CTBS Band Challenge Night Two

 

 

CONNECTICUT  BL UES SOCIETY 

 

Tom Retano once again handled the emcee chores, introducing bands and judges and passing along information.

Tom the Emcee

Tom the Emcee

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.

Chris

Chris

 

 

Ace

Ace

 

 

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.

JB

JB

 

 

Mike

Mike

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.

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CTBS President Ed Stack provide info on the festival scene around the state.

Ed

Ed

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.

Chris

Chris

 

 

 

Cat

Cat

A jam with a number of the judges playing got more people on the dance floor.

Mike

Mike

 

One-eyed Johnny

One-eyed Johnny

Cynthia

Cynthia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And the Dancers

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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

Ray

Ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

JB

JB

Mike

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim

Tim

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

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 “CTBS Band Challenge Night Two

  1. Ed Stack

    A fun night at Sally’s and Night Train was an impressive winner.
    Ed Stack

  2. Mike Law

    thanks Dom you rock!

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