Infinity Music Hall Norfolk celebrates the Fourth of July with a Red, White & Blues BBQ

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Infinity Music Hall Norfolk celebrated the Fourth of July with a Red, White & Blues BBQ.  Okay, after a nice 4th with family and friends it was time to Celebrate USA’s Freedom holiday by doing what we as Americans do best: listening to the Blues and eating BBQ.

Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk has a special Red, White & Blues BBQ.  To make a special American holiday one to remember, fans were encouraged to eat BBQ, listen to Blues, and dance the night away.  So it was time to head up Route 44 to Norfolk.  Best known to me for the Great Mountain Forest, where I spent time cross- country skiing.

As I drove along the Farmington River, I noticed a lot of tubers and canoers.  Not for me blues and BBQ on the roadmap. But a natural resource worth protecting. A lot of motorcycles on the road taking advantage of a good day.

I parked the car and next to me was:

Notice the door handle

Notice the door handle

When I get out of the car and turn the corner to Infinity, who do I run across but  Executive Chef David Gilmore with Sous Chef Tyler who were preparing the mouth-watering, All-You-Can-Eat spread on the patio.

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Exec Chef & the Sous Chef

Exec Chef & the Sous Chef

How about I let the food do the talking.  Ribs, chicken, mac & cheese, beans and salads.

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All tasty and right off the grill.

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Brandt Taylor entertained out front.

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After the food, it was time to head up into the music hall where the Mighty Soul Drivers, winners of the recent Connecticut Blues Society’s Band Challenge, will take you down to Stax Records in Memphis.

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If that is not enough the new group formed by Ryan Hartt and Mike Law “Blues in the Dark,” got a prime time premier for their hot new group.  Rounding out the group are blues veterans Shawn Leonard on guitar and Bob Bequillard, drums.  And if that wasn’t enough, the Brandt Taylor Band was on stage to show why they get calls to play around the state.

So now we’ve got everything you love about this great country all rolled up into one day of great food and great blues!  A sampling of everything that keeps people loving the blues and BBQ connection.  One day of great food and great music.

Ryan introducing the band

Ryan introducing the band

Mike Law

Mike Law

Shawn

Shawn

Bob

Bob

The whole band

The whole band

And Ryan for the Grande Finale!!

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The Brandt Taylor Band usually consists of four talented musicians but for this show a Sax was added.  The band has a love for blues, rock, soul and r&b.

Brandt Taylor -guitar/vocals

Brandt Taylor -guitar/vocals

Nick D'Errico -drums

Nick D’Errico -drums

Andrew Dapkin -bass

Andrew Dapkin -bass

Joel Paradis –keys

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And the Sax man–

Chip

Chip

One of the young fans in the audience.  Enjoying herself and keeping us all young.

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Next up was The Mighty Soul Drivers.  The day just kept getting better.  The people around me were having a good time and it was up to the Mighty Soul Drivers to keep the mood going.  And that they did.  With Bob Orsi handling vocals and grabbing a guitar for some songs, the beat kept rolling.

Bob

Bob

River City Slim on drums

River City Slim on drums

Larry Willey – Guitar, Vocals

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Larry earlier in the day, kicking back

Larry earlier in the day, kicking back

Andy Karlok – Bass, Vocals                                                           Steve Donovan – Keyboards

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John Smayda – Sax

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Bob Orsi has a wayof getting the audience involved.

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The quality of the bands made for a good day.  All in all, these Bands put on a great show.  Getting the audience yelling and making for a concert to remember.  Now add a nice venue and some friendly staff and people you meet enjoying the show, one couldn’t spend a better day.  Even the speed trap on the way home didn’t bother me.  I was in no hurry to leave a good show.

Bob showing some emotion.

Bob showing some emotion.

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 “Infinity Music Hall Norfolk celebrates the Fourth of July with a Red, White & Blues BBQ

  1. Ed Stack

    Dom, You did a fine job describing the activities of the day. It was a nice ride out to Norfolk. The BBQ on the patio was very enjoyable and the bands were outstanding.

  2. Frank Davis

    Good Food and Great Music

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