New Jam in Brockton

By Bill DeTellis
October 2010

Blues musicians who live south of Boston now have an opportunity to play with fellow musicians at a new blues jam in Brockton. The jam is on Wednesday nights from 8-11 at the Quality Inn at the intersection of RT. 123 and RT. 24. http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-brockton-massachusetts-MA012

The jam is organized by Satch Romano, who also runs the jams at Hajjar’s on Tuesday nights and the long running award-winning jam at the Next Page on Thursday nights, both in Weymouth. I have played at Satch's Tuesday and Thursday jams and know from experience that his goal is for everyone to have fun, which I do every time I play. Anyone who has gone to a Thursday night jam at the Next Page knows that it is a great party.

The house band that Satch used at the Wednesday night jam this week was the Gil Correia Band. They are comprised of Gil Correia, lead guitar and vocals, Chickie Deptula on the bass and Dave Baker on drums. The Gil Correia Band is competing in the Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge this year, which is held at Johnny D's in Somerville on Oct 3rd, 10th, and the 17th. The winner gets to go to Memphis for the national blues challenge next February.

The Quality Inn is a great venue. It is spacious, has plenty of tables, a limited bar menu, a nice stage and one of the best dance floors around. Bev and I love dancing and did our share last night.

According to Satch, he is continuing to seek out new venues for blues musicians to perform to replace the venues that are closing. He says he likes to start these venues with jams so that the musicians will become comfortable there.

One of the best parts of the night for me was when it was my turn to jam. I was playing my new Fender Telecaster along with the Gil Correia Band and ended my set with a great Muddy Waters tune. I lived up to Satch's expectations by having lots of fun. Another highlight of the night was that two Board Members from the Boston Blues Society, Carole Mellor, Secretary and Paul McNeil, Treasurer, came to support this new blues jam. For those of you who live south of Boston and are blues musicians and blues fans, take advantage of one of these jams. Come and have some fun and even if you do not play, come join Bev and me on the dance floor.

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