The Shaboo 44th Anniversary Party at Infinity Music Hall

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The Shaboo celebrated its 44th Anniversary at Infinity Music Hall.  It was a night filled with friendship and memories.  The club in Willimantic left its mark on many Connecticut residents, musicians and the world.

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(I hope I identified everyone correctly, sometimes the eyes and ears are not in sync.  If not, send me a note and I will attempt an edit.)

People gathered early and smiles, hugs and joyful reunions were the pre-show happening.

I got a chance to visit the Green Room as the musicians relaxed before the show.

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D.A. “David” Foster was ready for a big evening.  He and Jack got together for a picture.

Got another of Jack and with Matthew and son.

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Now we were talking about the emotions on display when musicians get into playing, Mitch gave me the stern pose.

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Patty Tuite and Bruce John prepare time on stage.

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Now down in the lobby the crowd gathered.  David looks at the merchandise table with a friend.

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Two former bar tenders get together.

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Not the greatest picture of Jay but I wanted to acknowledge his help to me on my visits to Infinity as well as the fact he learned the ropes at Shaboo.  He handles the production and makes sure the shows run smooth.

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Bruce John opened the show with Patty Tuite on vocals.

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The stage was set.

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When it was time for the All-Stars, they wasted no time, David came out singing.

 

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The All-Stars:

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The Horns

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The Drums

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The Wolf on bass

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Cliff on guitar

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On Keys (as you can see Mitch and Jeff were the most difficult to photograph.  Sitting under a red spot cast a different glow over them.  It did not hamper their playing.)

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David spent some time telling how he met each of the All-Stars.  You realize the this is truly a group of stars, not just a name.  He took the time to acknowledge former Shaboo employees in the audience.

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I will let the photos do some talking.  I’ve seen Cliff a number of times and enjoy his guitar work.  He was energy personified this night.

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Christine Ohlman, the Beehive Queen came on to the delight of the crowd.

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Time for some hip shakin’

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The horns went out into the audience.

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David and Christine enjoying the time together.

 

 

 

 

A duet was in order.

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Now is was getting time to leave.  And what else needed to be said.

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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.

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