Fifth Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 8 - 10, 2016

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Welcome to the Fifth Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival website.

This festival has been named Best Blues Festival three consecutive years by the Inland Empire Blues Society. It is one of the largest cultural arts events held in scenic northern Idaho each year. We want to thank you for checking us out.

We will once again be providing all-free music on Friday night at multiple venues in town to kick off this great event. Yes, Sammy Eubanks and his band will again be highlighting our Friday night sound. The Dog House Boyz and John Kelley will be keeping people happy this year in our own beer garden venue Friday night. Our many downtown hospitality establishments will also be staffed and ready to serve your food and beverage needs. For the first time, we will be selling commemorative "Save Free-Music Friday" pins to help generate revenues to keep this special component of our festival alive. Please consider buying a commemorative Wallace Blues Festival collector's pin for $5 to support Free-Music Friday.

The party begins on Saturday within our gated venue at 11:00 AM. Music venues will again alternate between the Gazebo and the Main Stage until midnight. We'll have music at the beer garden all day long. We are very excited to have Curtis Salgado back to headline our fifth event as he showcased our first in 2012. New to us, but not to blues lovers is Samantha Fish. She will energize our main stage this year with her mix of blues and roots rock Kansas City style. Another newcomer to our festival out of Huntington Beach, CA, is Harlis Sweetwater. Check out this man's intense guitar playing and husky soulful voice. Regionally, we are pleased to present two new Pacific Coast acts. The Bottleneck Blues Band out of Portland plays red hot funky blues that will get you up and dancing. Ayron Jones and the Way will add a solid soulful Seattle sound to our mix. Of course, Sara Brown will be playing both the Gazebo with her band and solo in the garden. Joining Sara on the gazebo stage will be another area act gaining increasing attention, Dr. Phil and the Enablers. As usual, we will end Saturday night with Sammy and other festival artists and an All-Star Jam. Always an incredible finish to a great day.

Sunday breakfast at the Elks will complete your weekend with Neil, Ramero, and John Kelley sending you on your way homeward living the blues. Thanks again for visiting our website. We look forward to seeing you on the second weekend in July at the Historic Wallace Blues Festival.

This page was last updated Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

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Thank you to the members of the Inland Empire Blues Society for voting us into the Blues Hall of Fame after our first three festivals. Photo recaps of these downtown Wallace events highlight the ambiance of our friendly little town.
Best 2012 Blues Festival awarded to Wallace Idaho The first Historic Wallace Blues Festival won the Best Blues Event for 2012 with 14 performers on five stages over two days.
Recap of 2013 Historic Wallace Blues Festival Our second Blues Festival won the Best Blues Festival for 2013 with 21 performers on six stages over three days.
Recap of 2014 Historic Wallace Blues Festival Our third Blues Festival won the Best Blues Festival in 2014 with 18 performers on six stages over three days.
Recap of 2015 Historic Wallace Blues Festival Last year, we were not eligible to win again, but our fourth Wallace Blues Festival was wildly popular, with 17 bands and single entertainers on six stages over three days.

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The Wallace Blues Festival is now a project of the Wallace District Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) organization since 1988.

Wallace Idaho Blues Festival 2016 Our Fifth Historic Wallace Blues Festival will feature eleven 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 last item added to go to the last item added. Click on poster to open letter sized version in a separate window.

All eleven performers are included in the biographical section.

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

Click on the downtown Wallace map to open a 27 frame GIF animation of the venue in a separate window.

Wallace Idaho Blues Festival 2016

Ticket Sales
  • TicketsWest      $40 (plus 6% Idaho sales tax)
  • Local Outlets      $40 (6% Idaho sales tax included)
    • Wallace
      • Wallace Inn      (800)643-2386
      • 1313 Club      (208)752-9391
      • Harvest Foods      (208)752-1233
      • Metals Bar      (208) 752-5213
    • 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
  • At the Door      $40 (6% Idaho sales tax included)
    • Children 12 and under will be $10 at the door only!
    • Shoshone County residents with photo identification will be $20 at the door only!

