Blues Schedule September 30 – October 6

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.

  • The Pine Loft Café: Sunday, CT Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge ; Berlin.
  • Berlin Fair: Friday, Drew Blood Band; Saturday, The Cobalt Rhythm Kings; Sunday, Eran Troy Danner; Berlin.
  • Bridge Street Live: Friday, J.Geils Showcase, featuring J. Geils Rock Hall of Fame nominee), Jeff Pitchell with Texas Flood & Gerry Beaudoin ; Collinsvile. (860) 693-9762
  • Infinity Music Hall: Saturday. Kal David & the Real Deal with Lauri Bono; Norfolk.
  • Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: Friday, Kal David & the Real Deal with Lauri Bono; Old Saybrook. (860)-510-0473
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Eran Troy Danner; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • The Klein: Wednesday, George Thorogood And The Destroyers; Bridgeport. (203)-259-1036
  • The Lady Katharine Cruise Ship: Sunday, Basically Blues Band; Essex.
  • Sam the Clam’s: Saturday, Paul Gabriel Trio; Southington. (860) 621-0522
  • The Iron Frog: Friday, Junior Krauss & the Shakes; Simsbury.
  • Penny Lane: Friday, Dan Stevens; Old Saybrook.
  • The Zoo: Friday, Paul Gabriel Blues Band; Woodbury.
  • The Hungry Tiger: Saturday. Jeff Pitchell; Thursday, T Rubble; Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • Jeff’s Cuisine: Saturday. The Walter Lewis Blues Trio; South Norwalk.
  • Theodores’: Friday, Mike Law & The Playboys; Saturday. Peter Parcek; Springfield. (413) 736-6000
  • The Knickerbocker Café: Friday, Popa Chubby; Sunday, 3rd Annual Mitch Christina Fest; Westerly. (401) 315-5070
  • Gilreins: Friday, Little Red and the Riders; Worcester.
  • Special Benefit Bridge Street Live: Ronnie Spector & Friends with Christine Ohlman

Weekly Blues Events

  • The Hungry Tiger     Blues Jam w/Billy Menofna (Monday)
  • Black Eyed Sally’s     Open Blues Jam w/Steve Balkin (Wednesday)
  • Cypress Grill              Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by Don Giroux Ryan Goodine and Nick D’Errico (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 Robert Crotty Memorial Jam
  • The Owl Shop            Greg Sherrod Band featuring Rocky Lawrence (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 & Friends Jam (Tuesday)
  • June’s Outback Pub              Open Jam with Steve Hatch and others (Monday)
  • Fiddler’s Green                     Jam with Roxy Perry (Friday)

 

 

Ronnie Spector comes to Connecticut

Every once in awhile a name will arise and bring back memories of earlier musical times.  So it is with Ronnie Spector.  The singer without a doubt made a mark, set some trends and was singing songs everyone was carrying with them.

Saturday, Ronnie Spector & Friends are joining together for benefit performance at Bridge Street Live.  The All-Star Show To Benefit UNOS, the United Network of Organ Sharing.  A cause very close to Ronnie Spector’s heart.

On October 1, 2011, Rock & Roll icon Ronnie Spector will host and headline An Evening with Ronnie Spector & Friends – a very special night of entertainment, with proceeds going to benefit the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). Ronnie and her band will perform along with special guests John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, The Uptown Horns, Michael Carabello (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee with  Santana), Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), Connecticut’s Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman, Tré Williams (The Revelations), plus many others.

The night of the benefit also marks the first anniversary of Bridge Street Live.  The Art Deco venue is located at 41 Bridge Street on the banks of the Farmington River in Collinsville.

 Ronnie Spector has a special and very personal relationship to the important cause of organ sharing.  The singer’s husband, Jonathan Greenfield, had been suffering from hepatocellular cancer for several years when, on July 4, 2006, he was rushed to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. “Ronnie actually cancelled a nine country European tour to focus on my treatment and recovery,” says Greenfield.  “The experience also introduced us to the incredible services of UNOS”.

Ronnie quickly adds “I didn’t know much about UNOS until my husband’s transplant.  What a great thing to give someone-the gift of life.  We ask that everyone please consider becoming an organ donor. There is simply no greater gift than saving another’s life.  It’s priceless.”

