Connecticut Blues Society 2015 Blues Blizzard
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.
CtBS President Ed Stack welcomed the crowd
Then Ed introduced Tom Retano the evening’s emcee.
It seemed this year there were more cameras than guitars.
First up was Petey Hop & the Jack Rabbits. A solid group with some strong guests.
And guesting on drums Big Thurrsty. He must love playing as he is always smiling.
And the main man.
They brought the dancers out early.
Plenty of dancing shoes to see.
The next band featured some experienced musicians from the blues scene. Led by the vocals of Ryan Hartt and Shawn Leonard.
Ryan went on to harp and the dancers kept rollin’
Tom Deegan talking about The Two Left Feet Festival in September.
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.
And on drums
People didn’t have much time to breath as band kept following band.
Tom Retano displays a Suit Ty Thurrsty Shirt with a portion of sale going to CtBS.
We had a great time watching them in Memphis. They are fun.
Ty couldn’t make it so Jim Nardine sat in for him.
then they called on Swamp Shaka to join them.
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.
Before Shaka could hit the stage, some business had to be taken care of; a guitar had to be given away.
On another note with a darkened dancefloor, the option was there for some silhouette photos.
Now to close the night, some unpredictable excitement, Shaka & the Soulshakers.
Shaka brought up One-eyed Johnny for some added harp and then Ken for extra guitar.
Another silhouette figure
Shaka also had a friend BOY looking over his shoulder with the washboard.
Shaka got off the stage to engage the audience in a little hip shakin’
Well I guess all that is left to to ask Ken for his review of the night.