Muddy Waters Tribute with XY Eli and D Smith

 

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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.

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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.

XY welcomes the crowd

XY welcomes the crowd

Members of the band include.

Vernon

Vernon

Lloyd

Lloyd

Neil

Neil

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.

Two of the Dancers

Two of the Dancers

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.

Bob and XY

Bob and XY

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.

Rositia from Passages

Rositia from Passages

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.

Trinity

Trinity

Ed Stack dreesed for the night

Ed Stack dreesed for the night

D Smith Blues Band came on and Bob Orsi took over vocals.

 

D Smith Blues Band

D Smith Blues Band

It was good to see them all together again, a band that can always get the night moving.

The Band.

D Smith

D Smith

Tom

Tom

Joe

Joe

TBone

TBone

Bob

Bob

Some familiar faces took to the dance floor.

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There were some guest harmonica players in the crowd.  Bob brought them up.

Andy

Andy

Rich

Rich

Phil

Phil

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.

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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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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.

2 responses to “Muddy Waters Tribute with XY Eli and D Smith

  1. Ed Stack

    Very entertaining show and a nice tribute to Muddy Waters. Nice camera work to get through the crowd for those close ups.
    Ed Stack

  2. Bob Orsi

    Thanks! Great shots and such nice comments. It was great fun!

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