2 Left Feet Blues Festival

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2 Left Feet Blues Festival

This year marked number five for 2 Left Feet. They have settled into an 
excellent facility, the Performing Arts Center in Simsbury Meadows.
With a great line up and an enthusiastic crowd,  it was a fun weekend.
Friday night had three acts and then a big after party at The Maple Tree Cafe
with The D. Smith Blues Band.

Tom welcomes the crowd:b_DSC3918
and introduces 
Mark Telesca whoMCed 
and performed throughout 
Saturday and 

Friday Performers include: Decker and Hally
Tom “The Suit” Forst
with friends 

Closing Friday was “King” Solomon Hicks

He had such a good time he stayed for Saturday.

Saturday, started with the National Anthem:


The performers included:

Noah Kesselman


Paul Gabriel

_DSC3979_DSC3980Doug Jones

The Rusty Wright Band



Ghost Town Blues Band




Teeny Tucker


Jarekus Singleton was scheduled to perform  but an accident on the way to Simsbury kept them away.  “King” Solomon Hicks stepped in with some of the other musicians for an All-Star jam.


A variety of venders including the Connecticut Blues Society were there.


getting ready for the finale


Savoy Brown:_DSC4219

The after-party rocked with Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave Band.

Another nice day greeted festival goers.  David Julia from SoFLA opened the day.

_DSC4237There were enough young players and fans.


Next up:

Taylor Made Band  with Mick Kolassa



The dancers were there.  _DSC4038

Our friend Bruce came by and managed to catch me.



Next up The Billy Price Band


Tom and Char were brought up


Dana Fuchs


And the finale: Walter Trout


_DSC4504son Jon

They invited David up


Smiles were all around:



Friends George and came up from Annapolis for the Fest.  It would not be complete without a debriefing breakfast.  Mom and Sis joined us.

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Looking forward to next year.

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 “2 Left Feet Blues Festival

  1. Ed Stack

    Nice pics Dom. Outstanding performances and the best festival weather in 50 years.

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