Headed to Black-eyed Sally’s for the XY Eli Muddy Waters Birthday Tribute with the D Smith Blues Band.
First, I took advantage of the state’s newest transportation effort, CTfastrack. I used the Cedar Street station which is a quick hop off of Route 9 in New Britain/Newington.
Got dropped off at Union Station/Bushnell Park and picked up right outside Sally’s.
Now off to the show. The XY Eli band started the night off. Good songs of all types. The band included Bob Orsi, who would step up front when D Smith came on.
Members of the band include.
They were ready with XY’s material as they were for Muddy’s.
For those that know XY, they might have guessed that he would to something to give the audience another taste of the talents of Hartford.
The dancers we expressive and oh so agile. This old man felt like I had burned off a few calories just watching. It was nice to see them blend their art into the blues music. And energy, one would have to add about 6 more Es to the word to match them.
XY sang and handled some guitar work. At one point he remarked on theblues lyrics of Muddy, relating them to the beginnings of rap for their topical nature.
Rositia from Passages Art Gallery in Hartford took the stage to fill the audience in on some of Muddy’s history.
XY introduced a young guitar player he has been working with, Trinity. She played and sang a couple of songs. It was nice to see the younger people getting involved in this American music.
D Smith Blues Band came on and Bob Orsi took over vocals.
It was good to see them all together again, a band that can always get the night moving.
Some familiar faces took to the dance floor.
There were some guest harmonica players in the crowd. Bob brought them up.
The tones just filled the room.
Then it was time for me to catch the bus home. Good thing that I wasn’t getting directions from these guys.
BTW this weekend rides were free but even with the fare, it is half the parking fee.
The idea for a Muddy Waters tribute show was welcomed by blues fans and the extra Hartford touches XY gave us made it all the more enjoyable.
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