IBC Finishing Thursday


Much of the acts I caught on Thusday were at Wet Willie’s.  One was Bobby Blackhat Band.  I had met Bobby at a blues fest in Chespeake, VA. and wanted to see his band.


Bobby Blackhat

Bobby Blackhat











The rest of the acts I saw were from various blues organizations and I didn’t catch all the intros but the blues kept coming.


The Crew from Mass.









The Dutch entry.




Some of the other players–





Next stop was The New Daisy for the Carney-Richardson jam.  On the way I met RJ Howson of the RJ Howson Band from Southwest Florida.


Once inside the blues kept coming.  Cash McCall was on stage when I got in.


He brought Niko to play some harp.


Then Bernie Jenkins was on.


As usual the musicians were everywhere.


This night Pat Pepin joined in.


Past IBC Winner Lionel Young was also there.




The Daisy is a fine place to finish the evening.  Sean and John have a steady stream of players.  But I had one more stop.  Back to Wet Willie’s for the accoustic jam.


Eric Hughes and his brother Walter were hosting.


Joining the evening were Andy Cohen and Michael Frank from Earwig Music.






With other players it was a full evening.  And the Semi-finals were still to come on Friday.  We won’t find out until later who will be playing.  Plus Jake and the Lowdown, Connecticut’s Youth Group will be playing.

More to come.

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.

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