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 (https://bluesviewsbbq.com/) 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.
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.
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 http://shawntaylortunes.com 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 http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/41471. I also managed to get a little video, http://youtu.be/wQe3tAKRsKc.
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 (https://www.facebook.com/LuckySoulsProductionsOpenMicNight) 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 (http://theouterspace.net ) 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(https://www.facebook.com/luckysoulsproductions) 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!