Celebrate Love in the “Heart” of Granby – Valentine’s Weekend

Celebrate Love in the “Heart” of Granby – Valentine’s Weekend

Celebrate the Valentine’s Weekend in the “Heart” of Granby February 12-14th

Specials for sweethearts, best friends or family for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert & happy hour

  • Friday, February 12 Happy Hour
  • Saturday, February 13 Lunch & Dinner Specials
  • Sunday, February14th Brunch & Dinner Specials

 

Featured Drink  “bleeding heart” (featured in the CT Beverage journal)

Appetizers

Arugula Orchid Salad Pine nut crusted goat cheese, warm honey vinaigrette

Caribbean Spiced Tuna Tropical fruits, crispy plantains

 

Entrées

Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon 8oz. filet, petit jumbo lump crab, straw potato pie, asparagus, béarnaise sauce

Lobster Ravioli Tarragon brown butter cream sauce, spinach, garlic, white wine

 

Desserts

Port Poached Pear Red beet pistachio ice cream

Strawberries Chocolate covered long stem, raspberry whipped cream

 

January 30th – Texas Blues Man: Willie J Laws Band

January 30th – Texas Blues Man: Willie J Laws Band

Live Music @thebarn Saturday, January 30th at 9:00 PM.

Moose Entertainment presents Texas Blues Man: Willie J Laws Band.

The Willie J Laws Band sound is rooted in deep Texas Roots Music, add some Funk, and Jazz influenced bass patterns, and the influence of various Afro-Caribbean centric drum beats, all tempered with a groove from Motown, Memphis or Muscle Shoals, New Orleans or Houston, Cincinnati or Los Angeles. The sound is traditional African-American music with a unique twist, skillfully played and performed.  The Willie J Laws Band is winner of the Mass Blues Society Challenge 2011, Semi-finalist at the International Blues Competition 2012 and Beale St Kings Awards. A two time nominee for New England Music Award – Best Blues Act  2015 and 2016, and Nominee for Boston Music Award – Best Blues Act 2015.  Come see what some are calling the “Real Deal”. Come see “The Prophet of Funky Texas Music”. 

www.williejlawsband.com
www.facebook.com/williejlawsband

February 6th – Vince Thompson Band

February 6th – Vince Thompson Band

1656352_10201344050434203_466015431_nLive Music @thebarn Saturday, February 6th at 9:00 PM.

Moose Entertainment presents Vince Thompson Band.

Vince Thompson sings songs of experience in a resonant, baritone voice. He has been influenced by the lean, truthful lyrics of Merle Haggard and the sweet melodies of Hank Williams, along with the rhythms of jazz and rock & roll, His own compositions are written from the perspective of a man who, after growing up in California, traveled far from home for months at a time, over many years as a deck officer aboard large ships.

In his performances, Vince includes uptempo tunes and ballads, original compositions and songs of others. Listeners will hear the impact of country and bluegrass in his music, along with an assured, smooth style, pointing to the influence of jazz and swing. Together with some of the finest musicians in New England, Vince plays music that sounds good and makes you feel something.

The typical lineup includes Vince on rhythm guitar and vocals with upright bass, drums and electric guitar…and lately pedal steel.

Doug James with George Dudack – January 16th

Doug James with George Dudack – January 16th

Live Music @thebarn Saturday, January 16th at 9:00 PM.

Moose Entertainment presents Doug James and George Dudack

Doug James has been nominated and is the running for a BMA by The Blues Foundation, as Best instrumentalist -Horn which will be decided at annual Blues Music Awards ceremony to be held in downtown Memphis, TN May 5th, 2016.

Shawn Leonard playing the guitar. Steve Peck on the drums, who plays with Jeff Pitchell Band, Ben Boylan -Bass and a guitar player.

Jr Krauss and The Shakes – January 9th

Jr Krauss and The Shakes – January 9th

Live Music @thebarn on January 9th at 9:00 PM

Moose Entertainment presents Junior Krauss and The Shakes

  • Doug”Jr” krauss -Harp
  • Andy MacDonald-Guitar
  • Ben Boylan- Bass
  • Bob Bequillard-Drums

This talented group came together in 1999, joined by a shared desire to play bona fide American roots music: Blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, R&B, jump and country. Led by Doug ‘Junior’ Krauss, the Shakes have all established their musical credentials in notable bands over decades on the Connecticut music scene.
Junior Krauss is an acknowledged tonemaster on harmonica, delivering searing solos and soulful vocals. Andy MacDonald can make his guitar cry and his singing delivers the goods. Ben Boylan and Bob Bequillard throw down big beats of all kinds, with Ben shaking the windows on upright bass and Bob so deep in the pocket that the DA may be investigating!

