Paul Gabriel BMA Sendoff

Blues fans gathered together as musicains came to the Cypress Grill for an afternoon of entertainment.

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It all was to honor Paul Gabriel as he gets ready to head to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards.  He is nominated for “Best New Artist.”  Bandmates held forth with a full schedule of talent.  Fun and food was also added to the mix,

First up were the Boogie Boys, Nick and Buzzy.

Boogie Boys

Boogie Boys

Mark joined them on harmonica for a fast paced Folsom Prison Blues.

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Mark Z

The door was busy and Ray was there to greet everyone.

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Then came a band that is always a pleasure to get up this way, the Mojomatics.

Mojomatics

Mojomatics

Their regular guitar player couldn’t make it, so they had an honorary member sit in.

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The music really moved along

Paul and Manny

Paul and Manny

Now the audience was picking up and the atmosphere was good time.  Of course blues wasn’t the only thing people were enjoying.

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Some people  took advantageof the good weather  and sat on the patio.

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Now get set  and hold on because the Swamp Shaka Band was coming to the stage.

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Mark sat in for a bit.

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And I was reminded of the effort those harp players give. Just catch the expression as he works or check out Manny’s arms below.

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Everyone knows by now that I didn’t have the only camera.  Pictures abound.

Kent

Kent

Bruce

Bruce

you know its good when your host takes time for some pics

you know its good when your host takes time for some pics

or talk with friends

or talk with friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now back to Swamp Shaka Band.

Shaka

Shaka

Tony C

Tony C

 

Ed with CTBS package

Ed with CTBS package

It was a great day as the crowd can attest.  And it is always good to meet up with old friends that have the blues as our common bond.

Paul seemed to have a good time and the fans all wished him well.

Paul and friends

Paul and friends

Some of the other players

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webIMG_7786And my artistic shot for the day —  Tony C

 

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Good luck to Paul in Memphis.

Bluesbeatnews is produced and directed by Domenic “Roadhog” Forcella

 

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.

One response to “Paul Gabriel BMA Sendoff

  1. Ed Stack

    The “Roadhog” was on the scene for the gala benefit to raise money for Paul Gabriel to go to Memphis for the BMA’s. Many of Paul’s fellow musicians and friends came to support the trip. Dom’s article captured the excellent music and the fun everyone was having.
    Ed Stack

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