Blues Schedule September 11, 2015 & Two LeftFeet

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.

  • Powder Ridge: Saturday, Two left Feet Blues Festival; Middlefield. see more details at end of blog.
  • The Pine Loft: Sunday, The Connecticut Blues Society Solo Duo Challenge; Berlin.
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Saturday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • The Canoe Club: Friday, Cheryl Tracy Band; Middletown
  • Maple Tree Café: Saturday, Loups Garou; Simsbury.
  • The Crown & Hammer Pub: Friday, Dan Stevens  Crown; Collinsville. (860) 693-9199
  • The East Side Restaurant: Friday, The Steve Polezonis Trio (6 pm); New Britain.
  • Bill’s Seafood: Monday, Dan Stevens; Westbrook.
  • Saltwater Grille: Thursday, Eran Troy Danner, solo acoustic; Litchfield.
  • The Bethlehem Fair: Saturday, Eran Troy Danner, main stage (5-7 pm); Bethlehem.
  • Wilson’s Pub: Saturday, Brandt Taylor; Collinsville.
  • Saybrook Farmers’ Market: Saturday, Dan Stevens  (11 am); Old Saybrook  860-833-0095
  • June’s Outback Pub: Friday, Tom Sanders Band; Killingworth. (860)-663-1292
  • Manchester Park A.I.D. Motorcycle Jamboree: Sunday, Jake Kulak & the Lowdown  (11 am); Manchester.
  • Pratt & Whitney Hangar Rentschler Field: Saturday, The Cobalt Rhythm Kings Football Tailgate Party; East Hartford.
  • The Stomping Ground: Friday, Eric Ducoff Band; Tuesday, Ryan Lee Crosby; Thursday, James Keyes; Putnam. (860) 928-7900
  • Stash’s Café: Saturday, Frankie Albert & the Know-It-Alls; New London.
  • Café 9: Thursday, The Lost Bayou Ramblers; New Haven. (203)-789-8281
  • The Stone House Bar and Grill: Friday, Brandt Taylor; Baltic. (860)822-8877
  • Maury’s Pub: Thursday, Brandt Taylor; Danielson.
  • 66 Church: Friday, Eran Troy Danner, acoustic duo; Naugatuck.
  • La Tavola Ristorante: Wednesday, Eran Troy Danner, electric trio; Waterbury.
  • Cobb’s Mill Inn: Sunday, Otis and the Hurricanes (5 pm) Clambake Outdoors by the Waterfall Weston
  • Sneekers: Sunday, Sue Menhart Band (3:30 pm) Wayne Manca Memorial; Groton.
  • Theodores’: Saturday, Night Train; Tuesday, Arthur James; Springfield. (413) 736-6000
  • Wassachusetts Music Fest: Sunday, Allman Pitchell Charles; Princeton, MA.
  • Raven Hollow Winery: Saturday, Dan Stevens (5 pm); Westfield, MA  413-562-0259

Weekly Blues Events

  • Anna Liffey’s:           Rocky Lawrence (Monday)
  • The Owl Shop:          Kevin St.James (Tuesday)
  • Griswold Inn:                        Eric Ducoff Band (Tuesday)
  • Nightingale’s Acoustic Café:            Dan Steven’s “Pickin’ Parties” (Tuesday)
  • La Boca:                     EasyBaby Blues Party (First Monday)
  • Home:                         Rocky Lawrence (1st & 3rd Sunday)
  • Waverley:       Leo Boogie [solo] (Thursdays)
  • La Luna:        Leo Boogie [solo] Friday & Saturday)
  • Vincent’s:       Jon Bonner and Boogie Chillin (Tuesday)
  • Knickerbocker Café:            Let’s Dance Wednesdays w/ The Cartells

