Spring Entertainment


FRIDAY June 16th, 7PM                        


The Island Jazz Collective plays 20th Century swing, blues and Latin jazz standards.  Featuring Bob Wagner on Keyboard, Don Wodjenski on Saxophone, Mark Strohschein on Electric Guitar, Dale Stirling on Bass, & Ken Bloomquist on Drums.

SATURDAY June 17th, 7PM                        


Deja Blooze is a local collection of talented musicians dedicated to Blues.  A perfect combination of gravelly soulful voices, rumblin’ basslines, endless lead guitar licks, and rhythm that provide a steady groove and thump through the night.  Deja Blooze will be a dose to cure your woes and let you leave it all behind.

FRIDAY June 23rd, 7PM                        


Taylor Zickefoose is an international award-winning local jazz vocalist. Growing up in the Northwest, Taylor has been surrounded by some incredible musicians, starting her private vocal jazz studies with Greta Matassa. In high school, Taylor received many solo awards at various local festivals and took part in select All-State and All-Northwest jazz choirs all four years of her high school career. Taylor was selected as the Adult Winner of the 2015 Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Competition. Having won the High School Division in 2012, Taylor made history being the first individual to have won both divisions. In addition to these honors, Taylor is a multiple DownBeat Student Music Award recipient. After completing two years of music composition study at Central Washington University, Taylor was selected to study vocal jazz at the University in Graz, Austria, with the illustrious Dena DeRose.

Although singing is what she is most known for, Taylor finds herself the most content when she is writing new tunes. It is when she is her most nerdy-self, for sure. Taylor’s compositions are heavily influenced by the jazz tradition. Her melodies are memorable and strong, staying with people long after they’ve listened to them. Her composition influences include Geroge Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Stephen Sondheim and more modern composers like Laura Mvula,  Sachal Vasandani, Robert Glasper, Gerald Clayton, and Gretchen Parlato. Though these are the specific influences of hers, Taylor is inspired by all kinds of different music from Hip-Hop and R&B to Folk, Indie, and everything in-between.

SATURDAY June 24th, 7PM                        


The duo “Janie and Joe” are well known in their corner of the Pacific Northwest woods on Whidbey Island and Far beyond.  With years of notable appearances at Festivals, Bars, Taverns and Coffee Houses, Tours and thousands of CDs sold they are now culminating the process in their current project with the T.Rust Band – “Live Music Tonight”.  The sets feature a “Roots – Blues and Sultry Soul Revolution” filled with the Bluesy energy of “Come to Listen, Stay to Dance!”

With threads from her Irish Folk and Celtic past as well as Blues drenched vocals from her years as one of the most memorable Blues voices in the region, (and twice nominated for vocals by W.B.A.) Janie Cribbs and her partner Joe Reggiatore make their Own music. It’s a brand of “Freedom Music”, with nods to The Staples Singers for that Mantra.

Joe Reggiatore, who himself hails prominently from the L.A. Rock scene, found himself on a deserted North West beach with nothing but a beat up old acoustic guitar. His rebirth into an acoustic and electric guitar-playing original was crafted in thousands of hours of solo exploring with his many guitars in his owl-lined rehearsal/writing space.


FRIDAY June 30th, 7PM                        


Come hear the Cranberry Bog Bluegrass Band for some toe-tappin’ fun and the plaintive sound of bluegrass, Americana music and a few surprises that will knock your socks off in three-part harmonies, duets & solos.

All the favorite bluegrass instruments are there for this (mostly) Whidbey Island bluegrass band: Ken Merrell brings that high lonesome sound with his guitar and vocals; Amanda Leisle provides rhythm and lead  breaks with her mandolin; country boy Dave Holley weighs in on his five-string banjo and Dobro; and South Whidbey musical legend Alex Bonesteel makes his fiddle sing. Southern girl Linda Rae Dobbs hails from Fidalgo Island and crosses the bridge every week to play bass with the band and sing vocals.

SATURDAY July 1st, 7PM                        

BAHIA  $10

We excitedly welcome back one of our all-time favorite bands, Bahia. These guys always put you in the right mood; Bahia is uplifting, rythmic, and classy. A perfect way to ignite the SPRING spirit!
Influenced by African-American Jazz, Afro-Cuban Mambo, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Boogaloo and Swing, Bahia are known as the ‘purveyors of tropical sound’.  Impressive & tight instrumentation, feel-good grooves, and outstanding rhythm.

