Blues Schedule April 29 to May 5

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.

 Hubbard Park: Saturday, Meridan Daffodil Festival; Meridan.

Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Duke Robillard; Saturday, The Paul Gabriel Blues Band; Hartford. (860) 278 7427

Bridge Street Live: Friday, Jim Weider; Collinsvile. (860) 693-9762

Infinity Music Hall: Friday, Roomful of Blues; Norfolk.

The Blue Moon Café: Friday, Paul Gabriel Trio; Saturday, The Steve Polezonis Trio; Plantsville.

The Austrian Club Donnau: Saturday, Brandt Talyor & Friends; New Britain.

The Cypress Grill: Saturday, JSwine Band; Middletown.  (860) 346-3367

The Tuscany Grill: Friday, The Steve Polezonis Trio; Middletown.

J. Martin’s: Saturday, ED & the Bluepills;Higganum.

The Hungry Tiger: Sunday, Jeff Pevar Group; Manchester. (860) 649-1195

Maple Tree Café: Saturday, Colbys; Simsbury.

Musky’s Eastside Pub: Friday, Eran Troy Danner; Waterbury.

Sneekers Café: Friday, The Ground Shakers ; Groton.

Mozzarella’s: Friday, Brandt Taylor; Dayville

Fred’s Brickhouse Café: Friday, Kingpins; Willimantic.

Nomad’s Adventure Quest: Friday, Frankie & The Know-it-alls; South Windsor.

Black Duck Café: Friday, Hat City Blues Band; Westport. (203) 227-7978

Georgetown Saloon: Friday, Bob’s Your Uncle; Saturday, Shoofly Blues; Georgetown. (203) 544-8003

Colchester Fish & Game Club: Saturday, Young Neal And The Vipers; Colchester.

Danbury Harley Davidson: Sunday, Eran Troy Danner; Danbury.

Jakes Martini Bar: Saturday, Jake’s Martini Bar; Wallingford. (203) 793-1PUB

Harbour Towers: Saturday, Covenant Shelter Benefit; New London.

Stash’s Café: Saturday, Ms Marci & The Lovesick Hounds; New London.

Sun Valley: Saturday, The Zayne Couch Explosion; Stafford.

Theodores’:; Saturday, Ozzie Williams & the Marion St. Band; Wednesday, Open Mike; Springfield. (413) 736-6000

The Knickerbocker Café: Saturday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez ; Westerly. (401) 315-5070

Weekly Blues Events

The Hungry Tiger     Blues Jam w/Billy Megofna (Monday)

Black Eyed Sally’s     Wildcat o`Halloran Community Jam (Wednesday)

Cypress Grill              Open Blues Jam with Steve Hatch/ Don Giroux (Wednesday)

C J Sparrow Pub & Eatery                         Ken Safety’s Open Mic Show (Thursday)

The Good Life Grill              Blues Jam w/Burt Teague (Thursday)

Sully’s Pub                             Pete Scheips Jam (Sunday)

City Limits Café        Eran Troy Danner Jam (Tuesday)

Café 9                         Sunday Open Blues Jam w/ the Langley Brothers

The Owl Shop            Greg Sherrod Band (Tuesday)

Spill the Beans Coffee House           Acoustic Open Mic w/Johnny I (Thursday)

Monster B’s Bar & Grille     Blues Jam w/Roxy Perry (Wednesday)

Sully’s Pub                             Pete Scheips Jam (Tuesday)

 

Connecticut Band Blues Challenge to commence May 12th

From the Connecticut Blues Society:

 Twenty-two blues music acts around the state will appear in the Connecticut Blues Society’s 16th Annual Band Blues Challenge, commencing May 12th. The Connecticut Blues Challenge, organized by the non profit Connecticut Blues Society, is the process by which a representative blues band is selected to send to the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC), which will be held January 31- February 4, 2012 on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. The Preliminary Band Challenge rounds will take place four nights, consecutive Thursdays, running May 12th through May 26th, skipping June 2nd, and continuing June 9th, with a Finals round June 16th. Each Blues Challenge preliminary starts at 8 p.m. on these dates at Black-Eyed Sally’s, 350 Asylum St., Hartford, Connecticut.

