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.
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.
Big Daddy was getting some photos.
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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