FRIDAY July 7th, 7PM                        


Hailing from Orange County Ca, Jim has played in various bands since the mid 1980’s. From psychedelic rock to island music, Jim has added his touch on guitar to many different original and cover projects. He is now located in the Pacific North West and is focused on presenting his style and substance to the discerning acoustic audience.

Jim had a breakout year in 2015, receiving the following awards:  Akademia Award April 2015 Best Blues Song – Back for More, Akademia Award May 2015 Best Folk Song – Own It. Akademia Award Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album “Own It” August 2015

Jim is a highly creative Singer/Songwiter/Guitarist who plays not only his own original music, but an extensive library of classic rock to current rock standards.

SATURDAY July 8th, 7PM                        


Heather Keizur who sings in both French and English stands out from the crowd in a refreshing and enchanting way. “I grew up in Canada where I fell in love with the French language. It’s so musical, it’s beautiful to simply hear it spoken. Add that to the poignant melodies and lyrics written by greats like Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, …I am compelled to sing these passionate songs.”

Keizur recently released a new recording, “Under My Skin”, a sultry, expressive and romantic collection of classic ballads, jazz standards and authentic French chansons. The Rockfish Grill show will feature those styles and more, in a combination of English and French.

Christofferson’s piano, melodica, and vocals add a powerful depth to the duo’s presentation. According to Oregon Music News, “Steve is a master of the fine art of accompanying singers.”

Keizur and Christofferson are of one heart, one mind when it comes to making music. “The secret,” Joe Williams once told Steve, “is to sing like there’s no tomorrow.” Hearing them, you’ll feel that Keizur and Christofferson have been doing so all their lives.

FRIDAY July 14th, 7PM                        


Based in Langley, The Secrets deliver a power-packed performance of Urban Americana: a blend of contemporary folk, rock, blues, and standards.  Though they write a majority of songs, they perform some select cover tunes.

This wonderful trio comprised of DavidLicastro, singer/songwriter & lead guitar, Alicia Elliott, singer/songwriter& guitar, & Russell Sparkman on bass!  Alicia’s vocal style has been influenced by Joni Mitchell, Jonathan Brooke, Gillian Welch, & Mindy Smith.  The Secrets formation sprung out of admiration for the “Civil Wars.”

Let this professional local group provide the perfect start to your weekend.

SATURDAY July 15th, 7PM                        


A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.

Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk, and has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike.  While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook.  Kandi’s performance is seamless, natural, artful, classy and inspiring.

Since 1996, Kareem has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Over the years Kareem has performed, toured and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the music industry including: Pete Christlieb, Patti Labelle, Mark Elf, Ali Jackson, D’vonne Lewis, Bill Watrous, The Seattle Symphony, Mordy Ferber,  Julian Priester, The Paperboys, The Northwest Repertory Singers, Thomas Marriot, The Tacoma Symphony, Alex Duncan, Frazey Ford, DJ Hapa, The Polyrhythmics, Bill Ramsay, The Staxx Brothers, Jay Thomas, The Sabella Consort, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra,  Wayne Bergeron, and many others. Because of his musical diversity, his group, The Kareem Kandi Band has a sound that is fresh, innovative, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

FRIDAY July 21st, 7PM                        


SATURDAY July 22nd, 7PM                        


FRIDAY July 28th, 7PM                        


Deseo Carmin plays a sultry fusion of Latin/Flamenco/Funk music -“Spanish music with an edge”. The band has been mostly performing in the Seattle area for the past 5 for years but their music has already transcended borders as far as Latin America where they currently receive radio play at radio stations in Paraguay and Chile. Throughout the years they have performed at several well-known venues and events such as World Rhythm and Folklife Festivals.

Their music has been featured in local radio stations as well as Seattle Channel and KCTS Channel 9’s “Arts Zone”.  They were selected as one of the featured performing artist in the Seattle.gov website and their music featured in “Seattle on Hold”. They are proud to have been nominated for a music award in 2011 at the New Music Seminar Artists on the Verge (AOV) project which takes place in Los Angeles, CA. “AOV” identifies the 100 artists most ready to break each year and it’s a great achievement for DESEO CARMIN to have been nominated to this exclusive list from millions of artists throughout the US.


