Whatever color the sky outside is, the blues will go on inside Saturday at the Seventh Annual Gray Sky Blues Music Festival. The free music festival features 10 acts.
As in years past, the festival starts after the Tacoma Daffodil Parade. The all-ages event has shows at The Harmon Brewery & Eatery, The Swiss Restaurant & Pub and an after-festival party at The Stonegate Pizza and Rum Bar. A cover charge is added for the Arthur Migliazza trio and Cee Cee James performances at the Swiss.
In 2013, James, a Grants Pass, Ore. resident, won Song of the Year at Blues Blast Magazine for “I Got A Right To Sing The Blues” (with Rob “Slideboy” Andrews). She will be taking the stage at The Swiss at 6 p.m.
The Arthur Migliazza trio will open for James at 4 p.m. Migliazza represented the South Sound Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis earlier this year and made it to the finals.
Also performing is Jack Gaffney, a young keyboard player from Boulder, Colo. Gaffney represented the Colorado Blues Society in the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge. He will perform at the Harmon Brewery at 3:45 p.m.
The final performer at The Harmon will be Tacoma’s 16-year-old guitar sensation Nolan Garrett.
The after-party at Stonegate Pizza and Bar starts with blues in the loft with Steve Cooley and the Dangerfields. Music continues downstairs with Junction 61-49. Appearances will be made by other musicians who performed elsewhere during the day. The after-party is open to people 21 and older only.
The festival is produced by the Tacoma Events Commission and sponsored by the South Sound Blues Association.
Gray Sky Blues Music Festival
When: Saturday after Daffodil Parade
Where: The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma; The Harmon Brewery & Eatery, 1938 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma; Stonegate Pizza and Rum Bar, 5419 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma
Tickets: Free except for after-party and headliners
Information: tacomaevents. com, southsoundblues.com
The Swiss ($10 cover charge starts at 3:30 p.m)
1-2 p.m.: The Cody Rentas Band
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Brian Lee and the Orbiters
4-5:30 p.m.: Arthur Migliazza trio
6-7:30 p.m.: Cee Cee James
Noon-12:45 p.m.: Fistful of Dollars
1-2 p.m.: The Mark Riley Trio
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Maia Santell and House Blend
3:45-4:15 p.m.: Jack Gaffney
4:30–5:30 p.m.: Nolan Garrett
8:30 p.m-midnight: Steve Cooley and the Dangerfields
10 p.m-1 a.m.: Junction 61-49