Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
The Sunday Buzz Matinwe celebrates 25 years of Blues with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings.
The Cobalt Rhythm Kings were born 25 years ago -- right here at Cafe Nine -- when the original four members were thrown together on the Cafe Nine stage as part of the old Cafe Nine Blues Jam on a cold December's night in 1996. Through a whirlwind of changes in the band, the blues scene, the music industry and the world around them, they have remained one of Connecticut's leading blues bands.
Fronted for the past 22-plus years by native Chicagoans Wendell Jones on bass guitar and vocals and Mark Zaretsky -- the only remaining original member -- on harmonica and vocals, The Kings have been an enduring presence on the New Haven scene. They opened for the late Etta James and Son Seals on the New Haven Green, played for thousands of people high atop the Temple Street Garage before the city imploded the New Haven Coliseum, opened shows for the late Johnny Winter, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, NRBQ and the B. Willie Smith Band, among others, and have performed in generations of bars and clubs, both past and present.
Not a lot of bands have that kind of staying power. So it's time to celebrate!
For The Cobalt Rhythm Kings' 25th Anniversary bash -- which also will be a post-Thanksgiving Cafe Nine "Home For The Holidays" jamboree and hootenany -- we're going to start at 4 in the afternoon as part of the Cafe Nine/Cygnus Radio Sunday Buzz series, then bring on some of our friends for an all-star jam a little later!
Come early because we'll start off with a set by the current Cobalt crew -- Zaretsky, Jones, 20-year member Greg Benn on guitar and 10-year upstart Tom Smith on drums. Then we'll see a reunion set by the original band, or as close to it as we can get, with George Lesiw on guitar and vocals and original drummer George Mastrogiannis joining us! As the night goes on, you can expect to see a sampling of the 20 or so people who have rotated through the band over the past 2 1/2 decades. (The lion's share have been drummers -- no Spinal Tap jokes, please!)
It's going to be a party not to be missed! Come celebrate with us!