Friday night

Ok so Friday was wet but in the evening that did not stop the blues.  In fact it pretty well dried up and was time to go out.

I went to the Pig on Beale because our Solo/duo act was playing there.  Got a chance to see two of the Youth acts.  While they could handle the guitars, the soft touch was missing.  They are in league with the guitar firebrands that play fast and furious.  I was looking for something slower and closer to the delta.

I think I must have consumed my allotted portion of sweet tea.  I think I could float a small sailboat.

While waiting for Bill and Tony to go on, I met up with two transplanted Nutmeggers and we went to Kings’ Palace for dinner.  I tried the sampler for the gator and shrimp.  We did a little reminiscing about Gary Bull who was with us last time we were there.

Then back to Pig and Bill and Tony.

They really get the crowd into it.  Especially when Bill brings out the jug.


Bill "Swamp" Shaka

 The talent level in the Semis is a step above and the acts need to be on at all times.  While the guys didn’t advance both band and Solo/duo did play well in representing the state.


Petey Hop



Tony and Bill


Being Friday night the street took on a little different.  Plus a Grizzlies NBA game brought more of a crowd around.  A cab driver told me Rudy Gay formerly UConn signed a sizable contract.

The street tumblers or at least one street tumbler was flipping his way down Beale Street.  You might have seen them on America’s Got Talent I believe.

Time for the IBC is coming to an end and I still have a lot to do or want to do.  Most involves dining and looks like I will have to wait.  Maybe time for a Blues City steak!!  Don’t think I will make Gus’ for chicken.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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