Third Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 11 - 13, 2014

A 96 photo FESTIVAL RECAP (completed August 12, 2014) highlights the talent of the performers, the enthusiasm of their fans and the charm of historic Wallace Idaho. 2015 Wallace Blues Festival      The fourth annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival, will happen July 10 - 12, 2015: eighteen performers on six downtown stages.

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Best 2012 Blues Festival awarded to Wallace Idaho
14 performers on 5 stages for 2 days

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21 performers on 6 stages over 3 days

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.

Our third Historic Wallace Blues Festival will feature 19 bands and single entertainers on six stages over three days. jump to video playbox Click on the musical note to jump down to the music video playbox where each artist is featured. Click on new artist added to go to the last item added on Friday, July 11, 2014.

All 19 performers are included in the biographical section.

Information on camping, parking and lodging includes GoogleEarth images and animations.

2014 Historic Wallace Blues Festival LINE UP (one page handout)


It's happening at Sixth & Bank Street!!! Wallace Merchants have teamed with local Spokane radio station KEY-FM 101, to award "The Key" to "The Center of the Universe" which you may know, is located in Wallace, Idaho.

KEY-FM 101 took lucky daily qualifiers from June 16th, to June 27th with a grand prize drawing for over $1000 in merchant gift cards, tickets to the festival, and the key (a golden crowbar), which opens the ceremonial sewer cap, designating The Center of The Universe.

Alphabetical Line-up
  1. Anita Royce (3rd year)
  2. Bakin' Phat (2nd year)
  3. Billy D. and The HooDoos
  4. Brother Music (3rd 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. John Kelly
  14. Laffin' Bones (3rd year)
  15. Roberson, BZ Trio (3rd year)
  16. Robin Barrett & The Coyote Kings
  17. Sammy Eubanks (3rd year)
  18. Sara Brown Band (2nd year)
  19. VooDoo Church (2nd year)
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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
      2405 North 4th Street, Coeur d'Alene ID      (208)765-3472
  • Spokane
    • Bronco Inn
      8714 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA      (509)927-0966
    • 4000 Holes
      1610 N.Monroe St, Spokane, WA      (509) 325-1914
    • Daley's Cheap Shots
      6412 East Trent Ave., Spokane Valley, WA      (509) 535-9309
  • Tickets West      800-325-7328
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 Shoshone County residents with photo identification will be $20 at the door only!
  • Tickets sold in town during free-music Friday will be $30 naturally.
Here is the Main Stage Saturday line-up

On Friday, July 11, we will close streets to traffic so that you may enjoy outdoor Blues

On Saturday, July 12, there will be Blues everywhere in town all day long, beginning on the Cedar Street Stage at 11:00 AM with VooDoo Church. Between our Main Stage headliner acts, Blues artists will play at TWO locations.
But that is not all!
Blues will also be featured on the RED LIGHT GARAGE deck. The street in front of this restaurant will be closed to traffic for your listening, dancing and wandering enjoyment. new venue added     THE FAINTING GOAT
(a new wine bar in town

So this year the Kiwanis will again serve breakfast at the Elks Lodge from 8 to 11 AM. For $10 you also get to hear the Sara Brown Band one more time! Sara was the 2012 Inland Empire Blues Society's "Best Female Blues Performer."
Having trouble keeping track of all the music happening at the Historic Wallace Blues Festival? Here is a one page pdf schedule that spells it out in a separate window. Never been to Wallace and having a hard time visualizing this three day extravaganza? Open this GoogleEarth based five-frame animation that shows the road closures and the various Friday, Saturday, and Sunday venues. The 1024x705 pixel gif animation opens in a separate window.
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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Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips
Anita Royce and The High Rollers

Anita Royce on stage 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." 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' rhythm section. jump to video playbox Anita has been called the Queen of the Blues by Sammy Eubanks. She was awarded "Best Female Vocalist 2013" by the Inland Empire Blues Society. Anita won this award way back in 1998 and has been singing ever since; finally she captured it again. At the root of it all is that the lady loves to sing.

