Boogie Boys Prep for Memphis

 

 

Boogie Boys

Boogie Boys

The state had a number of International Blues Challenge events this past week.  On Thursday the Balkun Brothers Band was at Infinity Music Hall Hartford with a CD release party and Memphis Kick-off.

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Friday the Mike Crandall Band was at Black-eyed Sally’s gearing up for their trip to Beale Street.  Crandall, a Memphis veteran, twice making the finals will be representing the Granite State.  Ronnie Earl stopped by.

Mike Crandall

Mike Crandall

Then Saturday, the Boogie Boys took over Sally’s for their final fundraiser.  They will be competing in the Solo/Duo category.  The Boogie Boys are Nick Longo and Buzzy Fallstrom.

 

Buzzy

Buzzy

Nick

Nick

Before the for music started, it was time for holiday conversation.

Shaka and Ken

Shaka and Ken

Buzzy brought on the first act,

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Jake Kulak & the Lowdown.  They will be in Memphis as part of the Youth Showcase.

Jake Kulak & the Lowdown

Jake Kulak & the Lowdown

Up came the New Orleans sound of Shaka & the Soulshakers.  Always fun and ready to get the crowd moving.

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Buzzy on Keys

Buzzy on Keys

Petey Hop and the Jackrabbits played a set.  Nick sits in on drums with them.  And Chris on sax was roasting the room.

Petey

Petey

 

 

Chris and Phil

Chris and Phil

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Nick on drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameras seem to be giving way to the new “Tech.”

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People having fun.

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The Balkun Duo came to support the Boogie Boys.  Steve and Nick played an energetic set which just raised the audience another notch.  I was short of breath watching Steve move around the stage, all the time with guitar howling.

Balkun Duo

Balkun Duo

Shaka joined in.

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The Boogie Boys brought some friends on stage.  There were a lot of good guitarists yet to play.

Carl Ricci and Cynthia Fabian sat in for some tunes.

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Then Paul Gabriel and Danny Draher (soon to be inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame) made the strings wail.

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Danny

Danny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More people came on stage.  Joey Primo took over the keyboard and Buzzy picked up a guitar.  Peter Rost came on board with harmonica.  The grand finale had the stage packed.

Joey

Joey

People were having a good time including my Sister and Cousin.

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Raise a glass to the Bands for good luck in Memphis.

BLACKEYEDSALLY'S1.10.152015-01-11001 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.  My weekly Blues Beat column appears in the New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Middletown Press and Torrington Register-Citizen.

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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 “Boogie Boys Prep for Memphis

  1. Ed Stack

    This was one of the “most fun” fund raisers I have ever been to. Nice pics of the performers who volunteered their time to put on a great party – for a worthy cause – sending the Boogie Boys to Memphis.

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