Previous events

CANCELLED - Randy Burns Benefit and Tribute

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517

UNFORTUNATELY WE'RE HAVING TO CANCEL THE RANDY BURNS BENEFIT AND TRIBUTE DESCRIBED BELOW - DUE TO THE VIRUS. WE'LL TRY TO RESCHEDULE IT WHEN THINGS GET BACK TO NORMAL.

Randy Burns has been a force in the New Haven music scene over the years, but now Randy's being treated for neck cancer. We're bringing musicians and fans together for a benefit and tribute Saturday evening, May 30 at Best Video in Hamden. You can find out more about Randy at https://www.facebook.com/rbwrites or https://www.gofundme.com/f/pzjt3-10000. Washboard Slim and the Bluelights will be the host band. More details coming.

CANCELLED - Washboard Slim and The Bluelights / Anne Marie Menta

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Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven, CT 06510

  • NOTE, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE'LL TRY TO RESCHEDULE.

Fernando Pinto Presents: WASHBOARD SLIM AND THE BLUELIGHTS / ANNE MARIE MENTA

Also playing Sunday night, Anne Marie Menta and her band. And flying in from Kalamazoo, Michigan to make this a family occasion, brother Ed Menta.

ANNE MARIE MENTA https://www.facebook.com/anne.menta

Anne Marie hails from New Haven, CT, where she has been a long-time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers where playing and listening to music was their greatest passion. In 1998, she released her debut album “Untried & True”, followed by “When the Love Ran Deep” in 2004, and “Seven Secrets” in 2009. Her fourth collection, “Sky Tonight” is just out.

Tickets $15. In advance $20. DOS

Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson and WSBL

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Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven, CT 06510

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

Tickets information: https://bpt.me/4496199

WSBL are excited to be playing again with jug band legend Jim Kweskin with Samoa Wilson! www.jimkweskin.com

Folk icon Jim Kweskin is coming to East Rock Concert Series at Cafe Nine with stunning vocalist Samoa Wilson. She has appeared and recorded several albums. 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.

Kweskin 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.

"...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

Dec26

WSBL Plays Twang Thursday

Hog River Brewing Co., 1429 Park Street, Hartford, Connecticut

  C'mon down for some jug band music and brew at Hog River Brewing Company.  Food truck on site.  No cover. (The entrance is on Bartholomew Ave., not on Park St.)

Free

Holiday Bash with Three CT Roots Music Divas!

Country Tavern, 704 Long Hill Road, Guilford, CT

WS&BL presents our annual holiday bash with three CT roots music divas - Lauren Agnelli, Sandy Connolly and Jilian Grey.  Join us at the Country Tavern - delicious food and a dandy dance floor.  

Nov23

WSBL at Best Video w/ Special Guest Mimi Lines

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Ct.

  We're coming back to Best Video for more jugabilly music, blues, rock 'n' roll, and originals.  Join us!  - Wine, beer, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.  Check out our special guest "Diva", Mimi Lines, who will be singing a few tunes!

Nov3

with the Jug Band Trio

Private Party

Roots and Blues "Diva" Show with WSBL

Black Eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum St., Hartford, CT

  WASHBOARD SLIM AND THE BLUELIGHTS PRESENT OUR AMERICANA ROOTS AND BLUES "DIVA" SHOW 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!

Phoebe Legere & Washboard Slim / Lys Guillorn

mActivity, 285 Nicoll St., New Haven, Connecticut

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

$15 in advance, $20 at the door

Jun14

WSBL at Best Video

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Ct.

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

WSBL Roots "Diva" Project

Crescendo Music Loft, 5-B Old Post Road, Madison, Ct.

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

$10 Suggested Donation

Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson

mActivity, 285 Nicoll St., New Haven, Connecticut

 

 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."

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Mardi-Gras Dance Party

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street Building H, Hamden, Ct.

 

Washboard Slim and the Bluelights invite you to a Mardi-Gras Dance Party! With Special guests Molly Venter and Eben Pariser. Doors open at 6:30PMMusic 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.

 

$15

WSBL Divas Show Comes to Guilford !

Country Tavern, 704 Long Hill Road, Guilford, CT

  With Lauren Agnelli, Sandy Connolly and Jilian Grey. - Talented singers and the jug band - a great combination. - Delicious food, dandy dance floor.  

Dec1

Divas Perform with WSBL !

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Ct.

  Featuring Lynn Malavolti and Jackie Sidle - and the BlueLights' Lauren Agnelli.  Join us for an evening's entertainment featuring some great singers.

Nov17

Concert at the Buttonwood Tree

The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT

  Come enjoy the band at this great club!

Sep29

WSBL with Special Guest Mark Crofutt

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Ct.

  - The show will feature Mark Crofutt, the "Seventh Bluelight". - Seating at 7:00. - Beer, wine and snacks available.

Food Truck Fun Lunchtime Concert

Hindinger Farm, 835 Dunbar Hill Road, Hamden, Ct.

  - Join the Washboard Slim Trio for lunch. - Peter, Brooks and Mark will play some great music while you enjoy your meal. - http://www.hindingersfarm.com/

Jul28

Private Party

Jul19

Music and a Meal Concert

Stone House, 245 Main Street, Deep River, CT