Hartford’s home of the best Live Jazz, Blues, Rock & Roots music.
“Powerful, rollicking and magical…virtuoso harp, wildly eccentric guitar, sly, streetwise vocals and great songs” –Blues & Rhythm
“These are serious musicians having a hotter than hot good time. It’s tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking.” –Chicago Sun-Times
Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, 2018’s Blues Music Award- winning Band of The Year Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour haircut. DownBeat says, “Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wise guy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter.” Live, the band is simply unbeatable. They deliver a high-energy show capable of bringing any audience to its feet.” According to Living Blues magazine, they play “captivating, powerful blues and roots rock with a wickedly cool and otherworldly twist on tradition…intelligently conceived and executed…hugely entertaining. “
Bruce Katz is a four time nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C. Handy Award) for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”, selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN.
While Blues is a very important part of his music, Bruce’s music has more angles and influences, occupying a unique space where blues, “soul-jazz”, jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own. He is equally comfortable playing Hammond B-3 Organ and Piano.
Besides leading the Bruce Katz Band, Bruce performs regularly with the Delbert McClinton Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, John Hammond, and other artists as well. He was a member of the Gregg Allman Band from 2007-2013.
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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!!
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..
NEW DATE! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1! Tickets for November 17 will be honored for this new date.
Sky Casper Events & Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar present SOUTHERN-FRIED SASS: A Drag Eggsperience with NEDRA BELLE of The Voice.
Connecticut’s premier drag brunch gets a soulful makeover! Black-Eyed Sally’s legendary Sunday brunch gets a drag makeover with Nedra Belle, an acclaimed drag performer who snatched national attention with her show-stopping appearances on NBC’s The Voice. Known for her soul, R&B and roof-raising gospel performances, Nedra is going to take you sinners to church! Features a full Southern buffet, so get ready for grits and glamour!
“Yes, you came from church, but God gave you that voice to sing far and beyond!” – The Voice’s Jennifer Hudson to Nedra Belle
Seatings: 11am/11:30am & 2pm/2:30pm
Showtimes: 12pm & 3pm
Tickets: $15 online at SkyCasper.com/events, $20 cash at the door (AGES 18+) – this is will sell out quickly.
Drink Specials: $20 Mimosa & Bloody Mary Package
Brunch Buffet: $27.28 (tax & gratuity included)
The Chicago Dawgs lay down the blues deep, soulful and hard-edged like an authentic Chicago blues band, and there’s a good reason for that: They ARE an authentic Chicago blues band — fronted by native Chicagoans.
Guitarist and vocalist Tom Crivellone grew up in Chicago and spent 11 years touring internationally with the late, great Blues Hall of Fame member Eddy”The Chief” Clearwater — one of Chicago’s greatest bluesmen (and also a cousin of Lurrie Bell) — until Eddy’s unfortunate passing last year. Before that, Crivellone was co-founder with veteran blues and soul singer L.C. Walker of Two for the Blues, performing for years in Chicago-area clubs while also maintaining a home in CT.
Harmonica player and vocalist Mark Zaretsky, who also grew up in and around Chicago, has led New Haven’s The Cobalt Rhythm Kings for more than two decades. He learned about the blues by watching blues greats Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Albert King, Mighty Joe Young, Lefty Dizz and Fenton Robinson perform while growing up in the Windy City. Zaretsky also performs a few times a year in Mark Naftalin & Friends with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mark Naftalin of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Drummer Marcel Blanchet isn’t from Chicago, but he sure can play! He provides the rock-solid backing that propels The Chicago Dawgs’ music forward. In addition to playing with The Chicago Dawgs and the Tom Crivellone Band, Blanchet is a touring drummer for traveling shows. He also performs with his own project, “Beyond the Sun” and is a session musician for countless radio and TV commercials.
Joining The Chicago Dawgs for this gig will be a third native Chicagoan, Wendell Jones, on bass guitar and vocals. Jones, a blues, funk and reggae veteran who grew up on Chicago’s South Side, also is the bassist for The Cobalt Rhythm Kings. In addition, he has performed in recent years with the INITY reggae band and other projects and was the original bassist for New Haven’s long-running R&B band, Boogie Chillun.
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