Sixth Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 7 - 9, 2017

Photo RECAP of FIFTH Historic Blues Festival
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Welcome to the Sixth Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival website... currently under construction.

This page was last updated Friday, March 24, 2017.

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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.
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. Since this was our third win in a row, the Inland Empire Blues Society voted us into their Blues Hall of Fame. We cannot win this honor again for three years.
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.
Recap of 2015 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.

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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.

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Alphabetical Line-up
  1. Atomic Jive        (at Red Light in 2015)
  2. Bottleneck Blues Band        (on Main Stage in 2016)
  3. Duke Robillard        (NEW Main Stage act)
  4. Hank Shreve Band        (NEW Main Stage act)
  5. Sammy Eubanks        (6th year here!)
  6. Terrie Odabi        (NEW Main Stage act)
Here is the Main Stage Saturday line-up.
  • Noon - 1:20 PM        Atomic Jive
  • 2:00 - 3:20 PM        Bottleneck Blues Band
  • 4:00 - 5:20 PM        Hank Shreve Band
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM        Terrie Odabi
  • 8:00 - 9:30 PM        Duke Robillard
  • 10:00 - 12:00 AM        Sammy Eubanks All Star Jam
On Friday, July 7, we will close streets to traffic so that you may enjoy outdoor Blues with
  • Sammy Eubanks
On Saturday, July 8, there will be Blues everywhere in town all day long...

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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(2017 artist biographies will be presented here in alphabetical order)

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.

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.

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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.

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]

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.

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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

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. Surely stardom awaits her." - Lee Hildebrand, contributor to the *San Francisco Chronicle, *East Bay News Group and *Living Blues Magazine

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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.

last videos added feature
Terrie Odabi
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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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Marsh Scientific Services

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