Too Far North Productions and the Wallace District Arts Council proudly present this years amazing lineup. To view a printable schedule Click Here.
Coyote Kings with Tiphony Dames
Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings are well known and loved by the Inland North West blues community. For our Festival, Coyote Kings will be adding Diego Romero to their line up for a VERY special performance! Coyote Kings with Tiphony Dames, have garnered 9 Empire awards among them, including 3 times Best Female Performer, 2 times (and reigning) Best Female Vocalist, and induction into the IEBS Hall of Fame for the songbird from Harlem, Tiph. Plus 2 times Best CD, Best Blues Band, and Best Blues Guitarist, Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings. Guitarist/singer Diego Romero, the current recipient of the Best New Blues Artist award, brings his passion and fire to the mix. Tiphony and Diego on the same stage is not to be missed. Add Richard Sabol on drums to this all-star lineup and you have the incendiary bluesrock/RnB/funk show of the year!
We are proud to be able to bring a blues legend, Chris Cain. This is the bluesman's blues guitarist.
This Festival performance will also be a very special New Album Release Party! Chris Cain has received accolades from B.B. King to Joe Bonamassa,ever since coming on the scene in 1987. Cain's debut recording, Late Night City Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including Guitarist of the Year.
Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues. His powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired, blues guitar riffs are unforgettable and uniquely his own A 2018 Blues Blast nominee as Male Blues Artist of the Year and Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year BMA Nominee also. His band is also beyond stellar. Do Not Miss!
The Daniel Castro Band
One of the finest singer/songwriter/guitarists on the West Coast, Daniel Castro has emerged at the forefront of the gifted San Francisco Bay Area blues scene. Funk. Shuffles. Rumbas. Second line. Slow blues. They’re on every Castro band set list — but it takes more than clever chord changes and melodies to draw fans night after night. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Castro is a consummate bandleader, backed by a tight well-seasoned band. A Daniel Castro show is both passionate and electrifying. Historic Wallace Blues Festival is excited to finally bring The Daniel Castro Band to our Main Stage!
Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band
Another great act for our Main Stage, Canada’s classic bluesman Harpdog Brown. Harpdog has a brand new album out. It’s called For Love & Money and it’s a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans! Harpdog has grown a reputation as a real-deal classic electric bluesman. His new show, Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band, is a vintage Big Band Blues sound featuring horns and keys. They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Audiences are raving about this new show!
Harpdog (yep, it’s on his birth certificate) Brown rules the roost in Canada when it comes to blues harmonica; he’s won the top national award for harmonica player there twice since 2015. The inventive singer and harmonica master leads a six-piece band of musicians who have mastered the tones and feel of the old blues greats.
Last year, Sammy Eubanks put together a band of veteran Inland Northwest players and achieved what over 260 blues bands from across the world could not by becoming the Second Runner Up at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Sammy Eubanks has been a BIG part of the Wallace Blues Festival since it began and this year is no different. He will start the party on Friday night at The Red Light Garage and end it with the All Star Sammy Jam on the Main Stage on Saturday. A very popular entertainer as well as talented, Sammy has been voted Best Male Vocalist 12 times in Washington State and is a Hall of Fame Member of the Inland Empire Blues Society. Don’t miss Sammy and his band AND the closing Jam promises to be off the hook this year!
Hailing from Missoula, Montana, Moneypenny formed this Blues and Rock quartet in 2015, where they quickly gained notoriety by capturing the Zoo Music Award for Best Blues/Jazz Band. Moneypenny brings a funky, high energy, authentic Blues experience with an emphasis on improvisation and experimentation that builds on the traditional sound that is “The Blues”. This group is made up of musicians well known to the vibrant Missoula music scene, with tour experience and backgrounds as diverse as Nashville to Madrid. They bring a wealth of musical knowledge to their love of the blues.
In 2019 Moneypenny headlined The Salmon Blues and Brews Festival in Salmon Idaho and were a favorite at Maontana’s Flathead Blues Festival, The River City Roots Festival, The Deadgrass Festival as well as the Blues Festival in Kalispell. Moneypenny will perform Friday night on the Cedar Street Stage and will open our Main Stage on Saturday!
Perennial favorites, Doghouse Boyz are the Winners of the 2017, 2016 & 2015 I.E.B.S. Best Acoustic Blues Act. The Doghouse Boyz duo consists of the 2018 Best Blues Slide Guitar winner Neil Elwell on acoustic guitar, dobro and vocals. His compadre Ramiro Vijarro, reigning 2019 I.E.B.S. Best Blues Bass Player. adds fretless bass and vocals. Consummate musicians, they play original blues as well as dynamic renditions of old favorites and obscure tunes from ‘back in the day.’ This duo is an Inland Northwest staple at festivals and watering holes and have opened many concerts for such notable acts as Roy Rogers and the late Norton Buffalo, among others. It would not be The Wallace Blues Festival without them!