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. They went on to win "Best Blues Band 2013" at the Inland Empire Blues Society awards banquet. 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 these award winning performers.
  • Dave Allen - Harp and Vocals
      2013 IEBS awards banquet
    • "Best Blues Harp Player"
    • "Best Male Vocalist"
  • Dennis Higgins - Guitar
      2013 IEBS awards banquet
    • "Best Blues Guitarist"
  • Ken Danielson - Drums
      2013 IEBS awards banquet
    • "Best Blues Drummer"
  • Pat Potter - Bass
Bakin Phat wins Best Blues Band 2013, click to enlarge Bakin Phat on stage in 2013, click to enlarge

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

Brother Music

Brother Music In 2012, Jesse "Brother Music" Warburton played at both the SmokeHouse Saloon and the Red Light Garage. In 2013, Jesse entertained twice on Saturday afternoon at the Gazebo. He has been a mainstay and a force for the Blues in North Idaho for many, many years. We are proud to again have him as a part of the third annual Wallace Blues Festival. He will first perform at the Fainting Goat at 3:00 PM and again on the Cedar Street Stage at 5:30. The Fainting Goat is a new business in town that we hope you will visit. They offer a wide selection of wines and delicious food in a delightful setting.

Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips

Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips is one of the longest-established R&B dance bands in the Inland Northwest. This five-piece band has been playing in Washington, Idaho and Montana since January of 1995. Their musical influences run the gamut from R&B to soul to funk to blues and jazz. They present a wide variety of styles, with the common thread that it's all danceable. This is now an all-star band, with members representing some of the greatest bands in the Inland Northwest. They play with intense passion, and obviously have fun doing what they do. This was evident last year when they entertained at the Red Light Garage on Saturday afternoon.
    Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips consists of
  • Charlie Butts, saxophone and harmonica
  • Pat Barclay, vocals and guitar
  • Danny McCollim, keyboards
  • Luther Hughes, vocals and drums
  • Josh Simon, bass guitar

Band Biographies

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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

Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice blues band
Dirty Rice
is an aggressive Rock-n-Blues band from the Seattle area serving a delicious blend of the greatest songs and styles that has been spawned by the blues including the affects on the songwriting and the ripping guitar of Eric Rice. His vision has been brought into focus with the bond he has with Scotty Harris and Chris Leighton. Raw old school Rock-n-Blues with a lot of variety. jump to video playbox With Eric Rice at the helm of Dirty Rice you will hear anything from Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker to Hendrix and their own homegrown tunes. Three of their songs play when you open their website; two of their club videos are presented on this page.

Doghouse Boyz

Doghouse Boyz Inland Empire Blues Society multiple award winners, the Doghouse Boyz are Neil Elwell on acoustic guitar, dobro, and vocals, and Ramiro Vijarro on fretless bass, and vocals. The Doghouse Boyz continue to make their brand of blues, jazz, folk and rock a welcomed and dynamic sound for fans throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. The Doghouse Boyz present original blues, as well as dynamic renditions of old favorites and obscure tunes from "back in the day." Congratulations are due to Neil Elwell, Inland Empire Blues Society's 2013 Empire Award for Best Blues Slide Guitar!

For our last two festivals, the Doghouse Boyz entertained folks in the Beer Garden between Main Stage acts. Last year, they were joined by Jim Tilden Brown to make the Beer Garden a very happening place indeed.

The Fat Tones

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. jump to video playbox "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 crowd dance! In 2013, they played in the evening at the Red Light Garage. This year, they will again entertain on the Main Stage, on Saturday from 2:00 - 3:30PM. Two of their outdoor YouTube videos are presented above.

Gary Yeoman & The VooDoo Church

jamming at the Red Light At last year's Blues Festival, Gary Yeoman & The VooDoo Church began Saturday's entertainment on the deck at the Red Light Garage, a fun little family restaurant with odd stuff all over the walls. This year they will lead off on the Cedar Street Stage, one of three FREE music venues in town that complement our Main Stage entertainers. We know that you will want to wander about Wallace during the Main Stage breaks, so we have provided music in all directions... and lots of eating and shopping distractions. Please don't limit yourself to the formal festival venue.

Jesse Weston

Jesse Weston Jesse Weston is an up and coming piano and organ playing front man who has a particular love for keyboard based blues. A self taught musician, Jesse's style and skill are as unique as impressive. His talent for leading with both his voice and keys shines with his seasoned band. This act is definitely something you won't want to miss on Saturday evening! Jesse will appear on the Cedar Street Stage at 7:30 and 9:30, following Main Stage performances by Billy D & the HooDoos and The Chris O'Leary Band. We want to entice you into occasionally leaving the Festival Area to take in everything else that is happening at the Center of the Universe. In fact, this year we are giving away The Key to the Center of The Universe at noon on Saturday!