 The May 12th preliminary lineup includes The Pete Scheips Band, TC & Company, The Sarah T Band, The Mike Crandall Band featuring Sam Gentile, and The Shoo Fly Blues Band.  Bad Rooster, Jook Joint, The King Pins, Off The Record, Blue Collar Project, and The Mojomatics will take the stage May 19th, followed by The Kris Heaton Blues Band, Petey Hop & The Jack Rabbits, Own Rendition, Ms. Marci & The Lovesick Hounds, The Mojo Boys, and The Cobalt Rhythm Kings on May 26th. The June 9th preliminary will feature EZ Street, Tinted Blue, Otis & The Hurricanes, The Tom Sanders Band, and The Balkun Brothers Band.

 A panel of judges consisting of blues radio DJs, musicians, music writers, and hardcore fans will award each band a score of one to ten in the categories of Blues Content, Vocals, Talent, Originality, and Stage Presence, the criteria used at The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Talent Competition. Winners of each weekly preliminary event will compete in the Blues Challenge Finals round along with a “Wild Card” act, the second place act with the best numerical score on June 16th. The band winning the finals competition will receive at least $2,000 to represent Connecticut in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Blues Challenge winners also receive a number of invitations to perform throughout the state during the course of the year.

 Last year, Wolcott’s Eran Troy Danner won the Connecticut Band Blues Challenge. A band must be an official representative of a blues society to enter the IBC Memphis competition, where the top band wins $1500, an appearance in the Legendary Blues Cruise, as well as an opportunity to open for the Blues Awards and to appear at Blues Festivals throughout the U. S.

 The annual CTBS Blues Challenges are open to all Connecticut blues bands, which are solicited via invitations, word of mouth and announcements from the CT Blues Society. The bands are chosen on a “first come, first served” basis. CTBS holds a special meeting in April, when the bands’ names are literally placed in a hat and pulled at random to determine the line-up.

 During the past ten years, two Connecticut blues bands, Blue Steel and The Mike Crandall Band have made it to the IBC Blues Challenge finals in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Blues is the purest form of American music, unfortunately, it is not commercially appreciated in the United States,” said David O’Neil, Vice President of the Connecticut Blues Society. “The CTBS Blues Challenge and the associated International Blues Challenge are important avenues for keeping this great music alive and kicking. The Connecticut Blues Society is one of the strongest in the nation. It attracts more bands into its Challenge than other Blues societies across the country. Connecticut Blues fans and bands are doing their part to support this American genre of music and we hope this event brings more of those folks into the blues family.”

 The Connecticut Blues Challenge is organized and run each year by the Connecticut Blues Society, a non-profit organization formed to preserve the blues as a unique musical form and to support Connecticut’s community of blues fans and musicians. By providing an opportunity for local blues artists to showcase their music and meet and hear their peers, it helps them stay at the top of their game and fulfills the Blues Society’s mission of promoting and preserving the blues in Connecticut.

Each Thursday the BluesBeatNews blog posts the Blues Schedule.

Grammy Museum Planned for Mississippi

A Grammy museum is being proposed to be built in Mississippi, the hub of the Delta blues.  Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, was in Mississippi last week to announce that the museum’s first branch outside California will be built in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Santelli announced the project in Jackson during the annual meeting of the Mississippi Economic Council, a state chamber of commerce. He received a standing ovation from Gov. Haley Barbour and more than 1,000 business people.  While no timetable has been set for the new museum, the estimated cost is $10 million to $12 million.

Mississippi already has a Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and a B.B. King Museum in Indianola. Both are near Cleveland.

The state is the birthplace of several Grammy winners, including gravelly voiced blues pianist Pinetop Perkins, who died at age 97 last month at his home in Austin, Texas. Perkins, whose real first name was Willie, grew up playing in clubs set among the Delta’s cotton fields.

