Blues, Berries, & Jam
The 16th 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.
The public is invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the music, with tables and chairs provided by Town Green District, or bring a blanket and have a picnic.
July 13 - The Balkun Brothers - Winners of the Connecticut Music Awards Best Blues Band 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013. Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues, The Balkun Brothers mix of blues, rock, and funk has entertained crowds worldwide. For the past three years they have been International Blues Challenge Finalists. The band recently completed their first world tour and is currently on the road promoting their new album across the United States.
July 20 – 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 27 - Cobalt Rhythm Kings – This award winning band is back for their thirtennth summer of Blues, Berries, and 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 Wendell Jones on bass and vocals, one of CT’s top blues and roots drummers in Tom Smith, and Greg Benn of Guilford striking the groove on guitar.
August 3 – Bluzberry Pi returns for their thirteenth BBJ, a high-energy band that captures the raw intensity of roots rock and fuses it with blues and infectious rhythms. Bluzberry Pi’s set list is a mix of traditional blues, contemporary blues, and R&B 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 10 – Grit Rhythm - Back for their third Blues, Berries, and Jam with soul for the soul. Grit Rhythm’s blue collar blues has electrified The Green for the past two summers, fronted by powerhouse singer Matt Rhone, backed by a steam train, and delivered with charm.
August 17 - Shaka & The Soul Shakers - Shaka is a Hurricane Katrina surviving tunesmith and entertainer living in Connecticut by way of New Orleans. For their high energy roots rockin' swamp stomp, the Soul Shakers stir a Gumbo pot full of twisted roots originals and obscure covers.
August 24 – The Travis Moody Band –Travis Moody is an exceptional rock and blues guitarist known for 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 tenth Blues, Berries, and Jam appearance.
August 31 - The Delta Blues Boys