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Sixth Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 7 - 9, 2017

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Welcome to our sixth annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival. We have a great three day celebration planned with fourteen performers and bands on eight stages throughout our historic downtown.

We have returned to our original and award winning set up and logistics, where the popular Beer Garden is located within the formal Festival grounds. To speed the entry of those who have bought tickets, just show them and receive the appropriate wristband. It is then your responsibility to put your wristband on. Remember that you must wear your wristband to get in and out of the gated Festival area and Beer Garden. As usual there will be many food and other vendors throughout the town, both within and outside the gated area. In addition, we will have posters and T-shirts on sale to commemorate your visit to the Center of the Universe. For everyone's convenience, it is suggested that you bring small denomination bills with you. Naturally all of our downtown merchants and restaurants will be open for your shopping and dining pleasure if you need to take a break from dancing in the street.

The Wallace Blues Festival is now a project of the Wallace District Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) organization since 1988.
At our July 26 post-function volunter party, we donated $1000 to our Community Pool. Built in 1938 as part of the CCC national recovery act, the pool always needs maintainance. The pool is a valuable summer resource for kids of all ages in our historic town of 784. Last year, we donated $1000 to the Wallace School District's music program.
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Thank you to the members of the Inland Empire Blues Society for voting us into their Blues Hall of Fame after our first three festivals. As we plan our sixth Blues Festival, check out recaps of these downtown Wallace events that 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.

There are two Photo RECAPS of our FIRST Historic Wallace Blues Festival

  • Reprise of performances with 44 images of 9 bands and single performers
  • Ambiance of the Saturday crowd in 39 photos taken before, during and after a 15 minute thunderstorm.

Recap of 2013 Historic Wallace Blues Festival

Our second Wallace Blues Festival won the Best Blues Festival for 2013 with 21 performers on six stages over three days.

Photo RECAP of SECOND Historic Wallace Blues Festival
69 images in twenty sections, ordered by artist and schedule.

Recap of 2014 Historic Wallace Blues Festival

Our third Wallace Blues Festival presented 18 performers on six stages over three days. Once again we were voted the Best Blues Festival of 2014 in the Inland Empire. Since this was our third win in a row, the Inland Empire Blues Society also voted us into their Blues Hall of Fame. We cannot win this honor again for three years.

Photo RECAP of THIRD Historic Wallace Blues Festival
96 images in six sections, ordered by time and location.

Recap of 2015 Historic Wallace Blues Festival

We were not eligible to win again in 2015, but our fourth Wallace Blues Festival was wildly popular, with 17 bands and single entertainers on six stages over three days.

Photo RECAP of FOURTH Historic Wallace Blues Festival
16 images of Friday Street Dance

Recap of 2016 Historic Wallace Blues Festival

We were not eligible to win again in 2016, but our fifth Wallace Blues Festival was wildly popular, with 11 bands and single entertainers on six stages over three days.

Photo RECAP of FIFTH Historic Wallace Blues Festival
245 images in 14 collections by performer

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2017 Wallace Idaho Blues Festival

Our Sixth Historic Wallace Blues Festival will feature fourteen bands and single entertainers on eight stages over three days. Photos and biographical information about these performers are included in the artists section.

The line-up of performers is detailed by venue, with a a printable schedule of performances also available.

jump to video playbox Click on the musical note to jump down to the music video playbox where each artist is featured.

Click on the poster to open a letter sized version in a separate window.

new logistics        Information on tent camping, RV parking and lodging includes GoogleEarth images.

Ticket Sales
  • TicketsWest      $42 (plus 6% Idaho sales tax)
  • Local Outlets      $40 (6% Idaho sales tax included)
    • Wallace
      • Wallace Inn      (800)643-2386
      • Blackboard Cafe      (208)512-7553
      • Harvest Foods      (208)752-1233
      • Metals Bar      (208)752-5213
    • Coeur d'Alene ID
    • Spokane WA
      • Bronco Inn
        8714 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley      (509)927-0966
      • 4000 Holes
        1610 N.Monroe St, Spokane      (509)325-1914
      • The Roadhouse
        20 N Raymond Rd, Spokane Valley      (509)413-1894

  • 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!

2017 Wallace Blues Festival SCHEDULE (one page handout)

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Alphabetical Line-up
  1. Anita Royce        (5th year here!)
  2. Atomic Jive        (at Red Light in 2015)
  3. Bottleneck Blues Band        (NEW Main Stage act)
  4. Casey Ryan        (2nd year here)
  5. Doghouse Boyz        (6th year here!)
  6. Dr. Phil & the Enablers        (2nd year here)
  7. Duke Robillard        (NEW Main Stage act)
  8. Hank Shreve Band        (NEW Main Stage act)
  9. John Kelley        (4th year here)
  10. Kenny James Miller Band        (4th year here)
  11. Sammy Eubanks        (6th year here!)
  12. Sara Brown Band        (5th year here!)
  13. Terrie Odabi        (NEW Main Stage act)
  14. The Stepbrothers        (NEW this year)
Here is the Main Stage Saturday line-up.
On Friday evening, July 7, we will close streets to traffic so that you may enjoy outdoor Blues with
On Saturday, July 8, there will be Blues everywhere in town all day long, beginning on the Gazebo Stage at 11:00 AM with local performers Dr. Phil & the Enablers. Between our Main Stage headliner acts, Blues artists will play at FOUR locations.
This year the Kiwanis will again serve a pancake breakfast at the Elks Lodge from 8 to 10 AM. For $10 you also get to hear the Kenny James Miller Band play acoustic harmonies.
Having trouble keeping track of all the music happening at the 2017 Historic Wallace Blues Festival? Here is a one page pdf Festival 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 7-frame animation showing the 2017 road closures and various Friday and Saturday downtown venues. The 1024x705 pixel gif animation opens in a separate window. The Saturday 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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Anita Royce & The High Rollers

Anita Royce on stage For the fifth time, 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, 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. 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. In 2014, the IEBS presented Anita with a special "Keeping the Blues Alive" award.

Atomic Jive Band

Atomic Jive Band, 2015 Atomic Jive. 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.

jump to video playbox 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
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.

Casey Ryan

Casey Ryan
Casey Ryan
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. jump to video playbox 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.

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. 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 Slide Guitar!

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

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.

Duke Robillard

Duke Robillard
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. jump to video playbox

[More about Duke Robillard]

Hank Shreve Band

Hank Shreve Band
Hank Shreve
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.

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The members of his band are
       Hank Shreve, harmonica, keyboards, drums, dobro, lap-steel, vocals
       Bill Shreve, base, vocals
       Kenny Luker, guitar, vocals
       GT Albright, drums, vocals
[More about the Hank Shreve Band]

John Kelley

John Kelley John Kelley John Kelley 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, which he recently joined.

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.

Sammy Eubanks

Sammy Eubanks
Sammy Eubanks
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. Quite possibly 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 originals.

jump to video playbox [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

Sarah 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.

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, 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

Terrie Odabi

Terrie Odabi
Terrie Odabi
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. jump to video playbox 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 Step Brothers
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."

jump to video playbox 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
The StepBrothers Band

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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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The StepBrothers Band
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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 7-9, 2017 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
  • for all other questions about Wallace, accommodations, locale, or attractions, please call Jackie (208) 512-1260

Dave Smith Motors
Dave Smith Motors
is a proud sponsor of this cultural event.
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