The state is also home of several noted blues clubs, including Ground Zero in Clarksdale, which is co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman.  And many small jukes.  In the Delta generations of bluesmen developed the sound and style of what would become rock ‘n’ roll.  There’s not much modern music out there that doesn’t have its roots in the Mississippi Delta.

Over the last several years, Mississippi has been encouraging blues tourism by placing historical markers at juke joints and other sites that were pivotal to development of the genre.  The state has actually brought blues musicians on trade missions to the far East.

With the annual meeting focused on tourism and with Mississippi being the home of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers, it was also the perfect setting to announce the Grammy Museum.  The Grammy Mississippi museum will form a partnership with the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University in Cleveland.

Instead of gawking at Grammy trophies or autographed instruments, visitors could learn to play an instrument, write a song or gain knowledge in recording techniques, he said.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles opened in 2008. In addition to permanent and traveling exhibits, it hosts educational programs and includes a theater that hosts musicians.

Ironically, The Blues Grammies are being reduced.  The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album was awarded from 1983 to 2011.  From 2001 to 2003 the award recipients included the producers and engineers as well as the artists.  Until 1992 the award was known as Best Traditional Blues Performance and was twice awarded to individual tracks rather than albums.

The award will be discontinued from 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories.  From 2012, this category will merge with the Best Contemporary Blues Album category to form the new Best Blues Album category.

Blues Schedule – April 22 to 28

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.

Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Matt Zeiner Band; Saturday, Tas Cru; Hartford. (860) 278 7427

The Blue Moon Café: Friday, Bad Rooster; Plantsville.

Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill: Friday, Eran Troy Danner (acoustic duo); Wethersfield.

Maple Tree Café: Saturday, McDonald/Teague; Simsbury. (860) 651-1297

The Hop Meadow Country Club: Friday, Brandt Taylor; Simsbury.

The New Orleans Restaurant: Friday, Basically Blues Band; Westbrook.

The Ivory Restaurant and Pub: Friday, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts; Deep River. (860) 526-2528

Penny Lane: Friday, Dan Stevens; Old Saybrook. (860) 388-9646

The Zoo: Friday, Paul Gabriel Trio; Woodbury.

Bank St. Cafe: Friday, Young Neal And The Vipers; New London. (860) 444-1444

RiverWalk: Saturday, Dan Stevens; Mystic

Fred’s Brickhouse Café: Friday, King Cake; Willimantic.

Georgetown Saloon: Saturday, Lance Lopez; Georgetown. (203) 544-8003

The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: Saturday, Chris Smither; Old Saybrook.

Crabby Al’s Seafood: Saturday, Eran Troy Danner; Thomaston.

Hot Shots Grille: Saturday, Hat City Blues Band; Newtown. (203) 270-3373

Theodores’: Wednesday, Open Jam; Springfield. (413) 736-6000

Gilreins: Saturday, The Charlie Keating Band; Worcester. (508) 791-2583

The Knickerbocker Café: Friday, The Mystic Horns  ; Westerly. (401) 315-5070

Weekly Blues Events

The Hungry Tiger     Blues Jam w/ Gene Donaldson (Monday)

Black Eyed Sally’s     Open Blues Jam w/Tim McDonald (Wednesday)

C J Sparrow Pub & Eatery                         Ken Safety’s Open Mic Show (Thursday)

The Granby Pub & Grill      Blues Jam w/Burt Teague (Thursday)

Cypress Grill              Blues Jam Open Mic Night With The Redliners (Wednesday)

Sully’s Pub                             Pete Scheips Jam (Sunday)

City Limits Café        Eran Troy Danner Jam (Tuesday)

Café 9                         Sunday Jam

The Owl Shop            Greg Sherrod Band (Tuesday)

Spill the Beans Coffee House           Acoustic Open Mic w/Johnny I (Thursday)

Monster B’s Bar & Grille     Blues Jam w/Roxy Perry (Wednesday)

Sully’s Pub                             Pete Scheips Jam (Tuesday)

 

Blues Music Awards gearing up in Memphis

The big buzz in Memphis is the upcoming Blues Music Awards, May 5.  Since moving from the Orpheum Theater to the Convention Center, this has been one of the city’s biggest parties.

