Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 Remodel is done!

With a LOT of elbow grease and TLC from staff, friends, and family, we started with a deep clean everywhere from the front of house to the kitchen, got funky with the paintwork, built out some 2-level VIP booth seating, new stage carpet & lighting all around, a new soundboard, Kirk and Terry power-blower cleaned all the speakers... Wear an adult diaper next time you Hit the Highway, 'cause yer gonna crap yer trousers!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Remodel

With a new lease on life, we are coming out swinging!  Building out a new VIP seating section in front of the stage, re-carpeting our stage and throwing in some new stage lighting. Our good buddies Kirk and Terry are replacing the sound board, blowing out the amps and rewiring the whole system. Boom!  We'll update with more photos as the project progresses.  We re-open a week from tonight. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015, It's In The Books

What a year, 2015.  Here are some of our personal highlights:…

Fundraisers for beneficiaries we believe in, including the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, Chris Leighton, the Firefighters of Eastern Washington, United By Music North America, SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project), Raven’s 15th Annual Jam For Cans for Northwest Harvest, “Nick-a-Palooza”…

A memorable weekend with Maria Muldaur, the first evening with Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band and the second a multi-media retrospective “Way Past Midnight” where she did it all and gave the packed house a night none will forget…

Special Events like Chris Jones' & Ed’s Big Sexy Birthday Hoedown, Ridin’ with the King: a Musical Tribute to B.B. King, Mary St. Sin's Fried Chicken & Birthday Bash, Sex Worker Appreciation Day, Slide Monsters, A Tribute to Stevie Wonder & Motown, Bawdy Storytelling's "The Business of Pleasure”;  Burlesque by Lady Drew Blood, Maggie McMuffin, the Shanghai Pearl.  We presented shows at the Triple Door Theater, including Bobby Rush and a series of Sunday shows in their Musiquarium Lounge…

It has been a fun, exciting, interesting year by any measure.  Here's a partial list of who played here in twenty fifteen...
Acapulco Gold
Alice Stuart
Amanda Hardy Band
Andrew Norsworthy
Andy Stokes Band
Annie Eastwood
Ayron Jones & the Way
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Ben Rice
Big Monti
Big Road Blues
Billy Stoops & the Dirty Angels
Bleed Together
Blues Rock Hudson
Brian Butler
Brian Kent
Brian Lee & the Orbiters
Brian Nova & Felonius Funk
Bruce Lavin
Bump Kitchen
Calvin Conway
Candye Kane
Carl Sonny Leyland
Carl Verheyen Band
CD Woodbury Band
Che Blaq
Chebon Tiger
Chris Eger Band
Chris Leighton
Chris Stevens
Chris Tussing
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Country Dave Harmonson
Country Lips
Daniel Castro Band
Darrius Willrich
Dave Fleschner
David Raitt & the Baja Boogie Band
Dean Reichert
Dick Powell & Billy Stapleton
Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe
Dirty Rice
DK Stewart's Pocket Change
Drummerboy's monthly series featured Tuck Foster, Little Bill, Jim King, Paul Green, Mark Riley, Billy Shew, Eric Rice, Leanne Trevalyan, Billy Stoops, John Kessler, Eric Robert, Norman Baker, Rece Jay Newton, Dan Berkery, Tim Shaughnessy, DreamWreck, Ben Smith, Brooke Lizotte, Jon Bayless..., 
Dudley Taft  Band
Duffy Bishop
Duke Evers
Dwayne Darby
Emmanuel del Casal
Erin Rae Murray
Franco Paletta & the Stingers
Hank Shreve Band
Hard Money Saints
Heather Rayburn
Henry Cooper
Honkey Tonk Union
Hot Roddin' Romeos
Hot Wired Rhythm Band
Hunter & the Dirty Jacks
Jack Cook
Jack Geary & the Owl N' Thistle Band
Jack Rainwater
Jackrabbit Starts
James Howard Band
James King & the Southsiders
Jar of Flies
Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind
Jim McLaughlin
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers
John "Scooch" Cugno & Mike Shea
John Bayless
John Hanford
John Hodgkin
John Nemeth
JP Hennessy
JP Soars & the Red Hots
Justin Kausal-Hayes
Karen Lovely Band
Ken DeRouchie Band
Kenneth Brian Band
Kevin Andrew Sutton & the Northwest All-Stars
Kevin Selfe & the Portland Blues All-Star Big Band Revue
Kim Field's Big Blues Revue w/ the Emerald City Horns, Ron Bailey & Mark Dalton; 
Kurt Lindsay
LaTanya Horace
Liam o'Maonlai
Lisa Mann And Her Really Good Band
Lissa Ramaglia
Lloyd Jones Struggle
Lori Hardman
Mac Potts
Maria Muldaur
Mark DuFresne Band
Mia Vermillion & Friends
Michael Baxter
Midnight Rambler
Mike Marinig
Mississippi MacDonald
Mitch Pumpian
Modern Relics
Mojo Cannon
Nancy Claire
Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers
Nearly Dan
Neil Brown
Nick Baker
Nick Vigarino's Meantown Blues
Northern Pacific
Patti Allen & Monster Road
Paul Green Blues Band
Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method
Rae Gordon
Rafael Tranquilino
Randy Oxford Band
Rashonn Johnson
Rick Bowen
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Ricky Lynn Johnson
RL Heyer
Robbie Laws Bigger Blues Band
Robin Moxey Band
Roger Fischer
Rose City Kings
Roseland Hunters
Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers
Shawn Smith
Six Gun Romeo
Slim Jimmy
Smokin' Joe Kubek Band & Bnois King
Son Jack Jr.'s House of Bourbon w/ Michael Wilde & the Total Experience Gospel Choir;
Sourmash Stevedores
Stacy Jones Band
Stereo Embers
Steve Bailey & the Blue Flames
Studebaker John & the Hawks
Sugaray Rayford
Suze Sims
Terry Evans
The 24th Street Wailers
The Alkis
The Black Clouds Blues Band
The Charlatones
The Fabulous Roofshakers
The Forty Fours
The Funk E Fusion Band
The Guessing Game
The Highway 99 Spotlight Series featured Willy Straub, Polly O'Keary, Billy Hancock, Steve Sarkowsky, Dan Tyack, Miguel El Show, Jeff Russell, Brian Nova, Chris Eger, Patrick McDanel, Rod Cook, Scotty Harris, Tommy Wall, Marc Lagen, Dave Kennedy, Randy Norris, Ron Hendee; 
The Poulsboys
The Scotch Tops
The Shaken Growlers
The Starjays
The Strange Tones
The Trailer Park Kings
The True Romans
The WIRED! Blues Band
The Yada Yada Blues Band
Tom V Jones
Tony Grasso
Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Whitney Monge
Xolie Mora & the Strange Kind