Jim Tilden Brown

Jim Tilden Brown, the Bossman The charm of historic Wallace has always attracted talented musicians. From 2000 to 2002, Cogswell's Saloon (now Smoke House Saloon and BBQ) was known for a wide variety of folk and blues music on weekends. Jim Tilden Brown, known as "The BOSSMAN," played there at least twice. Jim was known for getting the place hoppin' with his wit and "rockin' boogie blues." We welcome Jim back to town to join the Doghouse Boyz in the Beer Garden to bridge the Main Stage intermissions for a second year in a row.

John Kelly

John Kelly John Kelly is a gifted musician, singer and musical arranger. Known for his solid guitar licks, expressive vocals and a genre-bending blend of eclectic musical influences, John is quickly gaining attention throughout the Northwest as a talented and animated performer. John will entertain Friday night from 6:30 to 10:00 at the Fainting Goat, a new business in town we hope you will visit. They offer a wide selection of wines and delicious food in a delightful setting. John will return to this new music venue on Saturday, but will also take a turn on the Cedar Street Stage. So make sure you leave the gated Festival Area every so often to check out the other talented blues artists playing throughout town.

Laffin' Bones

Laffin' Bones At our first blues festival, the three piece boogie blues band Laffin' Bones entertained everyone at the Smoke House Saloon & BBQ on Friday night. Last year, they returned for another Friday engagement, this time in the Gazebo on Sixth Street facing the the Smoke House. 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. Neil is joined with Ramiro, the other half of the Doghouse Boyz, and drummer Tony Samuel to form a group that makes you move.

Roberson, BZ Trio

Ray Roberson and Neil Beese Ray Roberson A player in the Blues and Brews Patio in 2012, Ray Roberson returned to make three appearances on the Cedar Street stage in 2013. Ray and his associates have either been nominated for or have won everything that the Inland Empire Blues Society has to offer. For example, they won Best Acoustic Blues Act in 2007 and again in 2012, and Best Slide Guitar in 2012. At the 2012 Wallace Blues Festival, Ray was joined by Neil Beese ("BZ") on bass. Last year, Miah Flores on drums joined them. This year, Ray and BZ will entertain Saturday at the Red Light Garage as the Roberson, BZ Trio with a drummer to be announced. Ray's group always promises an original and passionate brand of no-frills blues.

Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings

Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings With 4 albums on CD and a 5th on the way, Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings are a respected musical force in the Northwest and beyond. Their latest CD "Nasty Habits & Dirty Little Secrets" garnered them the 2013 Empire Award for Best Blues CD. Now in their 8th year recording and performing for regional, national, and international audiences, Robin & The Kings continue to lead the party wherever they go!

jump to video playbox Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings have gigged and shared the stage with B.B. King, George Thorogood, Albert Collins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Elvin Bishop, Chris Duarte, Roy Rogers, W.C. Clark, Jimmie Vaughan, Alan Haynes, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite... the list goes on and on.

A short list of clubs and events Robin & Coyote Kings has played includes: Sunbanks Festival, Untapped Blues & Brews, Ritzville Blues Festival, Walla Walla Guitar Festival, Poverty Bay Blues & Brews, Pig Out In The Park, Big Sky Blues Festival, Mt Rainier R&B, Hot August Blues, Red White & Blues, The Knitting Factory, Duff's, The Dandelion, Cascade Tavern, Larry's Greenfront, The Fort Spokane Brewery, Sapolil Cellars, Ice Harbor Brewery, Thomas O'Neil Cellars, The Winthrop Palace, Crossroads... again, the list goes on and on.

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 breakfast, 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 11-13, 2014 at the Inland Empire's Best Blues Event!

new lodging deal Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg has put together a special lodging package for the Wallace Blues Festival:
  • Studio for $109
  • Deluxe Studio for $119
The studio sleeps 2 and the deluxe sleeps up to 4. The code to use for booking online or calling in for a reservation is "BLUESFEST." Reservation number is 866-345-2675. This is a special rate without water park access. However, for your convenience there will be a shuttle running between the Resort and Wallace for this festival. Silver Mountain Resort logo

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

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

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