Roots Music Hall is one of the newer venues in the state bringing in music. The Hall, opened in April 2012, will provide a broad spectrum of entertainment. On a recent Saturday night I ventured out to the nightspot to catch a show in its Blues Series.
Housed in the Parkville section of Hartford, it is basically located at the corner of Park and Barthlomew. It is not hard to find and easy to reach using I-84.
Roots Music Hall is dedicated to bringing the best talent to the Parkville area of Hartford. It is located in the Design Center building, next door Barca Restaurant and Tapas Bar. So you can stop in for some Tapas and then take in the show.
The room itself had the dark look of a Juke Joint but the ceilings were high and there was a spacious open feeling. It is an old building retrofitted with other business sharing what could have been old factory space.
Some modernist art hanging up high on the walls draws your attention. A nice long bar has seating and offers a good view of the stage. A big wooden dance floor has room for any and all wishing to dance. Wood to me always adds to the comfort of a room.
The comfortable feeling extended to the crowd as well. I was joined by two couples for the show. As with all blues events we had a chance to talk about places to go and acts to see. The tables are big, seating eight. Plenty of room for more tables and the dance floor will remain. Then behind the big tables are some smaller tables and leather couches. One of the soundmen also mentioned a stage above us.
The show featured Samantha Fish with special guest Eran Troy Danner. Samantha Fish is an upcoming Blues singer guitarist, taking the blues world by storm. This Kansas City native puts some youth in the blues at 22 year old. She may be young but she has a good way about presenting the blues. The last time she was around she was playing with “Girls with Guitars.”
Opening the show was special guest Eran Troy Danner. He and bandmates put on a solid set to get the audience ready.
Running the club is Fernando Pinto who has a history in Connecticut. He may be remembered as the owner of The Night Shift in Naugatuck where legendary artists like Pine Top Perkins, Bo Diddly, Dave Van Ronk, Hubert Sumlin rocked the house. He also was the promoter of The Moon in New Haven and later opened and managed his own club called the Tune Inn.
Here is an example of the acts that will be coming to yje Roots Music Hall. Every Thursday Capitol City Shakedown, featuring DJ’s, E-Bomb and Oddball spinning, Garage, Soul, R&B, 80′s, Electro Clash, and Rock ‘n Roll
Friday April 27 – US. verse UK. – Jug Band Music / Skiffle Featuring Hilton Valentine, guitarist & founding member of the Animals, & Skiffledog with special guests Washboard Slim and The Bluelights.
Saturday April 28 – Rockabilly Riot Featuring Art Adams, Four Barrel Bill, and Daphine Lee Martin
Art Adams is a Legendary Rockabilly Hall of Fame, celebrating a fifty year musical career with an exclusive live performance at Roots. One of the “true greats” of rockabilly music. Art Adams is the epitome of rockabilly music – it’s that simple.
Friday May 4 – Roots, Alt- country, Rock & Roll Featuring Eddie Seville and the Steel Rodeo. Eddie Seville is a singer / songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, producer, arranger and world class insomniac from New Haven who plays Rock & Roll flavored with Country and a hint of Soul. Do not miss it, he’s the real deal.
Blues fans will recognize some names familiar to the blues world who will be coming as part of the Blues Series.
- Roots Music Hall
- 20 Bartholomew Ave,
- Hartford CT, 06106, PH: 860 724 4444