Blizzard Blues Style 2015

Connecticut Blues Society 2015 Blues Blizzard

 

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Well it was one of those Saturday nights that the Connecticut Blues Society makes memorable.  The 2015 Blues Blizzard had so much going on that I couldn’t capture it all.  I guess I could have, but then I would have missed meeting up with some of the people I look forward to seeing.

It also gives many of the players a chance to see each other, something they are not always able to do.

One-eyed Johnny and Petey Hop

One-eyed Johnny and Petey Hop

 

Petey and Mike Law share a laugh

Petey and Mike Law share a laugh

CtBS President Ed Stack welcomed the crowd

Ed

Ed

Then Ed introduced Tom Retano the evening’s emcee.

Tom

Tom

It seemed this year there were more cameras than guitars.

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First up was Petey Hop & the Jack Rabbits.  A solid group with some strong guests.

The Jack Rabbits

The Jack Rabbits

Phil on bass

Phil on bass

Buzzy on keys and vocals

Buzzy on keys and vocals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And guesting on drums Big Thurrsty.  He must love playing as he is always smiling.

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And the main man.

Petey Hop

Petey Hop

They brought the dancers out early.

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Plenty of dancing shoes to see.

Dancing Shoes

Dancing Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The next band featured some experienced musicians from the blues scene.  Led by the vocals of Ryan Hartt and Shawn Leonard.

Ryan started on guitar

Ryan started on guitar

Mike Law on Bass

Mike Law on Bass

On drums

Bob

Bob

Shawn

Shawn

 

Ryan went on to harp and the dancers kept rollin’

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moredancin' shoes

more dancin’ shoes

 

Tom

Tom

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Deegan talking about The Two Left Feet Festival in September.

 

 

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The Jay Willie Blues Band was new to the Blizzard but not to the music.  Some veteran performers gave a harder rock touch to the blues.  The crowd was kept busy on the dancefloor as the band kept it moving.  Fun, noise, and a lot of people kept me from hearing everything from the stage, not the blues though.

Jay

Jay

the Band

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And on drums

Bobby T

Bobby T

People didn’t have much time to breath as band kept following band.

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Tom Retano displays a Suit Ty Thurrsty Shirt with a portion of sale going to CtBS.

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We had a great time watching them in Memphis.  They are fun.

Suit

Suit

Big Thurrsty

Big Thurrsty

 

 

 

Ty couldn’t make it so Jim Nardine sat in for him.

Jim

Jim

then they called on Swamp Shaka to join them.

Shaka

Shaka

That was getting Shaka warmed up as he was coming up next.

Last week S T T played an event at Toad’s called Woofstock.  It is sponsored by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty.  They returned the favor by coming to the Blizzard to support their friends.

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Before Shaka could hit the stage, some business had to be taken care of; a guitar had to be given away.

The Guitar

The Guitar

The Winner

The Winner

 

 

On another note with a darkened dancefloor, the option was there for some silhouette photos.

 

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Now to close the night, some unpredictable excitement, Shaka & the Soulshakers.

Shaka

Shaka

The Soulshakers

Tony C

Tony C

Rob

Rob

Shaka brought up One-eyed Johnny for some added harp and then Ken for extra guitar.

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Another silhouette figure

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Shaka also had a friend BOY looking over his shoulder with the washboard.

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Shaka got off the stage to engage the audience in a little hip shakin’

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Well I guess all that is left to to ask Ken for his review of the night.

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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.

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.

3 responses to “Blizzard Blues Style 2015

  1. Kent Kirkland

    Excellent review of a wonderful time, Dom! Really good pictures, too (Of course)

  2. Ed Stack

    Judging by the packed dance floor all night, I would have to say it was one of our better Blizzard’s.
    Good pics, Dom.
    Ed Stack

  3. kenny brody

    great job dom,very nicely done

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