2016 Wallace Blues Festival SCHEDULE (one page handout)

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Alphabetical Line-up
  1. Ayron Jones and The Way        (NEW Main Stage act)
  2. Bottleneck Blues Band        (NEW Main Stage act)
  3. Curtis Salgado        (2nd year on Main Stage)
  4. Doghouse Boyz        (5th year here)
  5. Dr. Phil and the Enablers        (first year here)
  6. Harlis Sweetwater Band        (NEW Main Stage act)
  7. John Kelly        (3rd year here)
  8. Kenny James Miller Band        (3rd year here)
  9. Samantha Fish        (NEW Main Stage act)
  10. Sammy Eubanks        (5th year here)
  11. Sara Brown Band        (4th year here)
Here is the Main Stage Saturday line-up.
On Friday, July 8, we will close streets to traffic so that you may enjoy outdoor Blues
On Saturday, July 9, there will be Blues everywhere in town all day long, beginning on the Gazebo Stage at 11:00 AM with local performers Dr. Phil and the Enablers. Between our Main Stage headliner acts, Blues artists will play at TWO locations.
For your added enjoyment when outside the festival area, we have The Kenny James Miller Band. This Montana blues band will perform in front of the Metals Bar periodically during the afternoon and evening. This Cedar Street Stage is outside the festival area. That's because we want you to have another reason to leave the festival area every so often, and explore our village of 784 individuals living at the Center of the Universe. You will find fine dining, friendly saloons and unique shops throughout traffic-free historic Wallace. Enjoy all of it.
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

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 27-frame animation showing the 2016 road closures and various Friday and Saturday downtown venues. The 960x661 pixel gif animation opens in a separate window. The final frame summarizes the festival's Saturday layout and provides a letter-sized hardcopy. The Sunday breakfast entertainment is in the Elks Lodge at the corner of Fifth and Cedar Streets.
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Curtis Salgado

Curtis Salgado
With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band, to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums), to helping transform John Belushi into "Joliet" Jake Blues of the Blues Brothers, to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him "a blues icon" with a "huge voice."

jump to video playbox Salgado earned a reputation for high-intensity performances and a repertoire inspired by his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, blues and R&B music. He won the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year and went on to win the award again in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he also won the coveted BMA for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year - the highest honor the blues world has to offer - and took the statue for Soul Blues Album Of The Year for his Alligator debut, SOUL SHOT. Blues Revue says Salgado's music is "triumphant, joyful, blues-soaked R&B" and declared him to be "one of the most soulful, honest singers ever."

[More about Curtis and his Music]

Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish
Samantha Fish has built an international reputation as a powerhouse blues-rock musician with an enormous voice and tremendous skill as a guitarist. She also combines the artful sensitivity of Bonnie Raitt and the effortless swagger of the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards.
[Kansas City Star, read more]

jump to video playbox Only into her mid-20s she already released two CDs, played all over the world and shared the stage with well-established to the legendary artists from Tab Benoit and Johnny Lang to Buddy Guy. Label mate and sometimes touring buddy, Mike Zito has long championed Samantha, produced her critically acclaimed albums, Runaway and Black Wind Howlin' (2013). Samantha has had a master's class in a wide variety of the blues. Her work ethic is unquestioned and her love for performance is obvious.

Bottleneck Blues Band

Bottleneck Blues Band
Bottleneck Blues Band
plays red hot funky blues designed to make your feet move. Blues was the original party dance music and Bottleneck serves up a heaping portion of body shaking fun. These guys have consistently found friends exhausted at the end of a non-stop three hour show on the dance floor. The music is easy to understand and fundamental to the soul.

The band is fronted by veteran performer Noah Bell. With twenty five years of professional playing across America, he knows what it takes to move a room and change a crowd into a big sweaty mess. During his years on stage he has opened for a wide variety of top notch musicians from reggae's Steel Pulse to the King of country music Willie Nelson as well as various members of the Grateful Dead including Bill Kreutzmann not to mention classic blues man Elvin Bishop. Noah plays electric slide and balances that with hot soulful riffs.

Bottleneck Blues Band Noah is backed up by an all-star lineup with Randy Monroe on the bass guitar, Pete Moss on saxophone, Franklin Spicer on keys and Devon Shazier kickin' the drums. Bottleneck plays red-hot funky blues designed to make your body move. They are currently debuting new material to be featured on their second album. Their first CD "Twenty First Century Blues" was warmly received and the band is looking forward to their next recording project.

jump to video playbox Bottleneck Blues Band was voted Best New Blues Act in 2015 and nominated for the Best CD of the Year by the Cascade Blues Association. The band is a featured act this year at the Waterfront Blues Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Illwaco Seafood and Blues Festival, The Taste of Tacoma, the Crawdad Festival, and of course, the award winning Historic Wallace Idaho Blues Festival.