Sara Brown Band
Starring on our NEW stage outside the Silver Corner Bar will be Festival favorite Sara Brown Band. Drawing from their influences of blues, rock, soul, and funk, this band will capture your heart and take it out dancing! They are a regular on the big stage, from Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival to this one. Sara herself is an often I.E.B.S. winner and Hall of Famer, including the last 2019 Best Female Blues Performer. Also acclaimed by Hollywood, Sara Brown won a trophy from Universal Studios in 2002, being named Singer of The Year. She has been an opener for Ana Popovic as well as Beth Hart. Known for her fabulous shoes, fabulous voice and fabulous stage presence, Sara brings heart and soul to her shows and a smile to all who see her. Find out why everyone loves Sara.
Performing at Albi's this year on both Friday and Saturday, we welcome back Sandpoint’s John Kelley. John is a gifted musician, singer and musical arranger. He has been a part of the Wallace Blues Festival since the beginning, known for his solid guitar licks, expressive vocals, original songs and a genre-bending blend of eclectic musical influences. John is known throughout the Northwest as a talented and animated performer.
Kosta la Vista
Home grown Electric Blues combo... with a Rock and Roll punch...
Wanna dance and have a good time? Do you like familiar tunes that have groove with a lot of “get down and get happy”? I mean reach down in your soul and boogey type of fun? Kosta la Vista is here to play Electric Blues for ALL of YOU’s; SRV, ZZ Top, John Mayer, Hendrix, Clapton, Stones as well as 80’s, 90’s and more current Rock and Roll. Come see what the fun is all about. We hope you’ll have the time of your life.
A true musical prodigy, with roots in Wallace, North Idaho native Caden Davis, 20, has been performing all around the Northwest since he was 8 years old. He began taking lessons at age 6 and was learning on his own by age 9. He picked up many instruments throughout his childhood and teenage years, including marimba, drums, and other percussion instruments, but latched onto trumpet in 6th grade. Now living in Moscow, Caden studies Trumpet Performance and Composition at the University of Idaho. He has recently become a professionally commissioned composer and arranger, arranging for the University of Idaho Vandal Marching Band, the North Idaho College Choirs, and has been a featured soloist with many educationally based ensembles, and the Spokane British Brass Band. He enjoys blues and rock and roll, but also frequents Classical and Jazz music. Davis's biggest musical influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Rhoades, and many more.
Mudslide Charley is a Missoula Montana born band that delivers house rockin' roots music. Marco Littig has led the band through many evolutions. From Its first sparks in 2004, the band continued to ignite and morph over the years into the now six piece powerhouse of diverse musicians and songwriters. They draw inspiration from a more antiquated era when Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker first fused the rough and rural vibes of southern acoustic blues with modern electric instruments.
The band performs inspired original tunes pumping with vital relevance and emotional fervor. Their belting voices and fresh instrumentals exude a true reverance for the blues musicians who have paved their way. Using gritty electric guitar, elastic bass, chest thumping backbeat, and rich soulful vocals punctuated by harmonica, piano and saxophone, Mudslide Charley creates a musical gumbo that rattles bones and loosens limbs.
Rusty and Ginger
Sara Brown, and her husband Jesse, will perform TOGETHER this year as a duo in our beer garden as Rusty and Ginger. Sara and her band also perform on the new Silver Corner Stage. Sara is an amazing vocalist, a Festival favorite and a well known ginger. She is the reigning Best Female Blues Performer Award Winner by way of the Inland Empire Blues Society. Sara brings a fun filled sassiness to her shows and a smile to all who see her. Her band is like a musical buffet and to see her acoustic is the dessert.
Jan Harrison and Steve Brody
A Cleveland, Ohio girl, Jan moved to Colorado during high school and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Then pursued a music career, first in her brother Scott’s funk band, and then as a back-up singer for headliners in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles and Reno. Breaking out on her own with her own band, she did some regional touring and then relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Jan launched her Jan Harrison Blues Experience band in 2018 and soon after garnished the Inland Empire Blues Society’s Best New Blues Band award. She has already played most of the areas Festivals and venues,and been featured on the cover of the Washington Blues Society Bluesletter as well as a 2019 nominee for the Best Blues Singer and Best Blues Performer by the I.E.B.S..
Now, Jan has teamed up with locally renowned blues guitarist/singer Steve Brody for our Festival.
Born and bred in Butte, Montana, Steve Brody moved to be a working musician in the Bay Area. Returning to our area, he graduated with Music and Education degrees from the University of Montana, Missoula. Steve is currently a beloved educator and guitar instructor in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. He has performed with Carl Rey and the Blues Gators, The Culprits, What About Bob, and he is currently performing with the Jan Harrison Blues Experience.