 Rocker John Cafferty concurs that his participation is in line with his personal philosophy, “Organ donation is an important option to consider. It may one day be the gift of life for a loved one without any other options.”

Also joining Ronnie & Friends on stage for the special benefit will be Daniel Rey (Ramones/Misfits producer), Bette Sussman (Bette Midler, Whitney Houston), Joe McGinty (the Psychedelic Furs), Elaine Caswell (Cyndi Lauper), Jenni Muldaur (Lou Reed, David Byrne), Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Nada Surf) and Tony Tino (Gavin DeGraw).

You can tell this is the kind of group Ohlman will enjoy performing with.  A real chance to see her shine.

For more information on the show go to the website:  www.41bridgestreet.com. Or call the Box Office: 860-693-9762.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.  UNOS is involved in many aspects of the organ transplant and donation process including managing the national transplant waiting list; matching donors to recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; and maintaining the database that contains all organ transplant data for every transplant event that occurs in the U.S.  UNOS is also actively involved in assisting patients and family members and educating the public about the importance of organ donation. More information is available at http://www.unos.org

Blues Schedule September 23 – 29

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.

  • The Pine Loft Café: Sunday, CT Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge; Berlin.
  • Infinity Music Hall: Thursday John Hammond; Norfolk.
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Jeff PItchell; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • The Lady Katharine Cruise Ship: Saturday Basically Blues Band; Middletown.
  • Café 9: Friday, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys; New Haven. (203)-789-8281
  • The Klein: Saturday, Hiatt & the Combo and Big Head Todd and the Monsters; Bridgeport. (203)-259-1036
  • Angelico’s Lakehouse: Saturday, Ms. Marci & the Lovesick Hounds; East Hampton.
  • Aldo’s Restaurant: Saturday, The Steve Polezonis Trio; Middletown.
  • Lucky Lou’s: Saturday, Paul Gabriel Trio; Wethersfield.
  • The Firehouse Grille: Saturday, Fire Beyond the Blues, Plainville. (860) 747-2277
  • Greenwood’s Grille & Ale House: Friday, Eran Troy Danner; Bethel.
  • The Winchester Café: Friday, Frankie & The Know-it-alls; Portland.
  • The Breadbox Folk Theater: Saturday, Kal David (solo acoustic show); Willimantic.
  • The Steak Loft: Wednesday, Dan Stevens ; Mystic. (860)-536-2661
  • The Levitt Pavilion: Friday, Blues, Views & BBQ Festival; Saturday, Blues, Views & BBQ Festival; Sunday, Blues, Views & BBQ Festival; Westport.
  • City Limits Café: Sunday, Bad Rooster (JAMAFEST 2k11 Fundraiser); Waterbury.
  • Jakes Martini Bar: Saturday, Eran Troy Danner; Wallingford. (203) 793-1PUB
  • Fred’s Brickhouse Café: Friday, King Cake; Saturday, Double Trouble; Willimantic.
  • Foxwoods Atrium Lounge: Wednesday, Jason James & The Bay State Houserockers; Thursday, Jason James & The Bay State Houserockers; Mashantucket.
  • Redding Road House: Friday, The Walter Lewis Blues Trio ; West Redding. (203) 938-3388
  • Theodores’: Saturday, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts; Springfield. (413) 736-6000
  • The Knickerbocker Café: Saturday, Shemekia Copeland; 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)
  • Cypress Grill               Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by 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/ host the Rocky Lawrence Band
  • The Owl Shop Greg Sherrod Band featuring Rocky Lawrence (Tuesday)
  • Backstage        Eran Troy Danner Duo (Wednesday)
  • Fred’s Brickhouse Café           Bruce John jam & open mic (Wednesday)
  • 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 & Friends Jam (Tuesday)
  • June’s Outback Pub                Open Jam with Steve Hatch and others (Monday)
  • Fiddler’s Green                       Jam with Roxy Perry (Friday)

Blues Schedule Septenber 16 – 22

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.

