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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Starts at Noon after the Daffodil Parade
Downtown Tacoma - The Swiss Restaurant and Pub
1904 S. Jefferson - Tacoma, WA

ALL AGES WELCOME!!


The Gray Sky Blues Music Festival starts on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 following the Tacoma Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade in downtown Tacoma, and will feature some of the finest blues musicians to be found west of the Mississippi. This years festival will be held at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub. Everyone is welcome!!!

View a Photo Gallery of the
2013 Gray Sky Blues Festival

Featuring

Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues

Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues

Gray Sky Blues Music Festival 2017 proudly presents Northwest blues legend Nick Vigarino. Nick’s phenomenal guitar playing, powerful vocals and his high energy act make him one of the best showmen in the business. He has released three recordings of original material, several collaborations, performed in 13 countries and has garnered numerous music awards, including Best Slide Guitar, Performer of the Year and Best Acoustic Blues Guitar. In 2011 he was a finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.

"Vigarino manages to combine rockabilly, ballads, and the blues, giving you a feel for what this wild man is capable of on stage and in the studio." - Blues To Does

"Slide guitar with the virility and passion of Son House, combined with a jolt of addictive funk." - NPR - KPLU, All Blues

“Vigarino radiates an unpredictable fervor with slashing slide guitar, powerful vocals, funky licks, modern lyrics, and his – ‘slop-jar delta funk’ - blues. He consistently captures and then rivets listeners with precise, passionate performances.” – Jefferson Magazine (Sweden)

“That slide is naaasty!!” – Bo Diddley

"He's original, he's unpretentious, he ain't no poseur or imitator and he's not afraid to sing his mind with 'politically incorrect' lyrics." - Real Blues



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Like so many wonderful community events, Gray Sky Blues Music Festival is dependent on the generosity of volunteers. Without the enthusiasm, energy and dedication of volunteers like you, the Tacoma Events Commission couldn't continue to offer world-class, family-oriented entertainment events.

Won't you volunteer a few hours of your time to make this event, now in its tenth year, a success?

Please contact Gary Grape at 253-507-9357 or email him at gwgrape47@comcast.net for more information.

While you're volunteering, you'll enjoy some of the best blues west of the Mississippi! Sign up today!


Music Schedule

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The Swiss Pub (1904 S. Jefferson)

$10.00 Cover Charge starts at 1:00
($8.00 for Blues Society/Association Members/Active Military)
All ages welcome until 8:30 pm

1:00 - 2:00 PM

The Al Earick Band

The Al Earick Band
2:30 - 3:30 PM Little Bill and the Bluenotes Little Bill and the Bluenotes
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Loose Gravel and New Roads

Loose Gravel and New Roads
5:30 - 7:00 PM Maia Santell and House Blend Maia Santell and House Blend
7:30 - 9:00 PM Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues
9:30 - 11:30 PM Gray Sky All Star Band
Chester Dennis Jones, Brian Feist, Jay Mabin, Joe Hendershot and Pete Marzano
Gray Sky All Star Band

For more information contact Gary W. Grape, Event Director at 253-507-9357
or 253-230-6851 or email:
gwgrape47@comcast.net


Gray Sky Blues Festival 2017 Photo Gallery
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Gray Sky Blues Festival 2014 Photo Gallery
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Best Western Plus

Best Western Plus
Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel 2611 East "E" Street Tacoma, WA 98421
Tel: 253-272-7737 ext. 106, Fax: 253-272-5919

Best Western Plus is the
preferred hotel sponsor of Gray Sky Blues Music Festival.

Gray Sky Blues Festival attendees that want to
stay the night can get a special discounted rate.
Contact: Best Western Plus Front Desk - 253-272-7737 ext. 106


Please read carefully below. These are the folks that sponsor and donate dollars to make this festival happen each year. Please support their businesses and if you know them, say thank you.

Here they are:

  • South Sound Blues Association
  • The Swiss Restaurant and Pub
  • Indochine Asian Restaurant
  • Ted Brown Music
  • Minuteman Press
  • Tacoma Weekly
  • Tacoma News Tribune
  • Weekly Volcano
  • TV Tacoma Channel 12
  • Puget Sound Music for Youth Association
  • Best Western/Tacoma Dome Hotel
  • KNKX-88.5 FM Jazz & Blues
  • AMRAMP/Michael Freeman
  • The NW Italian Radio Show/Tony LaStella and David Madrid
  • Puget Sound Promotional Products/Frank Elliott
  • Western Display Fireworks/Heather Gobet
  • Thompson Electrical Constructors/Kevin Thompson
  • Tamara Reece
  • Carlson Catering/Ernie Carlson
  • Irishman Enterprises/Jim Antrum
  • Patti Hayes
  • Steve & Darlene Forbes


Produced by

Tacoma Events Commission

South Sound Blues Association

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