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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“Bessie has been an exceptional Health Care Provider. She takes such pride in her work and truly cares about the people she is in contact with. She is dedicated, diligent, and is devoted to her job assignment. She not only takes care of my Mom, but she goes above and beyond her call of duty. Bessie has a unique ability to connect with every person she meets. No day goes by that my Mom is not pampered. Bessie make sure she's always comfortable. She makes exceptional meals for her 3 times a day, cleans her clothes, gives her showers, washes her hair and makes her look amazing every single day. Bessie is so beneficial to our family we can't imagine our family without her. I myself and my family members could never do what she does for our Mom. She has been with my mom and our family for almost 1 year and we don't know what we would do without her, she truly is a gift from God. She not only takes care of my Mom daily, nightly and weekly, she also takes care of her personal life and whatever life throws at her. She is a devoted caretaker and should be recognized with the utmost respect. Her dedication to improving the health and well-being of my Mom is commendable. You can't find anyone as special as she. Her life commitment has touched our lives through her delivery of exceptional care in a compassionate, respectful, and safe manner on a daily basis. She has become a member of our family and she has shown us the meaning of adaptability. Her strong faith in God, Forgiveness, and Believing in each other makes her the great person that she is. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care and services your company has provided to us. Thank you for all you do”

Debra T.

“We used Always Best Care for my mother. They provided basically anything we needed a few hours a week, they were very thorough in asking about my mother's condition, and what were the needs that were required. It's more like bathing, medication, and companionship. We used them for about a week.”


“Thank you again to you, Susan and the rest of the care-givers and staff of Always Best Care for the outstanding service you have provided for our parents. ABC provided professional, first-class support that allowed our parents to remain in their home while relieving of us of concern for their care and is something we will never forget. You can be sure we will happily refer any family member or friend that is seeking care at home to Always Best Care.”

Madison R.

“Dear Rick, Over the past three plus years, my father Joseph Ceuch has lived at home assisted by the caregivers from your company Always Best Care of Greater Bristol. This letter is a personal thank you from my father and the entire Ceuch family on how your caregivers treated and attended to my father during this time. The caregivers became part of our extended family who shared in countless family events resulting in beautiful lasting memories. Caregivers Frances Boateng, Jeremy Turner, and Yanice Hernandez were awesome in their care of my father. I want to especially acknowledge Francis as a person who went above and beyond his responsibility and became part of the Ceuch inner circle. It was not uncommon for Francis on his off days to stop by during a family picnic to say hello...he is truly loved by my father. Again, I want to thank you for the loving care your caregivers provided my father. I would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in having a caregiver attend to a loved one. Thanks again”

Gregory C.

“Heather, I just wanted to thank Always Best Care in helping to provide care for my step father, Daryl. It's unbelievable how the progression of his illness happened so quickly, however, Always Best Care was always ready to provide the level of care he needed as it increased. Most importantly, I'd like to thank his aide, Sue Malasics. She was wonderful to Daryl and took great care of his needs. I knew I did not have to worry with Sue there with him. She was always cooking wonderful homemade meals and desserts and I was happy to see how happy she made Daryl. I think she is a wonderful asset to Always Best Care. Should I know of anyone needing help in the future, I would recommend Always Best Care and Sue Malasics.”

Milissa K.

“My mother was bedbound for months and had serious health related issues including kidney failure. My mother was also very demanding about her care and who she would allow into her home. After several attempts with various in-home care agencies my mother really responded well to Always Best Care Senior Services of Greater Bristol and we cant thank them enough for the high level of compassionate care they were able to provide during my moms final months.”

Liam C.

“I am a past client of this provider My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”

Dorothy W.

“Our sister, Barbara has early-onset dementia , and was in sudden need of a personal care assistant until placement in a quality skilled nursing facility became available. We reached out to home health care agencies in her local area but, by this point, had already worked with several agencies for med reminders for Barbara (and 24/7 care for our Mom in another area of CT) and were a bit skeptical that that we’d find one that could provide consistent quality of care.When I spoke with Rick Downey of Always Best Care Senior Services in Bristol, he conveyed both confidence in his knowledge of health care and empathy in understanding the frustrations that families experience when seeking quality care for their loved ones. We were next contacted by their care coordinator,Heather Kozikowski, who came to our sister’s home to conduct an assessment and further explain the services offered by Always Best Care.A further testament to the exceptional quality of Always Best Care is the service and care we’ve received after Barbara is no longer a client; our thanks to Always Best Care for the excellent care of our sister, and the peace-of-mind it afforded our family knowing that she was in such kind and competent hands!”

Susan W.

