Connecticut Blues Society June Jam

 

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bDSC_0053The monthly Jams at the Pine Loft got ready for a summer break on June 1st.  Once again River City Slim was emcee and held the beat with the drums.  On the bass was the ironman who has a big role, Phil Caron.

Guest Guitarist with Phil

Guest Guitarist with Phil

Special guest on guitar was Connecticut’s Blues Music Award nominee Paul Gabriel.  His weekend in Memphis is worth a listen.  The only trouble you can’t wait to get to Memphis yourself.

Paul

Paul

As always the Jam was a highly anticipated event and the musicians came ready to play.  The host band led off with a set that put everyone on notice that this to be a fun afternoon.

Fans anticipating a crowd start coming in early. The good weather worked against the jam but the heat was just as good inside as out.  Paul’s guitar had a big sound

Then they added Joey Primo on keyboard.  The sound then really filled the room.

Joey

Joey

It was time to bring up some guests from the audience.  One of early attendees Noah got up first.

Noah

Noah

It is fun to watch the younger players join in with the veterans on stage.

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Joey took over vocals on “The Thrill is Gone.”  Now they gave Noah some time out front to showcase his guitar skills.  River City Slim took his turn on vocals.

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Next up came Jake Kulak and Gregg McCullough.

Jake

Jake

Gregg

Gregg

Ed Stack had some announcements about future festivals in the region.  Connecticut has its own share this year.

Ed

Ed

Gregg took a shot on vocals.  And Joey was having a good time with some keyboard tricks.  Ken Brody and his signature license plate guitar was up too.

Ken

Ken

Jake got a chance for vocals.  An appreciative crowd responded.  River City Slim also sang.  He also reminded the audience of the CD release party with the Mighty Soul Drivers at Black-eyed Sally’s on Saturday.

River City Slim tried to make sure everyone got on stage.  A call for a drummer brought Graham out with his drum.  He had the energy as when he finished on stage he got to the dance floor.

Graham

Graham

Noah came back and had a chance to sing doing a version of ‘Sky is Cryin’.”  Gregg returned for some more fun.

Noah on vocals

Noah on vocals

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Then late arrival, Swamp Shaka, was spotted in the crowd and called up on stage.  The afternoon finished with the same energy it started.

Shaka

Shaka

He did catch it from the stage for his dapper outfit.

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Gregg just continued to have fun——

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The crowd left satisfied with a good day of Connecticut talent.

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Ed also reminded people of the Connecticut Blues Society original CD and other products.  Don’t forget the Blues Challenge Finals are June 21st.  More to come.

Questions/comments,  I can be reached through the Blog comments or at twblus@aol.com.

BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic 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.

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