There will be various blues artists and bands around town, inside and outside,
playing Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening.
On Saturday, July 14th, Cedar Street will be blocked off from
7th to 6th Avenues, and a Main Stage will be erected
featuring local and regional blues bands all day long starting at 11:30AM.
Main Stage Acts to appear include:
- Curtis Salgado
Winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year,
Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw
and heartfelt. Portland Oregon based, but an internationally known artist,
Curtis and his band are touring major festivals this year in support of the
just released album Soul Shot.
He is also nominated again for the 2012 BMA Soul Blues Artist award.
- Nick Vigarino
- His band Meantown Blues was a 2011 International Blues
Challenge Finalist in Memphis, TN, following his 2010 induction into the
Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame as a multiple winner of multiple
awards, including Best of Blues.
His shows are always described as consisting of passion, skill, slashing slide
guitar and powerful vocals all in a non-stop show.
- Too Slim & The Taildraggers
- They have a BMA nomination for 2012 Rock Blues Album for his latest release,
Shiver. Tim Langford leads a powerhouse trio
that has been a rocking Northwest
favorite for many years. Too many awards to mention, in every Northwest Blues
Society's Hall of Fame, this is a no brainer for a Northwest Blues Festival
headliner and we are proud to have him at our first.
- The Pat Coast Band
- From the band Café Blue in 1990 and then
The Pat Coast Band since 1999,
this Idaho native and beloved regular at all the great Northwest festivals for
many years has thrilled many a blues audience. Blues Revue Magazine said of
this band "Coast combines rockabilly fire with greasy swing licks on his axe...
- The Fat Tones
- The Fat Tones are Hall of Famers with the Inland Empire Blues Society
having won multiple awards multiple times. The Fat Tones' Bobby Patterson just
won 2011 Best Blues Guitarist as well.
- HooDoo Udu
- Made up of several amazing long time area musicians, but a newer Northwest
blues band that we hope to give the live showcase they deserve. This band creates
a modern blues sound with a strong rock edge, showcasing powerful female vocals,
an unbelievable guitarist, a solid, aggressive bassist, and an amazing,
There will be other acoustic blues music outside on the streets featuring:
- Ray Roberson
- Ray has been either nominated or won everything from Best
Blues Performer, Best Blues Duo, Best Acoustic Blues, etc., etc.
For this festival, he will bring along Neil Beese on bass for a
real treat on our streets.
- Brother Music
- Jesse "Brother Music" Warburton has been a mainstay and a force for
the Blues in North Idaho for many, many years. We are proud to have
him as a part of the Wallace Blues Festival.
- Doghouse Boyz
- Inland Empire Blues Society multiple award winners, the Doghouse
Boyz continue to present original blues, old favorites and "back in the
day" blues, and are always a welcome and dynamic sound for fans
throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
And these three bands will also appear in other locations around Wallace on Friday,
- Laffin' Bones
- This band was voted Best Blues Band 2011 by the Inland Empire Blues Society
for good reason. They always bring the party with foot stompin' rockin' blues
and incredible slide guitar from frontman Mr. Neil Elwell.
- Kenny James Miller Band
- Hailing from Kalispell, Montana, this very rocking trio has torn it up around
the Northwest lately, having just been given the Best New Blues Band Award
from the Inland Empire Blues Society. They are loved for their great live
performances and original music. Last Spring they were also a Washington State
Blues finalist for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis winning the
Spokane Semi-Final Competition. This band rocks the blues.
- Sammy Eubanks
- Award winning vocalist and favorite frontman Sammy Eubanks and his band
will be hosting a jam somewhere in town. His last album
Riding Alone just won
Best Blues Album from the Inland Empire Blues Society and he was also awarded
Best Male Vocalist by The Washington State Blues Society.
Also, be prepared to dance.
has been added to the original line-up to
complement our roving band of downtown and beer garden players.
As a solo player, Grant's music is a combination of genres and styles.
Blues, rock, ballads, jazz and classical influence his writing and playing.
His acoustic style is full and unique, and his wide range of songs tell
stories relatable to many audiences. Prior to his move to a quiet
mountain-bound lake in Idaho, Grant resided and performed in Florida,
California and Colorado. An admittedly private person, Grant has played
only sparingly in the Inland NW, but his resume includes opening for
major touring acts elsewhere and at the Festival at Sandpoint.
Finally, last but not least,
Anita Royce and The High
have been added to the venue in order to make sure that we are truly
"Puttin' on the Ritz."
The music of the High Rollers is described
as "Rockin' Blues and Jump Swing." They provide a high energy show with
Anita Royce's sultry vocals and guitar leads, Forest Govedare's soulful
guitar, with Jimi the Keys and his inspirational wit on the weighted
eighty eights. Art Donnelly on bass and Doug McQuain on drums are a
groovin' rhythum section. Anita has been called the Queen of the Blues by Sammy Eubanks.