Blues Schedule December 21, 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, Dcember 21 until Thursday, December 27.

  • 41 Bridge Street Live: Saturday, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band Holiday Show; Collinsville.
  • Infinity Music Hall: Saturday, Roomful of Blues; Hartford.
  • Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: Saturday, NRBQ; Old Saybrook. (860)-510-0473
  • The Mohegan Sun (Wolf Den): Friday, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy’s Wild Swingin’ Holiday Party; Saturday, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy’s Wild Swingin’ Holiday Party; Sunday, David Foster & the Mohegan Sun All-Stars; Uncasville. (888) 226-7711
  • The Black Duck: Friday, The 5 O’Clocks; Saturday, Voodoo Carnival; Westport.
  • Peaches On the Waterfront: Saturday, Holiday Party w/Red Ball; Sunday, Brunch with Vinnie Ferrone (12 Noon); Norwalk.
  • Murphy’s Pub: Friday, The Red Hots (5 pm); Newtown.
  • The Windmill Tavern: Saturday, Howie (Eldridge) & The Soul Potatoes w/Paul Gabriel;
  • Black-eyed Sally’s: Friday, Vitamin B-3; Saturday, The Blues / Jazz Project; Hartford. (860) 278 7427
  • La Boca: Saturday, Terri and Rob Opening for Someone You Can X-Ray; Middletown.
  • Tuscany Grill: Friday, The Steve Polezonis Trio; Middletown.
  • Sarah’s Wine Bar: Saturday, Shawn Taylor; Ridgefield.  (203) 438-8282
  • Note Kitchen & Bar: Friday, Wandering Roots Duo; Bethel.
  • Café 9: Friday, Snake Hill Blues at Cafe Nine (with Hotflash); Thursday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez /The Bandidos; New Haven.  (203)-789-8281
  • The Space Ballroom: Sunday, Someone You Can X-Ray / Cobalt Rhythm Kings & More (3 pm); Hamden.
  • Donahue’s: Sunday, The Barley Hoppers; Madison.
  • The State House: Thursday, Nardy Boy w/The Lost Tribe; New Haven.
  • Woodbury Brewing Company: Sunday, Hash Brown w/ Steve Peck & special guests; Woodbury.  (203) 405-3811
  • Country Tavern: Saturday, Washboard Slim & the BlueLights Divas Show; Guilford.  (203) 453-9205
  • Alfa’s Bar: Saturday, The Mighty Soul Drivers; Milford.
  • Murphy’s Pub: Saturday, The Jay Willie Blues Band; Newtown,
  • Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery: Friday, Eran Troy Danner, acoustic duo (5 pm);Wallingford.  (203) 284-0123
  • Zorba’s Pizza: Friday, Terri and Bruce Hazard (No Rob) (5 pm); Meriden.
  • Smokin’ With Chris: Friday, The Red Planet; Southington. (860) 620-9133
  • Maple Tree Café: Friday, Hash Brown Holiday Party with 706 Union Ave; Simsbury.
  • Cambridge Brew House: Friday, HannaH’s Field Winter Solstice; Saturday, Rich Badowski Blues Band & Harmonica Extraordinaire; Granby.  860-653-2738
  • Stryker’s Café: Saturday, Cobalt Express; Berlin.  (860) 828-8218
  • Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt: Thursday, The Coffee Grinders (6:30 PM); Hartford.
  • Strykers Café: Saturday, Cobalt Express; Berlin. (860) 828-8218
  • Cuppy’s: Friday, Howie (Eldridge) & The Soul Potatoes w/Paul Gabriel; Shelton.
  • The Eleven Bar & Grille: Friday, Creamery Holidaze Party; Naugatuck.
  • City Sports: Saturday, Six Pack of Blues; Vernon.
  • The Hilltop Restaurant: Saturday, Patty Tuite Group; Willington.  (860) 477-1054
  • The Stomping Ground: Friday, The Infinite Groove; Saturday, Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas (1 pm); Saturday, Professor Harp (8 pm); Wednesday, Evan Goodrow; Thursday, Pat Halpin and the 351s; Putnam.  (860) 928-7900
  • Sneekers Café: Thursday, Sue Menhart Band; Groton.
  • C.C. O’Brien’s: Saturday, Greg Sherrod Band; Pawcatuck. (860) 599-2034
  • Daddy Jack’s: Saturday, Chris McKay & the Toneshifters; New London.
  • The Steak Loft: Sunday, Sidewinders; Mystic. (860)-536-2661
  • Capitol Theater: Thursday, Oteil & Friends; Port Chester, NY  (914) 937-4126
  • The Falcon: Friday, Danielle Sheri & Steve Osso; Thursday, Menza Madison Band (7:30 Split Bill); Marlboro, NY
  • Garcia’s at Capitol Theater: Saturday, Taz’s Holiday Spectacular w/Jimmy Vivino; Sunday, Stella Blue’s Band Festivus Holiday Party; Thursday, Oteil & Friends Pre-Party (5 pm); Port Chester, NY  (914) 937-4126
  • The Falcon Underground: Sunday, Brunch w/Myles Mancuso (11 am); Marlboro, NY
  • Warwick Elks: Saturday, The Barley Hoppers / Neal and the Vipers / 706 Union Ave / and more; Warwick R.I.
  • Theodores’: Friday, Aaron Norcross Trio; Saturday, Hash Brown; Thursday, Eran Troy Danner-solo acoustic; Springfield. (413) 736-6000
  • The Knickerbocker Café: Saturday, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones; Westerly. (401) 315-5070

