||North Bend Blues Walk|
Sept 23rd, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Listed in order of performance time.
Please plan on walking from venue to venue and checking everything out!
Scroll down to read about our featured bands and musicians.
SNO. VALLEY MOOSE LODGE - The Tonic
WILDFLOWER WINE SHOP - HeatherBBlues
PIONEER COFFEE - Nick Vigarino
NORTH BEND THEATRE - Red House
JAZZCLUBSNW - Two Scoops Combo
VALLEY CENTER STAGE - Elnah Jordan Experience
BIRCHES HABITAT - Mia Vermillion
UMPQUA BANK - Dean Reichert Band
TWEDE’S CAFÉ - CD Woodbury Trio
EURO LOUNGE CAFÉ - James Bernhard & Annie Eastwood
GEORGIA'S BAKERY - Eric Madis
PRO SKI - Brian Butler
CHANG THAI - Blues Redemption
COMPASS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES - Annie O’Neill Trio
CHAPLIN'S - Brian Lee & The Orbiters
SNO. VALLEY MOOSE LODGE - John Stephan Band
PIONEER COFFEE - Ross Robinson
NORTH BEND THEATRE - Septimus
JAZZCLUBSNW - Mary Ellen Lykins and the CC Adams Band
VALLEY CENTER STAGE - Stacy Jones Band
Just one ticket allows access to all shows at every venue throughout the evening!
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Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge
6:00-9:00: THE TONIC
Joel Astley, vocals & harmonica; Steve Yonck, guitar; Chris Wehba, bass & David Hudson, drums
Seattle-Tacoma blues-rock band The Tonic makes their North Bend Blues Walk debut with members Joel Astley, Chris Wehba, David Hudson, and Steve Yonck. Performing original songs, solid treatments of old favorites, and some surprises!
9:00-Midnight: JOHN STEPHAN BAND
John Stephan, vocal & guitar; Tom Roesch, bass & vocal, Steve Flynn, keyboard & vocal and Marty Lockwood, vocal & drums.
The John Stephan Band has been bringing their unique style of traditional and soulful blues to Northwest and national audiences for nearly 20 years. Made up of high energy, veteran players this band will treat you to ALL sides of the “Blues Spectrum”. Their music will take you on an entertaining journey based on traditional styles that are accented with weaves of soul, funk, gospel and rock & roll. The band has just released its third CD “Hen House” and has been featured on “Big Daddy” Ray Hansen’s “Blues Therapy Radio”. 2017 will be the JSB’s fifth year performing at the North Bend Blues Walk. The band is made up of John Stephan, guitar, slide guitar, vocals; Steve Flynn, piano/organ, vocals; Marty Lockwood, drums, vocals; and Tom Roesch, bass and vocals. These players bring years of individual and group performance experience together to produce a tight dynamic sound that offers the best in blues music for all listeners.
For more info, visit www.johnstephanband.com
Wildflower Wine Shop
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 Bluenotes, 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 has been featured in Seattle Blues papers 'Blues To Do' and The Washington Blues Society's 'Blues Letter'.
For more info, visit heatherbblues.com
6:00-9:00: NICK VIGARINO
“That slide is naaasty!!” - Bo Diddley
“Vigarino radiates an unpredictable fervor with slashing slide guitar, powerful vocals, funky licks, modern lyrics, and his ‘slop jar delta funk’ blues. His style elevates the ‘blues’ to a place where roots are respected, yet nudged towards the future. He consistently captures, then rivets listeners with precise, passionate performances.” - Jefferson Magazine (Sweden)
“Nick took the 2016 Best of the Blues Award for Slide Blues Guitar and for Best Solo/ Duo Act in 2015. The Washington Blues Society has placed him in their Hall of Fame. Having earned finalist status at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Nick Vigarino is now globally recognized as one of the top blues acts in the world. Be it a juke or a major festival, Nick delivers the story with a stinging guitar that is second to none.” - Seattle Times
“Nick has released 3 CD’s, can be heard on 30+ recordings and 3 film soundtracks. He has performed in 13 countries, has been nominated for 30+ music awards in 3 countries, garnering 24, including an induction into our Hall of Fame in 2010.” - Washington Blues Society (Seattle, WA)
For more info, visit nickvigarino.com
9:00-Midnight: ROSS ROBINSON
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.
