Lucky Souls – Blues, Folk & Open Mic

Lucky Souls – Blues, Folk & Open Mic

Lucky Peterson

Lucky Peterson

As summer is dwindling down, I seem to be getting more & more busy for the fall & winter months. Lucky Souls has so much coming in September that I’m not sure I’ll have time to breath over the next few weeks! Before, I get into what we have going on though, let me give you a quick rundown of my past couple  of weekends, one spent at a blues fest & the other at a folk fest.

It seemed that Labor Day weekend was filled with a lot of great music all over CT. I had the extremely pleasure of spending the weekend at The 5th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Fest ( at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. This was the 2nd year that I was able cover this fest & I was once again very impressed with the great lineup.

This year’s lineup brought together acts such as Roxy Perry, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, & Anders Osborne on Saturday, then Poppa Chubby, Brother Joscephus & James Montgomery & Billy Squier on Sunday.

Bobby Paltauf

Bobby Paltauf

I arrived a bit late on Saturday, but managed to catch the tail end of a set by Bobby Paltauf Jr. Bobby is a 12 yr old guitarist hailing from Southern CT. I was quite impressed, but also a bit bummed that I arrived so late & only got the very end of he & his band playing a cover of ‘Dazed & Confused’ on video. I’m definitely hoping to see Bobby again in the near future though & I highly recommend everyone else check out his website for upcoming dates. Up next was another great CT band, Johnny Boots, followed by Roxy Perry, Rockin’ Jake, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, Lucky Peterson (and the pleasure of both Jeff & Lucky walking through the crowd at certain points throughout their sets), Big Sam’s Funky Nation & Anders Osborne. A stellar Saturday lineup, if you ask me!

Sunday brought an equally great lineup with Walter Lewis Blues Trio, BBQ Bob & The Spareribs, Eli Cook Band, Poppa Chubby, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra & headliners James Montgomery & Billy Squier with special guests The Uptown Horns. I was psyched to see Poppa Chubby since I had never seen him before, but the real stand out from Sundays lineup for me was Eli Cook. A blues guitarist from Virginia, Eli & his band actually brought a bit of a metal/grunge sound to the fest that I really enjoyed. I’m hoping they make it back to these parts someday soon. Brother Joscephus hit the stage quite dynamically around 5 p.m., with part of the band parading in from the back with horns tooting & drums banging & girls singing. Based out of Brooklyn, they’ve recently won the Independent Music Awards Best Live Performance for 2011 & with good reason. They were something to watch & hear.  James Montgomery & Billy Squier headlined Sunday night & I have to say, I think I underestimated Billy Squier. When I first heard he was playing, I thought ‘really, Billy Squier’ as all I could think of were those poppy 80‘s tunes of his. The man can play a pretty mean guitar though.

This past Saturday, was spent at the CT Folk Fest & Green Expo. This fest, which is usually a 3 day affair was done on a bit of a smaller scale this year & featured mostly local artists. The lineup included Beth Patella Band, The Whatever Band, John Ciambriello, Anne Marie Menta Band, Kristin Graves & Glen Roth, Professors of Bluegrass(always a crowd pleaser & a fave of mine), The Sea The Sea, String Fingers Band, Pesky J Nixon & Cheryl Wheeler.

Amanda Kaletsky

Amanda Kaletsky

And if that isn’t enough talent there, the finalists of the songwriting competition, Fred Arcoleo, Loretta Hagen, Hannah & Maggie, Brian Kalinec & Jake Klar all hit the stage to perform a couple of tunes each. Hannah & Maggie were the winners of the contest & got to get back up to play a set later in the day. Wait though, I’m not done, there was also a CT artist showcase featuring Shawn Taylor(another fave of mine & one of the hardest working musicians I know!), Amanda Kaletsky & Kate Callahan. A side note on this, Shawn’s new CD is now out & available, look him up on Facebook, or check out  to find out more about his music, where he’s playing & where you can get your hands on a copy of  the new CD.

