Washboard Slim and the Bluelights
The music the Bluelights perform is at the very root of traditional American popular music. For over thirty-five years bandleader Peter Menta has been expanding the concept of what a Jug Band can sound like. Drawing on a wide variety of traditional music forms, the Bluelights have created a new musical style respecting equally the past and present. A typical Bluelights performance might include original music, early jazz, blues, swing, standards, jug band, gospel, pop music from the turn of the century and roots rock’n’roll. Starting in 1986, they continue to perform at festivals, concerts and clubs through out North America. Their most recent triumph was to win the 2008 State of CT Blues Challenge and the opportunity to represent their state in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. They continue to be available for a wide variety of settings from private parties and dances to educational shows.
Anne Marie Menta & Dick Neal
Anne Marie Menta is a long time New Haven singer/ songwriter/ guitarist with three CDs to her credit and a new one in the planning stages. Her songs are pop-informed folk, covering the usual themes of love, loss, and life, but deliver the listener to the not-so-usual place of recognition and solace. Personal meets the universal. Anne Marie will be joined onstage by her sometime producer and collaborator, Richard Neal, on guitar and mandolin, who has just released his own CD of original tunes, “A Step Up.”