Sponsored by the Blues Foundation, the BMAs, formerly the WC Handy Awards honor the best in the blues community.  Each nominee is given a chance to perform.  Sometimes you get full bands and other times you get a combination that is only going to be seen this one time.

The event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year.  Each year, the Foundation presents The Blues Music Awards to the artists selected by its members.  They are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists.  As always, a pre-party will immediately precede the Awards

There are a number of things that make this different than other music award shows.  One thing is you are seated among the nominees and blues luminaries.  Seated in the table near me was Marcia Ball and the other side Steven Segal and Eric Burden.  Behind me was Ann Rabson and Hubert Sumlin.  And the list goes on.

Before you even get into the hall for dinner and awards, a cocktail party awaits.  The entertainment starts with IBC winners and the mingling begins.  Many of the nominees arrive early and greet fans and friends alike.  It is a time for name dropping and catching up on the previous year.  There is plenty of Blues, sometimes you catch an impromptu concert at the piano in the Marriott lobby.

As the BMA ceremony progresses, fans can get up and dance.  While photographers blocking views are discouraged, one can still get a decent of your favorite players.  While dinner is served the entertainment starts.  This year the 2011 BMA nominee for Best Rock Blues Album of the Year [“Bingo”], Steve Miller Band will open the night.

Sometimes just waiting to see who will present the awards is part of the magic of the BMAs.  Adding to the impressive list of presenters at this year is Actor Jason Lee who leads the cast of TNT’s hit show “Memphis Beat” and closes many episodes performing blues songs and Elvis covers live on stage.  BMA winner Keb’ Mo’ arranges and performs much of the music.  Lee is perhaps best known for the lead character in the NBC comedy series My Name Is Earl.

The show centers around Lee’s character Dwight Hendricks, a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother.  He is “the keeper of Memphis,” a Southern gentleman who is protective of his fellow citizens, reverential of the city’s history and deeply rooted in its blues music scene.

Once again, The Blues Music Awards will be broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville.  The next best thing to being there.  If you are lucky the program could be broadcast on public television later in the year.  The Blues Foundation will have a DVD made and it is worth the money for glimpse of just what kind of evening it is.

The 2011 show will follow the format of the critically-acclaimed shows of recent years. More than 65 nominees attend and the night is filled with their appearances and performances in a cabaret setting in the Convention Center’s ballroom.

There are a number of factors that go into performance order but they work hard to assure that the last two hours of the show will be just as good as the first two hours. The show is scheduled to conclude around 1:00 am but usually runs a little later.  You never know what is going to happen at the end of the night, so many people until the end and enjoy it all.  And of course the performers love them for it.

Festival Time Is Near

The first signs of better weather are also the signs for Blues Festivals to come.  The Fests are a worldwide happening and can be counted on to supply an enjoyable time.  Most are weekends, Saturday and Sunday while some add Friday night activities.  Don’t be surprised if some last longer than that.

Held in nice locations, one can extend your visit for a full blown vacation.

Over the next few weeks, the Blog will cover some of the regional Fests that draw a big Connecticut crowd.

Staying in state is also an option.  Connecticut has its share entertaining Fests.  Beginning the Festival season is The 2011 Meriden Daffodil Festival.  They have been doing this for 33 years and continue to showcase a boat load of local and beyond talent.

The 2011 Festival will be held on Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st in the beautiful Hubbard Park in Meriden, Connecticut.

The music suits a wide audience and showcases Connecticut talent.  Bands include Eran Tro Danner, River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs, The Manchurians, an a state group getting a lot of attention, The McLovins.

There are a number of other events planned besides the music.  It is the 11th Annual Meriden Rotary Daffodil 5K & Fun Run.  Get out and get fit!

