If you have followed the Blues in Connecticut, you will know that they have heart. The generosity of the bands is a match for their talents. This Saturday at The Gelston House it is Jammin’ for JUVI’, a benefit for Juvenile Diabetes.
One of the bands, The Basically Blues Band, has a generous spirit that makes for a band that is part of the community. They bring to mind (and I paraphrase) the statement, no one stands so tall as when they stoop to help a child. They will be helping those with Juvenile Diabetes.
The Basically Blues Band has a contagious sound. Add horns and harmonica to the guitar sound and the evening will be fun. Talk about a full evening of music. Joining them are a number of other bands: T-Ray Taylor, Paul Fuller, the Mike Augeri Quintet, Greg Gennari of Celestial, The Clay Selmont Group, and UHF.
As with all blues gatherings, there will be food and refreshments. For more information and tickets call (860) 873-1411.
Saturday, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters are stopping in at Infinity Music Hall. The Norfolk venue continues to bring in a variety of talent including top-notch blues.
Earl is a legendary blues guitarist with a quality of playing that brings in large audiences. He was born in Queens, but didn’t pick up his first guitar until twenty years later. He began a musical journey that took him to the sides of some of the most respected and talented blues musicians in the world. With inspirations from the likes of Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and B.B. King, Earl quickly developed his six string skills, playing with an intensity that hasn’t cooled in over thirty-five years of playing.
Earl, who has been hailed by musicians and critics alike as one of the premier blues guitarists of his genre, has played with such greats as Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton. He has often joined up with some familiar names to put a band together. He has had a number of singers including Joe Beard. The guitar players will be out in force to see Earl.
On Thursday at Infinity, Dickey Betts & Great Southern will be playing.
Betts is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and has one of the most distinctive voices in music today. He is known as one of the most influential guitar players of all time. Betts has mastered a seamless style of lyrical melody and rhythm. Listening to him you hear the marriage of country, jazz, blues, and rock into one unparalleled sound. He is the purveyor of some classic guitar riffs,
The Ridgefield Theater has Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer on Friday. They come in fresh from their tour with Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band. Saxophonist and multi keyboardist Edgar Winter continues to thrill audiences with hits including “Frankenstein,” “Free Ride,” and “We All Had a Real Good Time.”
A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, he has found an audience in every major entertainment medium, music, film and television. His brother Johnny is a pretty well known player in his own right.
A prolific writer, his music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. Winter from the beginning has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. Winter was backed by his group White Trash, a group originally comprised of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash enjoyed huge success.
Guitarist Rick Derringer is a rock and blues icon known for songs including “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo,” “Still Alive and Well,” “Hang On Sloopy,” and “Bad to the Bone.”
Friday, The Steve Polezonis Trio returns to the West Main Pizza & Lounge. The cozy place with good food starts the show early, 7:30 pm.
Also on Friday, Tom Sanders Band is at Black-eyed Sally’s. Sanders is a founding member of the Connecticut Blues Society and he brings a history with him. Sanders’ blues rock show has been pleasing folks for years.
Saturday, River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs bring the dancing shoes into the Maple Tree Café.
Thursday, the Luke Mulholland Band will be at The Hungry Tiger. Some good friends, a band called Tumbleweed Co. will be opening up for LMB from 9-9:45 and then Mullholland plays from 10-12:30.
Luke Mulholland is gaining in stature throughout the music world. He’s the hotshot guitarist who was sneaking into bars at the age of 14. Taking up the guitar at age 10, he acquired a taste for classic rock, closely studying the blues tinged records of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin while honing riffs on his acoustic.
Gigging regularly by his mid-teens, he developed a powerful blues baritone, a gritty, rough-edged voice that sounds older. Add his phenomenal Les Paul blues leads, he picks up where Stevie Ray Vaughn left off. Audiences were often drawn in by the curiosity of the artist’s age, before being blown away by his capabilities as a musician and vocalist.
Mullholland will be giving away free merchandise to anyone who comes out to see them.
B Blues and Friends have started a small 3 piece Blues thing at J Martins in Higganum on Tuesday nights from 6 till 9 pm. Guests are invited to sit in and it is gaining in popularity.
Great news for Pocono fans. Looks like Michael Cloeren has a deal with Blue Mountain ski resort for a replacement for the Pocono Blues Festival.
The Pennsylvania Blues Festival is July 30 and 31 at Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Palmerton, Pennsylvania a bit south of the old site.
Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at TWBlus@aol.com.