2023 Historic Wallace Blues Festival
Too Far North Productions and the Wallace District Arts Council proudly present this years amazing lineup...
** For a printable schedule of appearance times and locations click here for Word Doc or click here for PDF **
2020 lineup will be posted prior to 4/1/2020 - this page features 2019 artists
Sammy Eubanks & the Work'in Class
Sammy Eubanks has been a BIG part of the Wallace Blues Festival since it began. This year we are honoring his amazing achievement as the Runner Up at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Sammy put together a band of veteran Inland Northwest players and achieved what over 260 other blues bands from across the world could not. We have asked Sammy to bring this All Star Band together to Headline the Festival, so that we may see the show that accomplished this AND honor them for this achievement. They will perform this show NO WHERE ELSE before this.
Learn about the contest here: https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/
Sara Brown Band
Festival favorite Sara Brown Band will capture your heart and take it out dancing! She is a frequent I.E.B.S. winner and Hall of Famer. Also acclaimed by Hollywood, Sara Brown won an award from Universal Studios in 2002 for Singer of The Year. She has been an opener for Ana Popovic and Beth Hart. Known for her fabulous shoes, voice and stage presence, Sara brings heart and soul to her shows and a smile to all who see her. This year we have asked her to perform with her band on the Big Stage AND solo in our Beer Garden. Find out why everyone loves Sara.
Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Locally grown and Internationally known, Tim Langford has gone from a Spokane favorite guitarist to a now Memphis based Blues Rock phenomenon. This is a big year for Too Slim. His new album, "High Desert Heat," was nominated for Blues Rock Album of the Year for the 2019 Blues Music Awards by The Blues Foundation.in Memphis TN and has also charted on the Billboard Top Blues Album chart for 11 weeks. Their previous release “Blood Moon” was voted Blues Rock Album of the Year at the 2016 “ Jimi Awards” and also nominated for “Blues Rock Album of the year at the 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards. Their 2014 release Anthology was voted #1 Blues Album of the Year by Blues Matters Writers Poll in 2015.
Ghost Town Blues Band
This Memphis based 2014 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE 2nd Place Winner is not your grandpa’s blues band. Captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada, both Preston McEwen on the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and chainsaw rhythms. With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Jeremy Powell on keys and finally Josh Roberts on lead guitar, the grooves go from funky to funk-nasty as the band gains more notoriety in the blues and jam circuit. The band can turn on a dime from North Mississippi hill country grooves to classic electric urban blues and funk and Allman Brothers style jams.
Hailing from Walla Walla , this band flat out rocks. They played for the I.E.B.S. Awards Ceremonies this year, and they had everyone dancing from the first song. Diego Romero, solo awards winner, studied music at Mac high school in Milton-Freewater Oregon. After playing keyboard and Bass, he found his true calling in Guitar and Vocals. During the Brews by the Blues festival, he caught the attention of former Walla Walla Blues society president and drummer, Mike Hammond. Together with Mike, and seasoned Bass Player, Walt Ponti, they formed Diego and the Detonators. Now Diego is ready to make his own statement and has formed a new band around him to do that. The Wallace Festival loves showing off young talent and this guy rocks!
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 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.
Bobby Patterson Band
Bluesman singer/ songwriter Bobby Fat Tone Patterson's intense delivery of originals excites audiences everywhere. His masterful slide guitar and electrifying leads start the crowd cheering. The respected guitarist was honored by the Inland Empire Blues Society as Best Blues Guitarist in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012 and the IEBS Hall of Fame.For 2018, Bobby Patterson swept the Awards as Best Blues Male Vocalist, Best Blues Guitarist, Best Blues Performer with the Best Blues Band with the Best Western Regional Alblum for "Along the Clocktower." The Inland Empire Blues Society named Randy Knowles Best Blues Bassist in 2015 and 2016 and Ken Danielson the Best Blues Drummer award from the IEBS.
We welcome back Sandpoint’s John Kelley, a gifted musician, singer and musical arranger. He has been a part of the Wallace Blues Festival since the beginning, usually hidden away at The Fainting Goat restaurant. This year we bring him out for all to see. 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.
A RAVE UP
This band does a Yardbirds Tribute and fans will recognize the phrase "rave up" as the term for loud guitars, improvisational and fun energetic music. The Yardbirds are well known for being the launching pad for some of Rock and Roll's great guitar players: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page who went on to evolve the Yardbirds into Led Zepplin. A Rave Up: Yardbirds tribute is comprised of Billy "Z" Zumwalt, Bill Burke, Pat Bakken, Kosta Panidis, Terry Brenneise and Jeff Thornton. You will want to be sure and catch this show.
Jan Harrison Blues Experience
Jan Harrison & Don Chilcott
The Jan Harrison Blues Experience received the Inland Empire Blues Society's most recent Best New Blues Band award. Jan graduated from the University of CO and has worked as a jazz and blues singer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, and Denver. Since moving to Spokane, she has become completely devoted to the area’s vibrant music scene. Recently she performed at The Historic Hillyard Blues Festival and
Pigout in the Park. She is a passionate student of her craft and a tireless supporter of live blues music.
Later, Jan will join her guitarist , Don Chilcott, for a more intimate performance. Don hails from Santa Cruz California and has played guitar and piano since he was 18 years old and graduated from the Musicians’ Institute in Hollywood. Don has played with Shaky Jake, George Harmonica Smith, Martha Reese, and Ronnie Spector.