Weekly Blues Jams

  • The Hungry Tiger:    Blues Jam w/ Tommy Whalen (Monday)
  • Black Eyed Sally’s:   Blues Jam w/ Gene Donaldson (Wednesday)
  • The Hungry Tiger:    Open Mic Blues Jam Hosted by The Hammerdown All-Stars (Thursday)
  • Farmington Ave Rest:          Joe Bluz Jam (Thursday & Friday)
  • Cypress Grill:            Open Mic/Jam Night w/ Marty from BBB (Wednesday)
  • Celtic Cavern:                       Open Jam w/Steve Hatch (Tuesday)
  • Café 9:            Sunday Soul Service (Sunday)
  • Stella Blues Jam:       The Cobalt  Rhythm Kings ( 1st Wednesday)
  • C J Sparrow Pub & Eatery:                        Ken Safety’s Open Mic Show (Thursday)
  • Open Space: Open Mic Night (Wednesday)
  • Gibson’s at the Clarion:        Blues Jam (Sunday)
  • Preston VFW:           Jam w/Tim Cuff of Special 20 (Sunday)
  • Strange Brew:           Bill’s Garage Jam/ Bill Thibault (Monday)
  • Winchester Café:      Open Jam w/Steve Hatch (Wednesday)
  • Butterballs:    Open Jam w/Steve Hatch (Thursday)
  • Sully’s Pub:                            Pete Scheips Jam (Sunday)
  • Spill the Beans Coffee House           Acoustic Open Mic w/Johnny I (Thursday)
  • Sully’s Pub:                            Pete Scheips & Friends Jam (Tuesday)
  • Infinity Music Hall:   Open Mic w/Andy Attanasio (Wednesday)
  • The Black Duck:       Open Jam Hosted by Wendy May (Thursdays)
  • The Hideaway:          JD Seem’s Swamp Jam (Tuesday)
  • Guilford Country Tavern:   Sandy Connolly’s Open Mic Night last Wednesday of month
  • The Stomping Ground:        Open Mic (Sunday)
  • Cady’s Tavern:          Rick Harrington Weekly Roadhouse Jam (Sunday, Chepachet RI)
  • Theodores’:    Open Mic w/ Juanita Mic (Thursday, Springfield, MA)
  • Greendale’s Pub:       Tony Soul Hosts Blues Jam Alexandria Bianco (Sunday, Worcester, MA)
  • Greendale’s Pub:       Open mic (Tuesday, Worcester, MA)
  • Greendale’s Pub:       Jim’s Blues Jam (Sunday, Worcester, MA)
  • Park Grill and Spirits:          Two Left Blues Jam (Tuesday, Worcester, MA)
  • Greendale’s Pub:       Wackey Blues Jam (Wednesday, Worcester, MA)
  • Jillian’s:          Open mic (Thursdays, Worcester, MA)
  • Snow’s Restaurant & Bar:   Open mic (Sunday, Worcester, MA)
  • Boundary Brewhouse:          Sunday Blues Jam (Pawtucket, RI)




The Third Annual Two Left Feet Blues Festival will be held on Saturday September 12 at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield.

Gates open at 9:00 am and the music starts at 11:00 am.  The Festival will go on rain or shine.  The promoters are sorry, but no pets, no coolers, no sun umbrellas, no carry-ins, pop-ups, and no refunds.

A quick disclaimer: Bands and times are always subject to change.

The Festival will open with the Star Spangled Banner sung by Meredith Kegley.

Presently in the opening slot at 11 am are Shaka and The SoulShakers.  This band will bring you to the swamp and New Orleans.  Entertaining and breathing a load of originality, state fans look forward to their appearance.

Next is the Shari Puorto Band at Noon.

You may ask, Who is Shari Puorto?  Well, it is said if you combine Melissa Ethridge, Bonnie Rait, Etta James, and the soul of Janis Joplin,  this is who you would get..  Shari Puorto has been described by as “a soulful singer with a sexy and raspy sound.  Her Live performance immediately brings Janis Joplin to mind. Like Joplin, Puorto is a passionate performer that radiates energy.

