Gas Station Blues concert series returns for the Summer

Concerts will be held at the Historic Shell Station.

courtesy of Downtown Issaquah Association

courtesy of Downtown Issaquah Association

The Gas Station Blues concert series returns in Downtown Issaquah this month at the Historic Shell Station, 232 Front St. N. For COVID reasons, it went online in 2020. On July 8, 2021, it will take center stage again.

This is a Free Concert series – for all ages. Beer, wine and food available for purchase. Guests are being asked to bring their own chair.

Tony Frederickson, president of the Washington Blues Society, helped bring blues to the Shell Station because of his own love for the genre. As a nomadic musician, Tony moved from town to town evangelizing music, but small towns like Issaquah are where his heart is.

“I was born in Everett but have lived all over the world,” he said. “Issaquah is great for music. It’s a small town but there’s so much to do. So much culture.”

Washington Blues is a charity, dedicated to preserving music and maintaining culture and history. “Blues are the root of all-American music,” Frederickson said.

Gas Station Blues show this year will be live and in person every Thursday, July 8th through August 26th 7pm – 9pm.

“The level of talent is truly extraordinary and a great tribute to the return of live music,” said Christina Bruning, president of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

First up, July 8th 7 – 9pm: Jonn Del Toro Richardson from Houston, a well-known guitarist who has won international blues challenges. In 2007, Jonn played on the Grammy winning album The Last of the Mississippi Delta Blues Men.

Richardson has had the pleasure to work with players such as Diunna Greenleaf, Otis Taylor, Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Bob Stroger, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Anson Funderburgh, Ronnie Earl, Rich Del Grosso, and many, many more. Jonn has released two CDs with other artists.

In 2011, Jonn released Time Slips on By with Rich DelGrosso to great reviews. It garnered a Blues Blast Nomination for best Traditional Album and was named one of the top 100 blues CDs by Billboard Magazine of 2011. In 2013, Jonn teamed up with Sean Carney to release Drivin’ Me Wild.

Then, July 15th, Eden Moody from Leavenworth. “She’s a songwriter. Telling the story is what it’s all about. Sharing with others,” Frederickson said.

While many people allow fear to hold them back from making drastic career changes later in life, singer-songwriter Eden Moody is doing just the opposite. Born in Argentina, raised in Brazil, and currently living in the United States, EM has performed at VIP pre-shows for some of the biggest names in music, all while being supported by a devoted global fan base that joined forces to raise more than ten-thousand dollars to help her record her debut album with top musicians in Nashville.

Frederickson describes Chris Eger, another artist on the docket, as “a young guy who is one break away from being a national player. A frequent winner of the Best of Blues Award.”

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

File photo
Brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region – and the problem they present

Local exterminator noticed big change in rats over the past 40 years.

Sponsor of the motion to establish guidelines for the removal of encampments, Councilmember Reagan Dunn (courtesy of King County Council)
King County Council discusses policy for removal of homeless encampments

Still unclear what the standards will be, who will enforce it, and how jurisdictions will interact.

Design rendering of new development (Courtesy of Runberg Architecture Group)
Vulcan purchases 1.4-acre property in Bellevue next to future light rail station

The real estate developer says the eight-story development will have about 250 units of housing.

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Supreme Court rules officers can be compelled to testify about killings

In a joint lawsuit against King County, the Washington State Supreme Court… Continue reading

Stock photo
Face coverings again recommended for indoor public settings

Regardless of vaccination status, says Public Health – Seattle & King County

Firearm violence in King County on upward trend

King County prosecutors note a backlog in court cases, point to the pandemic as the reason why.

infographic created by Coltura
Study suggests that the top 10 percent of gasoline-using drivers consume one-third of all the gas

Researchers believe converting “gasoline superusers” is an important factor in meeting climate goals

King County Logo
County property purchased in Bellevue for Eastside supportive and affordable housing

The $186 million project is expected to be finished by 2023.

Watch for the Best of Issaquah nominations to go live on Aug. 2 at
Best of Issaquah is back

Nomination round begins Aug. 2.

Most Read