Enjoy Sally’s Southern Cookin’ before Dead & Co. at the XL Center then return later to groove with The Dead Show Band- NO COVER!
Dead Show is an accomplished Grateful Dead tribute band from Northern Connecticut focused on playing a very wide variety of the Dead’s live repertoire.
Dead Show line up:
Jeff Bowen – Bass, Vocals
Brian “Duke” Konopka – Drums
Mark Paradis – Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Martinson – Guitar, Vocals
Rand Laverty – Keys, Vocals
Dead Show starts at 10 pm and The Instigators Band opens up for them at 8 pm
This queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul, who grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples, teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process. She’s the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band, whose latest CD, 2010’s The Deep End, was honored on five national Top Ten lists and features special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson, and others.
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Jeff Pitchell is an internationally acclaimed, award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, and an actor who reminds fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, BB King etc. but most of all, is a top drawing, best selling artist whose explosive guitar playing and impassioned vocals have drawn rave reviews from fans and critics alike for simply playing music that Jeff himself has written! Jeff has just returned from Europe, where he had an extremely successful trip!! Jeff and Texas Flood are top-notch musicians and singers who unite to bring a high energy mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul and funky Texas Blues..
Every wed at 8:00 pm we host one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! Featuring our house band with a different host each week, you’ll hear some of the best musicians CT has to offer and it’s open to all ages (under 18 with a parent). Come on in, sign up, and let us hear your stuff- No Cover Charge!!
CD Release party! Comstock Station is a Three Piece Power Rock & Roll Band and lifelong musicians from the Hartford, CT area. You can expect a variety of high-octane, raw, guitar-driven Classic Rock & Roll, and Blues, playing originals and covers, crafted by their unique style.
Troy & Will are lifelong friends and have known each other since the age of 5. They grew up listening to all types of music, mainly Classic Rock bands like Zeppelin, AC/DC, Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc. They played together, even creating songs during their teens, then life took them in other directions. Years later, they’ve come full circle, reunited, and have expanded upon their Rock/Blues roots. Growing up less than a mile away from each other, they share a common bond with the same musical DNA. Drummer Greg Aiello came into the band at just the right time, and it was instant musical chemistry. That sealed the deal as the band Comstock Station.
Black-Eyed Sally’s is PUMPED to bring back The Popular “NORTHEAST BLUES HARMONICA SHOWCASE”! Fans of Stellar Blues Harmonica Playing, Sizzling Live Electric Blues and Outstanding Live Musical Entertainment will be treated to another “Off the Charts” display by FOUR Nationally recognized Blues Harmonica talents, featuring a spectacular visit by World Reknown, Severn Recording Artist, The Legendary “SUGAR RAY NORCIA”!!
“SUGAR RAY NORCIA”:
Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray and the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and it has stayed there ever since. Norcia has appeared on over 50 albums including discs with The Bluetones, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Big Walter Horton, Otis Grand, Ann Peebles, Michelle Willson, Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, J. Geils, Maurizio Pugno, Sax Gordon, Duke Robillard, and his 1999 “Best Traditional Blues” Grammy nominated collaboration with fellow harmonica virtuosos James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Branch called Superharps-that also includes fellow Bluetones Mudcat Ward and Anthony Geraci.In the ‘90s Norcia spent seven high-profile years with the legendary Roomful of Blues. He cut five albums with the group including 1996’s Turn It On,Turn IT Up, which also received a “Best Traditional Blues” Grammy nod. Today Norcia’s elan and robust tone makes his voice one of the most distinctive, well-defined and recognizable instruments in modern blues.
He continues to tour the world with his durable Bluetones and make acclaimed albums like his forth Severn release 2007’s My Life, My Friends, My Music – which drew Blues Music Award nominations for “Album of the Year,” Instrumentalist – Harmonica,” Instrumentalist – Bass” and “Song of the Year” (for “Last Words of a Fool”.) Sugar Ray’s recording titled Evening was nominated for Five 2012 Blues Music Awards including “Album of the Year”, “Band of the Year”, “Traditional Blues Album”, “Instrumentalist – Harmonica” and “Instrumentalist – Bass”. In 2012 Ray was also inducted into Rhode Island’s Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Canadian South Hall of Fame.
Sugar Ray Norcia’s 3rd nomination for a 2014 Grammy Award was for his contribution on an album entitled emembering Little Walter on Blind Pig Records, which also won two 2014 Blues Music Awards for “Album of the Year” and “Traditional Blues Album”. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones released (BMI nominated)Living Tear To Tear on Severn Records which debuted #1 on The Living Blues Radio Charts as well as the 2016 release Seeing Is Believing, which garnished 10 BMI nominations!