SATURDAY July 29th, 7PM                        


This dynamic trio plays flamenco with a contemporary twist.    Enjoy an evening filled with the excitement that defines flamenco by a group whose music is tightly complex and compelling.  DAZZLING! Check out their music at www.amigosnobles.com

Jerry Wirkkala is a masterful guitarist who’s been fusing nuevo flamenco, blues & jazz & has been performing around the Seattle area for a number of years.  Richard Ferguson has been a rock player for many years. After attending a Gipsy Kings concert Richard became inspired, purchased a classical guitar and began learning the Euro-Nuevo Flamenco style songs Jerry was playing.  Angelo Ortiz is a well-known , gifted percussionist, recently named Best Instrumentalist by the Washington Blues Society in 2016. Angelo has had multiple previous nominations for best percussionist and has appeared on the cover of “Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine, a nationally published music trade magazine.

FRIDAY August 4th, 7PM                        


Stuart Zobel is a guitarist, composer, and teacher whose emphasis is in Latin American music and creating music for the screen and stage.  He has composed and directed music for circus, vaudeville, stage plays, and movies.He is the former leader of the Fremont Philharmonic and was the music director for the Fremont Players.  During his tenure with the Fremont Philharmonic, he composed music for the Cirque de Flambe and for various British Panto shows, including Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Three Dwarfs, Puss ‘n Boots, Cinderella, and Aladdin and his Magic Lamp.In 2006, he composed and recorded an original soundtrack to Threatened, a documentary about Colombians living under death threats from militias, guerilla groups, and government officials.

Brandi Ledferd has been playing percussion in the Seattle area for over 20 years.
Brandi has performed in groups including Northwest Symphony, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Gamelan Northwest, Fremont Philharmonic, and Pacific Northwest Film Scoring.
Brandi currently specializes in Brazilian percussion playing in styles including samba, choro, bossa nova, Northeastern, and Afro Brazilian. She has performed with Vamolá, Dina Blade, Emerson Pirot, Grupo Amoroso, Choro Tocando, Combo Choro, Onda Verde, Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Women of En Canto, and Choroloco.
She is also an experienced dance class accompanist, drumming for Dora Oliveira, Aileen Panke, Jorge Alabê, and Janelle Keane Campoverde.
Multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Naoyuki Sawada is the newest member of Choroloco since 2013. He is a native of Japan and moved to NYC in his early 20s where he studied Brazilian music. He toured with a NY-based Afro-Brazilian dance company “Roots of Brazil” as a percussionist for 3 seasons before moving to Seattle.  Currently he is also collaborating with a Capoeira master Edna Lima for her solo CD project.

SATURDAY August 5th, 7PM                        


A soulful singer and powerhouse vocalist, Sheri Roberts Greimes is quickly becoming a favorite in the Northwest.  With a history that includes amazing musical events such as-  second place in the Wrangler Country Showdown at the Grande Ole Opry, where she took home $25,000 and a Dodge Ram Van, an opening performer in Las Vegas at The Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas World, The Aladdin and more & a chart topper in the Reverbnation charts for both local and regional artist in Blues!  And just last month,  Sheri was awarded “Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues 2017 Blues Female Vocalist”!

If you have not heard Sheri’s amazing skills, click here! 

FRIDAY August 11th, 7PM                        


Ash Devine is an Asheville NC based Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Music Educator, and Theater Artist.  Ash’s musical influences range from folk artists such as Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco, and Bob Dylan, to Appalachian Traditional, Blues and local musicians whom have surrounded her lifetime.  Ash Devine’s degree in Theater and her work as a humanitarian clown shows in her stage performances. Her outgoing, friendly and humorous stage presence pleases crowds with occasional audience participation, and story telling.

SATURDAY August 12th, 7PM                        


The new original music of long-time partners and co-songwriters Jennifer Spector & Dave Tieman draws inspiration from their favorites… 50’s jazz, 60’s cocktail culture, 70’s classic tunesmiths, 80’s pop and 90’s modern folk. They are crafting songs that are both fresh and timeless featuring David’s exceptional musicianship on guitar/bass, Jennifer’s emotive & beautifully unique vocals and their distinctive harmonies together.