  • Pine Loft Café: Sunday, Connecticut Blues Society Solo/duo Challenge: Berlin.
  • Infinity Music Hall: Thursday, Blues Caravan: Girls with Guitars; Sunday, Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff; Norfolk.
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Jimi Hendrix Memorial Tribute; Saturday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez; Thursday, Tinsley Ellis; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • Bridge Street Live: Friday, Guy Davis / Professor Louie & the Crowmatix; Collinsvile. (860)693-9762
  • The Blue Moon Café: Friday, L.A. Jones & the Blues Messengers; Plantsville.
  • Sam the Clam’s: Saturday, Eran Troy Danner; Southington. (860) 621-0522
  • The Firehouse Grille: Saturday, Face 4 Radio; Plainville. (860) 747-2277
  • The Gateway Café: Saturday, Face 4 Radio (4-7 pm); Bristol.
  • Backstage: Wednesday,  Eran Troy Danner Duo; Torrington.
  • The Downtown Café: Saturday, Bad Rooster; Bristol.
  • C.J. Sparrows: Friday, The Steve Polezonis Trio; Cheshire.
  • The Chamard Vineyards: Friday, Shaka & The SoulShakers ; Clinton.
  • John J. Sullivan’s: Friday, Bad Rooster; Ansonia.
  • The Stadium Sports Bar & Grille: Friday, Eran Troy Danner; Waterbury.
  • Mystic Art Center: Tuesday, The Eric Ducoff Band; Mystic.
  • Box 63: Friday, Pete Scheips New Haven. (203)821-7773
  • La Tavola: Wednesday, Paul Gabriel & his Blues Band; Waterbury.
  • FTC Stage One: Wednesday, Tinsley Ellis ; Fairfield. (203)-319-1404
  • Georgetown Saloon: Friday, ShooFly Blues; Georgetown. (203) 544-8003
  • Stonehouse Bar and Grill: Friday, Frankie & The Know-it-alls; Baltic. (860) 822-8877.
  • The Knickerbocker Café: Saturday, Johnny and the East Coast Rockers; Westerly. (401) 315-5070
  • Indian Ranch: Saturday, The Fabulous Thunderbirds; Webster, MA

Weekly Blues Events

  • The Hungry Tiger     Blues Jam w/Tim McDonald (Monday)
  • Black Eyed Sally’s     Open Blues Jam w/Tommy Whalen (Wednesday)
  • Cypress Grill              Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by 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)
  • The Owl Shop            Greg Sherrod Band featuring Rocky Lawrence (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 & Friends Jam (Tuesday)
  • June’s Outback Pub              Open Jam with Steve Hatch and others (Monday)
  • Georgetown Saloon:  Famous Pig Roast and Open Jam Night With Artie Tobia (Thursday)
  • Fiddlers Green                       Blues Jam w/Roxy Perry (Friday)

8th Annual Solo/Duo Blues Challenge

The next part of the part of the Blues Challenge is the Solo/Duo event.  It kicks off Sunday September 18th

Seventeen blues acts are will be participating in the Connecticut Blues Society’s 8th Annual Solo/Duo Blues Challenge.  AS in past years it is being held at the Pine Loft Café, 1474 Berlin Turnpike (South side).  For three Sundays, September 18th, 25th, and October 2nd, the acts will play 25 minute sets each night in the Preliminary Rounds.  The two acts receiving the most votes each night from judges will return October 23rd for the Final Rounds.  The Solo/Duo Blues Challenge is scheduled to begin by 6 pm and finish by 10:00 PM.

A panel of judges, including musicians, blues radio DJs, and diehard fans, will award each participating act a score of from one to ten in the following categories: of Blues Content, Vocals, Talent, Originality, and Stage Presence.

These criteria will be used at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC).   The winner of this event will be Connecticut’s representative to participate in the Solo/Duo Division of the International Blues Challenge.  The IBC is sponsored by the Blues Foundation and held on Beale Street in Memphis starting January 31, 2012.

New Daisey Theater

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winner of the Solo/Duo Challenge will be awarded a $600.00 cash prize  to offset travel costs to Memphis.  Artists must be an official representative of a Blues Foundation-sanctioned blues society (Affiliate member) to compete in the International Blues Challenge.  This is year 28 for the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for “undiscovered” blues talent.

Admission is free to the public and the Pine Loft is a family friendly place.

