The 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.
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.
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.
It was time to bring up some guests from the audience. One of early attendees Noah got up first.
It is fun to watch the younger players join in with the veterans on stage.
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.
Next up came Jake Kulak and Gregg McCullough.
Ed Stack had some announcements about future festivals in the region. Connecticut has its own share this year.
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.
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.
Noah came back and had a chance to sing doing a version of ‘Sky is Cryin’.” Gregg returned for some more fun.
Then late arrival, Swamp Shaka, was spotted in the crowd and called up on stage. The afternoon finished with the same energy it started.
He did catch it from the stage for his dapper outfit.
Gregg just continued to have fun——
The crowd left satisfied with a good day of Connecticut talent.
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.
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