Live music performances are scheduled, but be sure to call ahead


After Blues Beat went to press last week, a number of events were cancelled. It’s a good idea to check with the club before you go; the pandemic is still having an impact and many venues have their own admission and show cancellation procedures.

“Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show” has a weekend visit to the area. Daryl’s House hosts the show on Friday and Saturday, and Infinity Hall Hartford will have them on Sunday. This is the internationally touring tribute show to the world’s greatest rock & roll band, entering its 20th year of production with over 4,000 performances.

Performing up to 150 shows a year, this highly acclaimed production features the most authentic cast and costumes of its kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the cast bring a colorful performance to over 50 years of classic hits. They have been featured in hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television and radio, as the biggest show in the world honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy.

Dan Stevens’ Acoustic Blues Tour will stop Friday at the Captain Daniel Packer Inne; Saturday he plays at the Blackledge Country Club and Sunday at the Shunock River Brewery and Village Café.

On Saturday, The B-Side Band is at the Black Duck Café. While the Wandering Roots Duo play Notch 8 Bar and the Franklin Brothers bring old school funk, rock, blues and soul music to the Knickerbocker Music Center.

Friday: The Pulaski Club in New Britain hosts the Rich Badowski Blues Band on Friday; F&Blues Band with its high-energy blues is at one of Southeast Connecticut’s newest spots, The Barn in Groton; and at the Brass Horse Cafe, the band Sara Ashleigh West performs. Murray the Wheel Acoustic Duo plays Ola and the band Saturday at Crossroads. The Root Farmers, playing American roots music from Appalachia, blues, Cajun and Celtic at the Zydeco, performs Friday at the Knickerbocker Tap Room.

It’s also Third Saturday Blues time with Vinnie’s Jump and Jive, Middletown, with an evening of classic and contemporary blues for your dancing pleasure. This event takes place every third Saturday of the month. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with an introductory lesson; the dance starts at 8 p.m., until 11 p.m.

Jonathan Chapman sends blues to My Place in Newtown every Tuesday.

Theodores BBQ has the Mark Nomad Band on Friday. Nomad’s music has been heard on radio stations around the world and has been used in commercials and films. His blues has been tempered by years of life and experience; expressed through the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band.

The Willie J. Laws Band arrives on Saturday, with a sound grounded in deep Texas Roots music, adding funk, jazz-influenced bass patterns and the influence of various Afro-Caribbean-centric drum beats, the all tempered by a groove from Motown, Memphis or Muscle Shoals, New Orleans or Houston, Cincinnati or Los Angeles. The sound is traditional African American music with a unique twist, skillfully played and performed.

The Turning Point Café is calling all Dead Heads for a Saturday show with WIGJAM.

“Crazy Otto” playing Grateful Dead music with tight grooves and tasty solos is at Garcia’s at the Capitol Theater on Wednesday.

Thursday on The Falcon Main Stage, Popa Chubby takes control. He’s a big man who brings big blues.

The Blues Foundation is delighted to announce new dates for the International Blues Challenge, May 6-9. It will be a full week of blues as fans celebrate the Blues Music Award nominees and winners on Thursday May 5th and return to Beale with The IBC begins Friday May 6th. Important IBC dates to note include: Friday May 6: Night 1 Quarter-Finals; Saturday May 7: quarter-finals night 2; Sunday May 8: KBA ceremony, youth showcases and semi-finals; and Monday, May 9: IBC finals at the Orpheum. Stay tuned for the updated IBC events calendar which includes workshops, panels and showcases.

Please feel free to contact the Blues Foundation with any questions or concerns at 901-527-2583.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “the Kate,” is pleased to announce that it is one of 98 institutions across the United States selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation program. Located on the first floor of the Kate, the Katharine Hepburn Museum was recently refurbished and expanded in 2021.

Six-time Grammy-nominated Maria Muldaur, dubbed “The First Lady of Roots Music” for her previous albums evoking her varied influences from blues, country, folk, jazz and jug band music, released her new positive-themed single, “I’m Vaccinated & I’m Ready for Love!”, on Stony Plain Records on radio and all digital platforms.

See the Connecticut Blues Society for more concert listings: Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at [email protected]


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