There will be a Theater of the Trees stage providing children’s entertainment and activities.  Carnival rides are part of the Fest as well as fireworks.

There is something for everyone.  It is billed as “New England’s Most Beautiful Craft Fair!”  A juried craft fair, the Meriden Daffodil Festival selects it’s exhibitors for their quality and uniqueness.  This year’s festival will have over 100 craftspeople presenting the highest quality fine art and crafts at this ever popular 2 day event.

Now my favorite are the Food Vendors.  Placed in a big tent, it takes a strong will to leave.  Luckily there is a stage in the Food Tent, so you can enjoy both.  Everything from treats to wings to fried dough and grinders are there for your dining pleasure.  Plan on having your day’s meals at the Festival

The 24th Annual “Daffodils on Parade” will take place on Saturday, April 30th. The parade will begin at 11:30AM and culminate at 1:30PM with a brief award ceremony on the “Theater of the Trees” stage. The Meriden Daffodil Festival Committee invites the entire community to join us on this very special day!

So what about the daffodils?  600,001 daffodils can’t be wrong!  They create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park.  There are 61 different varieties of daffodils for you to see.  It’s designed to be a great time for the whole family.  Shuttle buses are available to reduce the parking congestion.  For additional information you can call 203-630-4259.

Now the Daffodil Festival is not the only fest in state.  Over at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury it is the 1st Annual New England Jazz & Blues Festival (NEJBF).  This is scheduled for Saturday June 18th & Sunday June 19th.

National Blues and Jazz acts are the focus of this Festival.  Plus they are taking advantage of the Amusement Park side of the operation in combination with the music.  You can be thrilled by both.

Some well known blues names like Jams Cotton and Elvin bishop will be there.  Kal David is coming in and others. More information on this fest and the regional fest will be posted in the next weeks.

Remember on Thursday the Blues Beat Schedule will be posted.

Connecticut Blues Society – Blues Foundation

The State has a very active Blues Society.  From its Mission Statement, The Connecticut Blues Society is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues as a unique music form in the State of Connecticut. Founded in 1993, CTBS is a non-profit organization and an affiliated member of the Blues Foundation, a worldwide network of 185 affiliates with an international membership in 12 countries.

CTBS is a great way to cultivate one’s love for the Blues and make friends that share this interest. Members receive State of the Blues, a newsletter, which provides information on the local and national Blues scene, along with reviews of CDs and other Blues products.

CTBS is a Recipient of the “Keeping The Blues Alive Award”, in 2010 from the Blues Foundation, for the Best Organization.  Since it was founded, the Connecticut Blues Society has been at the forefront of all blues events and programs in the Nutmeg state.  Though most of its events are music related – supporting weekly jams at a variety of Connecticut blues clubs, co-sponsoring blues festivals and events, and running one of the most extensive IBC Band and Solo/Duo competitions in the U.S.- the CTBS is also very active in many service programs.  The IBC program will be beginning soon.

In the past, it has run benefits for the March of Dimes. It also holds two events each year raising funds with the local Hannon-Hatch VFW Post. In addition to its education outreach programs, CTBS also assists with monthly concerts at the Connecticut Veterans Administration facility.  Because this Society covers an entire state, it offers a model of music, history and community service for any other affiliated society.

It is known for its ”Blues Blizzard,” held at the end of the Winter.  It is a party like no other in the state.  Five bands play through the evening with the crowd always wanting more.

CTBS is affiliated with the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but is the international organization dedicated to preserving blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form.  Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has 3500 individual members and 185 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world.

It hosts its signature honors and events–the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards–make it the world center of blues music.

Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance while its Sound Healthcare program offers musicians health insurance access. Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose the next generations to blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.

The Foundation is led by a twenty-five person Board of Directors.  Funding for The Blues Foundation comes from membership dues, private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants from private foundations, government agencies and arts organizations and merchandise, advertising and event ticket sales.

Blues Schedule for April 15 to 21, 2011

Don’t be afraid to call the venue and ask about band and times.  It is always good to let them know that the blues brought you in to their establishment.

