Hartford’s home of the best Live Jazz, Blues, Rock & Roots music.
John Németh is an American electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has received two Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015. He has recorded nine solo albums since 2002, having also backed Junior Watson, Anson Funderburgh and Elvin Bishop. He has opened for Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’, and Earl Thomas.
Monster Mike Welch is an American electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2017 and 2018. Welch has released seven albums to date, and is a member of Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. Living Blues magazine cited “Welch is becoming an all-around guitar master.” With Monster Mike tonight is Anthony Geraci, Mudcat ward & Liviu Pop!
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce Southern cookin’ of Sally’s kitchen. Jam session begins after 1st set. Under 21s welcome. Sponsored by the Hartford Jazz Society!
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!!
Kim Trusty hails from Media, Pennsylvania. Her foray into songwriting started at a young age and eventually brought her to New England to study songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was referred to as “the girl with the golden voice.” She has spent the last three decades residing in Providence Rhode Island refining her musical skills, crafting and branding her own style of Jazz, R&B, Blues and original music. Trusty’s reputation has moved well beyond the Ocean State as a consummate technician, vocalist, lyricist and songstress.
Trusty draws on Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Vocal Improvisation, Soul and Roots, bringing her life, heart and work experiences into unforgettable and unique performances. Her talent, presence and warmth combine to invariably bring an audience to its feet time and again and develop community whether in the classroom or on the stage.
Trusty’s depth of talent transcends customary expectations, whether performing with a guitar, piano or a full band. Her voice wraps up the listener in sultry surround sound from the first note and instantly makes it clear that there’s nothing better than full immersion in the Kim Trusty Music vibe.
Fat Tuesday at Black-eyed Sally’s
Join us for our biggest day of the year!
We are partying all day long!!
Lunch- All-u-can eat Southern Feast 11:30-2:00
We won’t tell ya when to stop!
Happy Hour- 4:00-6:00
Complimentary Cajun vittles-Hurricane & Abita beer specials
Dinner 6:00 -11:00
Nawlins’ specials and our regular menu available
Dancing to Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs at 7:30
Stilt walkers, Mardi Gras beads, face painting and more…..
Ya just can’t have more fun in Hartford on a Tuesday!!
I.B.M. (Iacobucci, Bonito, Montano) is a power trio of professional musicians from Central Connecticut. Performing covers of classic rock and heavy blues material, their retro sound is similar to Cream, Beck/Bogart/Appice and Baker/Bruce/Moore. Their groove-based song list, arrangements and style keep audiences entertained and moving to their jam-based beat.
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 Entertainment will be treated to another “Off the Charts” display by THREE Nationally recognized Blues Harmonica talents, PLUS, a spectacular visit by New England’s Blues Fiddler extraordinaire, Ilana Katz Katz!
JIM FITTING: One of a handful of Boston’s elite Harp masters, JIM FITTING’s many fans know him as Harmonica player and Vocalist for RCA and Rounder recording artists, Rockin’ Blues Band “Treat Her Right” who’s guitarist “Mark Sandman” later formed the band “Morphine”. Currently touring nationally as part of “Session Americana”, Jim’s Harmonica Prowess has elevated to mind blowing heights! Interestingly, “Treat Her Right” song “Rhythm & Booze” was featured on The Hangover soundtrack, released in 2009. If you’ve never seen Jim perform, he’s worth the price of admission alone!
Regional Boston area Blues Hero, Blues Harp Troubadour, Superb Vocalist, Songwriter and Bandleader, Racky Thomas has been a torchbearer for the Blues since 1995, when Racky collaborated with Blues Guitar master Nick Adams.
“The Racky Thomas Band” quickly became a New England favorite, winning the 1997 Boston Blues Battle! Releasing critically acclaimed CD’s, making numerous festival and club appearances throughout the USA and France, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Ronnie Earl, Luther “Guitar Jr” Johnson, Matt McCabe and Sue Tedeschi, Racky forges forward with Blues, Mesmerizing and Delighting Audiences!
“Racky Thomas delivers and keeps amazing his audiences” – Lady K
In the 90’s Dave Robbins was a side-man for Boston’s “West End Blues Band” for 9 years. After recording at Newbury Sound and playing every music club in greater Boston, 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 Blues Harp Burner and Vocalist, Dave Robbins best as Bandleader for popular New England Regional Blues Act, “The Amplifires”. Dave can also be seen as part of The Mud Morganfield Band and The Rockin’ Johnny Burgin Band when they tour through New England and East Coast.
For 30 years Dave has travelled 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 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, Mud Morganfield and many others.
ILANA KATZ KATZ
Ilana Katz Katz has been hailed as “a rising star with her own blend of Blues and old-time Appalachian fiddling.” Ilana began as a busker in 2008, playing the crowded platforms of Boston’s subway stations. After a chance meeting with Ronnie Earl at a Billy Boy Arnold concert in 2013, Ronnie invited Ilana to sit in with him at an upcoming show. He subsequently took her under his wing, offering to accompany Ilana on her 2014 debut record, showcasing her as his guest in many shows around Boston and New York
Her distinguished signature Blues violin and singing soon had her guesting with a who’s who of Blues musicians. Her second record featured NY Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Radcliff and multi-grammy nominated Cedric Watson. When she isn’t touring and performing ‘above ground’ – you can still find Ilana in the subway – playing her fiddle and serenading passersby with her own brand of Blues – including some jazzy scat singing in sync with her fiddle. She loves ‘bringing music to the people.’ She is known as a versatile, improvisational musician, equally comfortable performing solo, leading a band, or lending her fiddling prowess to bands in theaters, clubs, and festivals. She plays a lot of blues, but is also known for her Appalachian fiddlin’ and some rock ‘n roll violin as well.
Ilana boasts many accomplishments Including a 2017 Vizztone record release “Subway Stories” which made the Living Blues Charts, received many stellar reviews, and was #11 record for the year. Winning the Boston Blues Challenge (solo) and performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN (January, 2018). Her 2016 record release “Movin’ On” made top ten for 2016 by Steve Morse (Boston Globe, Berklee College) and her original “Marlyn’s Blues” earned a finalist spot for “Coolest Blues Song in the World 2015” by Big City Blues Magazine.
RICKY “KING” RUSSELL BAND:
The Ricky King Russell Band is arguably the Hottest, Hardest Working Blues Band in New England! 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!