Anita Royce and The High Rollers
For the third year,
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."
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
Despite being made up of veteran Inland Northwest musicians,
Bakin' Phat won "Best New Band in 2012."
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
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.
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.
Chris O'Leary Band
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.
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.
David Raitt and The Baja Boogie Band
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.
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.
The Fat Tones
A hit at the first two Wallace Blues Festivals,
The Fat Tones will return to
entertain our village at the center of everything.
The Fat Tones are Hall of Famers with the Inland Empire
Blues Society having won multiple awards multiple times. The Fat Tones'
Bobby Patterson won Best Blues Guitarist in 2011 as well.
"Bobby ... possesses world-class talent that he does not hold back when playing
live shows especially. ... Whether playing purely instrumental jams or
showcasing their trademark harmonic melodies and clever lyrics, The Fat Tones
bring it every time." (Matt Nagle, Tacoma Weekly)
Their Main Stage performance in 2012 certainly made the
In 2013, they played in the evening at the Red Light Garage.
Two of their outdoor YouTube videos are presented below, but a
42 minute TV LIVE concert/interview, recorded Feb 20, 2013, is also available in
a separate window.
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
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
We are delighted to return the 2012 Inland Empire Blues Society's
"Best Female Blues Performer" to our 2014 Blues Festival.
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