Blues, Berries, & Jam
The 15th Annual Blues, Berries, & Jam, a free lunchtime concert series on The New Haven Green. returns this summer! The concerts are Wednesdays from 12pm until 1:30pm, and coincide with the City Seed Farmers' Market; also happening on the Green every Wednesday from 11am-2pm. This summer’s concert series is dedicated to B.B. King who passed away May 14, 2015. Every Wednesday will include musical tributes to the Blues legend who performed many times in Connecticut and received an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Yale.
The public is invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the music, with tables and chairs provided, or bring a blanket and have a picnic.
July 8 - Cobalt Rhythm Kings – This award winning band is back for their 12th summer of Blues, Berries, & Jam. Steeped in jazzy jump blues with a wailin' blues harp player, they are New Haven-based but have played premier blues clubs across the country. Featuring Chicago-born singer and harmonica player Mark Zaretsky, Chicago native and longtime New Havener Wendell Jones on bass and vocals, one of Connecticut's top blues and roots drummers in Tom Smith of Cheshire, laying down the beat, and Greg Benn of Guilford striking the groove on guitar.
July 15 – Branchwater –From Litchfield, CT, Branchwater won the award for Connecticut’s Best New Band of 2014 and is a finalist for Best Blues Band at the 2015 CT Music Awards. Branchwater has released two albums including one recorded live at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT.
July 22 – Howie and the Soul Potatoes - Howard Eldridge was a vocalist with original Blues Brother Matt “Guitar” Murphy’s band for 15 years. He remains a very powerful force on the local and national music scene. He can be heard singing Matt Murphy’s “Blues Don’t Bother Me” in the opening scene of “The Blues Brothers 2000” movie.
July 29 – Matt Rhone & Grit Rhythm - Back by popular demand after making their Blues, Berries, & Jam debut last summer. Their blue collar blues sound electrified The Green, fronted by a powerhouse singer, backed by a steam train, and delivered with charm.
August 5 – The Travis Moody Band – Travis Moody is an exceptional rock and blues guitarist known for playing his unique rock and roots arrangements as well as his own raw, heartfelt originals. Playing music since the age of ten, this Branford, CT native has been influenced by the recordings of guitar greats Danny Gatton, Keith Richards and Howlin’ Wolf. Travis is back for his ninth Blues, Berries, & Jam appearance.
August 12 – The Mojo Boys, featuring veteran Connecticut musicians Tom Knapp and Steve Plaziak with soulful vocals, a serious blues harp, and a rippin’ saxophone. The Mojo Boys songs range from up-tempo jump blues to slow, sultry ballads and jazz inspired instrumentals.
August 19 – Bluzberry Pi returns for their 12th consecutive BB&J, a high-energy band with strong male and female vocals that capture the raw intensity of roots rock and fuses it with blues and infectious rhythms guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Bluzberry Pi’s set list is a mix of traditional blues, contemporary blues, and rhythm & blues classics. Their repertoire includes songs that date back to the Mississippi Delta in the days of Robert Johnson and Son House, and songs as contemporary as the music on the band’s original CD “Search for Something Sweet.”
August 26 – The Langley Brothers Project – Jerry Langley is back for his 9th Blues, Berries, & Jam appearance. For over three decades combinations of musical Langley family members have entertained CT. The current six piece band has one of the funkiest rhythm sections in the business. Their funk, Motown, R&B and blues have people on their feet and dancing from their first song to last.