Mighty Soul Drivers – Road to Memphis

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The Mighty Soul Drivers, winners of the 2015 Connecticut Blues Society’s Blues Challenge, will represent the state in Memphis.  The Blues Foundation hosts a yearly International Blues Challenge, The IBC.  Bands from around the world come to Memphis to compete in the IBC.

The Mighty Soul Drivers are raising funds to defray the trip’s cost.  Sunday they had a party at the Irish American Home in Glastonbury.  Family and friends were there to celebrate and help out.

We (Mother, Sister, Self) arrived early and were greeted at the door by Rita.  The friendliness of the event was apparent from the first hello.  Took our pick of tables and got ready for the show.  As a side note the rest of the affair from table snacks to the food was done right.

The opening act was 41 Prospect from Manchester.  They played a great mix of classic and originals.

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River City Slim did the intros.

 

 

 

And the band:

Ken, guitar and vocals

Ken, guitar and vocals

Heidi, vocals

Heidi, vocals

Nancy, backing vocals

Nancy, backing vocals

Mike on bass

Mike on bass

Paul

Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just some random shots of the band.

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There was also a raffle with your admission.  Needless to say, there was some humor to it.

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Now it was time for the Mighty Soul Drivers.

River City Slim

River City Slim

Larry

Larry

Andy

Andy

John

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John

John

Rob

Rob

And the dynamic lead vocalist:

Bob

Bob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the audience was ready from the excitement this band generates.  It looks like someone danced right out of their shoes.

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Before I forget, a nice lunch was served, with some really tempting desserts.

Larry taking a turn at vocals

Larry taking a turn at vocals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameras were everywhere.

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even Andy got into the act

even Andy got into the act

 

It was also a time for old friends to catch up

It was also a time for old friends to catch up

 

 

 

 

 

 

The band members took their turns in the spotlight.  Of course the hardest to capture is the drummer.  I had to wonder why these guys are smiling.

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It might have been the great crowd.  Which also had the chance at some more raffle prizes.

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You cannot walk away from the Mighty Soul Drivers without thinking of the all out effort Bob Orsi puts into the vocals.  I’ve watched him for over 20 years and he is always entertaining and exciting.

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A number of Connecticut people will be following them to Memphis, I cannot recommend this enough.  The IBC will have hundreds of performances up and down Beale St and the finals in the Orpheum Theater.  Coming up at the end of January.

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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.

One response to “Mighty Soul Drivers – Road to Memphis

  1. Ed Stack

    It will be a lot of fun to join the Mighty Soul Drivers in Memphis.

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