Eddie Shaw at Cafe 9


Friday night was a trip to Café 9 in New Haven for some Chicago blues.  Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang were in town.  I was joined by Ed and Lynn Stack.


Before the blues we had to stop for a “pie.”  Marco Polo is just up the street from Café 9.  Thin crust pizza and some interesting Snapple flavors.

Rocky Lawrence was the opening act.  He brings the blues with an unmatched guitar.  And this set had a couple of originals including “Katrina” which was recorded with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater.

13acDSCe_0047 Rocky looked through the audience for familiar faces.


Big Daddy was there.


Eddie Shaw sat down to watch Rocky.


Rocky got the audience ready for the  Wolf Gang.


When  it came time for the Wolf Gang to take the stage, Rocky let the guitar players in the audience know they were in for a lesson from Vaan Shaw.


Vaan and his three neck guitar.


Eddie once said that with the three neck guitar Vaan thought he should be paid triple.

The Wolf Gang getting  ready to bring Edddie Shaw on stage.



Eddie took the stage.


Eddie handled the vocals.


Vaan added some slide work.

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Big Daddy was getting some photos.

18DSC_0041 Eddie kept going.


and the crowd started moving.


The Café 9 staff was keeping the crowd refreshed and doing it with a smile.


Of course the famous Café 9 popcorn made an appearance.


The Wolf Gang

Bob on drums


Mr Sleepy on bass


Musician/writer Mark Zaretsky was in the audience.


Eddie was animated with his music.


Big Daddy checking photos.


Rocky and Big Daddy sharing a moment


End of concert group photo.


Blues fans, you got to get to New Haven once in a while.  Café 9 is a quick shot down I-91 and has some really good blues shows.  They also have a long running Sunday night jam.  It is a comfortable club, back in the day called the “Musician’s Living Room.  It still is today.  It has plenty of seating in front of the stage.

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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.

2 responses to “Eddie Shaw at Cafe 9

  1. Ed Stack

    The photos tell the story. A great night at Cafe Nine. Vann Shaw’s 3 neck guitar was worth the price of admission. And the pizza at Marco Polo was worth mentioning. Dom’s seat at the bar gave him a good spot to take pictures.

  2. Rocky Lawrence

    Another great night of music at Cafe 9.

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