CONNECTICUT BL UES SOCIETY
Thursday, Black Eyed Sally’s was host to the Second Week of the Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge. Just as the past week, four bands played to an enthusiastic crowd. The interaction of crowd and bands make for a good night of blues.
Tom Retano once again handled the emcee chores, introducing bands and judges and passing along information.
The first band, The Kris Heaton Band, started off with a set of rockin’ blues. Heaton’s high energy guitar and entertaining stage presence was backed by Ace Foster on harp. I enjoy them year.
Next up was Night Train. While a new group to the Challenge, I had seen them before. Most notably in Worcester at Vincent’s, home of a great meatball sandwich. Jeff Berg handled guitar and vocals. Mike Law handled the bass.
The Whiskey Rebels also new to the challenge, did an entertaining set with songs by Little Walter, Elmore James, Bo Diddley and others. They added a sax to the mix.
CTBS President Ed Stack provide info on the festival scene around the state.
The Chris Barba Band did a set of all originals, led by Chris on vocals and guitar. They added a keyboard and Cat on vocals.
A jam with a number of the judges playing got more people on the dance floor.
And the Dancers
Judge Tom the Suit came by for a visit with me and my sister.
Ray Meeker who tabulates the scores, came up to announce the winners
And the winner is Night Train.
Night Train was led by Jeff “JB” Berg on vocals and guitar. JB is known as the bass player with Ryan Hartt and the Blue Hearts and the Eric Ducoff Band. With Night Train he had a chance to show his vocals skill on guitar. He had a good rhythm section with Tim Brown on drums and Mike Law on bass. Mike is known for his work with many bands and his ability on bass, drums, harp, guitar and vocals.
Once again it was great traveling on CTFastrak. There is a stop right outside Sally’s.
You may want to take a look at the offical photos of the CTBS by Brad Formaker. http://bformaker.zenfolio.com/bes-4-30-2015/slideshow