When the Fabulous Thunderbirds had a couple of surprising radio and video hits in the mid-’80s with “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up,” it was a sweet reward for lead singer Kim Wilson and guitarist Jimmie (brother of Stevie Ray) Vaughan, who’d started the band more than a decade before. The years since have seen numerous lineup changes, but Wilson (one mean harmonica player) is still there leading a crew of ace musicians through a brand of blues-rock that always pleases. The Thunderbirds are the Saturday night headliner of the three-day Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival that also includes a “Blues Cruise” on the lake Friday night, and a Sunday morning gospel brunch.
Fri-Sun, March 29-31 • $42.50 for Saturday show; prices vary for other events • The Coeur d’Alene Resort • 115 S. Second St. • cdaresort.com • 208-765-4000 ext. 21
— Dan Nailen