate ("Snow River"), a trip to the old neighborhood ("Holly Lane"), and the loss of a once close friend ("The News About Billy"). Never straying too far from his blues background, Brian has created an innovate sound that pays tribute to the classic blues while blending diverse musical influences. Brian’s performances are energetic, inspiring and not-to-be-missed.

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Georgia's Bakery

7:00-10:00: MIA VERMILLION

Mia Vermillion’s presence on the blues scene has the admired attention of both fans and critics alike! Based out of the Pacific Northwest, her 2009 independent debut CD titled “Alone Together With the Blues” transformed Mia from an unknown to a regionally and nationally known blues songstress – shining a spotlight on blues talent emerging out of Seattle. She opened two nights for Grammy nominee and Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond at Seattle’s Jazz Alley and spent 2012 touring regionally at prominent festivals and well-known venues, and working on the beginnings of her next recording project. Whether performing with a solid rhythm section and guitar behind her, or in a solo performance with her guitar, Mia Vermillion brings her own songs, beats and style to the blues, creating a fresh, unique sound.

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Twede's Cafe

Margaret Wilder, vocals & keyboard; Kim Carson, drums; Craig Parrish, bass; Johnny Dennis, guitar and Tracy Ferrara, saxophone

Margaret Wilder's music is as captivating as she is impressive - both as a performer and recording artist. She has played at some of the best stages and festivals in the Northwest, sharing some of those stages with famed artists such as Lydia Pense and Cold Blood and John Lee Hooker Jr. Established fans will love her strong R&B style that they all know, complimented with new sounds that provide exciting, added dimensions. Heavily influenced by blues and jazz at an early age, Wilder's passion for R&B continues to grow and evolve over the years. Her debut CD “Don’t Want to Wait” fused blues, rock, and R&B in such a way to evoke the classic stylings of Etta James along with the new sounds of performers like Annie Lennox and Nora Jones.  Her most recent collection of tunes dig in to solid funky grooves with powerful vocals, trading out a bit of her familiar blues piano for gritty Hammond, Rhodes and Clav. Wilder's originals from her debut album to her newest releases demonstrate a truly eclectic compositional talent.

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Pro Ski


Kevin Andrew Sutton is the award-winning front-man of Seattle's The Wired Band, the International Blues Challenge winner in Memphis, Tennessee and the Washington Blues Society winner for Blues Performer of the Year (2011 & 2012), Best Male Vocalist (2012), Songwriter of the Year (2011) and Best Blues Band (2011, 2012). Kevin currently plays with The Tommy Cook Trio, a power trio featuring some of the Seattle area's premiere talent, including nationally touring drummer Tommy Cook and top Seattle bassist James Clark. Kevin also plays with all-star line up Hot Wired Rhythm Band including Polly O'Keary, Frank "Hotrod" Holman and Steve Sarkowski. "Outstanding showmanship and blues content, highly recommended, I've been telling everyone." - Big Bill Morganfield, International Blues Challenge judge, musician and son of Muddy Waters.

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Scott's Dairy Freeze

7:00-10:00: ROSS ROBINSON
Ross Robinson, guitar & vocals

Ross Robinson was born in Rhode Island in 1958 has been performing on solo, six-string guitar since 1989. Ross plays Piedmont Blues, Delta Blues and a fair amount of finger-style guitar, including some classic ragtime. Performance highlights of his onstage career include Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, the Boston Blues Festival and dozens of appearances at the Original House of Blues in Cambridge, MA at their Friday afternoon matinee shows. Ross has recently powered up his vocal style, added blues harmonica to his set and written many new songs about lost love and life in New England. Above all, Ross has evolved into an entertainer and a songster who always delivers.

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Mountain Valley Montessori

Brian Lee, vocals, guitar & harmonica; Mahiko Fujita, guitar; Russ Kammerer, drums and Chris Wehba, bass

Brian Lee & the Orbiters is one of the premier bands on the Northwest blues scene and has earned an impressive reputation as superb purveyors of traditional blues styles, while forging their own unique and original sound. Voted Best Traditional Blues Act by the Washington Blues Society for 2013, 2014, and 2015, the band’s repertoire features many originals combined with distinctive selections from the broad blues tradition. With top-flight players, the band creates a high energy orbit through the blues universe of Chicago, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Coast styles. For traditional and original blues with exceptional musicianship and energy, Brian Lee & the Orbiters are among the finest! 

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Mt. Si Senior Center

Jesse Weston, keys & vocals; Dennis Higgins, guitar; Tommy Wall, bass; Ben Johnston, drums and Dave Kennedy, tenor sax

Jesse Weston fronts his band with vintage keyboards. Whether it's a rockin’ boogie piano, an edgy, overdriven Wurly or a screaming Hammond organ, you’re sure to hear an eclectic mix of styles that will take you from Pinetop Perkins to Gary Clark Jr. All interpreted but not limited by the blues. This band loves to make people melt on the dance floor, then turn around and peel the paint from the wall.

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The Swirl

Chris Stevens, guitar & vocal; Mark Dalton, electric bass and Todd Zimberg, drums

A decades-long favorite of Northwest blues fans and musicians alike, guitarist Chris Stevens combines scorching blues feeling, dazzling chops and constantly surprising musical ideas to forge a style that cuts across genres. While keeping a firm footing in the blues, Chris and his high pedigree bandmates Mark Dalton and Todd Zimberg stretch the boundaries with cool spy themes, reverb drenched surf guitar classics and Chris’ own “blues on the edge of jazz” originals.

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Pour House (21+)

John Stephan, vocal & guitar; Tom Roesch, bass & vocal, Steve Flynn, keyboard & vocal and Trev Cutler, drums.

Fronted by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, John Stephan, the group has performed in the NW since 2000. With two acclaimed CDs and one on the way, they continue to play Blues and Roots music for their audiences. This will be their fourth appearance at the Blues Walk!

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Brickyard Brewing

8:00-11:00: CD WOODBURY
C.D. Woodbury, guitar & vocals; Don Montana, drums & vocals; Jeffrey Morgan, Hammond organ and Don Wilhelm, bass

Within the last five years, CD Woodbury has transformed himself from journeyman sideman and “the NW’s best kept secret” into an internationally recognized rising star of the Pacific NW blues scene with his work as singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the CD Woodbury Band. Their debut studio album, “Monday Night!” charted internationally in its genre and was the Roots Radio Report’s #1 Album from Washington State for 30 straight weeks. CD Woodbury has eight Best of the Blues awards from the Seattle based Washington Blues Society, including Performer of the Year, Songwriter, NW Recording, and 3 times for Electric Guitar. Now on his own, CD is currently performing contemporary blues, roots music, rhythm & blues, jazz, and New Orleans influenced music.

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Heather Jones is a jewel in a state of rich musical heritage. Moreover, her voice is deserving of world wide recognition. Deeply honest and soulful, without sounding forced or affected, Heather recalls the great classic soul singers of yesteryear as she carves out her own beautifully modern niche. Heather and her band, The Groove Masters, form an act that constantly draws audiences to their feet, with diverse material, chestnut covers, and originals infused with rockin' blue collar grit and soul.



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