If that’s not enough, how about a soul stirring set of Blues by Boston’s Top Shelf Blues Lady, CHERYL ARENA! Cheryl sizzles with excitement as she mesmerizes audiences with her sultry voice and powerhouse energy. She is a triple threat – a great songwriter, vocalist and blows harp like there’s no tomorrow! She’s recorded on several cds including her recent solo effort, “Blues Got Me”, produced by Duke Robillard, who plays on many cuts. Currently Cheryl Tours regionally, nationally and internationally, is winner of the 2009, 2013 and 2015 Blues Audience Magazine’s Readers Poll for “Most Outstanding Harmonica Player” and teaches at Jon Gindick’s Harmonica Camp in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Ventura, CA.
WALLY “SWEET DADDY” GREANEY
Wally formed the wildly popular, “Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze” in 1990. ”Sweet Daddy” has developed a loyal following throughout Europe, touring overseas the last 20 yrs. Back home, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze continue to tour the East Coast and Mid-West. In Wally’s 35 yrs in the Blues Business he’s worked and recorded with James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Taj Mahal, Bo Didley, Matt “Guitar” Murphy from Blues Brothers fame, Jaimoe, drummer with Allman Brothers, Ken Johnson, drummer from The James Cotton Band, John Kay (Steppenwolf) and Kenny Neal. Sweet Daddy’s smoking lead vocals and soulful Sax add to his Crowd Pleasing “Full Bodied” Harmonica Prowess on stage and always create a memorable evening for those lucky enough to witness the Sweet Daddy!
DAVE “KOSHER KID” ROBBINS
In the 90’s Dave was a side-man for Boston’s “West End Blues Band” for 9 years. After recording at Newbury Sound and playing every club in the greater Boston music scene, Dave left to form “The Robbins Blues Band” playing clubs throughout Mass and Connecticut. In 2012 Dave became an original member of Connecticut’s “Easy Baby” for several years.
Nowadays Blues fans know New England Blues Harp Burner and Vocalist “The Kosher Kid” best as Bandleader for touring Northeast Blues Act, “The Incredible Amplifires”. The Kosher Kid can also be seen as part of Indie Blues and Roots band “The Orb Mellon Trio”, which was founded by Mike Malone of the 90’s Sony/Epic Recording Artists, Indie Rock band, “The Dirt Merchants”
For 30 years Dave has traveled throughout New England playing music clubs, festivals and roadhouses, as well as supporting nationally touring acts and/or sharing the stage with such notables as Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets feat. Sam Meyers, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Junior Wells, Matt Guitar Murphy, Darrell Nulisch, James Cotton Band, Junior Watson, Spin Doctors, David Foster and The Shaboo Allstars, Mitch Shakour, James Montgomery, Sugar Ray Norcia, Steve Guyger, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Dennis Gruenling, Bruce Katz Band, Ricky King Russell, Johnny Hoy, Matt Stubbs, Neal Vitullo, Michael Williams, Rockin Johnny Burgin, and many others.
RICKY “KING” RUSSELL BAND:
Ricky is one of Blues most seasoned performers and one of a handful of today’s Cream of The Crop Blues Guitar Slingers! Taking his cue from Blues masters, Ricky plays with passion and style. His 4 CD’s are radio favorites and featured on Dan Akroyd’s House of Blues Radio. Described as “Volcanic” by the Boston Globe, Ricky always delivers from the heart, appearing with such notables as David “Honey Boy” Edwards, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Clearwater, Mighty Sam McClain, Ronnie Earl, Jerry Portnoy, Duke Robillard, Kim Wilson, Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton (Double Trouble), Susan Tedeschi, Roomful of Blues, James Montgomery, Sugar Ray Norcia, Debbie Davies, Steve Miller and many others. He was a featured artist at the original House of Blues in Cambridge, MA and Harvard University has bestowed upon him an honorary “Doctorate of the Blues”.
Bring your dancing shoes and put the fire department on stand-by….This place is gonna be sizzlin’ smokin’ and swingin’ baby!
The mighty Hammond B-3. An instrument that all by itself can literally shake the dust off the rafters. Whether it’s a volcanic swell, down-and-dirty Blues wails… or Soulful Gospel chords, the Hammond sound is at the heart of everything Vitamin B-3 plays. From classic R&B to Southern Soul to deep Blues and occasional forays into Jazz and Funk, Vitamin B-3 keeps the rhythms pumping all night long.