“I am a retired registered nurse, and for several years, I have been the primary caregiver for my husbamd/ My husband suffers from dementia and is aphasic. On a Saturday morning in October of 2015, a sudden change in my health required an emergent hospitilization, which late resulted in an extensive rehabilitation stay. Upon my hospitalization, my son reached out to Always Best Care Senior Services of greater Bristol. The Always Best Care team assessed my husband, his needs, and had his care staffed within hours of my son's call. The care provided to my husband has been exceptional. The caregivers as well as the office staff have been attentive to our needs and have met all of our expectations. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to you and anyone who is in need of care for their loved one.”

Pope A.

“I had a very good experience ! I really appreciate the service that your company, Always Best Care, offered our family and especially the caring, loving attitude that Amber and Natalie displayed to Carol at all times. They were outstanding and you should be proud to place them in any situation with the full expectation they will represent your firm in a most professional manner. Thanks again for all your help.”

Kevin N.

“My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”


“Dave and staff, thank you or consistently caring and comforting my Mom. Your quality of care will be recommended to others. You went above and beyond what was expected.”


“I have a very good providers from this Company”

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How does In-home Senior Care in East Hartland, CT work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in East Hartland, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in East Hartland, CT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in East Hartland,CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Asnuntuck Announces Dean's List

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.Asnuntuck has announced that the following full and part-time students have achieved Dean's List status following their Fall semester. Asnuntuck Community College has announced that the following full and part-time students have achieved Dean’s List status following their Fall semester of studies. Full-time students, who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program and who have successfully completed 12 or more credits ...

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Asnuntuck has announced that the following full and part-time students have achieved Dean's List status following their Fall semester.

Asnuntuck Community College has announced that the following full and part-time students have achieved Dean’s List status following their Fall semester of studies. Full-time students, who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program and who have successfully completed 12 or more credits of work in a semester with a grade point average of 3.4 or above are named to the list. Part-time students who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program are also eligible for such recognition when they have completed 12 or more credits of work with a grade point average of 3.4.

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Asnuntuck’s Spring semester begins on January 20th and registration is underway. Visit https://asnuntuck.edu/admissions/how-to-enroll/ to learn more.

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Sansone ‘headlines’ 2 Left Feet Blues Festival in E. Hartland

EAST HARTLAND >> The Second Annual 2 Left Feet Blues Festival will bring a full day of blues Saturday to Berg’s Field in the far northern reaches of the state.The festival, which coorganizer (and Woodbridge native) Tom Deegan of East Hartland calls “the only true blu...

EAST HARTLAND >> The Second Annual 2 Left Feet Blues Festival will bring a full day of blues Saturday to Berg’s Field in the far northern reaches of the state.

The festival, which coorganizer (and Woodbridge native) Tom Deegan of East Hartland calls “the only true blues festival in Connecticut,” will feature New Orleans harmonica and accordion player “Jumpin’ Johnny” Sansone, Debbie Davies, “Mississippi” Johnny Rawls, Albert Castiglia, the Stacy Brooks Band, the Balkun Brothers and Jake Kulak and The Lowdown.

Tickets are $40 at the gate. Children’s tickets (ages 6-12) are $5. Under 6 free.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and Connecticut’s young, highly regarded Balkun Brothers from West Hartford will kick things off at 11 a.m., Deegan said.

Deegan, who organized the festival with his fiance, Charlotte Silkey, said he expects to grow from last year’s 685 attendees to 1,200 to 1,500 this year.

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This year’s festival will be on a similar scale “but it’s bigger in a lot of ways,” Deegan said. “There are more vendors, more people.”

Beyond that, “Everybody that’s playing at our festival this year is a headliner, and it was very hard to decide who to make the headliner,” Deegan said. “That being said, we decided to go with Johnny Sansone as the headliner.”

Indeed, they just as easily could have chosen Davies, a Connecticut resident, one-time disciple of the late Albert Collins and one of the leading female blues guitarists in the world, or Rawls or Castiglia for the closing role.

Rawls is all about a southern soul blues groove while Castiglia, a onetime member of Junior Wells’ band, is more of an incendiary guitar slinger. The Stacy Brooks Band won the 2013 DC Blues Battle of the Bands.

The Balkun Brothers, still in their 20s, have been on a bit of a roll in recent years, winning both the Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge and the Top Emerging Artist award at Milwaukee’s giant Summerfest this year, among other accolades.

“I just think that they’re right on the verge of taking off,” said Deegan.

Kulak, 14, from Glastonbury, will play perform short sets on a smaller stage between main stage sets. He played at the International Blues Challenge’s Youth Showcase last year.

Biggest winners in CT Lottery games last month

The biggest winner in CT Lottery games last month was a Stamford man who picked up a quarter million dollars on a lucky $20 instant ticket.Ronald Morales won $250,000 on a Money ticket sold at Al's Convenience in Stamford.Other winners last month included:Frederick Timothy Geier, of Milford; $50,000 on a Powerball ticket sold at Milford Gas in Milford.Robert Huntington Jr., of Danbury; $10,000 on a 30X Cash tick...