Participants this year are scheduled as follows:

September 18th:

  • Orb Mellon
  • Hudson & The IRS (Invisible Rhythm Section)
  • Ron Anthony
  • D.C. Jones
  • Mark Crofutt

September 25th:

  • Paco & Jimi
  • The Sawtelles
  • Manko & Beebs
  • Terry Hess
  • Steve Balkun
  • Shawn Taylor

October 2nd:

  • Mark Elkins
  • Bill “Swamp” Shaka
  • P.J. Tautkus & Ben Polito
  • Joel Blumert & “Get Lost Jimmy” Recchion
  • Walter & David
  • Laura Herscovitch & Mark Zaretsky

The 2010 winner of the Solo/Duo Blues Challenge was Paul Gabriel of Westport. 

Paul last year’s winner

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Fundraiser Fun – Connecticut Blues Society

 

Petey Hopp & the JackRabbits

Petey Hopp and band

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OK so blogs are for a lot of writing.  But today I thought I would use the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words and blog some photographs.

The Connecticut Blues Society held a Memphis Fundraiser last Saturday.  Once again, it was a multi-band event to raise funds for the state representatives going to Memphis, Petey Hopp & the JackRabbits.  And once again, it showed why this type of event makes for a time of fun and commraderie.

Proceeds to will help defray expenses for the International Blues Challenge coming up by the Blues Foundation..

The interesting thing was the support provide by the musicians who made the trip to Memphis in the past.  All the bands playing had at least one member that played in the IBC.

The young players, The Trey Wilson Trio were in Memphis two years ago for the Youth Showcase.

The Trio

Trey Wilson

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There were also some young people on the audience.  They were having a good time.
 
Ryan Hartt and the Little Hearts

It also was fun enough to get them on the dancefloor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Mojomatics cranked up the audience.  The exchanges between guitar and harmonica made everyone sit up.

Bill and Manny

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Manny

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And the people kept dancing.
 
 
 

Dancing Feet

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Greg McCullough Band came in with blazing guitars.

Guitar Duel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Walter Lewis Blues Trio, and The Mike Crandall Band rounded out the support bands.  Ending the show Petey Hop & the Jack Rabbits, who will be going to Memphis in January.
 

Petey Hopp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The entertainment was top-notch.  The day was full and fun, including The Walter Lewis Blues Trio, and The Mike Crandall Band.  How could you go wrong with six bands?
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Solo/Duo Preliminaries are next.  Another way to see the talent the state has to offer.

Get the complete Blues Beat schedule on Thursday at the blog http://bluesbeatnews.wordpress.com/.

Blues Schedule – September 10 – 16

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.

  • Hannon-Hatch VFW: Saturday, CT Blues Society Memphis Fundraiser; West Hartford.
  • Infinity Music Hall: Monday, Keb Mo’; Tuesday, Taj Mahal; Norfolk.
  • Bridge Street Live: Thursday, Eric Andersen w/Joe Flood; Collinsvile. (860) 693-9762
  • Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: Saturday B. Willie Smith; Old Saybrook. (860)-510-0473
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, L.A. Jones & the Blues Messengers w/Adrianna Marie; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • City Sports Bar & Grille: Friday, Bad Rooster; Bristol.
  • The Ridgefield Theater: Friday, Tedeschi Trucks Band w/Special Guest Scrapomatic;. Monday, Warren Haynes; Ridgefield. (203) 438-5795
  • Smokin’ With Chris: Friday, Paul Gabriel Trio; Southington. (860) 620-9133
  • The G.W. Tavern: Friday, Eran Troy Danner ; Washington Depot.
  • Café 9: Saturday Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez ; New Haven. (203)-789-8281
  • The Chamard Vineyards: Friday, Dan Stevens ; Clinton.
  • Long Ridge Tavern: Friday, The Walter Lewis Blues Trio; Stamford.
  • The Free Spirit Café: Friday, Frankie & the Know-it-alls; Vernon.
  • Liquid Lunch: Saturday, Paul Gabriel; Shelton.
  • The Old Toll Gate Inn: Saturday L.A. Jones & the Blues Messengers; Woodbury.
  • Donahues: Thursday, L.A. Jones & the Blues Messengers; Madison.
  • The First & Last Tavern: Saturday Dan Stevens; Plainville.
  • Box 63: Friday, Pete Scheips New Haven. (203)821-7773
  • Theodores’: Saturday Ozzie Williams & the Marion St. Band; Springfield. (413) 736-6000

