2012 Wallace Blues Festival


July 13th and 14th, 2012

Best 2012 Blues Festival awarded to Wallace Idaho
Even Bigger in 2013

By all accounts, this was a great success for the town, the performers and the approximately 2000 Blues Fans who attended our first annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival. The most amazing thing is that our little town of 784 individuals pulled this event off in 90 days from concept initiation! We could not have done it, of course, without the guidance, promotion and production services of Craig Heimbigner, dba Too Far North Productions. Please contact him at kraag@msn.com or (509) 534-1187 with your impressions of the first annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival. Wallace Idaho Blues Festival 2012 Click on the poster icon to open the final annotated PDF poster in a separate window.

Personally, I had a blast, dancing my legs to exhaustion while taking 195 photos on Saturday. This is the first part of my recording of this premier Wallace festival. This reprise of the music on Saturday highlights the nine performers that I was able to photograph and acknowledges the five blues artists for whom I do not have representative festival photos. A second page that records a timeline of the festival's ambiance shows the crowd, the dancers, the beer garden, the weather, the vendors and the volunteers.

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A PDF file of the following Line Up is available.
Friday July 13th
Red Light Garage Sammy Eubanks 7 to 10 PM
The Metals Kenny James Miller Band 9 PM to closing
The Smokehouse BBQ Laffin' Bones 9 PM to closing
Saturday July 14th
THE MAIN STAGE HooDoo Udu 11:30 to 12:45 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Grant Smith 12:45 to 1:15 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Pat Coast Band 1:15 to 2:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Ray Roberson 2:30 to 3:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE The Fat Tones 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Ray Roberson 4:30 to 5:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Doghouse Boyz 6:30 to 7:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Curtis Salgado 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Blues & Brews Patio Doghouse Boyz 8:30 to 9:00 PM
THE MAIN STAGE Too Slim & The Taildraggers 9:00 to 10:30 PM
AND AT THE SAME TIME, and only two blocks away,
there will be blues happening at these popular restaurants!
Red Light Garage Brother Music Noon to 2 PM
Anita Royce & The High Rollers featuring Forest Govedare 2:30 to 4:30 PM
Grant Smith 5 to 6:30 PM
Anita Royce & The Highrollers featuring Forest Govedare 7 to 8:30 PM
Sammy Eubanks 10 PM to midnight
The Smokehouse BBQ Doghouse Boyz Noon to 2:00 PM
Grant Smith 2:30 to 4:00 PM
Brother Music 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Ray Roberson 6:30 to 8:00 PM

With so much going on, I couldn't see everything, but here are the performers that I was able to photograph.

HooDoo Udu
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, rock-steady drummer.
HooDoo Udu HooDoo Udu
HooDoo Udu HooDoo Udu
HooDoo Udu HooDoo Udu
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... juicy stuff!"
Pat Coast Band Pat Coast Band
Pat Coast Band Pat Coast Band
Pat Coast Band Pat Coast Band
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.
Grant Smith Grant Smith
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 Royce's High Rollers Anita Royce's High Rollers
Anita Royce's High Rollers Anita Royce's High Rollers
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!
Anita Royce's High Rollers Anita Royce's High Rollers
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.
The Fat Tones The Fat Tones
The Fat Tones The Fat Tones
The Fat Tones The Fat Tones
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.
Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues
Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues
Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues
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.
The Doghouse Boyz The Doghouse Boyz
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.
Curtis Salgado Curtis Salgado
Curtis Salgado Curtis Salgado
Curtis Salgado Curtis Salgado
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.
Too Slim & The Taildraggers Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Too Slim & The Taildraggers Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Too Slim & The Taildraggers Too Slim & The Taildraggers
The plan was to have various blues artists and bands all around town, inside and outside, playing Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening. On Saturday, July 14th, Cedar Street was blocked off from 7th to 5th Street, 6th Street was blocked off from Bank to Pine Street, and local and regional blues bands played from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM on a Main Stage, erected the night before. And while I caught all the Main Stage Acts, and some of the music at some of the other downtown venues, I was just not able to get photographs of the following artists. My apologies to those concerned. On Friday evening, after helping the stage crew and others with stage and tent set up, I enjoyed listening and dancing to Laffin' Bones at the SmokeHouse BBQ until closing. I heard that Sammy Eubanks drew a crowd of ~300 to an outdoor dance party at the Red Light Garage earlier.
Ray Roberson
Ray has been either nominated or won everything from Best Blues Performer, Best Blues Duo, Best Acoustic Blues, etc., etc. For this festival, he brought along Neil Beese on bass for a real treat on our streets.
Ray Roberson
Brother Music
Jesse "Brother Music" Warburton has been a mainstay and a force for the Blues in North Idaho for many, many years. We were proud to have him as a part of the Wallace Blues Festival.
Brother Music
Laffin' Bones
This band was voted Best Blues Band 2011 by the Inland Empire Blues Society for good reason. They always bring the party with foot stompin' rockin' blues and incredible slide guitar from frontman Mr. Neil Elwell.
Laffin' Bones
Kenny James Miller Band
Hailing from Kalispell, Montana, this very rocking trio has torn it up around the Northwest lately, having just been given the Best New Blues Band Award from the Inland Empire Blues Society. They are loved for their great live performances and original music. Last Spring they were also a Washington State Blues finalist for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis winning the Spokane Semi-Final Competition. This band rocks the blues.
The Kenny James Miller Band
Sammy Eubanks
Award winning vocalist and favorite frontman Sammy Eubanks and his band will be hosting a jam somewhere in town. His last album Riding Alone just won Best Blues Album from the Inland Empire Blues Society and he was also awarded Best Male Vocalist by The Washington State Blues Society. Also, be prepared to dance.
Sammy Eubanks




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