There was another chance to catch a variety of players in a jam setting this past Sunday. Blu Union was hosting a jam at the Shamrock Pub & Grille in Waterbury. It is always exciting to watch a jam take shape. Different players melding together for some great sounds. Blu Union the hosts started off.
Buzzy acted as emcee and kept the jam moving, adding a lot of enthusiasm to the mix
Chris brought up a friend, Terri for some vocals. They did a Joe Louis walker tune “I am a Soldier for Jesus.”
Next up was Nancy on fiddle. This put some lively tunes out on the floor. She was joined by Curtis on bass. Being stuck in “Folsom Prison” sounded pretty good the way they did it.
Buzzy’s versatility was highlighted with a version of “Cheating Heart.” Fred came up to play guitar and handle some vocals. He did a version of “Tore Down.” Chris did some slide.
It is always a pleasure to see Greg on stage and two weeks in a row was unexpected and as always entertaining. He sang, did some guitar work and then hit us with some great slide work.
George came up for some harp work and Rapheal helped on guitar.
Nick hit the keyboard.
While some familiar faces added their talents to the mix, Ken on guitar and Phil on bass.
And then the day’s youngest player Nolan came up for guitar and vocals. His is youthful but experienced and had a lot of new fans appreciating his style.
Buzzy brought up a high school friend, Jan on drums.
Now the show at this point was pretty entertaining and made the quick drive down 84 worth it. But there was more to come. When the horn section was brought up the music took another dimension. Pete is on trombone and the saxes manned by Doc and Cole.
There was more to come as Don D from the Bernadette’s brought his singing and harmonica work to the crowd. He was as good as advertised.
Then Sketch came upon stage and grabbed the mic and the audience. To me his presence on stage is commanding and with his ability to capture an audience, I really enjoyed his stage time. Hadn’t seen him in awhile and it was a pleasant surprise.
Well as if we didn’t have enough, the finale of the jam was “Going Down.” Except that was only the first finale. Buzzy said there was one more. Blu Union played its signature song, “Purple Rain.” He wanted to get people dancing and he did.
This was a first for the Shamrock and hopefully the blues fans will keep coming and more Sundays are jammin’.