Musician, storyteller Guy Davis brings blues to coffeehouse

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 11, 2011
Guy Davis performs at Northwest Park’s Coffeehouse Concert Series on March 5. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Guy Davis performs at Northwest Park’s Coffeehouse Concert Series on March 5. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

The crowd at Northwest Park’s Coffeehouse Concert Series is usually accustomed to folk, bluegrass and perhaps a classical stringed instrument or two. But on the evening of Saturday, March 5, season ticket-holders were in for a treat, with a performance by blues musician and storyteller Guy Davis.

The native New Yorker came to Connecticut to play, sing and generally entertain the packed room with personal stories of his love for the blues, and also to give the crowd a chance to experience a true “bluesman.”

Davis doesn’t recall whether the music came before the stories, but he always knew from a young age that he wanted to play the blues. “The more I heard the blues, the more I had to step out in front of that guitar,” he said. “The truth is, I am a storyteller,” added Davis, who has performed on shows like “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”

During his act on March 5, Davis recalled trips to Ireland and England, where he played for people who might have been hearing the emotionally-charged and reality-based blues music for the first time. He played sharp-witted originals to the crowd, along with popular music by Muddy Waters and Bob Dylan.

Davis is one new performer this season at Northwest Park, in a list of many musicians on the upcoming Coffeehouse Concert Series schedule.

“We’ve had a pretty good season so far and are looking forward to the next five shows,” said organizer Chuck Drake. Drake was especially excited to bring Davis to the Northwest Park Nature Center, as he is a big blues fan himself and discovered Davis while listening to a compilation CD of many types of music.

Music-lovers will be happy to know that the concert season will continue with The Gnomes on April 2, The Neilds on April 16, and Southern Rail on April 30.

Also upcoming at Northwest Park is the ever-popular Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Friends of Northwest Park, to be held this year on March 26, 2011. The fundraiser this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the park’s family event. The breakfast will run from 8 to 11 a.m., and tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.

During the pancake breakfast, don’t forget to stop by the maple sugar house located directly to the right of the animal barn. “Sugar master” Chuck Drake will be there processing the sap collected from hundreds of trees from all over the Northwest Park property and beyond. Sap is sure to be flowing, following the recent warm weather. The sugar house is open on weekends and will also be open during the pancake breakfast.

For more information on all of these upcoming events or to purchase tickets in advance, visit the park’s website at www.northwestpark.org.


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