Double Bill at the Shamrock Bar & Grill


Headed to the Shamrock Bar & Grill in Waterbury for Shaka & the Soul Shakers and the Balkun Brothers.



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Was joined by a number of cousins for an evening out.


Food was good and the bar was well stocked.


Drummers Nick and Rob before the music started.


The crowd was gathering.

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Drinks made their way to our table.













And some fun was had with the food.












Bruce introduced Shaka and band

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A Spirit on the dance floor

A Spirit on the dance floor

or a message from Shaka.


After a set that got the audiences cranked, it was time for the Balkun Brothers.

Steve took the time to welcome people and introduce the band.

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Steve started smokin’ on the guitar and showed why they wowed the audiences in Memphis.


The dance floor had people coming and going.

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Check out Nick’s drum kit.


Had time to pose for a photo with my sister and Lynn and Ed.


Time to go.

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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.

3 responses to “Double Bill at the Shamrock Bar & Grill

  1. Ed Stack

    Great show by the Balkun Bros and Shaka and the Soul Shakers. Give Dom credit for promoting the show and bringing 20 family and friends. It was fun sitting next to Dom’s sister , whose enthusiasm is contagious. Looking forward to seeing her at the Blues Blizzard.

  2. Thanks Ed, most of the young family members are Southington or Wolcott so Waterbury was a natural to get them out. I hope to get them out again.

  3. Joey Forcella

    What a great night!! Shaka and the SoulShakers ALWAYS deliver and I had never seen the Balkun Brothers before, but OMG, powerful performance!! Great to be sitting with both my brother and Ed and Lynn!! I was at a VIP table. And having my cousins there enjoying it was just the icing on the cake!! Looking forward to the Blizzard in March. (The event, not the actual snow. haha!!)

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