For more info, visit rossrobinson.net
North Bend Theatre
6:00-9:00: 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, 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.
For more info, visit redhouseband.net
Herman Brown, guitar; Coleman Brown, guitar; Ronald Brown, bass; Frankie Brown, vocals and Jonlee Rodde, drums
Septimus is a Seattle based group who has been together since the early 70’s (and even earlier as Just Us and The Gospel 5). Being a family band of musicians, songwriters, producers, and performers has greatly added to the longevity of this talented group. They've played throughout the United States, Canada and Japan, and have recorded and written over 70 songs now published by Septimus Brown Brothers Publishers. In the mid 80’s, member Herman Brown relocated to Seattle from a successful career in LA where he was a part of the Motown group Ozone. While in California, Herman recorded for Capital Records with The Sylvers, as well as with Shalomar on Solar Records (RCA). He also played with Sammy Davis Jr, Billy Preston, Teena Marie, The Young Hearts, Al Green, Rufus Thomas and many others.
6:00-9:00: TWO SCOOPS COMBO
Eric "Two Scoops" Moore, piano & vocals; Hank Witherspoon, sax; Jim King, harmonica & sax; Guy Quintino, 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 Chicago blues veterans, playing clubs and festivals in 36 states, 12 countries and 3 continents. Eric has shared the stage with many notable blues stars, including 6 years with Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson of Muddy Waters' 1970's band, Buddy Guy & Koko Taylor (at the same time!), John Lee Hooker, Ronnie Earl, Lonnie Brooks and Paul deLay. Eric is a prolific songwriter and recording artist. He has released 8 critically acclaimed CDs and writes some of the funniest and most mouth-watering lyrics you've ever boogie-woogied to! His hit song “Big Buffet” has gotten steady airplay for over 22 years!
For more info, visit twoscoopscombo.com/
9:00-Midnight: 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!
For more info, visit www.reverbnation.com/ccadamsband
Valley Center Stage
6:00-9:00: ELNAH JORDAN EXPERIENCE
Elnah Jordan, vocals; Tom McElroy, guitar; Beth Wulff, keyboard; Randy Cole, bass and Brian Kirk, 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: 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.”
For more info, visit stacyjonesband.com
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.
For more info, visit http://miavermillion.com
Compass Outdoor Adventures
8:00-11:00: ANNIE O'NEILL TRIO
Annie O'Neill, guitar & voice; Sean Divine, blues harp and Pavel S, percussion
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!
For more info, visit www.reverbnation.com/annieoneill
7:00-10:00: DEAN REICHERT BAND
Dean Reichert, guitar & vocals; Scott Simmons, bass & Chris Carlson, drums
Dean Reichert is a Pacific Northwest native, born and raised in the Seattle, WA area, later migrating to Vancouver, WA. For two decades, he played the club circuit in and around Portland with several top 40 bands while managing to squeeze in the occasional jazz gig. In the mid 70's, he landed the guitar chair with fusion pioneer Jeff Lorber and played on Jeff's second album "Soft Space", along with Chick Corea and Joe Farrell. He's since opened for such notable acts as: Tower Of Power, Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson, Chris Duarte, Bernard Allison, Blood Sweat and Tears, Little River Band, Joey Defrancesco, Presidents of the United States and others.
