NRBQ performing at Kate, Daryl’s House

As Christmas weekend approaches, the blues schedule is a bit light, but some major acts are playing in the area and others are gearing up for New Years Eve. If you’re looking to go out, start now to book.

Tuesday, NRBQ will be at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. The NRBQ is often referred to as one of “America’s national treasures”. You might think that after 50 years a band would want to settle in and relax, but not these guys – Terry Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin. “NRBQ” stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet. NRBQ has garnered praise and respect from talents as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Doc Pomus, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Penn & Teller. The band’s songs have been performed by a multitude of artists.

On Wednesday, the founders are at the Knickerbocker Music Center. A lot of people wonder “how did the western region come to be the birthplace of the east coast blues?” The answer is Copley, James, Lataille, Piccolo and Robillard, aka Les Fondateurs. These world famous musicians, along with a few others from our own backyard, have performed alongside Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and countless others, with performances all over the world.

Forming Roomful of Blues as young men, they continued to pack dance floors as well as stadiums throughout their careers. Today, the band continues to perform with the quality they started off: dust off your dancing shoes, grab a friend and get ready for a lively evening of music.

A Christmas party with Johnny Larsen Band starring Carolyn Rae is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Brass Horse Café. Also on Sunday, the “new” Incredible Amplifires are at the Steak Loft, offering excellent Chicago blues to dance to. The New Amps stars Dave Robbins on harp and vocals, Ryan Newman on guitar, Mark Hennessy on drums, and Tim Leffingwell on bass.

Blues On The Rocks has a date Thursday at the Scotch Plains Tavern.

Daryl’s House has other great shows this week. Live At The Fillmore appears Tuesday. The group became the most popular and well-known tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band. Great attention is paid to recreating music with an unparalleled degree of authenticity. The group was chosen as the featured performer on next year’s Time Life Southern Rock Cruise and received rave reviews for the Spring 2017 performance on national television, being among the world’s largest tribute groups. Axs TV.

Then on Thursday, Daryl’s House will bring the larger-than-life blues figure with a unique brand of blues rock and funky soul, Popa Chubby.

Popa Chubby has plenty of reasons to feel lucky this year, which marks her continued presence as a powerful force on the New York blues scene with her own band. He’ll celebrate the only way he knows how to hit hard.

“It’s been 25 years and I’m still standing,” says Popa Chubby, and given the long and rugged road he’s had to travel, it’s in itself a miracle. From his early ’70s debut as a “villain with an afro and a brand new Gibson Midnight Special guitar” to his stint as a punk rock sideman for Screaming Mad George and Richard Hell, among others, to signing a ‘a deal with Sony and by releasing one of the best-selling blues albums of 1994 – the phenomenal Booty And The Beast – Popa Chubby has seen and lived it all to talk about it on over a dozen studio albums!

Thursday, the Turning Point Café welcomes The Roues Brothers for a blues-rock evening.

Recently, the founder and president of Alligator Records, Bruce Iglauer, received the “In Honorem” award from the French Academy Charles Cros. As a live ceremony was not possible this year, the coveted award was announced by host Alex Dutilh during his Open Jazz radio show on France Musique.

According to the Charles Cros Academy, “the members of the Jazz and Blues and Soul commissions unanimously agreed to award this distinction to Bruce Iglauer, founder of Alligator Records, the independent label which has carried the colors of the blues for 50 years, on to the occasion of the release of 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin ‘Music (Alligator / Socadisc).

Iglauer is delighted to receive this recognition, saying, “I am extremely honored that Alligator Records is receiving this award. I accept it on behalf of all Alligator artists, from Hound Dog Taylor in 1971 to Christone “Kingfish” Ingram today, who have lived the blues and carried on the tradition. Alligator’s slogan is’ Genuine Houserockin ‘Music’. We hope that ‘rockin’ means our music not only cradles your body, but hopefully cradles your soul. Thanks again.”

Alligator Records was born in 1971, when 23-year-old blues fan Bruce Iglauer spent his savings recording and releasing a record by his favorite Chicago blues band, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. He created Alligator Records to release this one LP. Today, Alligator has a catalog of over 350 titles, many of which are renowned, award-winning and proven classics of the genre.

See the Connecticut Blues Society for more concert listings: Any questions or comments should be sent to Domenic Forcella at [email protected]

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