North Idaho native Caden Davis, 19, 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. He now 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.
Kenny James Miller Band
Getting the party started on Cedar St. Friday night, The Kenny James Miller Band is an all-original Northwest US Regional Rock/Blues band located in Montana.
KJMB received the Inland Empire Blues Society 2011, "Best New Blues Band" Award and Mark Cornett received "Best Blues Bass Player," IEBS Awards, 2012 and 2013. Also winners of the Spokane, WA Regional Semi-Final Competition for the 2011 Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge, they have shared the stage with Robin Trower and many other National Bands. Their song "Can't You Hear Me" was chosen to be aired on Blues Deluxe Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show.
The Kenny James Miller Band performed in a Montana PBS program, "11th & Grant with Eric Funk" in 2015 and can be found at their web site.
The Kenny James Miller Band goes acoustic to perform a more intimate blues show for our Saturday Blues Breakfast at the Elks. Amazing award winning musicians all, this is an opportunity to see them in a different way from the rocking trio they are known as and will be on Friday night.
This young man (a mere 26), Forest Govedare, has been a blues prodigy since a very young age. Appearing on Festival and bar stages like Pig Out In The Park and Mootsies Tavern, with seasoned blues bands, when just a child of 7. He was a kid with a small harmonica and a big soul. He later (age 12) took up the electric guitar and his talent, coupled with the love of blues he got from his father, has blossomed. Forest gained experience with bands like Anita Royce’s High Rollers, Slow Cookin,’ along with sitting in and being a part of many other acts. A skilled guitarist, he was selected as the winner of the Inland Empire Blues Society 2012 Musician’s Award when only 19. Forest now has his own statement to make. Forest brings his own mad skills backed by Tom Norton on Keys, Jake Creamer on bass guitar and Taylor Reed on Drums. Forest is promising to deliver Full-Power-Electric Blues! We can’t wait!
The Zach Cooper Band
Returning to the Red Light this year is The Zach Cooper Band. A five-piece progressive blues rock band, incorporating blues, funk/fusion, and classic rock cover songs with unique and hard hitting originals. Zach has a professional résumé including many of the most prominent blues and rock bands from the Northwest over the past two decades. He has toured and recorded exclusively with The Bone Daddies, Ozmo Boogie, The Aaron Richner Band, The West Coast Woman's Blues Revue, The Fat Tones, and Too Slim and The Taildraggers. Zach has now teamed up with brother Josh Cooper on guitar and vocals, Jess Kunz on harmonica, Ryan Ehrlich on Bass guitar, and from Oakland California, Robert Jordan on lead guitar to put together this all-star band of professionals. The Zach Cooper Band's top level of musicianship, eclectic song choices, and high-energy level performance does not disappoint! Do not miss.
Tuck Foster & The Tumbling Dice
Tuck Foster & The Tumbling Dice are now based in Spokane Washington. Their Front man, Tuck Foster, has been performing the blues for over 35 years and has been awarded for: "Best Blues Band.” "Best Blues Performer" , "Best Blues Harmonica Player" and, "Best Male Blues Vocalist" by the members of the Inland Empire Blues Society 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018. Tuck has the energy and honesty in his performances not seen in entertainers since the passing of the great Junior Wells. They are as much a rockin’ dance band, or a dinner party pleasure. Thus enjoying a huge growth of popularity as a favorite in the forefront of live blues in the Pacific Northwest!. They are redefining blues for contemporary audiences, spanning youth and the traditionalist alike! The band's mission is Entertainment!
So take Neil Elwell and Ramiro Vijarro of the Doghouse Boyz, add the amazing Ryan Dunn and drummer Jim Elvidge, and you have what real blues music sounds like when it goes electric. For almost 30 years, Laffin’ Bones core of Neil & Ramiro have been blazing their own trail. They continue to be a part of the vibrant Pacific Northwest blues scene. They have won so many awards, they are in the I.E.B.S. Hall of Fame, not allowed to receive any more so others can have a chance. This band features slide guitar, rocking riffs, and true blues! A perfect band to start the Festival !
Reverend Yo’s VooDoo Church is a band forged from 9 years of fun gigs, including hosting Sunday Jams at Daley’s Cheap Shots in Spokane Valley. It’s a free flowing bunch of fellows who play from the heart ...always with the number one goal of having fun ! The music is BLUESFUNKINROCKIN good. Whether an old classic blues tune or one of their originals, it’s never the same twice. These guys are lead by Gary “Yo” Yeoman on vocals and guitar, Ryan Dunn also on guitar and vocals, Mark Stephens on drums, Tom Norton on Keys, Craig Landron on sax and the great Ramiro Vijarro on bass. So count on a big jam to end the evening at Wallace !! Gonna be a lot of excellent musicians hanging around.
The Shuffle Dawgs
Gary “Yo” Yeoman’s OTHER band! This one plays low down rhythm, hard rockin blues and jumpin’ swing. The mission is to move people, make ’em forget their troubles for a dad-gum minute. Gary Yeoman has played the blues and nothing but the blues round these parts for 33 years ...a true veteran still full of youthful enthusiasm. He is joined by “Billy Z” Zumwaldt, a masterful Texas guitarist. Gary and Billy are on the same page musically and this band gives them an opportunity to show their love for this type of music. They’ve recruited the finest ’bottom end” groove masters in Pat Potter (bass) and Ken Danielson (drums).