For more info, visit deanreichertmusic.com
7:00-10:00: CD WOODBURY TRIO
CD Woodbury, guitar & vocals; Don Montana, drums & vocals & Patrick McDanel, 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. The CD Woodbury Band album "Monday Night!" charted internationally and was the most successful independently recorded and distributed album in its genre in 2013 in terms of radio airplay as charted by sources including the Roots Report. The CD Woodbury Trio formed in late 2015 with Don Montana on drums (CDWB, Tim Casey and the Bluescats), and bassist Patrick McDanel (Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers, Brian Nova); currently performing contemporary blues, roots music, rhythm & blues, jazz, and New Orleans influenced music. The CD Woodbury Trio plays a mixture of new interpretations of old favorites, obscure jems, and original songs. Most recently the trio is representing the Washington Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
For more info, visit www.reverbnation.com/thecdwoodburyband
Euro Lounge Cafe
7:00-10:00: JAMES BERNHARD & ANNIE EASTWOOD
James Bernhard, guitar & Annie Eastwood, vocals & percussion
James Bernhard has been a music fixture in the Seattle area since the mid-60’s, during which he played the coffee house circuit and came in contact with Reverend Gary Davis and Lightning Hopkins. This occurrence influenced Bernhard’s acoustic playing going forward. Over the years he has fronted his own bands: Blues Fusion and several iterations of the James Bernhard Band. His current acoustic show features blues, alternative country and jazz. Annie Eastwood has been at the top of the Pacific NW music scene since the start of her career. Her vocal style is subtle, nuanced powerful and expressive. During a recent trip to Chicago she took the stage with some of Chicago’s finest. She has a loyal and wide ranging fan base and her latest recording was nominated by the Seattle Blues Society for Best Blues CD of 2016. She and Bernhard have recorded together and have played a number of duo and band shows at a variety venues.
For more info, visit www.stickshiftannie.com
7:00-10:00: ERIC MADIS
Eric Madis is a recording artist with five CDs, four film soundtracks, 18 nominations from Washington Blues Society and acclaim from NW Folklife, Guitar World, Kerrville National Folk Festival and NAMA. He has shared the stage with Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, Robben Ford, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Hawkeye Herman, BB Coleman and many of the Northwest’s finest musicians. He currently performs as an acoustic soloist, leads the group Blue Madness and is an internationally recognized guitar instructor.
" ...an immensely-talented Seattle guitarist, singer and songwriter." -- Blues To-dos
".. a fine blues guitarist who also knows a thing or two about Hawaiian slack key." -- Seattle Times
"..a highly-gifted guitarist, slide guitarist, blues and jazz musician ...covers a diverse bag with ease." -- Victory Review
For more info, visit www.ericmadis.com
7:00-10:00: BRIAN BUTLER
Acclaimed musician Brian Butler plays bold blues and originals. A gifted story teller, Brian backs his expressive vocals with dynamic guitar and harmonica. Brian's captivating songs touch on adventure in New Orleans ("Second Line Beat"), love 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 friend ("The News About Billy"). Never straying far from his blues background, Brian has created an innovative sound that pays tribute to the classic blues while blending diverse musical influences. Brian’s performances are energetic, inspiring and not-to-be-missed.
For more info, visit www.brianbutlerblues.com
7:00-10:00: BLUES REDEMPTION
Joe Hendershot, bass; Doug Skoog, keyboards; Brian Feist, guitar & guest Mike Kinder, drums
Blues Redemption has proven to be a mainstay in the Pacific Northwest, having been together since 2010. They have played festivals and other gigs across the state from Port Townsend, east of the mountains and into Oregon.The South Sound Blues Association sponsored them in 2011 and 2013 on a trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. This veteran lineup of award winning musicians consists of Joe Hendershot, bass, Doug Skoog, keyboards, Brian Feist, guitar and guest drummer Mike Kinder.
For more info, visit www.bluesredemption.com
8:00-11:00: BRIAN LEE & THE ORBITERS
Brian Lee, vocal, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica; Mahiko Fujita, guitar; Russ Kammerer, drums & Hank Yanda: bass
Get ready for a stellar ride through the traditional blues universe! Brian Lee & the Orbiters have earned an impressive reputation throughout the Northwest for their superb modern take on classic blues styles. Brian delivers dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb harmonica, slide guitar, and guitar. The accomplished Orbiters rhythm section features Hank Yanda on bass and Russ Kammerer on drums and they really swing! Completing the Orbiters sound on guitar is the remarkably expressive Mahiko Fujita. With their distinctive repertoire of original tunes, gems from the broad blues tradition, and exceptional musicianship, the Orbiters will take you on a stratospheric blues journey that’s also perfect for dancing!
Brian & the Orbiters have been honored to receive many Washington Blues Society "Best of the Blues" awards, including Best Traditional Blues Act for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. The Orbiters have released multiple albums, which have received world wide radio play. Their Identity Theft album hit #15 on the Living Blues world wide radio charts.
For more info, visit www.brianleeorbiters.com