This is a talented duo with much skill and experience and we look forward to seeing them together.
New to our beer garden, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Meghan Sullivan began her musical career performing in her home town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Influenced by Rock, Country, Soul and Blues, her performances combine distinctively poignant and personal originals with a delightful blend of pleasing covers from favorite artists including , Linda Rondstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin, among many others. With a comfortable personable style, she is equally at home performing as an enchanting solo-artist, or leading a polished ensemble of veteran musicians. Meghan’s 20-plus year career has taken her from the New England clubs to San Francisco and the bay area, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. Along with her stage presence and wit, Meghan's powerful, sultry vocals, draws the listener in and captivates her audience.
We are thrilled to find Tina Bailey touring the Northwest during our Festival, up from her home of Phoenix Arizona. She is a singer, songwriter, performer and artist in the truest sense of the word. Whether performing with her band on a large concert stage, or by herself to a handful of people, Tina pours her heart and soul into every note. She has a lifelong passion for music and has shared the stage with the likes of Eric Burdon, Kansas, Steppenwolf, Paul Rodgers, Great White, Head East, Pat Travers and Steve Cropper. Born and raised in Hamilton Montana, Tina was a hit at last years Wallace Blues Festival when she joined Sammy Eubanks at The Red Light for a special Sunday afternoon show. Do not miss Tina this year!
The Music of the Animals
One of the most influential bands to rise out of England and the “British Invasion”, The Animals featuring Eric Burdon took American Blues and made it their own with their unique blend and style.
Sky Pilot brings that Animals sound and feel to the stage with the energy and emotion deserving of the music.
The same ensemble that brought “the music of the Yardbirds” (Wallace Blues Festival 2019, Pigout 2019, 2018, Roadhouse with Ambrosia 2018 ) has now embarked on this new musical tribute project. With very popular song favorites like: House of the Rising Sun, Monterey, Don't Bring Me Down, We Gotta Get Outta This Place, When I Was Young and of course Sky Pilot , audiences will instantly recognize the music they grew up listening to and singing along with on the radio and turntables everywhere.
Robb Boatsman and Robb Boatsman Band
Robb is a talented and respected member of the Inland Northwest Blues community. He is the latest winner of 3 Inland Empire Blues Society Empire Awards; Best Blues Vocalist, Besst Blues Guitarist, and Best Acoustic Blues Act.
Robb is well known for his accomplished rock and blues riffs and smooth lead vocals. He was born in Spokane and has had a fascination for guitar playing since he picked up his first one at age five. He currently plays lead and vocals with two Inland Northwest bands. Both have entertained at clubs and events around the Inland Northwest, including: Bluz at the Bend, Curley’s Bistro, Harvest Moon, Ritzville Blues Fest, Wallace Blues Festival, Haul Ass to Harrison Show ‘n Shine, and more.
Solo acoustic performances were added to Robb’s repertoire in 2010, performing at local venues and Festivals. Robb will be performing his acoustic blues act Saturday morning until noon on The Cedar Stage and then he will perform with his band on that stage during the day after that. Amazing performances all.
Friday July 10th
Red Light Garage;
Sammy Eubanks 7PM-10:00PM
The Cedar St. Stage;
MudSlide Charley 9:00PM-12:00AM
Silver Corner Stage
Sara Brown Band 8PM-11PM
John Kelly TBA
Saturday July 11th
Red Light Garage;
Jan Harrison & Steve Brody Noon-1:30PM
Kosta la Vista 2:00PM -3:30PM
Caden Davis 4:00-5:30PM
Sky Pilot 5:45-7:00PM
The Beer Garden:
Noon -2PM Meghan Sullivan
2-4 Doghouse Boyz
4-6 Tina Bailey
6-8 Jan Harrison & Steve Brody
8-10 Rusty & Ginger
John Kelly TBA
The Cedar Street Stage
11:00AM-12:00PM Robb Boatsman
1:30PM-2:00PM Robb Boatsman Band
3:30PM-4:00PM Robb Boatsman Band
5:30PM-6:00PM Robb Boatsman Band
Silver Corner Stage
11:AM -12AM Sara Brown Band
1:30PM-2PM 3:30PM-4PM 5:30-6PM Sara Brown Band
2:00PM-3:30PM Coyote Kings w Tiphony Dames & Diego Romero
4:00PM-5:30PM Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band
6:00PM-7:30PM The Daniel Castro Band
8:00-9:30PM Chris Cain
10-12AM Sammy Eubanks All Star Jam
SATURDAY Elk Lodge Blues Breakfast 8:00-11:00AM Jan Harrison & Steve Brody
SUNDAY Elk Lodge Blues Breakfast 8:00AM-11:00AM Tina Bailey