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Here’s what your local groups are doing


As the cold weather sets in, many national artists choose to play in the southern states, where it is a bit warmer. It gives us the opportunity to discover local bands and support the places that have kept the blues alive during the pandemic. It also gives Blues Beat the opportunity to transmit news from other areas of the blues.

Keb’ Mo’ is having a solo exhibition at Infinity Hall Hartford on Wednesday. His self-titled release under his Keb ‘Mo’ moniker hit his quarter-century mark in 2019, and over the years he’s proven himself to be a musical force that defies typical genre labels.

Album after album, 14 in total, he won 5 GRAMMY awards, including his last release of 2019, Oklahoma, which won the Best American Album category. Keb’s list of GRAMMY recognitions continues with 12 GRAMMY nominations, in total, including his 2014 self-produced release, BLUESAmericana, which garnered three nominations on its own.

The talented artist has also received 14 Blues Foundation Awards and 6 BMI Awards for his work in television and film. Over the past two decades, he has cultivated a reputation as the modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. Artists who have recorded his songs include BB King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer, Tom Jones, Melissa Manchester, Solomon Burke, the Zac Brown Band; and many more. His collaborations include a who’s who in the music industry and include Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole, Lyle Lovett, India Arie, James Cotton, Bobby Rush, Timothy B. Schmit, Marcus Miller and many more. His guitar playing earned him two invitations to Eric Clapton’s famed Crossroads Festival and inspired leading instrument makers Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster and Bluesmaster Royale acoustic guitars and Martin Guitars to issue the HD-28KM Keb’. Mo’ limited edition Signature model.

The Full Stop Band brings their mix of rock and roll, blues, R&B, soul, country and jazz to Sugar Hollow Taproom Friday. Murray The Wheel Acoustic Duo also plays Ola. Friday from 4-7 p.m. Morgan Giosa Blues Band with Frank Varela plays Holyoke American Legion Post 351.

Saturday is a busy day with many bands getting the chance to come out and play. On Saturdays, 6-8 p.m., Charter Oak Brewing hosts Ol’ Moose and Friends. Next, Oak Hills Grill hosts The B-Side, while Notch 8 brings in Petey Hop & The All Stars. Black Rock’s Park City Music Hall offers SoulShine: An Allman Brothers Experience.

Club London hosts Big Chief and The Midnight Groove on Saturday, and Bill’s Seafood will host the Night Life Band. The Dead Show is at the Hungry Tiger, Carmine has Frankie and The Know It Alls and Chris Stovall Brown plays The Stomping Ground. Friday then Sunday, the group Sara Ashleigh West plays the Brass Horse. The Chris Leigh Band has an appointment on Saturday at the Knickerbocker Café.

Notch 8 has Shawn Taylor at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Daryl’s House Saturday Brunch has Erik Rabasca. Wednesday Gratefully Yours comes to Daryl’s house. For Let’s Dance Wednesday, it’s Ed Peabody and The Big Blue Thang.

Theodores BBQ brings The Mighty Soul Drivers on Friday, featuring the classic soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and heading south to the hills of New England.

Saturday, Weege & the Wondertwins offer a different experience. With wild live performances of original music, Weege & The Wondertwins channel vintage vibes from The Kinks, Julie London, Bessie Smith, and more. Pay special attention to Bessie Smith. Prepare to be enchanted, thrilled and thrilled to your very core.

On Friday, Brother Dave is solo at Westhampton Beach Brewing Co.

On Sunday, So Many Rhodes is at the Met, Rhode Island.

Sad news from The Falcon, which will be closed from January 14 to February 14. 17, due to the overwhelming number of cancellations caused by the pandemic.

You’re invited to Chicago Blues Bootcamp, which runs from Monday, May 29 through Friday, June 3. This immersive five-day blues camp lets you learn and play with your Chicago Blues Masters and soak up the blues this summer in downtown Chicago.

Get over six hours of instruction and jamming a day from the instructors, who are professional musicians who work, live and breathe the blues, and many of whom are Chicago Blues Hall of Fame artists, including: Billy Branch , Johnny Burgin, Joanna Connor and Deitra Farr.

For blues snowbirds, blues and jazz news with a Florida focus is provided by www.JazzBluesFlorida.com, Florida’s free online guide to live jazz and blues music with guest clubs, festival and gig listings, news blog. A monthly online magazine, all with social media integration!

From Clarksdale, Mississippi, thank you for 19 years, here’s 20. Cat Head survived the “first two years,” the Great Recession, and (so far) the global pandemic, and we thank you for that. You have all fueled our success through store visits and online purchases. We literally couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks and best, and please stay safe, and come see us when you can, Roger (and Ayler, his paid spokesperson). Read the Cat Head newsletter to find out what’s happening in the Delta,

See the Connecticut Blues Society for more concert listings: https://www.ctblues.org/weekly-calendar Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at [email protected]