Harlis Sweetwater Band

Harlis Sweetwater Band
From Huntington Beach, California, Harlis Sweetwater, as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and frontman, has shared the stage with everyone from Jimmie Vaughan, Everlast, Chris Shifflet (Foo Fighters), ZZ Top, Los Lobos and Brian Setzer to R&B/Blues legends Etta James, James Cotton, and Wilson Pickett to name a few.

jump to video playbox He has been called "the best singer in any genre" by music critic Robert Kinsler of the OC Register, While SugarBuzz Magazine had this to say: "From the heart, Harlis Sweetwater,you know instantly the real deal is upon you. This man knows the blues."

[About the Harlis Sweetwater Band]

Ayron Jones and the Way

Ayron Jones and the Way
Ayron Jones and the Way is a Seattle rock band with a style that ranges between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Nirvana. Guitarist and frontman Ayron Jones (Eh-Rahn), has become one of Seattle's hottest up-and-comers with his brand of Seattle Rock. Jones has taken a hybrid style of guitar playing, in which the chord and solo are played at the same time, and infused the raw energy of punk with the inner-city attitude of Hip-Hop. The result is a soulful reincarnation of that iconic Seattle sound.

jump to video playbox In 2010 guitarist Ayron Jones started Ayron Jones and The Way, a three-piece blues rock band. By the Summer of 2012, the young band had been making appearances on local Seattle radio shows, and had opened for the legendary Robert Cray. The band soon grabbed the attention of the local media and more importantly, Seattle Hip-Hop icon and Grammy award-winning rapper, Sir Mix A-Lot. After seeing the band perform live, Mix A-Lot approached the band and offered to produce their album. The group accepted the offer and they immediately began recording.
[the rest of the story]

The Kenny James Miller Band

The Kenny James Miller Band
The Kenny James Miller Band is an all-original Northwest US Regional Rock/Blues band located in Montana. A trio of professional, accomplished musicians capable of opening or sharing a stage with any top band.

The Kenny James Miller Band was recently chosen to perform in a Montana PBS program, "11th & Grant with Eric Funk." This hour long program aired on April 23, 2015, and may be viewed on the KJMB homepage. jump to video playbox Four songs are presented here; seven more songs may be heard on their website.

  • KJMB received the Inland Empire Blues Society 2011, "Best New Blues Band" Award
  • Mark Cornett received "Best Blues Bass Player," IEBS Awards, 2012 and 2013
  • Winners of the Spokane, WA Regional Semi-Final Competition for the 2011 Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge
  • Shared the stage with Robin Trower in 2011 and many other National Bands
  • "Can't You Hear Me" was chosen to be aired on Blues Deluxe Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show.

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.

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 2016 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

Dr. Phil and the Enablers

Dr. Phil and the Enablers
Fabulous guitarist and songwriter, Dr. Phil Kladar surrounds himself with serious, like-minded musicians, and they hit the stage as Dr. Phil and the Enablers, often at the Snake Pit in Enaville, Idaho. Dr. Phil and the Enablers
They are a ROCKIN' BLUES BAND with lots of soul, made complete with wailing electrified blues harp. Band members include: Dr. Phil Kladar (lead guitar/vocalist), Jake Christensen (vocalist/guitar), Tom Richards (vocalist/guitar), Geoff Rinehart (bass), Steve Turbin (drummer), and Carol Roberts (harmonica).

jump to video playbox One of the doctor's originals, "Debt to the Blues," mentions Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed, but you will definitely sense a broad range of influences from Little Walter and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimmi Hendrix. You will hear great versions of familiar, popular blues: Born in Chicago, Key to the Highway, Thrill is Gone, Sweet Home Chicago and plenty of upbeat hit-the-dance floor jams.

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.

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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 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 800-204-6428. 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.

As it develops, more information will follow.

    Contact: Craig Heimbigner
  • DBA Too Far North Productions
  • or (509) 534-1187 for festival questions
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