Third Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 11 - 13, 2014

Best 2012 Blues Festival awarded to Wallace Idaho
21 performers on 6 stages over 3 days

14 performers on 5 stages for 2 days

This page was last updated on Saturday, April 19, 2014.      new item added

Thank you to the members of the Inland Empire Blues Society for voting our first Historic Wallace Blues Festival the Best Blues Event for 2012, AND our second Blues Festival the Best Blues Festival for 2013! Follow the links to see photos of performers and fans taken during these happy festivals.

We are currently putting it all together for our third Historic Wallace Blues Festival, so stop back to see the details as they develop! jump to video playbox Click on the musical note to jump down to the music video playbox where each artist is featured. As this page continues to be developed, click on new artist added to go to the last artist added to the biographical section.

Alphabetical Line-up
  1. Anita Royce (3rd year) last new artist added
  2. Bakin' Phat (2nd year)
  3. Billy D. and The HooDoos
  4. Brother Music (2nd year)
  5. Charlie Butts & the Filter Tips (2nd year)
  6. Chris O'Leary Band
  7. David Raitt and The Baja Boogie Band
  8. Dirty Rice
  9. Doghouse Boyz (3rd year)
  10. Fat Tones (3rd year)
  11. Jesse Weston
  12. Jim Tilden Brown(2nd year)
  13. Laffin' Bones (3rd year)
  14. Roberson, BZ Trio (3rd year)
  15. Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings
  16. Sammy Eubanks (3rd year)
  17. Sara Brown Band (2nd year)
  18. VooDoo Church (2nd year)
webwork by Marsh Scientific Services in progress
Tickets are $30 in advance and will be available at the following locations beginning on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
  • Wallace
    • Wallace Inn (800)643-2386
    • 1313 Club (208)752-9391
    • Harvest Foods (208)752-1233
  • Coeur d'Alene
    • Long Ear Music (208)765-3472
  • Spokane
    • Bronco Inn (509)927-0966
    • 4000 Holes
      1610 N.Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99205      (509) 325-1914
  • Tickets West
Tickets will be $35 at the door. However, children 12 and under will be $10 at the door only.
    New this year:      new feature added
  • Tickets for for Shoshone County residents with photo identification will be $20 at the door only!
  • 400 Early Bird Tickets will be sold for $25. These Early Bird Tickets are available as long as they last OR thru May 17th, whichever comes first. When they are gone, they are really gone; tickets will be $30 in advance and $35 at the door day of show. Tickets sold in town during free-music Friday will be $30 naturally.
Here is the Main Stage Saturday line-up
  • Noon - 1:30 PM      Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings
  • 2:00 - 3:30 PM      The Fat Tones
  • 4:00 - 5:30 PM      David Raitt & The Baja Boogie Band
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM      Billy D & the Hoodoos
  • 8:00 - 9:30 PM      The Chris O'Leary Band
  • 10:00 - 12:00 AM      Sammy Eubanks & The All Star Jam
Again this July, you will want to be surrounded by mountains in
the most fascinating small town in America
as you listen to these blues artists perform.

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Anita Royce and Bakin' Phat

Anita Royce and The High Rollers

For the third year, Anita Royce Anita Royce and The High Rollers will play at the Wallace Blues Festival. In 2012, she entertained Blues fans at the Red Light Garage. In 2013, they performed three times in the gazebo on Sixth Street. The music of the High Rollers may be described as "Rockin' Blues and Jump Swing." jump to video playbox 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.

Bakin' Phat

Despite being made up of veteran Inland Northwest musicians, Bakin' Phat won "Best New Band in 2012." jump to video playbox In 2013, they opened the Main Stage show at our second annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival. This year, they will rock the Cedar Street Stage on Friday from 9:30 PM to midnight. We are looking forward to again dancing to the music of

  • Dave Allen - Harp and Vocals
  • Dennis Higgins - Guitar
  • Pat Potter - Bass
  • Ken Danielson - Drums

Billy D and The Hoodoos

Billy D Here's The Latest: Billy D and The Hoodoos Somethin's Wrong has been named the Winner in the Blues Category of the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest based in London. The twelve videos from the DVD have a combined total of over 1,000 views-per-day and have surpassed the one-million-hit milestone on YouTube. Billy D and The Hoodoos were also awarded "Best New Act" by the Cascade Blues Association.

