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Gray Sky Blues Music Festival

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm

$8 – $10

The 12th Annual Gray Sky Blues Music Festival is an all day event presenting a lineup of blues acts featuring headliner The Hank Shreve Band. General admission is $10 and $8 for South Sound Blues Association members and active military. Kids, 12 and under, are admitted free until 8:30 p.m. (no minors are allowed after 8:30 p.m.).

Performing bands are Little Bill and the Blue Notes, Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek, Leanne Trevalyan, Maia Santell and House Blend with Jay Mabin, The Hank Shreve Band (headliner) and The Gray Sky All-Star Jam Band with Billy Stoops, Rafael Tranquilino, Chuck Trujillo, Steve Bailey and Pete Marzano. (See schedule and band lineup below.)

Performing high-energy blues, rock, funk and soul is this year’s headliner, The Hank Shreve Band (pictured here)from Eugene, Ore. A prominent band in the Pacific Northwest blues scene, the Hank Shreve band has performed at such notable venues as The Waterfront Blues Festival, Big Sky Blues Festival, Fourth At The Fort Festival, Willamette Valley Blues and Brews Festival, Eugene Celebration, Oregon State Fair and Seattle’s Highway 99 Blues Club, to name a few, and won the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award for Best New Act 2012 and for Best Regional Act 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2008 Hank was awarded Northwest Harmonica Championship, and in 2009 and 2013 he won the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award for Best Harmonica. Among Hank’s outstanding performances are the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Cognac Blues Passions in France and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival with Magic Dick and Lee Oskar. In 2018, Hank participated in the Jason Ricci/Winslow Yerxa Harmonica Collective, in New Orleans, with John Nemeth and Rick Estrin.


The Swiss Restaurant and Pub (All ages until 8:30 p.m.):

1-2:30 p.m. Little Bill and the Blue Notes
3-4:30 p.m. Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek
5-6:30 p.m. Maia Santell and House Blend with Jay Mabin
6:45-7:15 p.m. Leanne Trevalyan (solo act)
7:30-9:00 p.m. Hank Shreve Band (Headliner)
9:30-11:30 p.m.Gray Sky All-Star Jam Band (Billy Stoops on guitar, Rafael Tranquilino on guitar, Steve Bailey on harmonica, Chuck Trujillo on bass and Pete Marzano on drums.)



April 20
1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$8 – $10


The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
1904 Jefferson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402,


Tacoma Events Commission

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