International Blues Challenge – Thursday


Well the International Blues Challenge versus the Bluesbeatnews daily blog.  And as I am just getting to Thursday’s activities the IBC has won.  Way too much to do.  Cannot sit around where the blues is everywhere.  I will continue to catch up on the week’s events as so many good things happen.

A change in plans had me going to the Cast of Blues Reception with artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson at the Blues Hall of Fame.









Little Milton welcomes youto the HoF.

Little Milton welcomes you to the HoF.









Sharon does Life-Cast Masks of blues artist and has an extensive collection.  They are now on display at the Blues HoF.   I had a chance to say hello as we had met before and we have a mutual friend in Rocky Lawrence.









On the way back to Beale, I needed a little food and I was going to walk right past Ray’Z.  So since I had no ride to Cozy Corner, I will get the chance to try the Italian beef sandwich guys were raving about.  This one is fully loaded, the only way to go.








Now it was getting close to bluestime.  It was Stevens and Allen, hopefully some time to see Bobby Black Hat Band, and then the Mighty Soul Drivers.

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I did make it to Jerry Lee Lewis’ club as one act was ending and Bobby Black Hat was coming on.







Bobby Black Hat

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It was just across the street to the Tin Roof.

Earlier acts.









View from the street.







Mighty Soul Drivers pose on Beale.


Time to play

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seen on the dance floor













After acts

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The night concludes with an all-star jam led by Sean Carney and John “Del Toro’ Richardson.







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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 “International Blues Challenge – Thursday


    The Mighty Soul Drivers were certainly looking dapper on Beale Street.

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