jump to video playbox Billy D's life experience has given him the strength to write his brand of "Bluzy Rock" with a passion that only comes from living it. Heavily influenced by Chicago blues, Rock and Roll, and "Backbeat Roots" music of all types, his songs reflect the tough lessons of his past and show his love for Mother Blues and her first-born, Rock and Roll.

complete Biography

Chris O'Leary Band

Chris O'Leary_Band Chris O'Leary's musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm's band The Barnburners. During the six years that Chris and Levon played together, they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with: legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin among others.

jump to video playbox The Chris O'Leary Band includes five other talented blues artists: Chris Vitarello, Frank Ingrao, Chris DiFrancesco, Andy Stahl and Jason Devlin. The Band mourns the loss of their drummer, Sean McCarthy, in February of this year.

Band Biographies

David Raitt and The Baja Boogie Band

David Raitt David Raitt comes from a genetic line of musical heritage. His father John and sister Bonnie Raitt are both international mega-stars. David has 16 albums to his name and has recorded and performed with multitudes of international artists including his sister Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Thackery. David Raitt and Jimmy Thackery recorded the critically acclaimed album That's It in 2000. This album featured horn work by Mic Gillette, of Tower of Power fame, as well as vocal additions by Bonnie Raitt.

jump to video playbox David splits his time between California and Pescadero, BCS in the lower Baja, Mexico, where he writes and records in his studio. It was in Mexico that David encountered The Baja Boogie Band. In April, 2012, the band performed at the Cerritos Beach Baja Festival headlined by Ky Mani Marley. They have been touring and recording together since, recently headlining the Big Sky Blues Fest in Montana.

complete Biography

Sammy Eubanks

Sammy Eubanks Sammy Eubanks was a huge hit at our first and second Blues Festivals, so we are excited to again have him play Wallace. Quite possibly the most reputable musicians in the Inland Empire, Sammy Eubanks, Michael Hays and Jake Barr deliver a quality performance every time they take the stage, playing a variety of Blues, Country and Rock n' Roll Classics as well as originals.

jump to video playbox When you think of it, artists like BB King, Robert Cray, Little Ed and Blues Imperials, Philip Walker, Kenny Neal and anyone that plays the Blues has been honing their craft their entire lives. At the other end of the spectrum, artists like George Jones, George Strait, Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Lee Roy Parnell and anyone who has ever banged it out in a Honky Tonk have been honing their craft as well. Sammy can stand on either stage and has many times. It was recently stated, "Along the borderline between Country and Blues, some genius arises. Delbert McClinton and Sammy Eubanks have the same borderline genre."

Sammy at the Red Light Garage, Wallace Blues Festival 2013

Sara Brown Band

Sarah Brown Band We are delighted to return the 2012 Inland Empire Blues Society's "Best Female Blues Performer" to our 2014 Blues Festival. jump to video playbox Sara Brown loves performing and has a passion for powerhouse vocals. Backed up by a very talented band, Sara gives a dramatic performance, even at breakfast. She has an infectious smile, unending energy, a voice that will excite you... and there's no stopping all the talk about her shoes.

Sara at the Elks for Sunday breafast, Wallace Blues Festival 2013


So book a room in the Silver Valley already! Or pack the camper! Air out the tent! See you in Wallace July 11-12, 2014 at the Inland Empire's Best Blues Event!

Please note that the above links take you to last year's accommodation and camping pages, which have not yet been updated. They will help you get started making plans however. We will announce special deals and details as they become available.

Silver Mountain Resort
Silver Mountain Resort logo, 2012

As it develops, more information will follow.

    Contact: Craig Heimbigner
  • DBA Too Far North Productions
  • or (509) 534-1187 for festival questions
  • for all other questions about Wallace, accommodations, locale, or attractions, please call Jackie (208) 512-1260

click to Wallace Inn in Wallace Idaho
The Wallace Inn

  Stay in Style


click to the Guest House in Kellogg Idaho
The Guest House Inn & Suites

  adjacent Silver Mountain Resort


A complete listing of all Silver Valley accommodations with phone numbers is on a separate page, along with camping possibilities. Four GoogleEarth annotated views show parking and camping sites near town.

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

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