The Balkun Brothers, what needs to be said about this dynamic act.  Voted “Best Blues Band in Connecticut” two years in a row by and the Connecticut Music Awards, the Balkun Brothers is an American blues-rock band from Hartford.  Formed in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun they have been touring across the country and soon to be in Europe.  They have plenty of Memphis experience and reach out to fans across the music spectrum.

Mixing traditional styles of delta and electric blues, with heavy modern rock and funk grooves, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own.

Gracie Curran and The High Falutin Band will occupy the stage and have you singing.  She has been compared to greats such as Aretha Franklin and Etta James, Gracie Curran & Her High Falutin’ Band have earned a reputation for jaw dropping blues & soul performances.  2013 was a breakout year for The High Falutin’ Band, earning a nomination Best New Artist in the 2014 Blues Music Awards.  They have also received a Boston Music award.

Keeping crowds happy across the country is Biscuit Miller and The Mix.  So what is the Mix?  Think of a bowlful of Soulful, Funky Blues stew.  Which is not complete without a pipin’ hot Biscuit.  Biscuit’s heavy touring schedule in the US and abroad have led to a dedicated global fan base.  In 2012 Biscuit’s fun and funky style of bass playing earned him the Blues Music Award for Bassist of the Year.

They are followed by the Georgia Songbird, EG Kight.  Now this is a talent surround by a really nice person.  The 2013 Georgia Music Legend Award recipient, EG Kight has headlined at venues around the globe, and has been involved in fundraising concerts in Germany, Japan and Mexico. She landed on the list of Top 5 Best Blues Artists of 2014, and her latest album landed on the Blues Bytes 2014 Top 10 Albums.

Electrix featuring Scott Holt, Eddie Turner and Eli Cook.  The Elecrix features three uniquely talented musicians.

Biscuit Miller & The Mix will do a rousing, energetic set.  What’s better than a bowlful of Soulful, Funky Blues stew? A pipin’ hot Biscuit, of course! Biscuit’s heavy touring schedule in the US and abroad have led to a dedicated global fan base. In 2012 Biscuit’s fun and funky style of bass playing earned him the Blues Music Award for Bassist of the Year.

James Montgomery Band with The Uptown Horns and Special Guest Paul Nelson.

When blues legend James Montgomery plays he plays with authority.  While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand by sitting-in with the masters like James Cotton.

James will be joined on stage at the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival with not only the Uptown Horns, but with a special guest as well: Blues legend,Grammy winning guitar virtuoso, producer and collaborator with Johnny Winter and many others, Paul Nelson.

John Németh

John Németh is an American blues and soul harmonic player, singer, and songwriter. Németh was a big winner at the 36th annual Blues Music Awards. He captured the award for Soul Blues Album of the Year for “Memphis Grease.” Since 2002 Németh has recorded seven albums.

He has opened for Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’, and Earl Thomas.  Németh’s first paid performance came in 1991, when he was hired to perform drinking songs for a pinochle luncheon held by the Catholic Daughters of America before setting his sights on the Boise club scene, where, for nearly a decade, he played seven nights a week at local pubs, taverns, joints, and parties.

2 Left Feet is a registered 501(c)3 aimed at fulfilling this mission.   Two non-profit organizations have been chosen to receive support through fundraising and the proceeds from the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival.

Between acts Noah Kesselman and Jake Kulak will be playing.

Now, going into it’s third year, 2 Left Feet is a registered 501(c)3 aimed at fulfilling this mission.  Committed to a lifetime of music appreciation and appreciating music, 2 Left Feet has chosen two non-profit organizations to support through fundraising and the proceeds from the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival.

Music Now Foundation: Dedicated to the support of live music to engage, enrich and educate youth through workshop programming, performance opportunities and musical mentorships.  You can check them out at

Musicians Lifeline: Provide assistance to musicians in Connecticut who are struggling to maintain their livelihood.  For more information go to:

For more information on the 2 Left Feet nonprofit organization and potential sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, email


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.

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