 

Weekly Blues Events

  • The Hungry Tiger     Blues Jam w/Tommy Whalen (Monday)
  • Black Eyed Sally’s     Open Blues Jam w/Dave Mack (Wednesday)
  • Cypress Grill              Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by 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/host the Travis Moody Band
  • The Owl Shop            Greg Sherrod Band featuring Rocky Lawrence (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 & Friends Jam (Tuesday)
  • June’s Outback Pub              Open Jam with Steve Hatch and others (Monday)
  • On Saturday, a couple of different events for blues fans.  In Bridgeport it is a Three Band Festival at Capt’s Cove.  From 3 pm to 8 pm, entertainment will consist of Otis and the Hurricanes, Johnny Boots, and the Mill River Band.
  • Also on Saturday the Kevin Crandall Band plays the “Taste of Mystic” on Cottrell Street in Mystic.  Festivities start at 1:00 pm rain or shine.

 

CTBS – Gettin’ Ready for Memphis

It it that time again.  The Connecticut Blues Society is hosting another party.  Six Blues acts are scheduled to perform at a Memphis Fund raiser Dance/Party Saturday.

The event is to benefit the 2011 Connecticut Blues Challenge winners Petey Hop & The Jack Rabbits.  The doors oopen at 1 pm.  And the blues will continue until all 6 bands play.  Once again, the Blues Society is working with the Hannon-Hatch VFW Hall at 80 South Street, West Hartford.

Petey Hopp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The acts start with the youth act, The Trey Wilson Trio performs at 1:15 pm.  Appearing in order will be The Mojomatics, The Greg McCullough Band, The Walter Lewis Blues Trio, The Mike Crandall Band, and Petey Hop & The Jack Rabbits & Friends.  All proceeds will go to Connecticut Blues Band Challenge winner Petey Hop & The Jack Rabbits, to offset their travel expenses as they participate in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, January 31 – February 4, 2012, on Beale Street in Memphis.

The Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food and drinks will be available throughout the afternoon.

Throughout May & June, the Connecticut Blues Society sponsored five distinct musical events involving 22 blues acts to select a representative band to travel to the International Blues Challenge.  Panels of judges including local blues music writers, radio blues DJs, blues musicians, and “super blues fans” made the selection on which acts represent Connecticut in Memphis.  In addition, Petey Hop & The Jack Rabbits received a $2,000 cash prize from Connecticut Blues Society to help with travel expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists must be an official representative of a Blues Foundation affiliate organization to compete in the International Blues Challenge,(IBC) which enters its 29th year in 2012 as the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for “undiscovered” blues talent.  The numbers of participants has steadily increased and the IBC is now the better part of a week.  Grady Champion, Homemade Jamz, Slick Ballinger, Larry Garner, Tommy Castro, Susan Tedeschi, Michael Burks, Michelle Wilson, Albert Cummings and many more have all gained national recognition through the IBC.

Having an opportunity to showcase their music in the Connecticut Blues Challenges provides local blues musicians the impetus they need to stay at the top of their game and fulfills the non-profit Connecticut Blues Society’s mission of promoting and preserving blues music as a unique art form in Connecticut.  

The IBC will begin with the FedEx International Showcase (Jan 31). The wevening will once again kick off with a Meet & Greet hosted by the Beale Street Merchants Association at the New Daisy Theater.  This also includes a sampling of food from the Merchants,  The Challenge has been expanded to a four day format.  Wednesday and Thursday night we will hold the quarter finals (Feb 1-2), Semi finals will be held Friday night (Feb 3) and concluding with finals in the Orpheum Theater (Feb 4).

In addition to the evening Blues competition, the days are filled with seminars and workshops and topped off in a moving Saturday morning brunch in which the Blues community will honor its own with the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards.  The KBA honors the men and women, who have made significant contributions to the Blues music world, in 20 categories such as journalism, literature and photography and to the best clubs and festivals, as well as managers, promoters and producers.

 Come back Thursday to the Blog for the week’s Blues Schedule.