The work of local artists makes great gifts

As we move into giving season, now is a great time to support the blues and the clubs that have weathered the pandemic and are back hosting shows. Another way is to visit your favorite blues artist and buy some merchandise. Many regional festivals also have tickets ready for the giveaways.

The Weight Band, made up of members of legendary roots rock band The Band and members of the Levon Helm Band perform on Friday at The Warehouse at FTC. The Weight Band released their original debut album, “World Gone Mad” in 2018 and is heading to the region.

The Weight Band is led by Jim Weider, a 15-year former member of The Band and the Levon Helm Band. Weider, on guitar, mandolin and vocals, member of The Band. From 1985 to 2000, replaced Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist, writing songs and playing on three studio albums. He has toured internationally with original band members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko and has been featured with them on numerous albums, films, videos and in television appearances.

The Weight Band first saw the light of day in 2013 in Levon Helm’s famous Woodstock barn. Weider was inspired by Helm to carry on the musical legacy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Years of touring have seen The Weight Band revive “The Woodstock Sound”, keeping the spirit of Americana / Roots Rock alive for audiences of all ages. They continue to rock the sound by releasing new music, as evidenced by the album World Gone Mad. Their live set includes Weight Band songs from the new album as well as fan favorites from The Band’s treasured catalog.

The weight group includes Brian Mitchell (The Levon Helm Band), Michael Bram (Jason Mraz), Connecticut’s Matt Zeiner (Dickey Betts Band) and Albert Rogers (The Jim Weider Band). With a touring schedule in the US and abroad, The Band’s timeless legacy while advancing music for new audiences.

Sunday at 4 pm, Christine Ohlman rocks Cafe Nine for “The Sunday Buzz Matinee of Cygnus Radio”, it is the 9th annual edition of Beehive Holiday Blowout. Get ready to rock around a super glittering Beehive Christmas tree as they serve up a super festive holiday spectacle. Take an extra dose of post-pandemic festive spirit and descend with the Queen. The buzzing Sunday morning is always a cool time, so let’s kick off the December holiday earthquake.

On Thursday, Infinity Hall Hartford brings Big Al Anderson, a Connecticut and national treasure. There will also be a sighting of Beehive Queen as Christine Ohlman joins the festivities.

There’s a good chance he’ll watch that show again on December 17th in Hartford and then on December 19th in Norfolk.

Anderson’s shows are always nights of spectacularly moving surprises, and as always, the righteous Floor Models will be with him. He is ranked among the Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician Magazine with over 900 songs internationally. Known for his time with the Wildweeds and NRBQ, Anderson’s resume includes a long list of hit songs for stars like Vince Gill, Bonnie Raitt, Zac Brown and many more.

Infinity Hall Hartford also has Roomful of Blues on Friday. They are the quintessential American blues group, with seven Blues Music Awards and five Grammy nominations, and is a winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul.

On Sunday Albert Cummings is at Infinity Hall Norfolk. Guitar virtuoso Cummings has drawn comparisons to Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

As we head into Christmas, it’s time for the Hash Brown Christmas Party, Thursday at Sasso’s Pizza in Torrington from 6pm to 9pm. Besides Hash Brown on guitar / harmonica / vocals, Mike Law is on bass, Martin Finch on harmonica / vocals, and Steve Peck’s drums and everything.

Locally on Friday, The Incredible Amplifires is at American Legion Post 351 in Holyoke, Mass., And Eric Ducoff Band with special guest The Hard Feelings perform at the Strange Brew Pub. Also on Friday, the Sugar Hollow Taproom has the Touro Band.

Saturday at the Orb Mellon Trioa at Hops 44 at 6.30pm; Delusions has a show at 5:30 p.m. at the Hungry Tiger Cafe and Restaurant. Dan Stevens’ acoustic blues tour continues on Saturday at Captain Daniel Packer Inne, and Nod Hill Brewery at Old Bob.

Also on Saturday, Counter Weight Brewing Company in Hamden presents JULAI and the Serotones, a group of 8 powerful musicians who bring a unique world of sound to listeners around the world. The band’s presence has been described as “big, loud and unabashedly fun” and their music has been described as “a delicious blend of influences, harmoniously blending indie rock with notes of reggae and blues combined with a delicious dose of drunk. . “

The group has shared the stage with many artists and they have performed at countless top venues such as The Fillmore Philadelphia, Toad’s Place and Strangecreek Campout Festival. The group has also been headlining festivals. The show starts at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Tracy Jo and The Toads will join the Rebirth Brass Band and perform at Park City Music Hall in Black Rock.

Santa Claus has the blues at Stanhope House. Join the festivities with Popa Chubby on Saturday.

See the Connecticut Blues Society for more concert listings: Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at [email protected]

Maria D. Ervin