Anita Royce & The High Rollers
For the fifth time,
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, her band performed three times in the gazebo on Sixth Street.
In 2014 and 2015, she returned for
dramatic afternoon performances at the Red Light Garage.
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.
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.
In 2014, the IEBS presented Anita with a special
"Keeping the Blues Alive" award.
Atomic Jive Band
The name conjures up 1947 in America. Glamor girls, chrome plated cars,
jive music. Anything atomic was new and mysterious. Welcome to the 21st Century.
Atomic Jive is all the above and more. The glamor of swing, the irresistible beat
of rockabilly, and the smooth groove of rhythm&blues. Individually the Atomic Jive
musicians have been across the country and the world. We know the musical groove
in Kansas City is different than Chicago, Dallas, or The Big Easy, we know because
we've played there. From sports arenas to the dives we've paid our dues and believe
in paying them again everytime we take the stage. Atomic Jive will take you upscale
and bring you the best in American popular music.
This band is new, and has built its growing fan base largely through live
performance and word of mouth. The first time vocalist Estelle performed with
the group three different event promoters were waiting backstage to book Atomic
Jive. Their style is power, pulling every bit of emotion from a song, not by
sheer volume but with the heart. This band is horn driven by design, not an
"add horns to anything" group. The members of the group aren't kids and have
performed every style of music you can be paid to play. Now they make the music
they love to play. Give them a stage and they will own it. Every time.
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.
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.
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.
formerly of Hymn & Her, is an indie singer/songwriter out of the
Pacific Northwest. He has performed with world-touring artists such as
James Bay, Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional, and recently made his
first major festival debut opening for City and Colour at Austin City
Limits in 2016. In early 2015, he was a top-200 contestant on NBC's 'The Voice'.
In addition to the success of his latest releases ('Letting Go of Gravity',
'A Song With No Name', 'Oxygen', 'Walkin' a Wire', and 'Joelle'),
his single 'Music & Love' debuted at number four on the Seattle Indie Charts
in late 2015, and in July 2016, it hit 30K downloads on iTunes.
This, in combination with his northwest radio plays, has pushed his first album
to over 500K streams on Spotify since its release. Playing over 200 shows a year
- including the entire west coast and headliner shows in the major cities -
he has seen great success, all independent of a record label.
Inland Empire Blues Society multiple award winners, the
are Neil Elwell on acoustic guitar, dobro, and vocals, and
Ramiro Vijarro on fretless bass, and vocals.
Eleven minutes of their tunes play on their website.
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
The Doghouse Boyz have entertained folks every year
in the Beer Garden between Main Stage acts.
At our 2013 through 2015 festivals,
they were joined by Jim Tilden Brown (now AKA Jim Cale) to make the
Beer Garden a very happening place indeed.
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.
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).
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.
Duke Robillard is guitarist,
bandleader, songwriter, singer, producer, session musician, and a one-man
cheering section for the Blues, in all its forms and permutations.
Duke is a legend in the blues community and has shared recording studio
space or stage time with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous
Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur,
Roomful of Blues, and the Canadian band The Rockin' Highliners.
[More about Duke Robillard]
Hank Shreve Band
began playing harmonica at the age of 8 and has established himself as
a major harmonica talent on the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest.
Between the age of 8 - 18, he became proficient on other instruments such
as Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Guitar, Dobro and Lap-Steel.
He received the Northwest Harmonica Championship in 2006, and the CBA's
"Muddy Award" for Best Harmonica in both 2009 and 2013. Hank was a featured
artist in the Harmonica Blow-off at the 2009 Waterfront Blues Festival along
with Rick Estrin and Randy Chortkoff. He also was a featured harmonica player
at Harpdog Brown's 'International Harmonica Showcase' in White Rock, Canada.
The members of his band are
Hank Shreve, harmonica, keyboards, drums, dobro,
Bill Shreve, base, vocals
Kenny Luker, guitar, vocals
GT Albright, drums, vocals
[More about the Hank Shreve Band]
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 offers a change of pace for those festival guests who are tired from
dancing and want to relax with acoustic guitar. No videos, but
his music may
be heard at bandmix.com, which he recently joined.
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.
Four songs are presented here;
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.
was a huge hit at all five previous Wallace Blues Festivals, so
we are excited to again have him play Wallace on both Friday and Saturday nights.
the most reputable musicians in the Inland Empire, Sammy Eubanks (guitar & vocals),
Michael Hays (drums & vocals), and Dave Nordstrom (bass guitar & vocals),
deliver a quality performance every time they take the stage,
playing a variety of Blues, Country and Rock n' Roll Classics as well as
[More about Sammy Eubanks]
Sammy at the Red Light Garage, Wallace Blues Festival 2013
Sammy leading the All Star Jam, Wallace Blues Festival 2016
Sammy making us dance all night, Wallace Blues Festival 2016
Sara Brown Band
Sara Brown was awarded Best Female Blues Performer three years in a row and
awarded Best Female Blues Singer by the Inland Empire Blues Society.
We are delighted to return Sara and her band to our 2017 Blues Festival.
This is the fifth time she has entertained our town with her unique
voice and happy spirit.
Sara Brown loves performing
and has a passion for powerhouse vocals. Backed up by a very
talented band, Sara gives a dramatic performance, with an infectious smile,
unending energy, and 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
Sara on the Main Stage,
Wallace Blues Festival 2016
is a 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee for
Best Soul Blues Female Artist
Best Emerging Artist Album "My Blue Soul"
Her 2016 CD Release "My Blue Soul" ranked as one of Living Blues
Top 50 Blues Albums in 2016.
"Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have
emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco's
Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes,
writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band and has onstage movements
that perfectly match the rhythms of her material.
Surely stardom awaits her."
- Lee Hildebrand, contributor to the *San Francisco Chronicle,
*East Bay News Group and *Living Blues Magazine
[More about Terrie Odabi]
The StepBrothers Band
The StepBrothers Band
is an open book of knowledge and talent for future torch carriers for this
style of music. "We love to share. When we see younger musicians in the house
some tell us... 'We come in for some schooling.' (That feels great!)
We remain devoted to that 'Old School Sound' and are humbled by our peers
that love the band."
These men are at the top of their game, playing Old School Funk, Blues,
Jazz, and sweet Soul music. The joy they bring to the table comes from the heart.
- Pat Barclay: Lead Guitar, Vocals, Co-founder
- Danny McCollim: Keyboard,Co-founder
- Charles Swanson: Sax
- Eddie Ramirez: Bass Guitar
- Daniel Cox: Drums