(Hartford, CT – Berlin, WI) – It will be blowing hard in Berlin, Wisconsin and Hartford, Connecticut this Friday, Nov 15, when two separate harmonica events will be raising their respective roofs.
“The Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase” at Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar (350 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT) will feature four touring harmonica masters, all backed by Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish from 8:30pm-10:30pm. Each of the four blues harp stars will play a set and then the big jam finale’ with all four on stage together. Players include Tone-Cool recording artist Johnny Hoy who is something of a musical ambassador for Martha’s Vineyard. Hoy’s Band has been going strong for decades. Blues harp burner and vocalist Dave Robbins, bandleader for popular New England regional blues act “The Amplifires,” has also become a member of The Mud Morganfield Band. Tall Richard, a Northeast blues legend, superb harp man, vocalist and bandleader, has led his band for 20 years, performed in Bo Diddley’s band, and shared the stage with blues heavies. Mark Grandfield is known as a harmonica killer, killer soulful vocalist and wild man on stage. Tickets are $18 at Eventbrite. Find more at Black-Eyed Sally’s website.
In Berlin, Wisconsin, David “Harmonica” Miller presents the Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival from 6pm -10pm at the VFW Post 5716 (17980 West Beloit Road in New Berlin, WI). Harmonica players that will be laying it down include Benny Rickun, “Big” Al Dorn, Steve Cohen, “Barefoot” Jimmy Schwarz, “Sly” (Sylvester Carr), “Bluezilla” (Jeff Scott), and David “Harmonica” Miller. The backup bands will include Bill Stone, Robert Allen Jr., and Reverend Raven with Kurt Koenig and Matt Liban plus Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. Tickets are $10 online or $15 when the doors open at 5:30 pm. There will be a cash bar, raffles, free parking, and food available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite until 5pm on November 15th, 2019. Info at the Wisconsin Blues Harmonica Festival Facebook Event.