Front Row Band at The Cypress

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While at Mike’s Blues Collar Bar last week, I met and had a chance to talk with Mitch Leighton.  He is the leader of the Front Row Band.  When I found out that they were playing at the Cypress Resturant, it seemed like a good way to spend a Saturday.

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The Cypress is a friendly, family run place that has a feel for bringing in blues.  The food is also worth a mention.


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The front Row Band consists of Mitch on guitar, Mike on drums, and John on bass.  All three did lead vocals and back-ups.  Joining them was Ed on sax.



The Band:


















They played some blues and some classics that brought people to the dance floor.


Now I have been experimenting with going no-flash.  Many of the bigger venues have that as a policy, so I practice when I can.  That means some of the pictures could have a tint to them.


Mitch being blue, then going green for the environment.

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Here is a blue one of Mike.  He looks stern behind the drums but in conversation he is pretty easy going.














A couple of guests in the audience gave Mitch and John a breather.  Dick took on the bass and Edwin from Montana handled guitar and vocals.






This also gave John some time to be a little more animated.

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Now Ed took a serious moment.

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Now Mitch was in good voice and why not the sound was handled by his son Jason.  Mitch has a distinctive guitar style and sound.

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The crowd enjoyed themselves.

The  other news was that Mitch will be runnung a Wednesday jam at the newly renovated Blue Plate in Plainville.

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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.

4 responses to “Front Row Band at The Cypress

  1. Mitchell leighton

    Thank you Dominic for the awesome photos and kind words, see you soon.

  2. Ed Stack

    Looks like you had a good time at The Cypress. The Front Row Band have been playing a lot of the clubs in the area. We should recruit them for the CTBS Band Challenge next year.
    Ed Stack

  3. Carolyn

    Fun time! Great mix of music and good company.

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