Blues Schedule February 17, 2017

This Week’s Blues. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm, also you might want to check the starting time.   Cypress Grill: Saturday, Last Fling, Cypress All-Stars; Middletown.  (860) 346-3367 Infinity Music Hall: Friday, Marcia Ball; Saturday, Roomful of Blues; … Continue reading

IBC 2017 Visit with Barbara Blue

IBC 2017 Visit with Barbara Blue Barbara Blue is a Beale Street performer, having been at Silky O”Sullivan’s for near 20 years.  She puts on 4 show a week.  This day she had the whole band.  I got some good Gumbo and a great show.  Besides the music, her sense of humor just adds to … Continue reading

IBC 2017 The Balkun Brothers

IBC 2017 The Balkun Brothers The Balkun Brothers were in the Solo/duo competition.  They played the Blues Hall, a traditional solo/duo venue.  But these guys are anything but traditional.  They brought more excitement and energy than half of Beale Street.  Each night the crowd got bigger and rowdier. They made it into the semi-finals and left … Continue reading

IBC 2017 Danny Draher Band

IBC 2017 Danny Draher Band Playing catch-up on my Memphis visit.  Plenty of blues.  The Danny Draher Band; Danny, Steve Peck, Lonnie Gasperini.  They played at Alfred’s.  A big stage, actually had an 8 piece band play there. This trio filled the room with a tasteful sound.     Some of the other Bands:  Questions/comments, … Continue reading

Blues Schedule February 10, 2017

This Week’s Blues. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm, also you might want to check the starting time. Tipping Chair Tavern: Friday, The Bernadettes; Milldale.  (860) 426-9688 Maple Tree Café: Saturday, Tommy Whelan & The Ragged Edge; Simsbury. Pulaski … Continue reading

IBC: 2017 Women in Blues Showcase

2017 Women in Blues Showcase “Where women are more than a side note.” Kyle welcomes the crowd and introduces Niecie Blues. She introduces  the first ever Women in Blues house band.   TK Jackson Next came Erica Brown for a song or two. Erica then took over the MC role. Honored to be: The Bridget … Continue reading

IBC: Jake Kulak & the LowDown

The Youth Showcase Jake Kulak & the LowDown Jake, Anthony, and Jeremy played at Blues City Cafe.  The place was packed, standing room only.  The crowd had to move to let the musicians and wait staff through.  My photos come from the back of the room. But before that, they had an interview to do. … Continue reading

IBC Tuesday

International Concert Second day of the IBC and looking forward to the International Concert.  The band lists include: France, Italy, Croatia, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, Poland, Netherlands, Israel, Columbia, and Norway. But first lunch.   Went by WDIA where Rufus Thomas DJed.               Hit the Kooky Canuck for … Continue reading

Blues Schedule February 3, 2017

  This Week’s Blues. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm, also you might want to check the starting time. The Pine Loft Café: Sunday, Connecticut Blues Society Blues Jam w/guest guitarist Chris Vitarello; Berlin. Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Easy Baby; … Continue reading

IBC: Monday in Memphis

The First Day Arrived safely in Memphis.  I use the same shuttle service, TennCo Express.  Alonzo picked me up and we had a chance to catch up. After settling in to the EconoLodge, I planned the night’s activities.  Thanks to a gift card from Mother and Sister, dinner was at BB King’s Club. First, I … Continue reading