Blue Plate Open Mic

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Wednesday I went to an Open Mic hosted by the Front Row Band.  It was at the newly reopened Blue Plate in Plainville.  A long time town establishment with some fond memories for me.  The Jam was on at 8 pm and the players showed up early.  Had a chance to talk with Mitch and Graham the new owner.

Mitch & Graham

Mitch & Graham

Front Row Band got prepped.  Jess MacFarland was guesting in on bass.

Mitch, Mike, Jess

Mitch, Mike, Jess

The evening’s band

Mitch

Mitch

Mike

Mike

Jess

Jess

I had met Jess a few times at events and knew him as a fan.  At the Jam I learned he is a solid bass player and a fine vocalist.  Even coming off a cold he sounded pretty strong.

Mitch kept the night moving.  With bands and players it was going to be a busy night.

Once the audience was warmed up, the guest jammers were invited to the stage.  I hope I got the names right and pretty sure I got all the players, at least until I left.  A 6:30 am assignment comes early.

Cheryl came up to sing a few songs.  Mitch said she was a dynamite singer and her voice and enthusiasm proved that.  She was well received by the crowd.

Cheryl

Cheryl

Next up was the band “Risen.”  Again this group came in with a strong vocalist, Christie.

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Risen

Risen

Risen

Risen

Risen

Risen

Mike and Dave from the band “Bad Penny” were next.  The audience was enjoying the night.

Mike

Mike

Dave

Dave

BTW, I didn’t have any food but everyone has been talking about how good it is.  I guess that means I will have to get there earlier next time.

Richard came in for some guitar and vocals backed by Jess and Mike.

Richard

Richard

Drummer Woody Floyd sat in and Steve hit the sax.

Woody

Woody

Steve

Steve

Next up was Brendan Donahue who was going to do an acoustic set.  After the first song, Woody moved to drums and Jonathon got some bass time in.

Brendan

Brendan

Jonathon

Jonathon

Brendan was animated and provided some strong.  As we talked after his set, I learned he had some instruction from Hash Brown.  I shouldn’t have expected any less.

Andra came up for some vocal assistance and handled the bell.  The bell actually made the rounds as the drummers also got into the percussion mode.

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Mike C came in for a little blues with Thomas on drums.

Mike C

Mike C

Bobby

Thomas

Mike stepped away from the drums to do a version of “Crossroads.”

Mike

Mike

The last players were called by Mitch the M&M boys, Mario and Mert.

Mario

Mario

Mert

Mert

A fun evening and of course aided by a soundman keeping his eye on everything.  Not as easy as you might think with all the different players.

Jason on sound

Jason on sound

The players were good, the Blue Plate was comfortable, and the crowd was friendly.  Not to mention that I ran into a high school classmate Nola and her husband Charlie.  I think people are ready to return.  I know I will be going back.  I could walk there if need be and I got to try the food..

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.

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