Stafford Springs Blues Festival – 2016

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The Stafford Springs Blues Festival was held in spacious Hyde Park, same place, new location in the park.  Had the makings of a natural amphitheatre, plenty of room for fans, vendors, and blues groups.

As people arrived at the Festival, The Coffee Grinders were welcoming them.

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The Festival headliner was Albert Cummings.  The blues started at 10:30 am with The Kosher Kid & the Incredible Amplifires.  Other bands include The Mike Crandall Band, Neal & the Vipers, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Josh Scussell & the Electric Storm.

Holly Harris of WUMB was the emcee.

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The Kosher Kid & the Incredible Amplifires

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Ryan

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Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kosher Kid

Kosher Kid

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mike Crandall Band

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Bruce

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Shawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A  stage has been erected for the site.  The efforts of many went into this.  Area business provided funds and a number give their skills and talents.

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Neal & the Vipers

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Neal

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Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

The side stage had Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen between sets.

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Dan

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Clayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor

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Joanne

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Luigi

Luigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down on the Fest was some amazing Blues Fest artwork.  Ali Blair provided the canvas and doing some of the artwork.  Helping on the project were Donna Gypsy Reed, Jen Lee and the Stafford Arts Commission.  The canvasses are all safe and sound until next year’s Blues Fest!

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Ali also did a little camera work as she caught me kickin’ back and enjoying the blues.

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Josh Scussell & the Electric Storm

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Josh

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Ed Stack joined in on the side stage.

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Ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Cummings

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Albert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Blues without a few Bikes.  TSI has been a sponsor since the first Festival.

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In the Crowd

In the Crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 “Stafford Springs Blues Festival – 2016

  1. ED STACK

    Thanks for the pics, Dom. Dan Stevens is always nice enough to have me sit in, and have some fun with the band.

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