The Backstory, Brooklyn Invades Connecticut

... Peter Menta (aka Washboard Slim) discovered a great roots music club in Brooklyn, the JalopyTheater, built and run by Geoff and Lynette Wiley.  The performers there included the Brotherhood of The Jug Band Blues (Geoff Wiley plays bass), old time string band music ace Eli Smith - who is also a radio host and festival producer, and songwriter Feral Foster, who was voted best Village folk artist by the Village Voice.  Besides bringing in national roots artists, the Jalopy features local and regional acts at their Roots and Ruckus Night, and this included Washboard Slim and The Bluelights (so a CT jug band invaded Brooklyn in November of 2016).  The Jalopy Theater sponsors the Brooklyn Folk Festival, a yearly event.

To top off the CT side of the event, two of CT’s most respected singer/ songwriters have accepted invitations to perform, Anne Marie Menta with her band, and Steve Rodgers.

The venue for our concert is the Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT.  WCC is a new concert facility, work space and community center.

For more information please contact Peter Menta: rubmans@gmail.com.

WASHBOARD SLIM AND THE BLUELIGHT'S music comes from the root of traditional American popular music.  The Bluelights draw on a variety of traditional musical forms and they’ve created a new musical style equally respecting the past and the present – a typical Bluelights performance might include original tunes, early jazz, blues, swing, standards, jug band, early string band, gospel, pop music from the turn of the century and rootsy rock’n’roll. Started in 1986, they continue to perform at festivals, concerts and clubs around the country.  In 2008 they won the Connecticut Blues Challenge and entry into the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. They’re available to play a wide variety of settings including concerts, festivals, private parties, dances, and educational shows. The Bluelights have two CD's in print: Rub That Rhythm and most recently Back To The Well.

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