A Musical Tribute to Kenny Melillo

This Sunday, friends gathered for a “Musical Tribute to Kenny Melillo” at Café 9 in New Haven.  He was a well known state musician and force in New Haven, who recently passed away.  He was a founding member and manager of New Haven based bands: Made in the Shade, Full House, Elm City Blues Project … Continue reading

Mike Law’s Birthday Bash

Saturday was a Birthday Bash for Mike Law at Black-eyed Sally’s.  Night Train was the band of the night but the added treat was Jake Kulak & the Lowdown.  So let’s start with thee young guys who know how to keep an audience’s attention Mike welcomed everyone and  introduced the opening act.       … Continue reading

Thursday Night at J’s Crab Shack

It was another Thursday at J’s Crab Shack.  This time the Liviu Popp Invitational feature Rich Badowski, Mark Nomad, and Peter King.  The show starts at 7 pm, which means you can get home early on a work night. Liviu welcomed the crowd. Before that we had a chance for some good eats.  I am … Continue reading

Blues Schedule June 26, 2015

This Week’s Blues. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm, also you might want to check the starting time. Black-eyed Sally’s: Saturday, Night Train/Mike Law Birthday Show / The Jake Kulak Band; Hartford. (860) 278 7427 LaVita Gustosa: Saturday, Basically … Continue reading

16th Black-eyed & Blues Fest

Saturday was the 16th Annual Black-eyed and Blues Fest.  Held in Bushnell Park, it supplies a full day of entertainment.  Six acts covering a variety of styles were set to play.  Orb Mellon – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Brandon Santini –  Balkun Brothers –  Funky Dawgz Brass Band – Big Mean Sound Machine. … Continue reading

Blues Schedule June 19, 2015

This Week’s Blues. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm, also you might want to check the starting time. Black-eyed Sally’s: Saturday, 16th Annual Black-eyed & Bluesfest; Hartford. (860) 278 7427 The Solstice Music Festival: Saturday, Popa Chubby / Dana … Continue reading

Jammin’ at Strykers

Sunday night is the Strykers Jam hosted by Front Row Band. Strykers is a welcoming place.  Comfortable bar stools and an attentive bartender (next time a photo of her).  For the good weather, the patio is ready. The Band opened up and was joined by Ed Davis. Jess did a good version of Goin’ Down … Continue reading

Connecticut Blues Society Blues Challenge Finals

The Connecticut Blues Society held the finals of its Blues Challenge on Saturday at the Hannon-Hatch VFW in West Hartford.  Six bands were vying for the opportunity to represent the state in Memphis at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. Now with six bands and a digital camera, the results are way too many pictures.  … Continue reading

Chris Tofield at J’s Crab Shack

Chris Tofield was at J’s Crab Shack for his second Thursday concert.  Tofield has a lot of Connecticut friends and fans.  It was a good crowd looking forward to classic Tofield entertainment. Joining Chris were Gregg Allen on bass and Liviu Pop on drums.         Now first I enjoyed some excellent sea … Continue reading

Blues Schedule June 12, 2015

This Week’s Blues. Strykers Café on the Berlin Turnpike is celebrating 20 years this weekend.  Friday is a roarin’ Happy Hour.  On Saturday, will be a band and BBQ.  Then end the weekend with the Front Row Band led Jam. The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good … Continue reading