Willimantic Festival This Weekend

Are you ready to turn the energy level up.  There’s no better way to beat the doldrums of winter than a stop at the 10th annual Willimantic Winter Blues Fest!  This is the community getting together and doing its part to make the Summer Third Thursday Fests successful.

It is set for this Saturday, the place is the Elks Club in the ever active Willimantic.  It is the perfect way to begin the move to warmer weather.  The Winter Blues Fest features music ranging from 40’s swing, to rootsy swamp pop, to blues, jazz and rock and roll. You are promised a hot, sultry, sweaty dance floor full of dancing bodies so close you can feel each others heat…Perfect to warm your heart in the middle of February!

The night will start with by grooving to the Blues, Rock, Rhythm and Blues sounds of Gene Donaldson and the Sting Rays.  Making the trip across the river from Hartford’s Blues scene.  Then we’ll be dancing to the Kingpins and their blues and swing that will move you, body and soul.  Then add a little King Cake to take the house down with their Louisiana style Blues and Swamp Rock.  A perfect event to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night.  By midnight all those winter blues will be gone!


Gene Donaldson






Tickets have sold out early in past years, so buy your tickets ahead of time and don’t disappoint your sweetheart.  Tickets are available at: the Willi Food CoOp, Swiftwaters Artisans Cooperative, Fred’s Brickhouse Cafe, and the Mansfield Center General Store for a $15 donation, or by calling 860 456-2188.  Please be sure to patronize these fine local businesses while you are there.

Doors open at 7pm, and the dancin’goes ‘til midnight. Cash bar and food will be available. Proceeds to benefit Willimantic’s 3rd Thursday Street Fests. www.facebook.com/3rdThursdayStreetFest

So if you are ready to get out of the house and dance, take advantage of the Kingpins, King Cake, and Gene Donaldson and the Stingrays to get you on your feet!  And if they don’t get you dancin’ then sit in your chair and do a little shakin’.

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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