Blues Schedule September 14, 2018

This Week’s Blues.

The blues schedule is as up to date as possible, but it’s always a good idea to call the club to confirm, also you might want to check the starting time.

The listed shows run from Friday, September 14 until Thursday, September 20.


  • The Ridgefield Playhouse: Saturday, Robert Cray; Ridgefield. (203) 438-5795
  • Infinity Music Hall: Friday, Ana Popovic; Norfolk.
  • FTC Stage One: Thursday, Ana Popovic; Fairfield. (203)-319-1404
  • Berlin Fair Pavilion Stage: Friday, Frank Breen (2:30-4 pm); Shiny Lapel Trio (5-9 pm); Saturday, Rich Badowski Blues Band (1-4 pm); Ryan Hart and the Blue Hearts (5-9 pm); Sunday Vitamin B-3 (1-3 pm); River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs (3-6 pm); Berlin.
  • Berlin Fair Blacktop Stage: Saturday, Jake Kulak and the Lowdown (6:30 -8:30 pm); Berlin.
  • Cheshire Fall Festival: Friday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez/opening Frank Critelli; Bartlem Park, Cheshire.
  • Infinity Music Hall: Friday, Gracie Day, Auburn Mode, and The Girls From Ruby Falls; Hartford.
  • The BIG-E: Friday, Shawn Taylor (7 pm) – Connecticut Tent Residency; West Springfield, MA
  • Cambridge Brew House: Friday, Liviu Pop & Friends; Granby.  860-653-2738
  • Mulligans: Friday, Lil’ Chris with Brandt Taylor; Torrington.
  • Bill’s Seafood: Sunday, Shawn Taylor (3:30 pm); Westbrook.
  • Sarah’s Wine Bar: Saturday, Shawn Taylor; Ridgefield.
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Poor Nephews; Saturday, Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • Sunset Grille: Friday, Blue Steam; Norwalk.
  • Dockside Happy Hour: Friday, The Basically Blues Band; Middletown.
  • Crab Shell Restaurant: Saturday, Big Chief and the Midnight Groove; Stamford.
  • Note Kitchen & Bar: Friday, Mental Health Band; Bethel.
  • Peaches On the Waterfront: Friday, Exit 43; Saturday, Fade to Blues; Norwalk.
  • The Acoustic Café: Sunday, Ada Pasternak with Brian Dolzani; Bridgeport. (203)-335-3655
  • The Black Duck: Friday, Blues Patrol; Saturday, Sinergy; Westport.
  • Hunt Hill Farm Stage: Friday, Boogie Boys featuring Chris Vitarello; New Milford.
  • Wall Street Theater: Friday, James Mauri & more; Norwalk.
  • The Hungry Tiger: Saturday, George T Gregory Band; Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • A Common Ground Community Arts Center: Saturday, The Red Hots Glamour & Filth” Release Party (6 pm) w/ Greg Gilroy / Blue Alien; Danbury.
  • Old Post Tavern: Saturday, Tony Ferrigno; Fairfield.
  • Two Roads Brewing Ok2berfest: Saturday, Balkun Brothers; Stratford.
  • The Buttonwood Tree: Saturday, Krista Baroni; Middletown.
  • Donahue’s: Sunday, Johnny and the East Coast Rockers (4:30 pm); Madison.
  • First Church Of Christ: Thursday, Johnny and the East Coast Rockers; Saybrook.
  • Two Wrasslin Cats: Sunday, Terri and Rob Duo (12 pm); East Haddam.
  • Best Video: Wednesday, Old Timey/Blues: Zu Zazz String Orkestra; Hamden.
  • West Haven Green: Wednesday, Kathy Thompson Band (7 pm); West Haven.
  • The Tuscany Grill Friday, The Steve Polezonis Trio  Tuscany Grill; Middletown.
  • Simsbury Historical Society: Saturday, Liviu Pop & Friends (5:30 pm); Simsbury.  (860) 658-2500
  • March Farm’s: Friday, Eran Tray Danner (6 pm Hill Top Farm to Table Dinner); Bethlehem.
  • Brass Works Brewing Company: Sunday, Eran Tray Danner, Acoustic Solo, (1:30 pm); Waterbury.
  • Still Hill Brewery and Tap Room: Friday, Orb Mellon (5 pm); Rocky Hill, (860) 436-6368
  • Chicago Sam’s: Friday, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood; Cromwell.
  • Hanging Hills Brewery: Saturday, Orb Mellon (7 pm); Hartford.  (860) 263-7033
  • Mona Lisa Restaurant: Saturday, Blues Alley; Wolcott.
  • The Stomping Ground: Friday, The Willie J Laws Band; Sunday, The Peter Parcek Band (1 pm); Putnam. (860) 928-7900
  • Town Fair Tires: Sunday, Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave. (10 am); Somers.
  • Shamrock Café: Sunday, Cobalt Express (2 pm); Suffield.
  • Hygienic Art Park: Saturday, Surf & Swing Party; New London.
  • Daddy Jack’s: Saturday, Rockin Johnny Burgin with Dave Robbins; New London.
  • The Steak Loft: Monday, Greg Piccolo; Wednesday, Dan Stevens; Mystic. (860)-536-2661
  • Capitol Theater: Friday, Gary Clark Jr – Port Chester NY
  • Garcia’s at Capitol Theatre: Friday, Balkun Brothers / Gary Clark Jr. after party: Port Chester, NY
  • The Falcon Main Stage: Friday, Scott Sharrard; Sunday, Brunch w/ Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis (11 am); Thursday, Tom “The Suit” Forst; Marlboro, NY.  (845)  236-7970
  • The Turning Point: Saturday, Adam Falcon Band; Piermont, NY
  • Theodores’: Friday, Dave Robbins & The Amplifires; Saturday, The Racky Thomas Band; Springfield. (413) 736-6000
  • Stateline Station Café: Saturday, Rich Badowski and friends (7 pm);·Southwick, MA
  • The Knickerbocker Café: Friday, Greg Piccolo  cd release party; Westerly. (401) 315-5070
  • Daryl’s House: ; Pawling, NY  (845) 289-0185
  • 350 Grille: Friday, Six Pack of Blues; Springfield.
  • The Narragansett Gazebo: Saturday, Roomful of Blues / Cee Cee & the Riders (5 pm); Narragansett, RI

