The 12thannual Gray Sky Blues Music Festival will be at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub on April 20, an all-day event presenting top-notch performers featuring headliner The Hank Shreve Band.
Produced by the Tacoma Events Commission and sponsored by the South Sound Blues Association, the festival line-up includes Little Bill and the Blue Notes, Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek, Leanne Trevalyan, Maia Santell and House Blend with Jay Mabin and The Gray Sky All-Star Jam Band with Billy Stoops, Rafael Tranquilino, Chuck Trujillo, Steve Bailey and Pete Marzano.
Bringing high-energy blues, rock, funk and soul, The Hank Shreve Band (from Eugene, Ore.) is a prominent band in the Pacific Northwest blues scene, having 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. The Hank Shreve Band 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, Shreve 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, he participated in the Jason Ricci/Winslow Yerxa Harmonica Collective in New Orleans with John Nemeth and Rick Estrin.
“Hank Shreve is quite simply one of the best harmonica players I have ever heard,” said Jason Ricci of the Winslow Yerxa Harmonica Collective. “He is a fiery, open-minded, unique, musical harmonica player that can share the stage with any living player of any ability and hold his own or outshine them. He is a monster musician and a great person on top of that.”
The festival runs from 1-11:30 p.m. at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma. General admission is $10 and $8 for South Sound Blues Association members and active military. Children 12 and under are admitted free until 8:30 p.m., after which time no minors will be allowed.
SCHEDULE / BAND LINEUP
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 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)