PA Blues Fest – Sunday

Well it is time to go to the outdoor stages after Slam Allen.  This has been fun, more so by hanging out and enjoying the fest with some good friends Ann and Eric that came in from Annapolis. The days acts at the Main Stage include: The Highway QCs Vaneese Thomas Victor Wainwright & the … Continue reading

PA Blues Fest – Sunday with Slam Allen

Okay, it is Sunday morning and time for the Brunch followed by the Slam Allen Band.  He has been topping the chart with his current release.  I saw Slam at one of my first visits to the Pocono Blues Fest.  He was playing in Shenanigans and James Peterson joined him on stage.  Connecticut fans may … Continue reading

Tribute to Johnny “Clyde” Copeland – Saturday night

After a day at the fest it was time for the Tribute to Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland.  Billed as a LATE NIGHT SHOWCASE at the Galleria Governor’s Ballroom: A Tribute to Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland Featuring Shemekia Copeland – Vocals             Bobby Klye – Vocal / Guitar             Randy Lippincott … Continue reading

PA Blues Festival – Saturday

Now we are into the  first full day of the  Festival.  Before getting to the site, time for some breakfast.  Went to one of the spots that I like Chat N Chew. Chat N Chew is home to the Famous “Messy Mike” breakfast sandwich, Two eggs-choice of meat-cheese-piled high with home fries-on a Kaiser roll.  After that … Continue reading

Blues Schedule July 31, 2015

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 Cypress Restaurant: Saturday, Bill Shaka and the Soul Shakers; Sunday, Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen Homecoming Show; Middletown. (860) 346-3367 Infinity Music … Continue reading

PA Blues Fest – Friday

ADSC_0005This year the Pennsylvania Blues Festival came back to the Poconos that fans call home.  The fans were not the only ones happy, so were the local businesses.

DSC_0007Lake Harmony had a good weekend, excellent weather until the last Sunday act.  Part of my Pocono routine is to stop at the Church of St Peter the Fisherman and light a candle for good weather.

Opening night featured Philadelphia harmonica player Mikey Junior’s Blues Revue.  For this night’s event, Mikey went and sought out good musicians from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Many of them he had personal ties to.

When I walked into the GalleriaGovernor’s Ballroom. the first person I saw was Guy.  He videos the weekend’s activities.

Guy and Michael getting the evening set

Guy and Michael getting the evening set

Now there were a great number of musicians to photography.  I hope I got all the names.  If not, give Mikey a call.

Our DJ Host

Our DJ Host

Micheal Cloren welcomes and talks about the Fest

Micheal Cloeren welcomes and talks about the Fest

Then Mikey Jr took over.  So much blues that I’ll let the pics do the talking.

Mikey, Jr brings on the acts

Mikey, Jr brings on the acts

The Mikey, Jr Band

Greg

Greg

Mike

Mike

The man who worked all night

Scott, the man who worked all night

The guitar player was Dean Shot.  He played various roles from back-up to upfront.

Dean

Dean

Mikey, Jr.

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Mikey’s parents were ready to come out.  First Stepmom Robin and Big Daddy came out.

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Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Then it was Mikey, Sr.

Mikey, Sr

Mikey, Sr

The evening was just getting started and you knew it was going to be an entertaining night.  Let me just show you the Players that came on stage.

Gypsy Joe Alves

Gypsy Joe

Gypsy Joe

was away from the music for awhile but was classy on the guitar.

The band

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Georgie Bonds

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Rev. Flaming Harry

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Now for some of the youth movement.

Vanessa Collier, she will be at the IBC.

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Bev Conklin & Joe Mac

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Little Red Rooster Band

DSC_0475DSC_0538Now for some Dean Shot time.  For part of his set, Dean was bringing out his inner Italian.

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He also put on a show in the audience with some trick playing.

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Playing at the sound board

Playing at the sound board

And you knew sooner or later a jam would break out.

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Then Mikey explained how to beat a DUI by using the patch.

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Well, I am exhausted just reliving the night and there is still the two days at the Big Stage and Tent stage, the Tribute to Johnny “Clyde” Copeland,and Slam Allen.  A lot still to take in.

Questions/comments, I can be reached through the Blog comments or at twblus@aol.com.  BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic Forcella.  My weekly Blues Beat column appears in the New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Middletown Press and Torrington Register-Citizen.

PA Blues Fest

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This year the PA Blues Fest moved back to the Poconos.

An event many of the fans anticipated,

I had time to take plenty of photos and will share some on a soon to be published Bluesbeatnews Blog.

Blues Schedule July 24, 2015

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. Infinity Music Hall: Tuesday, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers; Hartford. Bill’s Seafood: Sunday, Ramblin Dan Stevens; Westbrook. Scatz Restaurant: Friday, … Continue reading

Another Thursday at J’s Crab Shack with Liviu

Went to J’s Crab Shack on Thursday to hear Mike Crandall and it turned into a Liviu Pop Birthday Party.  I had heard there was going to be cake, but didn’t know the occaision. Liviu says  hello to the crowd.             The band was stellar.           … Continue reading

Blues Schedule July 18, 2015

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. Wadsworth Mansion: Wednesday, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood and the Jeffettes; Middletown. The Cypress Restuarant: Saturday, Brandt Taylor Band; Middletown. (860) … Continue reading

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