The biggest winner in CT Lottery games last month was a Stamford man who picked up a quarter million dollars on a lucky $20 instant ticket.

Ronald Morales won $250,000 on a Money ticket sold at Al's Convenience in Stamford.

Other winners last month included:

Frederick Timothy Geier, of Milford; $50,000 on a Powerball ticket sold at Milford Gas in Milford.

Robert Huntington Jr., of Danbury; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at JM Food & Grocery in Danbury.

Luz George, of Norwalk; $20,000 on a Mega Money ticket sold at E & M Park Fuels in Bridgeport.

Christopher Brown, of Cromwell; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Ghezzis Market in Middletown.

Sean Pitt, of New Haven; $10,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at Westport Amoco in Westport.

Ruth Lataille, of East Hartland; $77,777 on a Spicy 7s ticket sold at Luckey Star in Torrington.

Joan Bevington, of Bethel; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Snz Enterprises in New Milford.

Raymond Carlson, of Stratford; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at 7-Eleven in Stratford.

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Sandra Ward, of Melbourne, Fla.; $25,000 on a Run the Table ticket sold at Stop & Shop in Seymour.

Ana Guzman, of Ansonia; $50,000 on a Money Bag Multiplier ticket sold at One Stop News & Deli in Bridgeport.

Jacqueline Baisley Boucher, of New Milford; $10,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at $100,000 Cashword in New Milford.

Alfred Mascola, of East Haven; $100,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at A&N Deli in East Haven.

Patrick Smith, of Blue Bell, Pa.; $20,000 on a Diamond Doubler ticket sold at Stop & Shop in New Haven.

William Scollin, of Shelton; $100,000 on a Cash 5 ticket sold at 719 Post Rd Milford in Milford.

Louis Kural, of Riverside; $10,000 on a Mega Millions ticket sold at Zyn Stationery in Greenwich.

Lorenzo Voira, of East Haven; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Cumberland Farms in Milford.

Jason Hand, of Danbury; $30,000 on a Play 2 ticket sold at Black Gold Enterprizes in Brookfield.

Thomas Jagelka, of Wilton; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Wheels in Wilton.

Elita Demars, of Middletown; $100,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at East Main St Irving in Middletown.

Josephine Onofrio, of Cheshire; $10,008 on a Keno ticket sold at One Stop in Cheshire.

Peter Papadopoulos, of East Haven; $10,000 on a Keno ticket sold at Branford News & Variety in Branford.

Paul McCraven, of Cheshire; $20,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at Dixwell Gulf in Hamden.

Patrick McCusker, of Tolland; $20,000 on a Play 4 ticket sold at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club in Middletown.

Richard Schultz, of Terryville; $10,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at Thomaston Xtra Mart in Thomaston.

Donald Aguzzi Jr., of North Branford; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Snaxx Plus in Stratford.

Jamie Desjardins, of Wallingford; $10,000 on a $500,000 Extreme Cash ticket sold at Wallingford Gulf in Wallingford.

Ricardo Perez Jr., of Norwalk; $10,000 on a Play 4 ticket North Main Convenience in Norwalk.

Robert Morange, of Stamford; $20,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at Belltown Variety in Stamford.

Scott Palucci, of Trumbull; $10,000 on a Lucky Symbols ticket sold at Daybreak Doughnuts in Bridgeport.

Paul McCraven, of Cheshire; $20,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at South Main Mobil in Cheshire.

Brian Alexander Del Pinal Merida, of Stamford; $50,000 on a 5X the Money ticket sold at Track News & Variety in Stamford.

Jose Lindade, of Shelton; $20,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at Smart Foods Of Darien in Darien.

Gertrude Davis, of Hamden; $10,416 on a Play 4 ticket sold at Danbys Sunoco in Hamden.

Judith Howell, of Deep Rover; $50,000 on a High Voltage Cash ticket sold at Gulf in Cheshire.

Anthony Dedinas, of Branford; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Long Wharf Ventures in New Haven.

Sophie Constandaki, of Norwalk; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Darien Auto Specialists in Darien.

Sarah Nixon Bonney, of New Haven; $12,604 on a Play 4 ticket sold at Express Food Mart in New Haven.

Blues Beat: Two Left Feet Festival in East Hartland; Oktoberfest in New Britain

On Saturday, another Connecticut festival takes place — the Two Left Feet Blues Festival is held at Berg’s Field (Route 20) in East Hartland. Local artists are mixed in with national acts. Scheduled to perform are Jake Kulak, Johnny Rawls, ...