Of Interest:

  • Tipping Chair Tavern: Wednesday, Music Trivia Showdown w/Darren Barsalou; Milldale.  (860) 426-9688
  • Lenny’s Indian Head Inn; Friday, Outdoor Christmas “Carol-oke; Branford.  Dress warmly! We’re heating things up on the deck with holiday karaoke, a hot chocolate bar, and s’mores! Even Santa will visit, and he’ll find out who’s been naughty or nice. Wear your ugly Christmas sweater for a chance to win a great prize!
  • The Falcon: Friday, Sixth Annual Christmas Benefit; ; Marlboro, NY
  • Guests are asked to make a voluntary donation to help provide Southern California Wildfire Relief via the California Community Foundation.
  • Bull & Swine: Monday, Al & Tevin’s Ugly Sweater Party; New Haven.
  • The Black Duck: Tuesday, Christmas Night; Westport.

Weekly Blues Events

  • Black Eyed Sally’s:   Liviu Pop Invitational w/Petey Hop (Thursday) Hartford. (860) 278-7427
  • The Hungry Tiger:    Blues w/Dave Sadlowski (Tuesday) Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • The Flying Monkey: David Stoltz Sunday Blues (4–7 pm) Hartford.
  • Steak Loft:                Greg Piccolo (Monday) Mystic
  • Waters Edge Sunset Bar & Grill:    Guitar George Baker / Willie Moore (Tuesday) Westbrook
  • O’Neill’s:                    Geoff Hartwell (First Saturday) Norwalk
  • Seagrape:       Charlie Karp followed by the Lamb Jam (Wednesday) Fairfield
  • 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
  • Maple Tree:   Thursday’s Tim McDonald & Hally Jaeggi, Simsbury
  • 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
  • Hog River Brewing Co.:       Wise Old Moon’s Twang Thursdays w/Orb Mellon Hartford.
  • Knickerbocker Café: Let’s Dance Wednesdays w/Dan Lord & the Big Shots Westerly, RI
  • Waverley:      Leo Boogie [solo] (Thursday) Cheshire
  • Mulligans:      Juke Box Bingo (2nd & 4th Thursday); Torrington.
  • Tootzy Pasta Pizza:  Murray The Wheel solo show (Wednesday)
  • The Falcon Underground: Hudson Valley Singer/Songwriters, Host, Jason Gisser (First Wednesday) Marlboro, NY
  • Peaches On the Waterfront:            Sunday Brunch with Vinnie Ferrone (12-3 pm) Norwalk

Weekly Jams

  • The Hungry Tiger:    Blues Jam w/ Geoff Willard (Monday); Manchester. (860) 649-1195
  • Black Eyed Sally’s:   Community Blues Jam w/ Tim McDonald (Wednesday); Hartford. (860) 278-7427
  • 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
  • Café 9:                        Original Blues Jam Session w/ George Lesiw Band (Sunday) New Haven
  • The Buttonwood Tree:          Terri and Rob Duo Host the Open Mic (Monday); Middletown.
  • 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:        Terri and Rob Duo (11 am) (Saturday) East Haddam.
  • Infinity Music Hall:   Open Mic in  the Bistro (Thursday) 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 / Lisa Marie (Sunday); Baltic. (860) 822-8877
  • Club One:       Open Blues Jam  w/Cobalt Express (Wednesdays) Feeding Hills, MA
  • Strange Brew:           Bill’s Garage Jam/ Bill Thibault (Monday) Norwich.
  • 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
  • O’Neils Bar:   Acoustic open mic w/Dee Brown (Thursday) Bridgeport
  • The Buttonwood Tree:          Open Mic Host Terri and Rob Duo (Monday) Middletown
  • Bristol Polish Club:                Friday, Open Mic
  • 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’s Plainville and Cheryl Tracy present Thursday nights rehearsal jam sessions featuring local musicians.
  • The State House in New Haven a multipurpose tavern, first Sunday of the month.
  • 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
  • The Falcon Underground:     Acoustic Open Mic Sessions w/Jason Gisser (first Wednesday) Marlboro, NY
  • Lucy’s Lounge:          Petey Hop’s acoustic open mic (Monday) Pleasantville, NY
  • June’s:            CT Music Showcase Acoustic Open Mic (Monday) Killingworth. (860)-663-1292
  • The Bayou:    Blues jam (Monday) Mount Vernon, NY

Questions/comments/updates, I can be reached at  As change is pretty constant in these events some may have been added and others moved on.  Please contact me if that occurs.  Domenic Forcella.

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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