Live Music Saturday Nights at Grinders
We are happy to support live music in the Northwest by having some of the best professional groups come to play for you at Grinders on Saturday nights. We strongly recommend making reservations, as we are an intimate venue. Your table will be available for you after 6:30pm. Music starts at 8pm and usually runs until 10-10:30pm. We add a modest $10 cover per person to the final bill at the end of the night to offset the cost of paying these amazing musicians. Any questions, or to make a reservation, please call the restaurant during business hours.
For Reservations Call : 206-542-0627
If you make a reservation, please attend the performance or let us know in a timely manner you will not be able to attend. Having a full house is integral to making live music profitable for the venue and the performers. It is disheartening to have a full reservation night on the books, with a waitlist of music lovers wanting to attend, and only 3/4 of the patrons arrive.
We want to continue to host live music events. Please honor your reservation or contact us the day before and we can release the seats to other customers. Thank you.
Special Sunday Jazz - No Cover
Sunday, June 23rd
We are happy to offer the chill and casual sounds of Jazz Island Rewind. 4p to 6p.
Drop in, eat, drink and get into the casual funky groove of Jazz Island Rewind. Reservations accepted but certainly not required.
Jazz Island Rewind is comprised of veteran musician John English and guests.
June 8th - Mark Dufresne Band
Mark DuFresne is one of the most sought after Blues talents in the Northwest. The Washington Blues Society has awarded him for best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica more than any other artist.
He has recorded three CD’s of all original music. “Out of That Bed”, “Have Another Round” and “There’s A Song In There”, which featured the lineup of the former Hollywood Fats Band.
In 2002 Mark joined the coveted band “Roomful of Blues” as lead vocalist. While in that role the band received a Grammy nomination for “That’s Right”. They also won the W.C. Handy award for Best Band - 2004. The New England Blues monthly awarded him Best Blues Vocalist. He returned home to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 after a very successful and fun four and a half years.
Recently he has had the pleasure to tour in Europe with Italy’s finest... Maurizio Pugno, guitar, Alberto Marsico, organ and bass, and Gio Rossi.. excellent musicians.. excellent pasta.....
His work on the chromatic harmonica is considered as some of the most innovative in Blues music. His ability to circular breathe has left audiences amazed.
“DuFresne is as distinctive as a vocalist as he is a fiery player; rather than recycling old riffs, his original compositions are tuneful, melodic and grooveworthy..” - Blues Review Magazine....
June 15th - Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method
A century ago, blues was born in the fields of the South, played on porches and in little backwoods bars by kerosene lamp. The times have changed, and it’s a rare blues musician who grew up picking cotton and going home to learn to play by the light of a kerosene lamp.
Polly O’Keary certainly didn’t. Well, that is, she didn’t pick cotton. She picked apples. But she learned to read music by kerosene lamp, in a log cabin in a remote part of Washington State. She started playing in ex-pat bars in Mexico at 16, and Eastern Washington watering holes for rural farm workers at the age of 17. She dropped out of school with an 8th grade education, married a prison-bound man at the age of 18 and by the time she was 21 had logged more stage hours than most musicians twice her age. She’d drunk as much as a fair number of them as well.
At 28, upon seeing Jeff Healey at a friend’s bar in Canada, she became obsessed with blues, studying and practicing the genre until carpel tunnel syndrome temporarily rendered her hands nearly immobile, and she quickly came to the attention of the Pacific Northwest blues scene with her powerful and emotional voice and her frenetic stage presence.
Today, she’s a PhD student, a world-traveled bassist, one of Washington State’s most highly-awarded female blues singers and songwriters (six-time Washington Blues Society Best Female Vocalist, four-time Best Blues Songwriter, etc.), doesn’t drink at all, and no longer visits lovers in prisons. But her music reflects the life of a modern blues woman; she’s seen the river rise and take everything more than once, and lived to laugh, sing, and write music about it.
Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method is the trio she built with her husband and drummer Tommy Cook, also a highly sought touring drummer and winner of the 2017 Washington Blues Society Blues Drummer award, with whom she shared rhythm section duties for international touring act Too Slim and the Taildraggers for four years.
Rounding out the trio is David Miller, who grew up listening to blues in Texas. At 17, then living in California, Miller met a piano player who was then working for Tommy Castro. The older musician recruited Miller to come play at several bars, and assured the young man that he could get him in, underage though he was. Miller became a regular in clubs in the Bay Area, sitting in with local and touring acts night after night. At 25, then living in San Luis Obispo, he assembled The Dave Miller Band, and for the next 18 years, he and the group went on to become one of Southern California’s most popular blues bands, leading one reviewer to describe his “jaw-dropping guitar licks” and praise his “extraordinary mixture of inspiring virtuosity both vocally and instrumentally.”
June 22nd - The T-Town Aces
*T-Town Aces* ride again! New line-up:
Joel Astley- harmonica/vocals
Tom Boyle- guitar
David Hudson- drums
Les White- bass/vocals
Dennis Ellis- sax/vocals