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.

Black-eyed Sally’s: Saturday, Joe Moss; Hartford. (860) 278 7427

The Central Café: Saturday, Bad Rooster; Plainville. (860) 747-0405

Bridge Street Live: Wednesday, John Lee Hooker, Jr.; Collinsvile. (860) 693-9762

The Cypress Grill: Saturday, Tom Sanders Band; Middletown. (860) 346-3367

Maple Tree Café: Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood; Simsbury. (860) 651-1297

Lucky Lou’s: Saturday, Paul Gabriel Trio; Wethersfield.

The Mohegan Sun (Wolf Den): Sunday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez; Uncasville. (888) 226-7711

Donahues Madison Beach Grille: Friday, Basically Blues Band; Madison.

Quick Center for the Arts: Friday, John Hammond / Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks (Fairfield University) Fairfield.

Washington Social Club: Saturday, Frankie & The Know-it-alls; Manchester. (860) 649-6380.

The Stonehouse: Friday, Brandt Taylor & the Last Chance Blues Band; Occum

Fred’s Brickhouse Café: Sunday, Gospel Bruch (12 – 2 p.m); Deep Elum (6-8:30 p.m); Tuesday, Fundraiser for 1st Baptist Church Mansfield; Thursday, Pork Chop; Willimantic.

Cafe Redhouse: Saturday, The D.W. Armstrong Blues Band; Waterbury.

Billy’s Pasta Cosi: Saturday, Eran Troy Danner; Branford.

Raya’s: Saturday, Brandt Taylor & the Last Chance Blues Band; Groton.

Neutral Ground: Saturday, Otis and the Hurricanes; Black Rock.

Stash’s Café: Thursday, John Lee Hooker, Jr.; New London.

Casa Dijanna: Thursday, Eran Troy Danner; Watertown.

Theodores’: Friday, Young Neal & the Vipers; Wednesday, Open Jam; Springfield. (413) 736-6000

Gilreins: Saturday, A Ton of Blues; Worcester. (508) 791-2583

The Knickerbocker Café: Saturday, Jonah Smith; Westerly. (401) 315-5070

Weekly Blues Events

The Hungry Tiger     Blues Jam w/Tim McDonald  (Monday)

Black Eyed Sally’s     Open Blues Jam w/ XY Eli (Wednesday)

Cypress Grill              Open Blues Jam with Don Giroux / Bill McManus (Wednesday)

C J Sparrow Pub & Eatery                         Ken Safety’s Open Mic Show (Thursday)

The Good Life Grill              Blues Jam w/Burt Teague (Thursday)

Sully’s Pub                             Pete Scheips Jam (Sunday)

City Limits Café        Eran Troy Danner Jam (Tuesday)

Café 9                         Sunday Open Blues Jam w/ the Langley Brothers

The Owl Shop            Greg Sherrod Band (Tuesday)

Spill the Beans Coffee House           Acoustic Open Mic w/Johnny I (Thursday)

Monster B’s Bar & Grille     Blues Jam w/Roxy Perry (Wednesday)

Sully’s Pub                             Pete Scheips Jam (Tuesday)

 

Hello from BLuesBeatNews

This is a new blog dedicated to the blues.  Much of the information will have to do with Connecticut activities and the surrounding states.

Each Thursady a schedule of Blues in the area will be posted. 

The blog supplements my Blues Beat column which appears weekly in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald.

News of national and international blues activities will be included.

Now that the warm weather is here, the blog will review some of the Festivals that can supply a nice weekend away.

Connecticut has a very active blues scene with many venues hosting blues, some on a regular basis and others as part of its entertainment mix.  A number of clubs also sponsor weekly jams where players get a chance to show their skills.

Some larger venues, theater type, also bring in blues on a regular basis.

In addition, Connecticut has an active Blues Society which is affiliated with the Blues Foundation in Memphis and provides a number of opportunities to hear local blues talent.

Stay tuned for more BluesBeatNews…..