4 Great BandsHandpicked From The Pacific Northwest
Folsom Prism is a high-energy, solid Johnny Cash tribute band. They hold true to Cash’s songs while providing a distinctive edge in their performances designed to reach out and engage the audience. Their catalogue delivers all of the Sun Records classics as well as the Rick Rubin-produced final years of the American Recordings. Folsom Prism features an impressive line-up of artists with the passion to bring Johnny Cash, for the moment, back to life. Based in Tacoma, Washington, Folsom Prism features established musicians including Corey Wilkins (as the Man in Black), Shane Gillispie on lead guitar, Michael Anderson on bass, Mark Monteiro on drums, and Heidi Anderson (as June Carter Cash). If you are a Johnny Cash fan, you’ll appreciate both the traditional and modern views of Johnny through the live performances of Folsom Prism.
Chris Stevens & Annie Eastwood
Seattle guitarist and singer Chris Stevens has long been a favorite of Northwest blues fans. Preferring to deliver his electric blues lines with the rich tones of a big Gibson archtop guitar, Chris combines scorching blues feeling with dazzling chops and constantly surprising musical ideas at every show. Fans and fellow musicians have likened his talents to those of B.B. King, T-Bone Walker and Duke Robillard.
Chris Stevens Band keeps a firm footing in the blues while stretching the boundaries with ultra cool spy themes, reverb drenched surf guitar classics and Chris’ own “blues on the edge of jazz” originals, creating an inventive and entertaining style that cuts across genres.
Originally from the Midwest, Annie settled in Seattle more than 35 years ago and has been singing blues and ballads ever since her coffee house days in the late 1970’s. She has been playing venues around the Northwest since 1996 and has opened for national acts such as Tommy Castro, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Linda Hornbuckle, Lady Bianca, the Dusty 45’s and Sonny Landreth. Annie’s vocals combine the elements of blues and jazz with a unique sensitive tone that she can shape to rock the house. Annie Eastwood’s 2001 debut recording Out of Her Mind was nominated in 2002 for Best Northwest Recording. Stickshift Annie has shared the stage with Kimball Conant and the Fugitives for over a decade and the band’s late 2016 CD Psychogeography was nominated in 2017 for Best Northwest Recording by the Washington Blues Society.
Rod Cook and Toast
Rod Cook is a well respected, in demand Seattle area guitarist known for his stylistic versatility and soulful, melodic playing. Rod has worked as a professional musician for over thirty five years.
The World Famous FWS Big Band
FWS Big Band playing blues and jump swing classics, featuring the vocalist Maggie Laird.
Maggie Laird grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. Her initial professional life was in the theatre, acting in companies in Chicago, North Carolina, and Seattle.
Having played piano since age 4, she was always driven to perform in a band. Her first group was Blackwood/Laird, whose infectious originals hit the ’80’s Seattle scene and were played constantly on KJET Radio.
Laird blends her musical and theatrical skills in original performance works (Please Pardon My Mush, Cleo’s Café, One Day I Woke Up, Life After Paradise, All Work All Play) which have been produced at Seattle Fringe Theater Festivals, On the Boards, the Bathhouse Theatre, ArtsEdge, Vashon Allied Arts New Works series and other Seattle venues.
Her lifelong love of the American songbook finds an outlet with Island Jazz Quintet, and the Portage Fill-Harmonic Big Band. Laird appears in the Pacific Northwest as a solo pianist, and in various combos singing her award-winning originals, jazz standards, and an array of songs from Duke Ellington to Lou Reed. She performed at the Full House Cabaret Series in Philadelphia for two years and there debuted her traveling show of Kurt Weill music, We Must Have Whiskey, Oh You Know Why. June 2015 saw a trip to Nashville to record her first solo EP, One More Manhattan, set for release later this year.
Maggie has taught piano and voice in her home studio on Vashon Island since 1995, and in Seattle since 2011. She has served as Music Director for over a dozen theatrical productions and teaches audition workshops.