Blues, Berries, & Jam


Town Green District presents the 17th annual lunchtime summer concert series Blues, Berries and Jam. The lower New Haven Green will be home to 8 wonderful weeks of performances from Connecticut musicians produced by Ultra Radio.

This concert series Produced by UltraRadio runs Wednesdays from July 12th through August 30th and performances are held from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Pull up a chair, pack a lunch, and visit the CitySeed downtown Farmer’s market located across the street from the stage for fresh eats and then enjoy fresh beats from these performers:


July 12 | Black Snake Boots

New Haven’s Black Snake Boots may be one of CT's newest bands, but it’s composed of blues veterans. They play blues as deep, raw, swampy and soulful as anyone. In just their first year they were finalists in the 2017 Connecticut Blues Society Challenge. Members George Lesiw, Mark Zaretsky, George Mastrogiannis, and Mike Nunno play Chicago-style and soulful Southern blues.


July 19 | The Balkun Brothers

Winners of the Connecticut Music Awards Best Blues Band 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013. Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues, The Balkun Brothers mix of blues, rock, and funk has entertained crowds worldwide. They have been International Blues Challenge Finalists and have performed across the United States and around the world.


July 26 | Bluzberry Pi

Returning for their Fourteenth BBJ, this high-energy band that captures the raw intensity of roots rock and fuses it with blues and infectious rhythms.  Bluzberry Pi’s set list is a mix of traditional blues, contemporary blues, and R&B classics. Their repertoire includes songs that date back to the Mississippi Delta in the days of Robert Johnson and Son House, and songs as contemporary as the music on the band’s original CD “Search for Something Sweet.” This week’s event will be a special melding of local artists activating New Haven's most centralized public space. Sidewalk artwork will be unveiled by local artist Jennifer Rae Cherrington; she will be creating a giant guitar through the pedestrian passageway from City Hall to the Green and the guitar's body circulating around the memorial fountain. 


Aug. 2 | Howie & The Soul Potatoes

Howard Eldridge was a vocalist with original Blues Brother Matt “Guitar” Murphy’s band for 15 years. He remains a very powerful force on the local and national music scene. He can be heard singing Matt Murphy’s “Blues Don’t Bother Me” in the opening scene of “The Blues Brothers 2000” movie.

Aug. 9 | The Aquatudes

Get ready for a high tide of reverberating rock 'n roll, blues, and surf rock on The New Haven Green. You’ll dig the sound of driving, twanging guitar and songs about surf, sand and sunny weather, as the Aquatudes celebrate their tenth year of eternal summer.


Aug. 16 | Cobalt Rhythm Kings

This award winning band is back for their fourteenth summer of Blues, Berries, and Jam. Steeped in jazzy jump blues with a wailin' blues harp player, they are New Haven based but have played premier blues clubs across the country.

Aug. 23 | Shaka & The SoulShakers

Shaka is a Hurricane Katrina surviving tunesmith and entertainer living in Connecticut by way of New Orleans. For their high energy roots rockin' swamp stomp, the SoulShakers stir a Gumbo pot full of twisted roots originals and obscure covers.


Aug. 30 | Travis Moody Band

Travis Moody is an exceptional rock and blues guitarist known for his unique rock and roots arrangements as well as his own raw, heartfelt originals. Playing music since the age of ten, this Branford, CT native has been influenced by the recordings of guitar greats Danny Gatton, Keith Richards and Howlin’ Wolf.  Travis is back for his eleventh Blues, Berries, and Jam appearance.

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