Blues Beat has tried to compile the towns/phones of the various weekly events.  As this is the most volatile of the blues activities, any corrections are greatly appreciated.  Please email me at

Weekly Blues Events

  • Black Eyed Sally’s:   Liviu Pop Invitational w/TBA (Thursday) Hartford. (860) 278-7427
  • The Hungry Tiger:    Blues w/ Dave Sadloski  (Tuesday) Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • The Flying Monkey: David Stoltz Sunday Blues (4–7 pm) Hartford.
  • Waters Edge Sunset Bar & Grill:    Guitar George Baker and Willie Moore (Tuesday) Westbrook
  • The Mattabesett Canoe Club:          The Cheryl Tracy Acoustic Brunch On The River (Sunday 11am-2pm) Middletown
  • Lenny’s: Brandt Taylor /Tony D / Jon Peckman / Jay Wiggin Band (Tuesday) Branford
  • Avon Old Farms Hotel in the Seasons Restaurant: Dave Stoltz solo acoustic,
  • (Wednesday & Thursday) Avon
  • The Owl Shop:           Planet Red (Tuesday) New Haven
  • Nightingale’s Acoustic Café:        Dan Steven’s “Pickin’ Parties” (Tuesday) Old Lyme
  • Home:                         Rocky Lawrence (1st & 3rd Sunday) Branford
  • Crave:                        Rocky Lawrence (Thursday) Ansonia
  • Knickerbocker Café: Let’s Dance Wednesdays w/ The Keepers Westerly, RI
  • Waverley:      Leo Boogie [solo] (Thursday) Cheshire
  • La Luna:        Leo Boogie [solo] Friday & Saturday) Mystic
  • Tootzy Pasta Pizza:  Murray The Wheel solo show (Wednesday)
  • Waypointe Farmer’s Market:          NOLA Beatniks in residency (11-3) Guilford

