Live Music Saturday Nights at Grinders

We are happy to support live music in the Northwest by having some of the best professional groups come to play for you at Grinders on Saturday nights.  We strongly recommend making reservations, as we are an intimate venue.  Your table will be available for you after 7pm.  Music starts at 8pm and usually runs until 10-10:30pm.  We add a modest $10 cover per person to the final bill at the end of the night to offset the cost of paying these amazing musicians.  Any questions, or if you'd like to make a reservation, please visit our contact page.

If you make a reservation, please attend the performance or let us know in a timely manner you will not be able to attend.  Having a full house is integral to making live music profitable for the venue and the performers.  It is disheartening to have a full reservation night on the books, with a waitlist of music lovers wanting to attend, and only 3/4 of the patrons arrive. 

We want to continue to host live music events.  Please honor your reservation or contact us the day before and we can release the seats to other customers.  Thank you.

Special Sunday Jazz - No Cover

Sunday, October 21st

We are happy to offer the chill and casual sounds of Jazz Island Rewind.  4p to 6p. 

 Drop in, eat, drink and get into the casual funky groove of Jazz Island Rewind.  Reservations accepted but certainly not required.

Jazz Island Rewind is comprised of veteran musician John English and guests.

 
 

October 13th - Nick Mardon Blues Trio

Nick Mardon is a professional musician from Seattle, Wa.  He was first inspired to learn Guitar after getting up on stage and pretending to play along with a cover band at a backyard party when he was 4 years old.  Nick eventually started private lessons at 7 years old and quickly progressed.  Early on Nick's biggest influences were Rock bands like ACDC and Led Zeppelin, but as he studied with different teachers he developed a passion for Jazz, Blues, Latin Music, Fusion, and many other styles of music.  Nick has spent extensive time studying the playing of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howard Roberts, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Steve Vai, and Robben Ford  Now Nick plays over 100 gigs annually with many different groups in styles ranging from Jazz to Metal.  Nick has performed at The Paramount Theater, The Moore Theater, The Everett Historic Theatre, Marymoor Park, Highway 99 Blues Club, Capp's Club, The Royal Room, Hard Rock Cafe, as well as many Bars, Wineries, Small Clubs, and Private Events.  Nick has performed with The Nick Mardon Blues Trio, Melissa Etheridge, Robert Glasper, Geoffrey Castle,  James and Montgomery, Andy and the Architects, Bad Idea, Small Town Soul Band, Richard Allen and the Louisiana Experience, Pellegrini, Megan Moreau, The Max Cannella Trio, JNAII, and The Alison Banchero Band.  In  July of 2017 Nick started his career as a band leader with the Nick Mardon Blues Trio.  The band quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting bands on the Seattle Blues Scene.  In 2018 the trio released a debut EP "These Days".  Currently the Nick Mardon Blues Trio is performing throughout the northwest and preparing to release a live CD recorded at Highway 99 Blues Club in 2018 and a new studio album in Spring of 2019.  

 

October 20th - Red House

Red House isn’t just a Blues band. They embrace many of the idioms that sprang from the Blues; R&B, Soul, Funk and even a little Jazz. And each musician brings to the table almost 50 years of experience and expertise. That’s one reason why Red House is the band other bands come to see. In 2017, they released a 4 song EP, titled “Over Yonder”. The cover art is an original painting by Tacoma’s own Little Bill Englehart and the disc is available for purchase—one cover tune and 3 original songs. They are currently back in the studio doing a follow-up full-length CD. If you haven’t heard Red House, check them out. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

October 27th - The Donna Dupras Band

Donna Dupras (say “Do Pray”) is a critically-acclaimed and classically trained vocalist who possesses a prowess and energy that will take your breath away. Currently performing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the Seattle, WA area, Donna has spent a lifetime warming hearts with her angelic voice.

Donna was raised in a musical family in the “heartland of America” just outside of South Bend, Indiana. At age four she began formal lessons on piano, but around her eighth year, discovered singing to be her true calling.

Her formative years were spent at both Indiana State University, where she was Soloist with the university, Terre Haute symphony and various musical theater roles and UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada where she held an eighteen year long career as a performer in many of the top-rated hotels on “The Strip”. During this time she attended two master classes with the great Opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Ms. Dupras has shared the stage with such luminaries as Liza Minnelli, Robert Goulet, Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, and Aretha Franklin. She has held roles in shows such as Evita, Candide, Peter Pan, and Man of La Mancha.

From symphony orchestras to nightclubs, Donna brings her A-game every night, no matter the venue or size of the crowd.