Fourth Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 10 - 12, 2015

Recap of 2014 Historic Wallace Blues Festival

Recap of 2014 Historic Wallace Blues Festival
SECOND YEAR
21 performers on 6 stages over 3 days

Thank you to the members of the Inland Empire Blues Society for voting us the Best Blues Festival in 2014.

Since our first Historic Wallace Blues Festival won the Best Blues Event for 2012, AND our second Blues Festival won the Best Blues Festival for 2013, we are now in the Blues Hall of Fame!

Follow the links to see photos of performers and fans taken during these award-winning festivals.

Don't worry Winthrop Blues Festival, you can now go back to winning awards again... we have to sit out of the competition for three years.

This page was last updated on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

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

A 96 photo 2014 FESTIVAL RECAP highlights the talent of the performers, the enthusiasm of their fans and the charm of historic Wallace Idaho.
In a change from previous years, this festival is now a project of the Wallace District Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) organization since 1988.

Our fourth Historic Wallace Blues Festival will feature 17 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.

All 17 performers are included in the biographical section.

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


Alphabetical Line-up
  1. Anita Royce
    (4th year here)
  2. Atomic Blues Band/A>
    (NEW this year)
  3. Atomic Jive
    (NEW this year)
  4. Ben Rice Band
    (NEW Main Stage act)
  5. Caden Davis
    (2nd year here)
  6. Charlie Butts & the Filter Tips
    (3rd year here)
  7. Doghouse Boyz
    (4th year here)
  8. Jim Tilden Brown
    (3rd year here)
  9. John Kelly
    (2nd year here)
  10. Kenny Neal
    (our Main Stage 8PM headliner from Louisiana)
  11. Mason Stone Band
    (NEW this year)
  12. Mudslide Charlie
    (NEW this year)
  13. Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method
    (NEW Main Stage act)
  14. Sammy Eubanks
    (4th year here)
  15. Sara Brown Band
    (3rd year here)
  16. Studebaker John
    (NEW Main Stage act)
  17. Too Slim & the Taildraggers
    (headliner at our 2012 Blues Festival)
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Tickets are $30 in advance and will be available at the following locations beginning in April.
  • 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.
    AGAIN THIS YEAR:     
  • 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.
 
 

Ben Rice Band

Ben Rice Band

Ben Rice and the iLLamatics were the Cascade Blues Association’s representatives at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, where they placed as one of the top nine finalists out of 250 acts from around the world. Ben, at 25 is a growing force in the NW Blues scene. Ben Rice brings vintage blues into the modern era from his home town of Newberg, Oregon. jump to video playbox Twisting soul, roots blues, and west coast blues with rockabilly, funk, and rock. Ben Rice, as Lloyd Jones put, “gets it.” Along with their music is an exhilarating stage show featuring, cigar box guitars, resonators, and lots of crowd interaction. Ben Rice has already been established as a virtuosic guitar player with a soulful voice. His inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz up and down the West coast. Winning the 2013 Male Vocalist and Traditional Act of the Year from the Cascade Blues Association as well as Performance and Acoustic Guitar of the Year from the West Side Blues Society. Ben Rice CD: Pour Me Some Whiskey' Ben’s last all original CD, “Pour Me Some Whiskey” is being among the best CD releases from the Northwest.

 

Kenny Neal

Kenny Neal

Kenny Neal, born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, began playing music at a young age. Learning the basics from his father, singer and Blues harmonica master, Raful Neal. jump to video playbox Kenny is known as a modern swamp-blues master and multi-instrumentalist, that draws musically from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana.

Kenny Neal: Hooked On Your Love

His new release, Hooked On Your Love, follows the triumph of his multi-award winning 2008 comeback album, Let Life Flow. An outstanding success, the CD raked in the accolades: three prestigious Album Of The Year awards, two Song of The Year awards for the title track, and Kenny himself garnered two Artist of the Year honors.

   

Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method

Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method

Inland Empire Blues Society
winner
BEST BLUES ALBUM

From a beginning in immigrant camps through an early music career as a teen working bars in Mexico and the US, to becoming one of the most highly-awarded blues musicians in the Pacific Northwest, Polly O’Keary’s life in music eventually took her on tours as a bassist for national blues bands, playing all over the United States and Canada, and a total of four continents. jump to video playbox

Compass by Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm MethodIn 2013, O’Keary assembled her own trio, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, and in one short year, the band released the album “Compass” to rave reviews from all over the world and extensive international radio play, and began touring the nation. In 2014, this album was voted the BEST BLUES ALBUM in the Northwest Region.

 

Studebaker John

Studebaker John

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. jump to video playbox “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.” More Studebaker John bio...

Studebaker John CD Old School Rockin' "My new CD, Old School Rockin’, is rockin’ blues that helps people to forget their troubles. I’ve tried to incorporate the raw blues sound into songs that strive to be more contemporary and without musical boundaries. It’s what that sound turned into in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when the raw blues heavily influenced many contemporary artists, and changed the course of popular music. Old School Rockin’ is for all the people, from the rocking blues crowd to the purists, and from the young folks just getting into it to those who’ve been listening all along.”

 

Too Slim and the Taildraggers

Too Slim and The Taildraggers

Tim Langford (AKA Too Slim) was a main stage performer at our first Wallace Blues Festival in 2012. Since then, he moved to Nashville and survived cancer surgery. He has just been given a clean bill of health and the go ahead to start performing again. He has new players backing him up, and we are proud and excited to have this popular Pacific Northwest performer back! jump to video playbox His latest work, Anthology, a 2 CD set, hits the stores June 17 with pre-sale starting May 27! Too Slim and the Taildraggers 2 CD set: Anthology This is a collection of songs from the Underworld Records catalog featuring songs from the last decade of recordings from Too Slim and the Taildraggers and features 3 new songs produced by Grammy Award winning Producer Tom Hambridge

 
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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So book a room in the Silver Valley already! Or pack the camper! Air out the tent! See you in Wallace July 10-12, 2015 at the Inland Empire's Best Blues Event!

new lodging deal Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg will again put together a special lodging package for the Wallace Blues Festival. Silver Mountain Resort logo

As it develops, more information will follow.

    Contact: Craig Heimbigner
  • DBA Too Far North Productions
  • kraag@msn.com 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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