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Live music in New Haven, Hartford

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The Bijou Theater hosts WPKN’s Music on Film series, celebrating Black History Month, with “Summer of Soul” on Wednesday. Sundance Award-winning “Summer of Soul” unveils a wealth of jaw-dropping live musical footage that has gone largely unseen for half a century. It also plays Wednesday at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

“Summer of Soul, the Black Woodstock” — or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised — is a stunning 2021 American documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The festival, held at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) in Harlem lasted six weeks. Despite a large attendance and artists such as Stevie Wonder, BB King, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, The Staple Singers, Williams, Sly and the Family Stone and the Chambers Brothers, the festival was considered obscure in pop culture, which the documentarians investigate. while Woodstock received all the praise and notoriety. It was a festival in the heart of Harlem that was somehow written into the history books.

On Wednesday at College Street Music Hall, the Wood Brothers will perform in New Haven. They draw from a wide range to create an effervescent listening experience that speaks to the trio’s unique place in the modern musical landscape.

“My brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis and came to this band from the world of blues and gospel, and my story was all over the place with jazz and R&B,” says Chris Wood, who rose to fame with pioneering trio Medeski Martin . & Drink. “The idea of ​​this group has always been to marry our origins, to imagine what could happen if Robert Johnson and Charles Mingus had put together a group.”

The band supports their latest album, Kingdom In My Mind, released in January 2020 just before the pandemic hit. This collection followed, One Drop Of Truth, the band’s previous recording, which was nominated for Best American Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards.


Singer Bettye Lavette is scheduled to perform at Infinity Hall in Hartford on Sunday. Described as the great soul performer of her generation, she has a CV that attracts a large audience. LaVette is a singer who can take any type of song and make it completely her own.

She recorded for many major labels, including Atco, Epic and Motown, during her career which spanned the 1960s through the 1980s. The 2000s began what she calls her “fifth career”. Her CD, A Woman Like Me, won the 2004 WC Handy Award for Comeback Blues Album of the Year. She also received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, was inducted into the Detroit Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, received an Unsung Award from the National R&B Society, and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation.

On Saturday, Sugar Hollow Taproom has the Matt Helm Experience with Stella Blues’ Bill Bonacci and special guests.

Murray The Wheel has a show on Fridays at Black Duck. Also on Friday, the Rob Glassman Band plays BRYAC Black Rock. On Saturdays, the Black Duck Cafe hosts the Tony Ferrigno Band.

Sugar Hollow Taproom Saturday also features the Matt Helm Experience, featuring Stella Blues’ Bill Bonacci and special guests.

Orb Mellon and Dave Robbins have a Saturday gig at High Nine Brewing Company in Deep River at 6pm and a Monday show at Lupoletto Brewing Company, Windsor Locks at 3.30pm.

Daryl’s house has a great blues trio this week. On Friday, blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Albert Cummings performs. His masterful guitar magic has drawn comparisons with many iconic legends and even his musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has played with many of the greatest musicians of the modern era.

Returning to Daryl’s House on Sunday as a member of the Blues Chaser band is Tom Forst. The group includes Tony Delisio, Big Thurrsty and Joey Primo, with special guest Paul Toscano. Blues Chaser will thrill you with music from three critically acclaimed albums.

On Wednesday, The Alexis P Suter Band brings their Blues Gospel sound to Daryl’s House. BB King was visibly impressed when he first heard Alexis P. Suter sing. The Alexis P. Suter Band has received similar accolades from other well-known musicians and performers, including Dan Aykroyd and The Band great Levon Helm.

A true vocal, power bass/baritone phenomenon, Suter and his band began wowing Northeastern audiences as regular performers at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY. “She’s one of those wonderful spirits, she has her arms around you; you can feel it,” Helm said.

Suter has received numerous award nominations. The firepower of this exciting band has caught the eye of some of the hottest players around, and they are considered by their peers to be one of the best live bands on the scene today.

Sunday, Ed Peabody and the Big Blue Thang are at the Narragansett Café.

On Saturday, Kerry Kearney is at Theodores BBQ. The sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock, and custom-built guitars are as unique as his original songwriting and melodies. Kearney calls his style of music “Psychedelta”. It’s his own brand containing an upbeat blend of American Blues & Roots, created from writing and performing on the circuit for over 40 years.

Mississippi’s capital is renaming one of its main streets for one of its residents, legendary Grammy-winning blues singer Bobby Rushcity. Jackson City Council voted Tuesday to rename Ellis Avenue to Bobby Rush Boulevard. The North-South Corridor provides a direct route between Interstate 20 and the Jackson Zoo. The name change takes effect in one month.

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]