Blues Schedule September 28, 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 28, until Thursday, October 4.

  • 41 Bridge Street Live: Friday, Shemekia Copeland; Collinsville.
  • Cruise Brews and Blues Benefit Festival: Saturday, Frank Breen, Peter Magrane and the Drive by Blues Band; Blues on the Rocks; Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and the Fiery Band,; Jake Kulak and The Lowdown featuring Braiden Sunshine; Ryan Hartt and Tom Ferraro; Chester.
  • FTC Stage One: Friday, Johnny A. Just me and my guitars, a celebration of the British song book of the 60’s; Fairfield. (203)-319-1404
  • FTC Warehouse: Thursday, Anders Osborne a benefit to support SpreadusicNow; Fairfield. (203)-319-1404
  • Jim Carty Connecticut House Concert:·Friday, Gina Sicilia; Old Lyme.
  • Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: Wednesday, Leo Kottke; Old Saybrook. (860)-510-0473
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Saturday, Chris Ruest Band; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • The Mohegan Sun (Wolf Den): Saturday, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band; Uncasville. (888) 226-7711
  • The Spaceland Ballroom: Sunday, George Porter Jr. with Truth, Ron Artis II; Hamden.
  • The Brass Horse Café: Friday, Big Mike and Chris Tofield; Saturday, Big Mike and Chris Tofield; Sunday, Big Mike and Chris Tofield (4 pm); Barkhamsted.
  • Mulligans: Saturday, D. Smith Blues Band; Torrington.
  • The Parrott Delaney Tavern: Sunday, Kathy Thompson Band, Annual Fundraiser for the Cheryl Scott Music Education Scholarship; New Hartford.
  • Cambridge Brew House: Saturday, Rich Badowski Blues Band & Harmonica Extraordinaire; Granby.  860-653-2738
  • Note Kitchen & Bar: The Note Kitchen and Bar Jake Kulak & the LowDown; Bethel.
  • Bard Alley at Rothbard Ale + Larder: Friday, The Jon Chapman Trio, Westport.
  • Slider’s Bar & Grill: Friday, Eran Troy Danner, solo acoustic (5 pm); Middletown.
  • Little Pub: Friday, The Outcrops; Sunday, The Red Hots Monday, The Red Hots Cynthia Preston w/ Jay Margolin; Wilton.
  • Old Post Tavern: Friday, Red Ball Express; Fairfield.
  • BRYAC: Saturday, Red Ball Express; Black Rock.
  • Peaches On the Waterfront: Sunday Brunch with Vinnie Ferrone (12 pm); Sunday, Funday with The Mojomatics (4 pm); Norwalk.
  • Toad’s Place: Friday, Unfinished Business Blues Band opens/for Shakedown; New Haven.  (203) 624-8623
  • Pacific Standard Tavern: Friday, Creamery Station; New Haven.
  • Best Video: Saturday, Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights w/Marc Crofutt; Hamden.
  • O’Briens Sports Pub and Restaurant: Saturday, The Touro Band; Danbury.
  • The Bee and Thistle Inn: Sunday, Dan Stevens (5 pm); Old Lyme.  (860) 434-1667
  • Village Bistro At Beach House: Friday, Sarah Rose and George Lesiw Duo; Milford.
  • Woodbury Brewing Company: Thursday, Chris Tofield and the Blues Benders; Woodbury.  (203) 405-3811
  • Maple Tree Café: Friday, Neal & The Vipers; Simsbury.
  • Hartford Road Café: Friday, The Coffee Grinders; Manchester.  (860) 646-1044
  • Smokin’ With Chris: Friday, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens; Saturday, Chris D’Amato; Southington. (860) 620-9133
  • Witchdoctor Brewing: Saturday, Orb Mellon (6:30 pm); Southington.  (860) 426-1924
  • Southington Community Cultural Arts: the Sawtelles; (7 pm) Southington.
  • The Stomping Ground: Friday, The Eric Ducoff Band; Saturday, The Bees Deluxe; Sunday, Marwan Maurice (1 pm); Thursday, Pat Halpin and the 351s; Putnam. (860) 928-7900
  • Butterball’s Greenleaf Café: Friday, 432 Band; Hebron. (860) 228-8148.
  • Trilogy Lounge: Saturday, Kathy Thompson Band; Seymour.  (203) 828-6718
  • LaSalle Market & Deli: Saturday, Giveback At LaSalle w/ Xray & Melanie (7 pm); Canton.
  • Labyrinth Brewing: Sunday, The Coffee Grinders (2 pm); Manchester.
  • The Hops Company: Sunday, Eran Troy Danner, solo acoustic (3 pm) Derby
  • The Station Restaurant: Thursday, Eran Troy Danner, solo acoustic; Naugatuck.
  • Hook Line & Sinker: Friday, Murray the Wheel; Shelton.
  • The Steak Loft: Friday, Kosher Kid; Sunday, Sidewinders; Mystic. (860)-536-2661
  • Daryl’s House: Saturday, Blues Brunch: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swinger; Pawling, NY  (845) 289-0185
  • The Falcon: Friday, Jonny Rosch & Friends; Marlboro, NY.  (845)  236-7970.
  • Theodores’: Doug Deming; Springfield. (413) 736-6000
  • The Knickerbocker Café: Friday, Chris Ruest Band; Westerly. (401) 315-5070
  • The Sky Box Sports Bar: Saturday, Blue Devil Bluez; Southwick, MA
  • Homefield Brewing: Sunday, Shawn Taylor (2 pm); Sturbridge, MA  (774) 242-6365
  • The Big-E CT Beer Garden Residency: Saturday, Shawn Taylor (5 pm); West Springfield, MA
  • Loyal Oder of the Moose: Sunday, Benefit for Mike Rondeau featuring the Spyda Blues All-Stars; Chiopee, MA

Of Interest:

  • The Falcon Main, Underground & Outdoor Stages: Sunday, Domestic Violence Awareness Benefit, All Women All-Star, (all day); Marlboro, NY.  (845)  236-7970.
  • Suzuki Music School: Friday, Ukulele Festival w/Edukated Fleas, Uncle Zac, Abe Deshotel, The CUkes (12-9 pm); Westport.
  • Church of the Archangels: Friday, Greek Fest (5 pm); Stamford.
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park: Saturday, Soupstock Fest; Shelton.
  • Partner’s: Sunday, 30th Anniversary Party: Benefits Tommy Spinola Memorial Foundation; Norwalk.

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/ Ryan Hartt (Thursday) Hartford. (860) 278-7427
  • The Hungry Tiger:    Blues w/ Dave Sadloski  (Tuesday) Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • The Flying Monkey: David Stoltz Sunday Blues w/Tom “The Suit” Forst?(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 Cartells 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/ Mark Paradis (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
  • 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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