PA Blues Festival – Saturday


Now we are into the  first full day of the  Festival.  Before getting to the site, time for some breakfast.  Went to one of the spots that I like Chat N Chew.

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Chat N Chew is home to the Famous “Messy Mike” breakfast sandwich, Two eggs-choice of meat-cheese-piled high with home fries-on a Kaiser roll.  After that we visited the Blakeslee Flea Market.  Bought some fleas (attempt at humor).

Now we are off to the Festival.


The day’s line-up includes:


Selwyn Birchwood

Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones

Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington & The Roadmasters

Shemekia Copeland

While over in the Tent Stage you had the choice of:

Harmonica Shah & Carlton Washington

John Mooney

Harmonica Shah & Carlton Washington

John Mooney

Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers

With all this blues, I had to make some picks.  Plus a stop for food and a visit to the vendors were needed.  That means I did not get pictures of everyone, but you will see what I saw for entertainment.

Selwyn Birchwood

The festival begins

The festival begins

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Walking the crowd

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Closing out

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Me and friend Eric relaxing on the hill.


Some people had other ways of passing the time.


Next up – Dwayne Dopsiepafest2 176 & The Zydeco Hellraisers












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Did the crowd like it?

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Dwayne putting some real energy into his playing.

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A trip to the Tent to see Harmonica Shah & Carlton Washington





Now back to the Main Stage

CD sales were brisk, with the proceeds going to the artists and not the festival.








and a little help keeping cool








Sugar Ray & The Bluetones.  I had just seen them last month in Hartford, but they are worth seeing again and again.  A fine set that had a buzz going around the festival.

It was a heartfelt intro by their friend and ace photographer Joe Rosen that brought them on stage.

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Sugar Ray

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Now his guitar player is Mike Welch.  At a young age given the nicknamr Monster Mike, well he is older now but the guitar playing has only got better.  Let’s say he is beyond Monster.


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Each member of this band could form the base for a band.  They are that good.  Anthony on keys offers writing talent as well.

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My photos of Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington & The Roadmasters disappeared.

Next was Shemekia Copeland.  She sounds better than ever.  While the stage event was fun, I was looking forward to the evening tribute to her father.









More to come.

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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 “PA Blues Festival – Saturday

  1. Frank Davis

    I hope Selwyn Birchwood closed out with “Hoodoo Stew”
    They closed with that song at the Blues Music awards and it was smoking!
    Birchwood and his band will be at Black Eyed Sallies August 21st

  2. Ed Stack

    Selwyn did “Hoodoo Stew”. It reminded me of Kenny Neal.

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