Blues and the New Britain Board of Education

Got a call from Jiri Havelicek of “The 50 Some Bluesmen.”  They were  playing at a fund-raiser for the New Britain Board of Education to help supply instruments to  the elementary and middle schools.










It was going to be held at the West Side Tavern, where I had heard good words on the food.  So blues and food, not a bad way to spend an evening.  Plus it started at 6 pm.










It was a long room and the band set up in one corner.


The place was filling up fast.  Many people took advantage of a nice night to sit on the deck.










Now inside, the bartenders were keeping busy and always with a smile.







The crowd was there to support the music program and knew each other.  And a couple of friends from blues events also showed up.

Joann and Jim

Joann and Jim

One of the owners welcomed the crowd and reminded everyone that New Britain schools would benefit.



The ticket included an all you can eat buffet.  The food looked good and plates filled fast.  It looked like the good food reputation was well deserved.  A specially decorated cake was available for the sweet taste.













The band introduce the crowd to some blues standards and kept the evening moving.  While the crowd socialized, the food kept going and the Committee got the cake ready.


Did I say special design?

Did I say special design?

I heard people complimenting the Chef and the buffet was a hit.

The Chef

The Chef

It is always good to see a community come together to support the programs that are for the young.  Getting musical instruments into the hands of students has a lasting impact.

50 Some Bluesmen

50 Some Bluesmen

A good job by West Side Tavern.  Good enough for me to get there for a meal.



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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 “Blues and the New Britain Board of Education

  1. Ed Stack

    Thanks to Jiri for using the Blues to raise money for the New Britain schools. And good report, Dom.

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