On Saturday, another Connecticut festival takes place — the Two Left Feet Blues Festival is held at Berg’s Field (Route 20) in East Hartland. Local artists are mixed in with national acts. Scheduled to perform are Jake Kulak, Johnny Rawls, Debbie Davies, the Balkun Brothers, Albert Castiglia, The Stacy Brooks Band, and Johnny Sansone. For more information go to: www.2leftfeetbluesfestival.com.

Tuesday, Albert Castiglia is at Legends Studio in Palmer. He is one of the really nice guys in the blues business. He has been around for some time and as is the case is now beginning to get the exposure he deserves.

Saturday is also Oktoberfest in New Britain. The Steve Polezonis Trio will be at Spaten Beerhall from 2 to 4 pm. Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood and the Jeffettes will go on at the Oktoberfest at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, John Mayall comes to Infinity Music Hall Norfolk. Then on Wednesday, Mayall performs with Sam Morrow are at FTC Stage One. Mayall continues to bring the blues and maintains his place in its history.

More Entertainment

Thursday has a couple of big concerts. A Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert is up at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk with the Johnny Winter Band, Gary Hoey, Jay Stollman, Debbie Davies, and surprise guests.

Also on Thursday, Duke Robillard plays the third Thursday Street Fest in Willimantic.

The Shamrock Pub & Grill brings in one of the new names to the Blues Beat, The Rubber City Blues Band. They draw the name from the rich heritage of Naugatuck, home to Connecticut’s once thriving rubber industry and is made up of musicians from all over the region. At 12 members strong, RCBB provides an entertaining and powerful mix of pop, rock and rhythm & blues. With a dynamic blend of vocalists and a five-member horn section, the band has loudly and clearly made its presence known on the local music scene. Since August 2007, they have performed at many venues including numerous summer concerts, local night clubs, restaurants, and charitable events.

As we move towards Fall, the outdoor music scene lessens but is still out there. Saturday, The Coffee Grinders will play the Knights of Columbus Pig Roast (1 p.m.) in Newington. Sunday, Basically Blues Band entertains at the Westbrook Elks Summer Concert Series.

On Friday, Bridge Street Live is hosting The Ryan Martin Foundation Benefit Concert. Entertainment features Memphis Soul Spectacular and Blind Smudge.

Ryan Martin was born with Spina Bifida and both of his legs were amputated at the age of two. Discovering basketball at 12 years old transformed Ryan’s world from “wheelchair bound” to bound for college, for professional basketball, and for traveling overseas. In 2007, Ryan joined the professional basketball league in Spain, playing as a point guard for CID Casa Murcia Getafe in the last four seasons.

He attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University and led SMSU to the NWBA National Title Game in 2001. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, Ryan joined the Phoenix Wheelchair Suns and played in the 2005 NWBA All-Star games.

Along with establishing his foundation, Ryan is a program coordinator for the Hospital for Special Care mentorship program, and has been a counselor at the Ivan Lendl Sports Camp.

Memphis Soul Spectacular is a tribute to the southern soul sound that comes from Memphis, Macon, and Muscle Shoals.

With the dynamite vocals, a relentless rhythm section, and brass-knuckle horns from some of New England’s most seasoned bands, Memphis Soul Spectacular brings to life the Southern Soul era. Blind Smudge is soulful, powerful, and unpredictable. Nothing fancy, just great funky music.

Sunday, it is the Bob Burt Benefit at The Knickerbocker Cafe starting at 2 p.m. Bands include The Wild Cats with Kevin Crandall, Raynor Roberts, and Bobby Christina, and Johnny & the East Coast Rockers.

In Worcester on Sunday, Rock’n Blues For A Buddy takes place at Greendale’s Pub from 4 to 11.pm). The proceeds benefit the Gianfriddo family. Music has A Ton of Blues, Wilbur & the Dukes featuring Lisa Marie and more.

This week seems to have a number of interesting things in Massachusetts. Wednesday in Worcester at Nick’s Bar and Restaurant it is Spreadin’ Rhythm Around: New Orleans Comes to Harlem. Spreadin’ Rhythm Around brings you the hot and sweet Harlem Swing sound made popular by Fats Waller in the 1920’s-30’s. This show features the addition of traditional to 1950’s New Orleans-style tunes, from Dixieland to Blues.

Also in Worcester, the anniversary of the legendary ‘82 Rolling Stones’ performance at Sir Morgans Cove takes place Saturday. It is at The Lucky Dog, formerly Sir Morgans Cove, and features an all night show by Let It Bleed, the dirty Rolling Stones tribute band.

Check out the history at: http://theluckydogmusichall.com/about/history/the-rolling-stones-at-the-lucky-dog/

The Connecticut Blues Society will once again be hosting its Solo/Duo Challenge on Sundays at The Pine Loft (6 p.m.) on the Berlin Turnpike. Preliminaries are September 21st and 28th. The Finals are scheduled for Oct. 5. Six acts with play each night.

Get the complete Blues Beat schedule on Thursday at the blog


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