Blues Beat: Make it a blues brunch for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day falls in this week’s blues and a number of clubs have specials for the day. Two that also have some fine music are Black-eyed Sally’s and The Falcon. Sally’s is hosting its long-standing buffet brunch with the addition of the Mary Taylor Gospel Revue.
At The Falcon it is the Alexis P. Suter Band’s Mothers’ Day Brunch. Honoring Mothers everywhere, the three-time Blues Music Awards nominee, Alexis P. Suter and her band, deliver a rich timeless selection of their soulful gospel and blues-based songs.
The regular week’s schedule is pretty impressive as well.
Saturday, Infinity Music Hall Norfolk brings in one of the youthful guitar players, Quinn Sullivan. He is referred to as the next generation’s guitar hero. He blew everyone away when he guest spotted with Buddy Guy at 8 years old. His band is filled with long time pros that just add to the show.
Raised by the riffs of George Harrison, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton, Sullivan has dedicated his life to developing his own musical mastery and creating a sound all his own. Besides his skills on the fretboard, there is his authentic voice as a songwriter and ability to weave his talents through a variety of styles.
In addition to his work in the studio, he has shared the stage with many of his heroes, appeared on national TV, and performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States, and the world. Sullivan has grown up in the music business, and is fully aware of and dedicated to all that it takes to continue pursuing his passion.
This Blues Guitar Blowout at Black-eyed Sally’s on Saturday will feature four outstanding blues guitarists, Paul Size, Dean Shot, Troy Gonyea and Young Hotshot Ryan Newman.
First up is incredible blues guitarist Troy Gonyea. He worked alongside members of Muddy Waters’ fabled band before he was out of his teens. He’s the guitar slinger behind two Grammy-nominated albums by blues superstar Kim Wilson. Gonyea is one of a select few who has filled the legendary guitar chair in The Fabulous Thunderbirds. And he’s toured the globe with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T as part of a guitar duo with Marc Ford.
Next up is world class blues guitarist Paul Size. Fans will know him as guitarist for the late great, Lester Butler & The Red Devils, an LA based Blues Rock band from 1988-1994 which toured throughout the US and Europe. The band released a couple of legendary live albums and also collaborated with Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and also Johnny Cash. Size is a must see and one of today’s truly great blues guitar legends.
Next, you’ll witness an entertaining set of guitar wizardry by New Jersey’s star blues guitarist and vocalist, Dean Shot. For many years Dean has been active on the East Coast. He is a real crowd pleaser, featuring heavily influenced doses of Albert King, Howlin Wolf, Frank Sinatra, and more. Early on, Dean spent 6 years playing along the late great Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf’s Guitarist) and toured heavily with many others.
The icing on the cake is the young and talented Ryan “Continental Kid” Newman. He exploded onto the New England Blues and Blues-Rock scene at an early age. Newman’s band “Righteous Continental” just recorded their debut Album “Psychoactive” and came in second place last year at the Mohegan Sun Band Challenge” where upward of 60 bands competed.
Holding the beat behind the talented blues guitarists is the rhythm section combo of Mike Law (Bassist) and Nick Longo (Drummer). Also, word has it that East Coast blues harp burner Dave Robbins will make an appearance.
Carl Ricci and 706 Union Ave will be taking part in the Willimantic 3rd Thursday Street Festival on Thursday. They will be playing on the Downtown Stage from 7:45 to 9 p.m.
Battle of the Bands is back at Foxwoods. Throughout the summer, bands will battle for the chance to be the grand prize winner of $10,000. Round 1 is every Wednesday, May 15, to July 17 from 8 to 10 p.m. Round 2 is every Wednesday, July 24 to Aug. 21 again from 8 to 10 p.m. The Grand Finale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Bands will be judged on Musical Presentation, Stage Presence, Audience Response and Originality. Each week, the winner will move one step closer to the grand prize and one step closer to the right to be called Champion.
Each week fans who attend the battle will also have a chance to win prizes including merchandise and show tickets.
Saturday, Someone You Can Xray takes the stage at the Carousel of Culture at The New England Carousel Museum. Along with the concert, an art auction will be held.
The Knickerbocker Café has a doubleheader weekend. On Friday, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones appear followed Saturday when Westerly Sound presents Booker T Jones.
Get the complete Blues Beat schedule on Thursday at the blog.
Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at TWBlus@aol.com.