Another treat at the fest was the Grassy Hill Song Circle with Putnam Smith, Danielle Miraglia & Kevin Neidig. And a performance by last years songwriting comp winners The Levins. A full & wonderful day of music in Edgerton Park, New Haven. I didn’t even mention the Green Expo part of the fest, which was filled with great vendors, talks & demonstrations about sustainable living, plus a kids area with hula hooping from Bring The Hoopla LLC, face painting & even a children’s songwriting workshop! Kudos to CT Folk Director Alice-Anne Harwood & Green Expo Coordinator Coleen Campbell on putting together this wonderful fest. And extra special thanks to all the others involved from performers to volunteers for a beautiful day in the park!

I spent part of my Sunday up at WPKN 89.5 FM with Terri Lynn, who was playing live on David Goldens Sunday Brunch show. As nervous as she was, Terri did a fine job on the airwaves. If you happened to miss it, it’s now archived & you can listen here I also managed to get a little video,

Jake Klar

Jake Klar

Okay, now for what I have going on this week. Wednesday, 9/12 I’m hoping to hit up open mic at my fave place, The Outer Space in Hamden & catch the aforementioned Jake Klar as the feature performer. On Thursday, 9/13 Lucky Souls Productions starts a brand new open mic at Huntington Street Café, 90 Huntington St, Shelton, CT. We’ll be there every Thursday from here on out from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. I’ll start sign ups at 6:30, & we’ll have a feature performer every Thursday at 8 p.m. Please see the Lucky Souls Open Mic Night FB page ( for info about our weekly feature & any other news about what we may have happening each week. I’m really excited to be bringing everyone music on a weekly basis like this & the musicians that have contacted me for feature spots have been very enthusiastic as well. I think we’re going to be having a lot of fun with this every week, so please stop by if you can. The café has great food, a selection of beer & wine, there’s no cover & it’s family friendly.

And finally, on Friday, 9/14 Lucky Souls will be at a new venue with Terri Lynn & Cinnamon Sky providing the music. Megabites Computer Café & Art Gallery, 410 Blake St, New Haven is where we’re heading for this show. We have music starting at 9 p.m. & there is a $5 cover for the night. Hope to see you there!

Next week’s agenda has Lucky Souls at Huntington Street Café both Thursday & Friday. Thursday for the open mic & Friday, 9/21 for a very special evening of music featuring some fellows that you don’t get to see doing the solo thing often, Dick Neal, Bob Csugie & Chris D’Amato. Music starts at 8 that night & again there is no cover. I’m fairly certain that we may get quite a jam session at the end of the evening too!

I’m also not sure if I have mentioned it here yet, but on Sunday, Sept 30th we are bringing Ryan Montbleau to The Outer Space in a solo acoustic show. Another event I’m very excited for. You can see the event on our FB page or go to The Outer Spaces website ( ) for more info.

Normally this is where I’d leave you with some weekend happenings, but this has been a long one. So, instead of filling you in now, I’ll let you in on a secret…if you haven’t liked our FB page( yet, you should. I generally post weekend happenings for New Haven/Fairfield County there.

I’m hoping you all get out & enjoy as much music as you possibly can this week & weekend. And as always, have fun & be safe while doing so!


Aim D’Amaro – Lucky Souls Productions

By the time she was 12, Amy D’Amaro knew that she wanted a career that would keep her surrounded by music. At 16, she became an intern at WPLR radio in New Haven, CT where she would stay for 5 yrs learning all aspects of music programming at a commercial radio station. In the time that she was at WPLR, she also became friends with many musicians on the local scene & spent much of her time taking in music at venues all over New Haven County.

In 1993, Amy left the radio station to raise her son, but her love of music & the local scene never faded. In 2003 she began what would become a very successful dog walking & pet sitting service, but still spent much of her time checking out the local music scene in both New Haven & Fairfield Counties. In 2009 she began Lucky Souls Productions to help out the local musicians she knew by promoting their music through live video footage. In 2011, Lucky Souls grew & began booking musicians in some of the local venues. When not busy walking dogs or editing videos, Amy still spends much of her time out with friends, supporting the local music scene & venues & attending music festivals.




2 Responsesto “Lucky Souls – Blues, Folk & Open Mic”

  1. Sean Morse says:

    Awesome review Aim. I’m so happy how well LSP is doing. I am definately going to come check out some Lucky Souls shows soon to support what it does for the local music scene. Thanks again for all you do.

  2. Eli Cook says:

    Thanks for the support!