2018 Historic Wallace Blues Festival

July 13 -15, 2018

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Welcome to our 2018 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 seventh 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 eleven 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

2017 Historic Wallace Blues Festival

Our sixth annual Wallace Blues Festival was still out of the competition, but wildly popular once again, with fourteen bands and single entertainers on eight stages over three days.

click to enter Greg's Store Altho I again took hundreds of photos during the three day event, the press of other summer projects and the lack of fan based encouragement led to my neglect of the photo journalism aspect of this volunteer effort. However, if you would like to see photos of a particular 2017 artist, please contact me.
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Our Seventh 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.

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Alphabetical Line-up
  1. Atomic Blues Band        2015 Red Light Garage performer
  2. CD Woodbury Band        new this year
  3. Nikki Hill        2013 Main Stage performer
  4. Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method        2015 Main Stage performer
  5. Randy Oxford Band        (NEW HEADLINER)
  6. Roy Rogers        (NEW HEADLINER)
  7. Sammy Eubanks        (7th year here!)
Here is the Main Stage Saturday line-up.
On Friday evening, July 13, we will close streets to traffic so that you may enjoy outdoor Blues with
On Saturday, July 14, there will be Blues everywhere in town all day long, beginning on the Gazebo Stage at 11:00 AM with
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
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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2018 Wallace Blues Festival Artists

Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings

For over thirty years this singer and master slide guitarist has brought his distinctive and instantly recognizable style to blues fans world wide. Rogers has recorded with Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, and two albums together with former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and band. As a producer he is perhaps best known for John Lee Hooker's classic Grammy winning album "The Healer" which featured Bonnie Raitt, Santana, and Los Lobos.

"Rogers is both a sensational and a sensitive blues guitarist - certainly among the finest slide guitarists playing today. His wailing slide guitar sound (and churning rhythms, when needed) mark him and his work as of the highest caliber."
     - San Francisco Chronicle

jump to video playbox "Rogers is an exceptionally articulate slide guitarist, whether he's scorching Robert Johnson's 'Ramblin' Blues' or taking a lovely, lyrical journey... or rockin' it out. One of the rare guitar heroes who values feeling over flash."
     - Rolling Stone

Nikki Hill

Nikki Hill Nikki Hill A big hit at the 2013 Wallace Blues Festival, Nikki Hill returns to belt out her brand of blues after five years of performing worldwide. She is still possessed by the R&B demon shouters of the past, and is a woman who will again dance your socks off!

jump to video playbox Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release 'Heavy Hearts Hard Fists' and debut album 'Here's Nikki Hill', released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock 'n' roll again! Nikki's unique voice - with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past - steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.

Nikki Hill's self-titled, independently released EP in June of 2012 created a heavy and sudden international underground buzz that the band has traveled with across America and overseas to Europe and Australia. Those four tunes penned by Hill, combined with memorable live performances, have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical taste to their shows. Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious. One club advertisement will call Nikki "The Southern Fireball", "the New Soul Sensation", "amazing R&B Shouter", and even "the new Queen of Rock n' Roll".

Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method

Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method
Polly brought her high energy blues to the Red Light Garage on Friday and to our Main Stage on Saturday at our fourth Blues Festival in 2015, and we are delighted to welcome her back as her career continues to explode.

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.

Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method is the trio she built with her husband and drummer Tommy Cook, also a highly sought touring drummer and winner of the 2017 Washington Blues Society Blues Drummer award, with whom she shared rhythm section duties for international touring act Too Slim and the Taildraggers for four years. Rounding out the trio is David Miller, who at 25 assembled The Dave Miller Band, and for the next 18 years, he and the group went on to become one of Southern California's most popular blues bands, leading one reviewer to describe his "jaw-dropping guitar licks" and praise his "extraordinary mixture of inspiring virtuosity both vocally and instrumentally. jump to video playbox

Today, Polly is a PhD student, a world-traveled bassist, and one of Washington State's most highly-awarded female blues singers and songwriters (six-time Washington Blues Society Best Female Vocalist, four-time Best Blues Songwriter, etc.). Her music reflects the life of a modern blues woman; she's seen the river rise and take everything more than once, and lived to laugh, sing, and write music about it.

Polly O'Keary is today's blues woman, rooted in tradition, but informed by the 21st Century. Pulling in influences from zydeco, country, funk, jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock and roll, she and her trio, Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method, bring a searing and joyful performance of today's blues to audiences across the U.S. and Canada.

Sammy Eubanks

Sammy Eubanks
Sammy Eubanks was a huge hit at ALL SIX 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 Kenny Lawson (bass guitar), 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

The Randy Oxford Band

Randy Oxford Band

Randy Oxford and his six piece international roots band brings to Wallace a unique, 21st century sound in the blues! jump to video playbox Winners of over 25 music awards in Washington State, the Randy Oxford Band showcases their sophisticated brand of Chicago style musicianship, daring arrangements of blues classics, Americana, Soul, R&B, Funky, Rock, Motown and more.

The band is led by Washington State Performer of the Year, Randy Oxford, whose prowess on trombone and ability to ignite an audience's enthusiasm have become legendary in the Northwest.

The CD Woodbury Trio

CD Woodbury Trio

Within the last five years, C.D. Woodbury has transformed himself from journeyman sideman and "the NW's best kept secret" into an internationally recognized rising star of the Pacific NW blues scene with his work as singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the CD Woodbury Band. CD has performed in Texas Roadhouses and in Stadiums. He has performed for two US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and Jimi's music for the Hendrix family. He has jammed with jazz legends, international blues stars, and has worked with sidemen to the biggest rock acts.

jump to video playbox The Band re-formed as a Trio in late 2015 with Don Montana on drums (CDWB, Tim Casey and the Bluescats), and bassist Patrick McDanel (Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers, Brian Nova). The CD Woodbury Trio plays a mixture of new interpretations of old favorites, obscure gems, and original songs. They combine contemporary blues, roots music, rhythm & blues, jazz, and New Orleans influenced music.

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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.

the last videos added feature
CD Woodbury Trio
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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
  • 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

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

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