Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 13th and 14th, 2012

Best 2012 Blues Festival awarded to Wallace Idaho
Even Bigger in 2013

By all accounts, this was a great success for the town, the performers and the approximately 2000 Blues Fans who attended our first annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival. The most amazing thing is that our little town of 784 individuals pulled this event off in 90 days from concept proposal! We could not have done it, of course, without the guidance, promotion and production services of Craig Heimbigner, dba Too Far North Productions. Please contact him at kraag@msn.com or (509) 534-1187 with your impressions of the first annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival. Wallace Idaho Blues Festival 2012 Click on the poster icon to open the final annotated PDF poster in a separate window.

Personally, I had a blast, dancing my legs to exhaustion while taking 195 photos on Saturday. I have finished the first part of a photographic reprise of the event that includes the ten performances that I was able to photograph. This page also includes an apologetic acknowledgment of the four artists for whom I (currently) do not have representative festival photos. I am now processing the photos that I took of the crowd, the dancers, the beer garden, the vendors and the volunteers. So please, visit the Wallace Blues Festival 2012 Reprise to see what is new. And while there, please consider using the in-page Amazon search widget at the bottom of that and every page at wallace-id.com.

Thank you for your interest in Wallace Idaho and the Silver Valley,
Greg Marsh, Ph.D.
Marsh Scientific Services


$20 TICKETS STILL ON SALE!      $25 at the door
14 Blues Artists and Bands over Two Days
To purchase Blues Festival event tickets online or by phone
using Tickets West, go to http://www.ticketswest.com/ or call 1-800-325-SEAT

    Other Outlets
  • in Spokane: Replay Music & The Bronco
  • in Coeur d'Alene: The Long Ear
  • in Wallace: The Wallace Inn, The 1313 Club and Harvest Foods

new develpment     LAST MINUTE DEVELOPMENTS
  1. All parking fees have been waived to insure that this will be one party and town that you will never forget. Cars and RV's will park FOR FREE across from the Visitor Center.
  2. All streets in town that are closed for our annual Depot Days Classic Car Show will now be closed to cars and RV's. ALL motorcycles will be parked on Sixth Street, ONE BLOCK FROM THE MAIN STAGE!
  3. FOUR shuttles will run all Saturday to connect Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, the camping area in Silverton, the Wallace Visitor Center, and the parking lot across from the Elks (two blocks from the main stage).
  4. In return for these added amenities, we respectfully request that you be generous with your donations at the parking lot and with the merchants in our little town of 784 individuals.
  5. NO COOLERS or GLASS containers will be permitted in the Festival Area. There is no need for you to pack a lunch as the entire town will be accessible and our merchants are eager to serve you.
  6. The Blues and Brews Patio will feature Wallace microbrews ($4), commercial beer and wine ($3), soda and water ($1), plus music and brats, of course. All drinks will be served in red cups.
  7. Please notice that half of all the musicians at this festival will perform outside of the formal Festival area at local restaurants. While this entertainment is "free," we hope that you will be generous with these business owners and performers. Again, there is no reason to pack a lunch for this extraordinary $20 festival.

Wallace Blues Festival 2012 T-shirt

Please join us for two days of blues music in historic Wallace Idaho, known as the Silver Capital of the World, the Center of the Universe, and the most interesting small town in America. For one thing, this first annual Blues Festival is just one of nine events planned for historic Wallace this summer.

click to open the final blues festival poster in a separate window The concert in downtown Wallace starts on Saturday July 14th at 11:30 AM and will last late into the night. This is an Outdoor Concert so bring your all weather gear such as chairs, blankets, hats, and sun block (and perhaps a raincoat). There will be a beer garden on the grounds, featuring our two local microbreweries. There will also be soda and food booths. In addition, there are several excellent eating establishments and lodging possibilities within walking distance in our little town of 784 interesting folks. There will be a trollies available for runs to and from downtown Wallace. Volunteers will be present to assist you.

Take Interstate 90 to historic Wallace, exit 61 or 62.

    Contact: Craig Heimbigner
  • DBA Too Far North Productions
  • kraag@msn.com or (509) 534-1187 for festival questions
  • for questions about Wallace, accommodations, locale, or attractions call Jackie instead (208) 512-1260
  • vendor applications should be sent to Wallace Blues Festival, Vendor Chairman, 619 Bank Street, Wallace, ID 83873.

 
A PDF file of the following Line Up is available.
Friday July 13th
Red Light Garage Sammy Eubanks 7 to 10 PM
The Metals Kenny James Miller Band 9 PM to closing
The Smokehouse BBQ Laffin' Bones 9 PM to closing
Saturday July 14th
THE MAIN STAGE HooDoo Udu 11:30 to 12:45 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Grant Smith     new festival artist 12:45 to 1:15 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Pat Coast Band 1:15 to 2:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Ray Roberson 2:30 to 3:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE The Fat Tones 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Ray Roberson 4:30 to 5:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Doghouse Boyz 6:30 to 7:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Curtis Salgado 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Doghouse Boyz 8:30 to 9:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Too Slim & The Taildraggers 9:00 to 10:30 PM
AND AT THE SAME TIME, and only two blocks away,
there will be blues happening at these popular restaurants!
Red Light Garage Brother Music Noon to 2 PM
new festival artist     Anita Royce & The Highrollers featuring Forest Govedare 2:30 to 4:30 PM
Grant Smith     new festival artist 5 to 6:30 PM
new festival artist     Anita Royce & The Highrollers featuring Forest Govedare 7 to 8:30 PM
Sammy Eubanks 10 PM to midnight
The Smokehouse BBQ Doghouse Boyz Noon to 2:00 PM
Grant Smith     new festival artist 2:30 to 4:00 PM
Brother Music 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Ray Roberson 6:30 to 8:00 PM
 

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... juicy stuff!"
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, rock-steady drummer.

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, July 13th:

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.

Curtis Salgado
Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues Band
Too Slim and The Taildraggers
The Pat Coast Band
The Fat Tones
HooDoo Udu
Ray Roberson Brother Music Laffin' Bones
Doghouse Boyz The Kenny James Miller Band Sammy Eubanks
new festival artist     Grant Smith Grant Smith 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.
new festival artist     Finally, last but not least, Anita Royce and The High Rollers Anita Royce 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.
 

For eighteen years, the Blues Festival at Ritzville, Washington, was wildly popular in the Inland Northwest. We felt bad that the Ritzville Blues Festival era has ended. It was a great event that many of us enjoyed over the years. However, here in Wallace, we saw this as an opportunity to create an Historic Wallace Blues Festival on the abandoned second weekend in July. For blues fans in Spokane, it will be a matter of driving east on I-90 rather than west to Ritzville. It will only be about twenty miles further on the Interstate and best of all, you end up surrounded by mountains in the most fascinating small town in America. And for blues fans in Missoula, Montana, we're only 119 miles of scenic highway away.

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