Weekly Jams

  • The Hungry Tiger:    Blues Jam w/ Geoff Willard (Monday); Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • Black Eyed Sally’s:   Community Blues Jam w/TBA (Wednesday); Hartford. (860) 278-7427
  • Cafe Nine Blues Jam:           Hosted by TBA (Sunday); New Haven. (203) 789-8281
  • C J Sparrow Pub & Eatery:             Ken Safety’s Open Mic Show (Thursday); Cheshire
  • Los Mariachis:           Open Mic w/ Mitch Leighton and the Front Row Band; (Sunday, 4 pm), Southington
  • The Hungry Tiger:    Open Mic Blues Jam Hosted by The Hammerdown All-Stars; (Thursday) Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • Daddy Jack’s: Acoustic blues hosted by Jim Koeppel (every other Thursday); New London
  • Donahue’s Beach Bar:                      Open Mic Wednesday w/Sandy or Frankie; Madison
  • Fast Eddie’s Billiards Café:  Thursday Open Mic; New Milford
  • Four Seasons By the Lake:   Sunday Open Mic Jam; Stafford
  • Guilford Country Tavern:    Sandy Connolly’s Open Mic Night; (last Wednesday of month) Guilford
  • Higher Grounds: Saturday, Terri and Rob Duo; (11 am); East Haddam.
  • Infinity Music Hall Norfolk: Open Mic w/Andy Attanasio (Wednesday) Norfolk
  • Note Kitchen & Bar: 2JAM Acoustic Jam (Friday); Bethel.
  • Note Kitchen & Bar:             Open Mic Jam (Monday); Bethel.
  • O’Briens Sports Pub and Rest: Open Mic with Piano hosted by Jonathan Chapman (Monday); Danbury
  • Open Space:              Open Mic Night (Wednesday); Hamden.
  • Preston VFW:            Jam w/ guest host (Sunday); Preston
  • Sobieski John III Club: Wednesday, Open Mic w/TBA; Deep River.
  • Spill the Beans Coffee House:          Acoustic Open Mic w/Johnny I; (Thursday) Prospect (203) 758-7373
  • Stonehouse:   Blues Jam /TBA (Sunday); Baltic. (860) 822-8877
  • Strange Brew:           Bill’s Garage Jam/ Bill Thibault (Monday) Norwich.
  • The Acoustic:             Open mic (Tuesday) Bridgeport. (203) 335-3655
  • O’Neils Bar:               Acoustic open mic w/Dee Brown (Thursday) Black Rock
  • The Black Duck:        Open Jam Hosted by Wendy May (Thursdays) Westport.
  • Black Duck:               Friday Jam Session 11 pm hosted by Ed Train; Westport
  • The Black Sheep Tavern:     Open Blues Jam w/ Greg Sherrod (Thursday) Niantic (860) 739-2041
  • The Buttonwood Tree:          Open Mic Host TBA (Monday) Middletown
  • The Canoe Club:       Open Mic (Wednesday) Middletown
  • Bristol Polish Club:                Friday, Open Mic
  • The Frosty Mug:        Cheryl Tracy Open Jam New Britain
  • The Old Well Tavern:           The Blues Jam (6-9) (Alternate Sunday) Simsbury
  • The Parish Hall:        Acoustic Open Mic (Saturday) Bristol
  • The Stomping Ground:          Open Mic (Sunday) Putnam. (860) 928-7900
  • Vero Cucino:              Cheryl Tracy open mic (Wednesday) Middletown
  • Waxy O’Connor’s:    Cheryl Tracy Open Jam (Tuesday) Plainville
  • Yantic Inn:                 Open Mic (Wednesday) Yantic
  • Cady’s Tavern:          Rick Harrington Weekly Roadhouse Jam (Sunday, Chepachet RI)
  • Theodores’:   Open Mic (Wednesday, Springfield, MA) ; Springfield. (413) 736-6000
  • The Still Bar:             Blues and Beyond open mic (Sunday) Agawam, MA
  • Snow’s Restaurant & Bar:   Open mic (Sunday, Worcester, MA)
  • Park Grill and Spirits:           Two Left Blues Jam (Tuesday, Worcester, MA)
  • Jillian’s:          Open mic (Thursdays, Worcester, MA)
  • Greendale’s Pub:       Jim’s Blues Jam (Sunday, Worcester, MA)
  • Greendale’s Pub:       Open mic (Tuesday, Worcester, MA)
  • Greendale’s Pub:       Wackey Blues Jam (Wednesday, Worcester, MA)
  • Boundary Brewhouse:           Sunday Blues Jam (Pawtucket, RI)
  • The Falcon Underground:     Petey Hop’s Roots & Blues Sessions (Third Wednesday) Marlboro, NY

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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