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

37th Annual Blues Music Awards

From Ed: The 37th annual Blues Music Award nominees have been announced and once again the Pacific Northwest has been represented. Around the club we have always considered Seattle and Portland as one big backyard when it comes to international representation out of Memphis, (The International Blues Challenge, Blue Music Awards and The Keeping The Blues Alive Awards.) We'd like to congratulate all of the 37th annual Blues Music Award nominees. An extra special Northwest congratulations to Pacific Northwest nominees Jimi Bott, Lisa Mann, Karen Lovely and Mary Flower. Now if you don't have your Blues Foundation membership please follow the link below and check out all of the Blues Music Award nominees while you sign up!! 37th Annual Blues Music Awards

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Peace & chicken grease

"It takes a village." During the holiday season, please consider doing what you can for others. Perhaps that means kicking a nickel to a cause you believe in, donating cans to a food drive, or volunteering your time somewhere. Participating as members of our community is essential to the goodness of any society. Whichever causes may speak to you... help. In the winter, it's natural to focus on food and water. Whether it's World Hunger Year,, Northwest Harvest, or any other worthy organization doing good work for folks who need a little help, millions of good people need food and clean water to survive. Got an extra buck or two? Got a couple/few hours time on a Saturday morning? Whatever it is, we're all in position to do something for our fellow Brothers and Sisters of the world.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Happy Holidays and Moving Forward

From Steve: Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that all of our fans/artists/staff/friends are having a great holiday season and enjoying your time with friends and family. Since the news broke about our opportunity to extend our lease for another two years, the response from everyone has been heartwarming; to know that we have become a vital part of the city's music scene is very rewarding. We have heard from many of the artists that play the club and they are equally excited about our news. The Washington Blues Society (WBS) ran a nice photo and story about our "hanging around" in their monthly newsletter - the Bluesletter. As we prepare for the New Year, we are deep into planning some really great new things for the club; I don't want to do a "spoiler alert" but we are gonna knock some things around and make the club even better. So be on the look-out for that as we head into January. Since we did not get the news about the lease extension until a week or so ago; we were unable to book the first couple of weeks of January; so we figured this would be a good time to makes some changes, do some cleaning and get our house in order. Our plan right now is to be closed from January 1-12, 2016; and then re-open on January 13. I am putting the finishing touches on the booking for the balance of January and I think you'll like what you see. Plus, now that the agents across the country know we are back, many have been calling and looking for dates for some major talent to play the room. There is no question that we are excited about the future and the chance to keep the blues alive at Highway 99!! We will still have our challenges - and our neighborhood will apparently still be under construction. We appreciate all of you and the efforts you make to patronize the club. As always - keep in touch - come see us before the year is over - GET YOUR TICKETS FOR OUR NEW YEARS SHOW!! Are you kidding me? The 44's AND Kevin Selfe and his wicked pissa all -star band from Portland and Chebon Tiger and more..!!! This is going to be a grand evening and tickets are selling fast... Thanks for being there for us and supporting the club and the blues - and live music. Without you - this doesn't work - and we knew that our work was not quite done yet. Thanks.