Boogie ‘N Blues 2016 – Friday


OK, so it was off to New Hampshire and the Boogie ‘N Blues Festival.  This is year 20 and the line-up kept calling me to the Fest.

Many of the Fest goers take part in the camping available.  I took the easy path and stayed up in North Woodstock at Maple Lodge on Route 3.  No trouble finding it, thanks to GPS.  Traffic on the highway was not to my liking but I was ready for some blues.







While waiting in line, met an old friend from the Blues-L days and we set up our spot under the tent.  I later discovered that this was about 10 degrees cooler.







Friday afternoon and the crowd was ready.  I think you could tell people were ready to have some fun.










The Fest opened to a waiting crowd.
















Gracie Curran & the High Falutin Band








Nominated for 2014 Blues Music Award as “Best New Artist” she is powerful vocalist, who is good with the crowd.

As you can tell by the distance, I decided to spend time enjoying the Fest up on the hill.  Line of sight was good and the sound was fine.

Albert Cummings, puts the power in a power trio.








Plenty of food vendors

Plenty of food vendors






Next up was an extended Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Boston Blues All-Stars. The big line up featured Anthony Geraci with Sugar Ray & The Blue Tones and special guests Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson, Darrell Nulisch and Toni Lynn Washington.















Toni Lynn

Toni Lynn










With my shooting location, Anthony was hidden from view.














Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, not much needs to be said.  His guitar talent is what you measure others against.  With Diane Blue on vocals, the band reaches another level.   You would think they have been together forever.  While talking of his energy level, people wondered when he would close the set.  He gave his hat to a young man in the crowd.  The next day the young man was wearing it.



Young man and Ronnie's hat

Young man and Ronnie’s hat








Night fell

Night fell








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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.

2 responses to “Boogie ‘N Blues 2016 – Friday


    From the photos you can see why this Festival has been awarded a KBA for best festival in the country.

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