Out­door events fill the week­end with mu­sic

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - YOUR WEEKEND - By Domenic For­cella Get the com­plete Blues Beat schedule on Thurs­day at the blog http:// blues­beat­news.wordpress. com/. Any ques­tions or com­ments should be sent to Domenic For­cella at TWBlus@aol.com.

As we move into La­bor Day week­end, the blues are gear­ing up for a busy time. The weather is good enough for out­door events to con­tinue. More acts are be­ing booked for the fu­ture in the big and small venues across the state.

This week­end the Tip­ping Chair Tav­ern has a two-night blues dou­ble header. Fri­day, The Royal Din Acoustic Duo opens the evening at 5 p.m.. They are fol­lowed by The Col­bys at 8:30 p.m. Satur­day, the 5 p.m. act is Eran Troy Dan­ner. Then at 8:30 p.m. Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood hit the stage. If that wasn’t enough for the Tip­ping Chair, Tues­day they’ll have Kal David, Dave Livolsi and Liviu Pop.

Fri­day, after The Tip­ping Chair, Eran Troy Dan­ner with his elec­tric trio heads to Cafe 1650. The week is keep­ing him busy. Satur­day, he plays solo acoustic at Jake’s Mar­tini Bar. Hawk Ridge Win­ery hosts him on Sun­day. Then Mon­day from 3 to 5 p.m. he will be at the Goshen Fair.

Across town at Smokin’ With Chris on Thurs­day, it is Chris D’Amato.

In­fin­ity Mu­sic Hall in Nor­folk has its tra­di­tional La­bor Day BBQ with an All Amer­i­can BBQ Buf­fet. The Bistro will be open 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be live mu­sic from 12-2 p.m. by Ar­tie To­bia.

Many Con­necti­cut fans will be head­ing to the 20th An­nual Rhythm and Roots Fes­ti­val over La­bor Day week­end in Nin­i­gret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Is­land. Join Con­necti­cut’s Bee­hive Queen, Chris­tine Ohlman as she joins Sarah Potenza and friends, in­clud­ing Ian Cross­man, Frank Viele, The Revel­ers and Alex Meixner Band to gospelize at the kick-off event of the fest’s last day. Later that evening, Ohlman joins the New Or­leans Sus­pects for Sun­day’s head­line set.

On Fri­day, Café 9 holds An Evening with the Ge­orge Baker Band. “Gui­tar” Ge­orge Baker is a world renowned blues­man from Louisiana, pos­sess­ing a magic voice and bril­liant gui­tar styling. His mu­sic hits the soul, up­lifts the spirit, and moves an au­di­ence.

Born and raised in Louisiana, mas­ter gui­tarist Baker has been per­form­ing his unique gumbo mu­sic in Con­necti­cut since mov­ing there in 1985. The Ge­orge Baker Band fea­tures Wil­lie Moore, Chris Lyons, Lou Ianello and Jor­dan Gian­greco.

The Balkun Broth­ers are al­ways in mo­tion. This week they take part in the Pratt St Lunchtime Mu­sic in Hart­ford on Fri­day and the Haddam Neck Fair, Sun­day.

The an­nual West­port Blues, Views, & BBQ Fes­ti­val is this week­end. Satur­day, Dan Stevens is on at 11:30 am and Root Hog Shaka/Petey Hop Duo is 1 p.m..

Hang­ing Hills Brew­ery has been a good place to find the blues. On Fri­day, Orb Mel­lon will be there start­ing at 7 p.m..

Bill’s Seafood brings in the Shiny Lapel Trio on Satur­day, with a Tues­day visit from Johnny & The East Coast Rock­ers.

The Cof­fee Grinders, sup­ply­ing some real “down in the Delta blues,” are play­ing at the Cam­bridge Brew House on Fri­day.

The Con­necti­cut Blues So­ci­ety’s fall schedule re­mains ac­tive in its pro­mo­tion of the blues. Its se­ries of blues events, in part­ner­ship with The Maple Tree Cafe, con­tin­ues this month, fea­tur­ing the best blues tal­ent in the state. Bands who have rep­re­sented the state at the In­ter­na­tional Blues Chal­lenge in Mem­phis have par­tic­i­pated in and won Con­necti­cut chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tions or have been in­volved in blues fundrais­ing events will be in­vited to play. Also fea­tured are young and up­com­ing bands who show po­ten­tial for keep­ing the blues alive.

The Con­necti­cut Blues So­ci­ety is also start­ing up its monthly blues jam with the Solo/Duo Chal­lenge com­ing up.

2 Left Feet Blues Fes­ti­val is worth another men­tion in Blues Beat. The Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Sims­bury Mead­ows was the host fa­cil­ity and it is one if not the best in the state. A va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment is pre­sented there, mak­ing it a place to suit many tastes.

Blues Beat had the op­por­tu­nity to talk with Sims­bury First Select­woman Lisa Heavner to get her opin­ion of hav­ing a Blues Fes­ti­val in town. She re­marked on how well it was or­ga­nized and the good work of all the vol­un­teers. She was also pleased that peo­ple from across the state got a chance to see what a great place Sims­bury is, a place that puts small town val­ues to work. Blues Beat wit­nessed much of what makes towns like Sims­bury shine over the three day Fes­ti­val.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the “In­cred­i­ble Am­pli­fires” Gui­tarist, Ryan New­man. He and his band­mates in his other band “Right­eous Con­ti­nen­tal” fin­ished Third place at Fox­wood’s Bands Bat­tle. With over 40 bands in­volved, they did al­right.

Never too early to make plans for the In­ter­na­tional Blues Chal­lenge Jan­uary in Mem­phis. The band rep­re­sen­ta­tive will be EasyBaby. It is a good time to see some of the blues’ fu­ture stars. This sum­mer, Blues Beat saw a num­ber of bands that im­pressed a concert pro­moter enough to get an of­fer to play their fes­ti­val.


Eran Troy Dan­ner has a busy week ahead, with gigs around Con­necti­cut.

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