Upcoming Dates

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Roots and Blues "Diva" Show with WSBL - 8:30
350 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103



The Bluelights will play some rockin' blues to warm you up!  WSBL won the 2008 Ct 

Blues Challenge.

Dance, listen and try their fabulous five-star food!

Past Dates

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Phoebe Legere & Washboard Slim / Lys Guillorn - 6:30 to 9:30 PM
285 Nicoll St.
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
United States
Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door


Catch this duo! Our own Washboard Slim aka Peter Menta will be joining Phoebe Legere at mActivity. Also playing, Lys Guillorn.

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Friday, June 14th, 2019

WSBL at Best Video - 7:30
1842 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, Ct. 06517
United States


Washboard Slim and the Bluelights return to Best Video for an evening of jugabilly, blues, rock 'n roll, original tunes and more!

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Crescendo Music Loft
WSBL Roots "Diva" Project - 7:30
5-B Old Post Road
Madison, Ct. 06443
Price: $10 Suggested Donation


We'll be featuring the jug band with Sandy Connolly and Jilian Grey. Come on up and enjoy the show in this intimate space.

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson - 6:30 to 9:00 PM
285 Nicoll St.
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
United States
Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door


 Fernando Pinto Presents: Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson and Washboard Slim and the Bluelights at the East Rock Concert Series.

For tickets, go to https://jimkweskin.brownpapertickets.com/ .

WSBL are excited to be playing with jug band legend Jim Kweskin with Samoa Wilson.  Appearing with WSBL for this show will be guest musician Phil Rosenthal formerly with the legendary bluegrass band The Seldom Scene.

Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson, www.jimkweskin.com

Folk icon Jim Kweskin will appear at the East Rock Concert Series on Sunday, March 31, at 7p.m. Stunning vocalist Samoa Wilson will be joining Kweskin. She has appeared and recorded several albums with him. Kweskin was the founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the legendary group that started in Boston in the 1960s and played Club 47. With Fritz Richmond, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, Bob Siggins and Bruno Wolfe the jugband successfully modernized the sounds of pre–World War II rural music.

There's an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin's versions that makes his performances a charming delight.

Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.

Jim continues to perform his vast repertoire of folk, blues, swing, jug band and early standards with his own brand of infectious personal interpretations. His guitar finger picking of songs like “Some of These Days and Exactly Like You” is recognized by his peers and fans as some of the best there is. His selection of songs is vividly evocative of his many diverse influences such as Louis Jordan, Clancy Hayes, Fats Waller, Milton Brown, Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby and Pete Seeger.

"...Still a masterful guitarist and storyteller... effortless, gently driving finger-picking style..." - Robin Denislow, The Guardian

“Mr. Kweskin’s music is a blend of blues, jug music, rhythm & blues and jazz – rag-timey stompdown party music.” - Alex Ward, New York Times

"Jim Kweskin continues to perform his vast repertoire of folk, blues, swing, jug band and early standards with his own brand of infectious personal interpretations. His guitar finger picking of songs like ‘Some Of these Days’ and ‘Exactly Like You’ is recognized by his peers and fans as some of the best there is."

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Mardi-Gras Dance Party - 6:30 to 10:00 PM
295 Treadwell Street Building H
Hamden, Ct. 06517
(475) 224-5179
Price: $15


Washboard Slim and the Bluelights invite you to a Mardi-Gras Dance Party! With Special guests Molly Venter and Eben Pariser.

Doors open at 6:30PM
Music starts at 7:30PM

Tickets at https://wsblroughdraft.brownpapertickets.com/

The Rough Draft in Hamden will be offering a Special Creole/Cajun Menu for this event.

Molly Venter and Eben Pariser are members of Goodnight Moonshine (new record June 2018), Red Molly, and Roosevelt Dime.


Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

WSBL Divas Show Comes to Guilford ! - 7:30 to 11:30
704 Long Hill Road
Guilford, CT 06437


With Lauren Agnelli, Sandy Connolly and Jilian Grey.

- Talented singers and the jug band - a great combination.

- Delicious food, dandy dance floor.


Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Divas Perform with WSBL !
1842 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, Ct. 06517


Featuring Lynn Malavolti and Jackie Sidle - and the BlueLights' Lauren Agnelli.

 Join us for an evening's entertainment featuring some great singers.

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Concert at the Buttonwood Tree - 8 to 10
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457


Come enjoy the band at this great club!

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Best Video
WSBL with Special Guest Mark Crofutt - 7:30
1842 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, Ct. 06517
(203) 287-9286


- The show will feature Mark Crofutt, the "Seventh Bluelight".

- Seating at 7:00.

- Beer, wine and snacks available.

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Hindinger Farm
Food Truck Fun Lunchtime Concert - 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
835 Dunbar Hill Road
Hamden, Ct. 06514
Price: Free


- Join the Washboard Slim Trio for lunch.

- Peter, Brooks and Mark will play some great music while you enjoy your meal.


Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Private Party

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Stone House
Music and a Meal Concert - 6:30 PM
245 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
Price: Free

- We're playing at Deep River's historic Stone House.
- The concert's part of Deep River's Sounds of Summer series.
- Food provided by the Sweet Harvest food truck.
- In case of rain, the concert will relocate to the Town Hall Auditorium.
- Concert series poster: http://deepriverct.us/Pages/DeepRiverCT_ParksRec/01802561-000F8513.26/DR%20summer%20concerts%2018.jpg

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Garmany Music Series Outdoor Concert - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
71 Main St
Farmington, CT 06032
Price: Free


- We're playing outdoors (weather permitting) behind the Barney Library - join us!

- If it rains we'll be indoors on the 2nd floor of the Barney Library.

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Buttonwood Tree Benefit
7 Lyman Rd
Middlefield, CT 06455


- We'll be playing about 4:15.

- Stay tuned for details.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Twilight Concert - 7:00 to 8:00 PM
325 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512

- Sponsored by the New Haven Museum.

- We're playing the first 2018 Twilight Concert on the lawn of the historic c. 1780 Pardee-Morris House.

- Grounds open at 6 PM.  Food truck provided by Shoreline Prime.

- Rain Date: June 28th.

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Roots Music Festival
493 Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
United States


- Join us in Cheshire for some fine music, and support a fine cause.

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Concert at the Buttonwood Tree - 8 to 10
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457


The Buttonwood Tree lost their air conditioning, so the concert is CANCELLED!

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Best Video
Four Connecticut Divas - 7:15 PM to 9:30 PM
1842 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06517
United States
Price: $10 cover for this great show.


 WSBL presents an evening with 4 CT Blues / Roots divas - Lauren Agnelli, Sandy Connolly, Jilian Grey and Lynn Malavolti.

- Please note that the starting time is 7:15.

- Washboard Slim and the BlueLights will be doing a few tunes too.

- Sandy's music: http://www.sandyconnollymusic.com/about/

   and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY-cmhGqVC0&feature=youtu.be

- And a video of Jill's: https://youtu.be/Aakheh5FD78

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Whitneyville Cultural Commons
Video Shoot - 3:00 to 4:30
1253 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06517
United States
Price: Free

 - There is still some room left at our video shoot / concert / party on Sunday, March 11 at 3 PM at 1253 Whitney in Hamden. Great wooden dance floor. E-mail us at rubmans@gmail.com. RSVP and we will reserve you a table - or just show and cheer us on. BYOB or have some wine on us.

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Mid-Winter Jug Band Rendezvous - 8:00 PM
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Price: $12

Join us at the Jalopy for a great jug band show!

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Xmas Party with Sandy Connolly - 8:30
704 Long Hill Road
Guilford, CT 06437


- Join us at the Guilford Tavern with our special guest Sandy Connolly.

- Great food and dance floor!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

WSBL with Dom Flemons - Doors 7 PM / Show 8 PM
250 State St
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 789-8182
Price: $17 Advanced / $20 Door


- We're excited to be playing with Dom Flemons at Cafe Nine on the evening of 11/15th! Lets have a Grand Ol' Time!
- Grab your tickets while they are still available here: http://bpt.me/3050889

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Concert at the Buttonwood Tree - 8 to 10
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-4957
Price: $15


- Enjoy the band in this intimate setting.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Friday Music at the Folk Art Museum - 5:30 to 7:15
2 Lincoln Square
New York City, NY 10023
Price: Free


- Catch us at the NYC Folk Art Museum.

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Sunday Buzz Matinee - 4:00 to 6:30
250 State St
New Haven, CT 06510


- We're playing with bluegrass legend Phil Rosenthal.  Phil will play the opening set and we'll jam later in the evening.

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Concert at Parmelee Farm - 3 to 5
465 Route 81
Killingworth, CT 06419


- Come see us at Parmelee Farm. We're playing under the pavillion.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Garmany Music Series: Washboard Slim & the Bluelights - 6:30 to 8:00
71 Main Street
Farmington, CT 06032
860-673-6791 x2


- We'll be playing on the Barney Library lawn unless it rains. In the event of rain, we'll play on the 2nd floor of the Barney Library.

- Registration available on the library's web site.

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Washboard Slim and the Bluelights with the Helium Brothers - 8 PM
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT 06514
United States


W.S.B.L. and the Helium Brothers (CT's legendary jazzy bluegrass and country rock group) are together for an evening of hell-bent roots music. Many of our fans have not seen the Helium Brothers in years. They are sounding better then ever and Stacy Phillips will be playing fiddle and dobro with them. Doors open at 7PM- music starts at 8:PM with W.S.B.L, then the Heliums, then a jam. Don't miss a minute of this show. Tix: $15 or $10 advance: http://theouterspace.net/saturday-june-24th/

- Hear the Helium Bro.: https://www.facebook.com/theheliumbrothers/ orheliumbrothers.com



With Oscar Hills on banjo and guitar, member of the legendary New Haven group Professors of Bluegrass; Kim Oler on bass and vocals, recipient of the Richard Rogers award for his theater music; Paul Fargeorge on drums and vocals, former member of the Platters and Eight To The Bar; and Andy “A.J.” Gundell on guitar and vocals, 13-time Emmy winning songwriter/composer/music supervisor/producer.  Kenny Kosek, one of the country’s great fiddle players, has recently joined the band.


Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Brooklyn Invades Connecticut Mini-Festival - 6:00 PM
1253 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, Ct 06517
Price: $15 advance, $20 at the door.


- We'll will be hosting a Brooklyn invades CT mini-fest featuring Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, Steve Rodgers and the Anne Marie Menta Band from the New Haven area... and Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, Eli Smith and Feral Foster from New York.

 - The event's at Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave.

 - Tickets at bfolk.whitneyville.cc

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Private Event

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Private Event

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Sunday Buzz Matinee - 4:00 PM
250 State St
New Haven, CT 06510
Price: $8.00

- Jug band music at New Haven's music institution.

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

First Night Westport 2017 - 8:30 to 10:00
45 Myrtle Ave.
Westport, CT 06880
United States
(203) 341-1041

- Enjoy New Year's revelry with your favorite jug band!

- Event buttons $10 before December 15th, $15 after.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Roots & Ruckus - 9:00 - 9:30
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Price: No Cover.


- Washboard Slim and the Bluelights is headed to Brooklyn!

- We'll play for about a half hour amongst the rest of the banjos, guitars, washboards, tub-basses, kazoos and harmonicas during Jalopy's weekly folk-oldtime-blues night.

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Black Friday Shoreline Soup Kitchen Benefit - 8:00 PM
300 Main St.
Old Saybrook, Ct. 06475
United States
Price: $25


- We'll be playing with The Meadows Brothers and the Ebin-Rose Trio.

- Come support a good cause and hear some great music!

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Dancing and Delicious Food - 4:30 to 8:30
1320 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 318-8362


- Halloween costume contest with lots of prizes for the best costumes ...!!!

- And think of "the 4 D's"...

... Donahue's for Dancing and Delicious Dinner!

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Concert at Branford Library - 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
758 Main Street
Branford, CT 06405
United States
Price: Free

- Enjoy some jug band music at the library.

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

In the Concert Tent - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
3 Primrose Street
Newtown, CT 06470
United States
Price: Free with $5 admission to the festival (children 6-12 $3, 5 and under free)

- Come hear us and enjoy the festival!

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Summer Concert - 3:00 to 5:00
465 Route 81
Killingworth, CT 06419
Price: Free

- Bring chairs and a picnic, and enjoy the music.

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Lots of Dancing and Delicious Food - 4:30 to 8:30
1320 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 318-8362

- A great place for dancing and eats.

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Boston GreenFest
Main Stage - 2:55-3:30 PM
2016 Boston City Plaza
Boston, Mass
Price: Free

There will be live music through out the festival. Check GreenFest Website: www:bostongreenfest.org

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

4:30 to 8:30
1320 Boston Post Rd
Madison, Ct 06443
(203) 318-8362

- A great place to dance -- and they serve delicious food.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Concert - 7:00
21 Mead Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 531-0426

Friday, July 1st, 2016

A Show with Peter Asher & Albert Lee - 9:00 PM
250 State St
New Haven, CT 06510
Price: $25 - $30

- Doors open at 8 PM.  Show at 9.

- What could be better? - our jug band opening for a couple stars:

 - Peter Asher - half of Peter & Gordon, producer of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt.

 - Albert Lee - one of the hottest guitarist around - played with Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash, a favorite of Eric Clapton.

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Private Party

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Concert - 7:15
205 Edwards St.
New Haven, Ct 06511
Price: $10 donation

- Doors open 7:15, show at 7:30.

- We'll have our new CD on sale.

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Blues Challenge - 8 PM
350 Asylum St.
Hartford, Ct. 06103

- Come cheer on your favorite jug band - we won it once, we can do it again.  Help us get to Memphis!

- We're on first - the first of 5 bands.

- Great food - Barbeque and Southern.

- A Connecticut Blues Society event.

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Dance Party - 8 PM
1253 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06517


> We'll be playing our Swing, Rock 'n' Roll and Blues tunes (also a little Cajun), and songs from our new CD.

> Great wooden dance floor.

> Let's welcome our newest member, Lauren Agnelli

> BYOB, Bring Your Own Snacks.

> More details coming.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Private Party

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Westport, CT

Come out for a fantastic evening of festivities, fun and music! Click on the yellow link above for details and to purchase your buttons!  We'll be in the Saugatuck Elementary School Cafeteria  :)

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

CD Release Party! - 7:00pm Door / 8:00pm Show
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT 06514
Price: $15 at the door

Come and celebrate with 'Washboard Slim and the Bluelights' as they enthusiastically share music from their NEW CD, "BACK TO THE WELL" and much more! Special guest artists will join in and... remember to PUT ON YOUR DANCIN' SHOES!


Make it a night with dinner at The Outer Space prior to the show.

Here's their menu: http://www.theouterspace.net/Menu.pdf


Joining Washboard Slim & the BlueLights will be Anne Marie Menta, Steve Baldino from the B. Willie Smith Band, Eric Larson from the Peach Pie Band, Andy Gundell from The Helium Brothers, Jack Pignatallo from the Dirty Birdies jug band and Mark Crofutt - "the seventh BlueLight".