(Hartford, CT) – “The Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase” returns to Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar (350 Asylum St, Hartford, Connecticut) this Saturday, October 29 from 9pm-12am. The show provides fans of with stellar blues playing, powerhouse blues vocalists, sizzling electric blues and an evening of outstanding musical entertainment.
Four regionally and nationally recognized blues harmonica players will lead the show, all backed one of the East Coast’s premier bands, The Ricky King Russell Band.
On harp is Brian Templeton, Diane Blue, Racky Thomas, and The Kosher Kid.
Templeton is the former lead singer of the Boston based blues band, The Radio Kings. He is one of the most talented vocalists and blues harmonica wizards to come along in quite a while. His combination of power and conviction combined with his hard-swinging delivery and dynamic stage presence makes him a true standout. Templeton has toured, backed and recorded with the best of the best in the blues world.
Diane Blue has been on Blues Beat’s radar for some time and now she has emerged nationally as a blues powerhouse. She landed a highly coveted gig as with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. Touring and recording with the Broadcasters has brought her to more audiences.
Among Blue’s many note-worthy accomplishments are 2011 and 2015 Blues Audience Readers Poll winner for Outstanding Female Singer, 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge Winner, earning her a slot at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, 2007 nominee for Providence Phoenix Best Blues/R&B Act and for Best Female Vocalist, and voted Motif Magazine’s 2007 Best Blues Act.
Regional Boston area blues hero and troubadour, Racky Thomas adds superb vocalist skills, songwriting and bandleader to his resume. The Racky Thomas Band became a New England favorite, winning the 1997 Boston Blues Battle and releasing critically acclaimed CD’s, in addition to making numerous festival and club appearances throughout the USA and France.
Rounding out the harp master is the man known to blues and harmonica fans around New England as the blues harp burner, The Kosher Kid. He was the former harp man and founding member of the roots Blues band Easybaby, and a long-time harp man and vocalist for Boston’s West End Blues Band. He now fronts The Incredible Amplifires.
The Kosher Kid has travelled throughout New England for the last 30 years playing music clubs, festivals and roadhouses in various bands as well as supporting nationally touring acts.
Backing this list of harp talent is the Ricky “King” Russell Band. Russell is one of blues’ most seasoned performers and one of the region’s known guitar slingers. He plays with passion and style and always delivers from the heart He was a featured artist at the original House of Blues in Cambridge and Harvard University has bestowed upon him an honorary “Doctorate of the Blues.”