|With so much going on, I couldn't see everything, but here
are the performers that I was able to photograph.|
- Made up of several amazing long time area musicians, but a newer Northwest
blues band that we hope to give the live showcase they deserve. This band creates
a modern blues sound with a strong rock edge, showcasing powerful female vocals,
an unbelievable guitarist, a solid, aggressive bassist, and an amazing,
- The Pat Coast Band
- From the band Café Blue in 1990 and then
The Pat Coast Band since 1999, this Idaho native and beloved regular
at all the great Northwest festivals for many years has thrilled many
a blues audience. Blues Revue Magazine said of this band
"Coast combines rockabilly fire with greasy swing licks on his axe...
- Grant Smith
Grant's music is a combination of genres and styles.
Blues, rock, ballads, jazz and classical influence his writing and playing.
His acoustic style is full and unique, and his wide range of songs tell
stories relatable to many audiences. Prior to his move to a quiet
mountain-bound lake in Idaho, Grant resided and performed in Florida,
California and Colorado.
- Anita Royce and The High Rollers
- The music of the High Rollers is 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.
Anita invited Jamie Baker, the owner of the Red Light Garage
(restaurant) and his saxophone to join her for a couple of
songs. He blended perfectly!
- The Fat Tones
- The Fat Tones are Hall of Famers with the Inland Empire Blues
Society having won multiple awards multiple times. The Fat Tones'
Bobby Patterson just won 2011 Best Blues Guitarist as well.
- Nick Vigarino
- His band Meantown Blues was a 2011 International Blues
Challenge Finalist in Memphis, TN, following his 2010 induction into
the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame as a multiple winner of
multiple awards, including Best of Blues. His shows are always
described as consisting of passion, skill, slashing slide
guitar and powerful vocals all in a non-stop show.
- Doghouse Boyz
- Inland Empire Blues Society multiple award winners, the Doghouse
Boyz continue to present original blues, old favorites and
"back-in-the-day" blues, and are always a welcome and dynamic
sound for fans throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
- Curtis Salgado
- Winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist
of the Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B
with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. Portland Oregon based,
but an internationally known artist, Curtis and his band are touring
major festivals this year in support of the just released album
Soul Shot. He is also nominated again
for the 2012 BMA Soul Blues Artist award.
- Too Slim & The Taildraggers
- They have a BMA nomination for 2012 Rock Blues Album for his
latest release, Shiver. Tim Langford
leads a powerhouse trio that has been a rocking Northwest
favorite for many years. Too many awards to mention, in every
Northwest Blues Society's Hall of Fame, this is a no brainer for
a Northwest Blues Festival headliner and we were proud to have
him at our first.