Blues Beat: Don’t miss Canned Heat at Bridge Street Lie
Sunday, Bridge Street Live brings in Canned Heat. They rose to fame because their knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep. Emerging in 1966, Canned Heat attained three worldwide hits, “On The Road Again” in 1968, “Going Up The Country” in 1969 and “Let’s Work Together” in 1970. These recordings became rock anthems throughout the world, with “Going Up The Country” later being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock and the “Woodstock Generation.”
The band is also credited with bringing a number of other forgotten bluesmen to the forefront of modern blues including Sunnyland Slim, who they found driving a taxi in Chicago; Skip James, who they found in a hospital in Tunica, Mississippi and took to the Newport Festival; Memphis Slim and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, with whom they recorded in France; and Albert Collins.
Canned Heat secured a niche in the pages of rock ‘n roll history with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who, and the headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969.
The Spaceland Ballroom has a special Friday show with the James Montgomery Band. The night will turn hot and bluesy as Christine Ohlman, the Beehive Queen, joins her blues brother and his slamming band for their duo shows, which are quickly becoming legendary. Special guests include Cliff Goodwin and the Uptown Horns for this “Blues Super Session.”
Adding another dimension is Tom “The Suit” Forst Band, which opens the show.
Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, will perform at Infinity Hall in Norfolk on Saturday. They are lightning-in-a-bottle, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band. This year marks the band’s 50th anniversary. The group has earned five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards.
Big Al Anderson & The Floor Models take the stage at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Thursday. Mention the Wild Weeds and/or NRBQ, and thoughts of award-winning singer/songwriter Anderson will immediately pop into mind for most music fans. Joining him on stage is 13-time Emmy winning composer and Shinolas’ guitarist Jim Chapdelaine as well as a few more musically inclined friends to round out the band.
The Acoustic Café: Friday, Creamery Station w/ Mushroom Cloud; Bridgeport.
Creamery Station is back at The Acoustic on Friday. The band has evolved into a powerhouse on the scene with a unique sound, and people can’t get enough. The band is primarily focused on developing their original material alongside a healthy mix of classic songs you know and love, this eclectic, multi-genre band has been garnering some serious attention.
Friday, Diane Blue & Friends will be at the Polish National Home. Harmonica player and vocalist Blue gives you a double fisted knockout.
Bridgeport is hosting The Barnum Festival Palooza on Sunday. Join Paul Gabriel & Friends, Lonnie Gasperini, Scott Spray and Barry Urich for an afternoon of blues that will stamp its mark on Bridgeport. The band starts at 3:30 pm in Seaside Park.
Dan Brother & Tom Forst perform at Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford. on Saturday. Dan Brother has been performing in venerable local blues clubs and pleasing audiences. Having shared the stage with mentors like his, it’s no wonder he picked up a little of everything along the way, from protest era psychedelia to straight-up blues; classic era soul to southern rock and Texas twang.
Fiery guitar work is his forte and his star is rising faster than ever. High energy performances are drawing fans new and old to an increasing number of gigs and venues every month. Expect a mix of blues, soul, rock & roll, with sets that go from low-down monstrous slow blues to booty-grooving ecstatic funk.
Tom Forst has continues to gain acclaim as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He performs with well known musicians and has his own stage show.
Chris D’Amato has been playing blues guitar professionally for the past 25 years. He is equally adept in acoustic or electric band settings, and is at home playing many styles of blues and slide guitar. D’Amato can coax sounds of the Delta, do some fingerpicking piedmont style or flatpick colorful melodies on a vintage Gibson. You can hear every style of Americana he has absorbed along the way. His playing will captivate fans of true roots music. D’Amato is a two-time Connecticut Blues Society solo/duo finalist and a finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Guitar George Baker is hosting Monday Blues at the Edge from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sunset Bar & Grill at Waters Edge in Westbrook.
Saturday, the Food Trucks on the Farm Festival at Lyman Orchards will have a music festival and silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will help the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Middletwon purchase a new sound system and lighting. Live music will go on throughout the day, featuring the Terri and Rob Duo, HannaH’s Field, and Washboard Slim and The Bluelights.
The Connecticut Blues Society held its Blues Challenge Finals last week. Jake Kulak and the LowDown are going to Memphis. More information to come.
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.