Cafe Nine welcomes Carole Sylvan and the Name Droppers

Join international recording and performance artist Carole Sylvan and her band The Name Droppers as they present her new album, “Love,” featuring Bobby Torello and Scott Spray at Café 9 on Friday. His career highlights include opening for legendary musician James Brown at Yankee Stadium at just 16; charting a Top Ten Billboard dance hit with her song; and performing and recording with many superstar artists. Sylvan will provide a mix of original numbers and covers of popular hits for a dynamic performance.

The Name Droppers have Bobby Torello, who has a long career, including as the drummer for the Johnny Winter Band. He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame and was a session drummer on some of rock’s greatest recordings.

Scott Spray was the bassist for the Johnny Winter Band and his bass work on Johnny Winter’s “Step Back” album won him a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2015.

Joining the show is Rocky Lawrence. For him, all roads lead to Robert Johnson. No matter what you play, you end up at Robert Johnson. Lawrence knows these stories. He is a walking character of the country bluesman. Whether performing solo or accompanying the masters, listeners experience a seasoned blues player.

The James Hunter Six has a date Monday at FTC The Warehouse (also listed at FTC StageOne). Fronted by golden-throated, blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter James Hunter, the sax/Hammond B3 powered, swinging, retro-minded R&B twin continues to be their calling card. Fans of retro soul or any other greats from the genre’s past will instantly appreciate this band as their sound shines with an old-world shine. Friday Daryl’s House hosts The James Hunter Six.

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram continues his tour of Connecticut with stops at Infinity Music Hall, Friday in Hartford and Saturday in Norfolk. The guitarist, singer and songwriter is quickly becoming a defining blues voice of his generation. Rolling Stone said, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists of recent years, with a sound that encompasses BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”

The Weight Band, featuring members of The Band and Levon Helm Band, will be at Infinity Hall Hartford on Saturday.

The Weight Band recently released a new single “Shines Like Gold”. It was written at the height of the pandemic by band leader Jim Weider and producer Colin Linden. It’s a song about hope with its reassuring “keep the faith”. The Weight Band looks at our troubled world, reflects on the passage of time, and ultimately conveys a sense of hope for the future.The Weight Band presents a dynamic ensemble of classic American music that draws inspiration from rock house, pop funky swamp, blues, country soul and folk.

Their musical kinship is obvious, giving their shows a more cohesive and funky sound. The Weight Band’s origins are tied to Woodstock and some of its most famous inhabitants, The Band.

On Saturday, the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center welcomes Dana Fuchs. Known as a raspy-voiced blues-rock singer/songwriter, her versatile career spanned music, theater and film. Her voice and presence have led her to be compared to Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Mick Jagger. Her records are getting fantastic reviews and she is in the top 10 of the biggest chart in the world. As Fuchs sheds his musical skin with his triumphant fourth album, “Love Lives On,” it seems like the time has come to rewind the reels and flick through a backstory as compelling as any. His life and times are not always easy to read. But whatever the obstacles, music and love were the beacons that guided her.

The Rich Badowski Blues Band performs Friday at Hartford Road Café, then Thursday at Coal Fired Pizza in Sasso. Mystic Dead is live at The Barn on Friday.

On Saturday, Théâtre Bijou presents Terrapin: A Grateful Dead Experience. Then Monday, it’s Lee-Ann Lovelace with Glen Masso for dinner and a show at the Tipping Chair Monday (5:30 p.m.).

Dan Stevens’ Acoustic Blues Tour takes place Friday at Captain Daniel Packer Inne and Thursday at The Barn. Elle Sera is at Market Place in Danbury from 1 to 3 p.m. Wooly Mammoth does a show at Richoni’s.

On Saturday, Righteous Continental debuts at City Steam Brewery. Also on Saturday, Murray The Wheel plays at River Rock Tavern.

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez co-present with Professor Louie & The Crowmatix at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River on Saturday. The Beehive Queen brings her Americana by teaming up with The Professor, who will bring a taste of Woodstock to the Narrows stage.

Theodores BBQ has Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers on Friday and Orb Mellon Trio on Saturday.

At the Turning Point Café on Saturday, it’s The Gabe Stillman Band. Shawn Taylor heads to the Saw Dust Coffee House in Sturbridge, Mass., for a Friday show

The music is back at the Falcon as Willa Vincitore & Co. pay tribute to Bonnie Raitt on the Falcon Main Stage on Thursday. The evening celebrates one of Vincitore’s greatest influences and one of the greatest contemporary blues artists.

Daryl’s house brings Tinsley Ellis on Wednesday. Since his debut with Alligator 30 years ago, Tinsley Ellis, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, singer and songwriter, has risen to fame around the world.

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

Corina C. Butler