Singer-harmonica player Gary Bernath has been on a whirlwind journey with his Lights Out Blues Band. Beginning as a side project, Bernath and his band mates hosted a House Of Blues blues jam, picked up a huge amount of rotation venues, and last spring won the Granite State Blues Challenge hosted by the Granite State Blues Society. That win means that Lights Out Blues Band will be competing in the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee this coming January, 2018. Lights Out Blues Band will be a co-feature at a Manchester, New Hampshire fundraiser this Sunday afternoon at the Strange Brew Tavern in Manchester, New Hampshire. The fundraiser will help each act, who won in that competition last spring, defray the cost of traveling to Memphis.
Josh Gold has lately gone through a period of transition. The keyboardist and recording studio producer and engineer for the Adam Ezra Group has come off the road. He still plays his keyboard with AEG on local shows when he can. But, the married father of three has decided to focus on a career as the owner of his own Malden, Massachusetts based recording studio. Gold has had a long career to look back on while also building a shiny future for himself right in his own basement studio.
Jane Ross Fallon has been a very successful singer-songwriter for a very long time, successful in that she’s won numerous singer-songwriter contests and successful in reaching many, many people throughout the region with her words and music.
HeatherFest 23 brought a day of good music and charitable causes to New England blues fans. For those in the blues community who still don’t know, HeatherFest is an annual backyard party/blues music festival behind the spacious home of Norton, Massachusetts resident Heather McKibben. McKibben lines up several blues each year, requests a $25 donation on the way in, and allows charities to set up tents and kiosks on one side of her tremendously huge back lawn. Yesterday, a woman named Sara Tagget from a suicide prevention group, Katrina Tagget Memorial Foundation, made a stirring speech about helping others who may be in despair. The foundation was named after Tagget’s daughter who was lost to suicide in 2008.
Blue Duchess recording artists The Evenfall Quartet were missing a couple of its members at last night’s continuing residency at The Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Saxophone player Arnie Krakowsky filled in for Mark Earley and piano player John Mulroy subbed for Joe “Sunny” Barbato.