IBC Wednesday Part 2

Now I am going to go thru the evenigs fun.

It actually started as I was switching to the Westin, courtsey of a friend who had to cancel.  Well two years later I got my room.  It seemed that way.  But some good customer service staff kept me in a lighter frame of mind.

So I was in the lobby which was also hosting a Solo/Duo stage.  Very comfortable but a little bit over the travel routes.  Saw many of the artists walking around and looking relaxed.








Talked with Jim and Joanne from New Britain.

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Then Nick Nixon, who  with Andy T will be playing in a showcase Thursday came in.  Got a picture of him with Steven from Bisquit & Blues in San Francisco.


Tom Claypool who for many years was the finals emcee, is still helping to make sure the event runs smooth.

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The Challenge started with the audience in what have to be some of the most comfortable seating in the IBC.  Tom is much more jovial than the picture gives him credit for.  And a good sense of humor.


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Got my room and it was time to head to Beale to see the Boogie Boys.  They were playing in the Blues Hall.

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The Boogie Boys were not the only ones with a drum.


Then it was the Boogie Boys turn.



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Thought I would treat myself to a Dyers burger.  Made with what is supposed to be the oldest grease around.  The grease had a Police escort.







Mike reardon from Austin was playing the Blues Hall and caught some air while waiting to go on.






Stopped by the Westin to drop stuff off.  The judges were busy.


Next Stop was the Balkun Brothers.  The venue’s acts was moved fast and many of us did not see the whole set.  What we saw was great.

Steve & Caleb

Steve & Caleb

Caleb & Nick

Caleb & Nick

Also ran across a group of Italians that were having fun watching the Balkun Brothers.


Now after the Bands come the Jams.  I visited two.  First up at the New Daisey was an Invitational Jam led by Sean Carney and John Del Toro Richardson.




John looking serious

John looking serious











Then it was down the street to Wet Willies for the Eric Hughes Acoustic Jam.


Brother Walter Hughes

Brother Walter Hughes





Now it is time to get some sleep.

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 “IBC Wednesday Part 2

  1. Carolyn

    Looks like fun Dom! One of these years I’m going to have to come down there with you and see it all in person instead of just on your blog!

  2. Ed Stack

    The Balkun Brothers performance that you pictured at Coyote Ugly – will be remembered as “legendary”.

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