Saturday at the Walla Walla Guitar Festival

Mar 8, 2013 by

It’s the second year of the Walla Walla Guitar Festival, and since we’re here and going I thought I’d do a little blurb about each of the bands so you know where you should be going. We’ll also be doing a feature with Robin Barrett, the Festival coordinator next week sometime so stop back and check that out, too.

This is the information about the Saturday artists. If you want information about Friday at the Festival, that’s over here.

Get your tickets on the Walla Walla Guitar Festival’s ticketing website.

The Acoustic Showcases

Noon to 1:30pm on Saturday

Appearing at the Vintage Cellars (10 N 2nd Ave) is The Dakota Brown Band from Pendleton. They are a singer/songwriter rock/alternative band who are writing some beautiful songs and will go down very well with some wine and cheese for lunch. They’ve just released a great live video of their new song, “How Far Can We Go?” Check it out here:

Appearing at the Sapolil Cellars (15 E Main Street) is Pat Coast joining us from Post Falls, Idaho. A solid pacific northwest blues man Pat performs with horns, piano, and all the rest of it on his album. However, on Saturday he’ll be playing with just his acoustic guitar and it should be a treat. You can check our some of the Pat Coast full band recordings on their Myspace page

The Large Show

2pm – 8pm on Saturday. This all happens at the Walla Walla Elks Club – 351 E Rose Street

In order of appearance:


Mush Morgan fronting The Coyote Kings (photo by Chris Shepley Photography)

Coyote Kings with Mush – This band contains the man behind The Walla Walla Guitar Festival Rob Barrett. He’s humbly put his band as Saturday’s Large Show lead off but as this band has played the likes of The Chicago Blues Festival you’d better not be late. They’ll be performing songs from their brand new album with the slicing voice of Mush (Michelle) Morgan. It’s called “Nasty Habits and Dirty Little Secrets” recorded right here in Walla Walla. Check out them performing “Only Love I Know” at the Thomas O’Neal Cellars last February.

Bakin’ Phat – All they way from Spokane, this band is bringing their slick brand of jump blues for all you afternoon dancers. The harmonica drips from the recordings on their Facebook page, making me all that more excited to hear them bounce the Elks. Get a sampling yourself – and add a “Like” to their Facebook page over here:

Alice Stuart and the Formerlys – Alice has 50 years of music experience under her belt, and she’s bringing some great musicians in the Formerlys to support her in Walla Walla from Chelan, Washington. Even in her recordings it seems like she’s singing straight to you, and I’m betting that the live show is going to be even better. Stop by her Facebook page, have a listen, and contribute your “Like”

Snake Oil Blues Elixir – These guys round out the Large Show at the Elks before we head down town  and what a great way to do it. Joining us from Seattle, these guys have yet to put any tunes up on the web (at least that I could find) but I did find this home-video-style sampling from a live gig, check it out:

The Guitar Crawl

Starting at 8pm, this part of the Festival features four different venues and bands at each – hard choices will have to be made but get their early as these venues are smaller and will fill up quickly. The Sapolil Cellars, VFW Post 992, The Walla Walla Elks Club and Vintage Cellars are all holding Guitar Crawl shows. These venues on The Guitar Crawl will have a limited amount of door tickets for $10 but they’ll go quickly so it might be best to get a day or weekend pass.

Sapolil Cellars – 15 E Main Street

The Randy Oxford Band with Brad Sinsel are back from Friday night at 8:30pm with their horn section and great female vocalist.  They’ve got a great album out from 2011 called “Festival” and I’m taking that as a good sign for this festival. Have a listen to some samples of their music on the CD Baby page for the record:

Pappa Frita & The Hot Mustard hit the Sapolil stage at 10:20pm and you’d better get there early. These guys have a solid and loyal local following, so I’m told, and with a band connection directly to the venue, there will be no shortage of fans flocking to see these guys rock out.

VFW Post 992 – 102 N Colville St

Franco Paletta & The Stingers hit the VFW stage at 8pm and bring many years of experience and hard work in the Portland music scene. Their newest CD,  “Can’t Kick Love” was nominated “Best NW Recording” for 2010 by Cascade Blues Association. Another tasty barbecue blues band, you’ll hear harmonicas and Franco’s wonderful, thick voice. Get a sampling over on their Reverbnation page:

The Tommy Hogan Band come back at 10:20pm on the VFW stage to once again bring the Festival their blend of blues and southern rock. You can hear a sampling over on their website,

The Walla Walla Elks Club – 351 East Rose Street

Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band keep things rocking at the Elks at 8pm – a voice that’ll make you stand up and listen! Another great act from Portland, if the band sounds anywhere near the recordings we will all be in for a treat. Grab a sneak peak right on the homepage of her website:

The Winston Barrett Project wrap up the big Saturday at the Elks Club at 10:20pm, again featuring the festival man himself, Robin Barrett. I’m sure Rob won’t leave us with anything short of excellent before we all head over to Sapolil Cellars for the All Star Jam.

Franky Joe Stiffler plays a special 9pm gig at Vintage Cellars, and I say it’s special because aside from the Acoustic gig at noon, this is the only other show at Vintage. Normally playing with The Stooches, it looks like he’ll be on his own playing an intimate gig. Check out this video on Youtube to get an idea of what it might be like:

All these shows are happening at the same time so choose wisely and see everyone afterwards at Sapolil Cellars for the All Star Jam hosted by Vaughn Jensen & Curtis Johnson starting at midnight.

Enjoy yourselves, drink responsibly and we’ll see you down there.