Solo/Duo Challenge #3


The Pine Loft was host to the  3rd  Preliminary of the CTBS Solo Duo Challenge.


a Welcome from ED

a Welcome from ED

River City Slim as Emcee

River City Slim as Emcee

First up Joel Blumert and Corey Rieman


Joel always providing an entertaining and informative set.


Corey sounding good on the harp.  Reminded me of a young Bob Corritore.


Next up the Sawtelles


Peter Riccio (electric guitar) and his wife Julie (drums).









While waiting for the next act, the “Howard Brothers” performed.












Danny Draher brought his blues experience to the prelim.


The last act was new to the Challenge but a name known because of his activity.

Davey Blues aka

Davey Blues aka Dave Sadloski

Ray Meeker busy with tallying the scores




But took some time to jam.

And moving on to the finals October 18th are:

Danny Draher and The Sawtelles.

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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.

One response to “Solo/Duo Challenge #3

  1. Ed Stack

    Although any instrumentation is allowed – I was glad to see most of the acts playing acoustically.

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