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
This Sunday, June 24th, 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 musicians John Osborn and John English.
June 23th - 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..
July 7th - The Daily Flash
In the mid '60s, The Daily Flash found a way to fuse folk, rock, blues, bluegrass and jazz. That process lives on in this stunning line up. The new edition of The Daily Flash has earned a reputation as a dynamic vocal band of consummate instrumentalists. The band features ASCAP composers and does original tunes, but their favorite trick is interpretation. They breathe life into an eclectic repertoire of folk, rock, Celtic and Delta swamp fusion. The Daily Flash brings the spirit of the sixties into the 21st century and delivers to stages all around the Northwest.
July 14th - Little Bill and the Blue Notes
Little Bill and the Blue Notes are an institution more than a band. Since 1956 Bill and various lineups have been wowing audiences with their take on rhythm and blues. In 1959 the Bluenotes made the national charts with the teenage love song “I Love an Angel” and since then have released a bevy of recordings.
In 2010, Little Bill was honored with the release of “Big Blues for Little Bill” – a compilation of his songs redone by NW artists such as Duffy Bishop, Billy Stoops and Polly O’Keary. The disc coincided with Bill’s 70th birthday with shows at the Triple Door and the Rialto Theatre. All proceeds from the sales of the cd went to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation – a cause that is near to Bill’s heart.
Over the years, Engelhart has had the pleasure of working with some of the finest musicians in the northwest including Jo Johanson, Isaac Scott and Buck England. In addition, he has opened for legendary acts such as BB King, Robert Lockwood Jr. and Buddy Guy. The singer, songwriter and bass player has a roomful of awards including NW Hall of Fame, the W.C. Handy Award and the BB Life Time Achievement Award.
His current lineup consist of master guitarist Billy ‘Stapes’ Stapleton , the Hall of Fame inductee Dick Powell on harmonica and keyboard and the tight and steady multiple award winning Billy Barner drums.