The Shakes’ powerful sound and energetic performances have earned a following of loyal fans and supporters, youthful and ‘vintage’. Whether performing at festivals, night clubs, weddings or private events, this band knows how to get feet tapping, heads nodding and people heading for the dance floor.

The band’s influences are wide-ranging, including original Chicago Blues greats such as Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter Jacobs, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Magic Sam, as well as contemporary artists including Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Duke Robillard, the Paladins, NRBQ, and the late William Clarke and Hollywood Fats.

Junior Krauss & the Shakes have recently appeared with Blues legend James Cotton, as well as national artists James Montgomery and Debbie Davies. In 2005 Junior Krauss & the Shakes won the Connecticut Blues Challenge and traveled to Memphis to participate in the International Blues Challenge. The band has performed at Black Eyed Sally’s, 41 Bridge Street, W. Hartford Town Hall, Bushnell Park, Stafford Springs Blues Festival, and numerous other venues and events in the region.

The JBirds – December 26th

The JBirds – December 26th

Live Music @thebarn December 26th @ 9:00 PM

Moose Entertainment presents The JBirds

  • Klem Klimek-Saxophonist/Singer –  Tours with NRBQ
  • Marty Ballou-Bassist – Recording artist, toured with Peter Wolf
  • Milt Reder-Guitarist – Composer of film and TV-Music Producer

BIOS

Marty Ballou [bassist] Performance Background since 1986

From 1986 – 1992 Marty Ballou has performed worldwide with the vocal jazz group The Ritz, including appearances at the Sea Jazz Festival in Finland, The New Morning Club in Paris, the Blue Note Jazz clubs in Tokyo, Fukuoka and New York City, and George Weins` Newport Jazz Festival in Japan.  Recordings with the Ritz including: The Ritz  1987 – Denon 7142 featuring Frank Wess (saxophone); Almost Blue 1991 – Denon 7999 featuring Clark Terry (trumpet).  From 1992-1997 worked with Duke Robillards` Band, traveling in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Turkey, Greece, and South America, performing over 200 dates a year on the road.

In addition to 4 recordings under Dukes’ name, including: Dukes` Blues – 1996 – Pointblank 41344; Dangerous Place – 1997 – Virgin 42857B

Recorded with jazz legends: Jay McShann – Hooties` Jumpin` Blues – 1997 – Stony Plain 1237; Jimmy Witherspoon – Spoons` Blues – 1995 – Stony Plain 1211 Featuring Scott Hamilton, (saxophone); Herb Ellis – Conversations in Swing Guitar – 1999 – Stony Plain 1260

Shows with these artists including: The Kansas City Jazz and Blues Festival; The Monterey Jazz Festival; The San Francisco Jazz and Blues Festival;

From 1998 – present – “Sought after Session man”(Metronome Magazine), performing on several (a decent representation can be found at http://allmusic.com/artist/marty-ballou-p53888/credits ) recordings in all genres (Jazz, Blues, Folk, and Pop).

Favorites are:

  • Sax Gordon – Have Horn Will Travel
  • Porky Cohen and Roomful of Blues – Rhythm and Bones
  • Dave Maxwell – Maximum Blues Piano
  • Greg Piccolo – Homage
  • Jerry Portnoy – Down in the Mood Room
  • Bruce Katz – Crescent Crawl
  • Ann Rabson – Struttin` My Stuff
  • Kenny White – Comfort In The Static

In 2002 Marty joined blues great John Hammonds` Wicked Grin Band, performing many dates including The North Sea Jazz Festival (7/02) and recorded Ready for Love on the Narada label  released 2/11/03.  In 2005 Marty recorded with Peter Wolf for his Verve CD, Midnight Souvenirs and subsequently joined his ‘Midnight Travelers’ to perform at Boston`s Wilbur Theatre and many other national venues. Over the years Marty  performed with and been inspired and encouraged by the area`s[New England] finest artists: Hal Crook, Gray Sargent, Dick Johnson, Art Pelosi, Ted Casher, Herb Pomeroy, Tony Zano, Paul Broadnax, Bob Gullotti, Paul Schmeling, Duke Levine, Bobby Keyes, to name a few.

Milt Reder – Guitarist

Milt Reder is an award-winning guitarist, composer, music producer based in the Boston area. Best known for his soundtrack work on HBO’s Sex and the City playing an eclectic combination of Swing, Surf, Spy and Roots music with his group Four Piece Suit, Milt has worked in many areas of music since the 1980s.  Including work with the Eclecto-Hijinx Orchestra, Milt’s compositions are ubiquitous in reality television, Telemundo programming, and popular series, such as Dexter, Ed, Lillyhammer, and Nurse Jackie, as well as independent films,  including cult fave Psycho Beach Party and Sundance Winner “Blue Vinyl” . There have been some major studio releases, including Jenifer Aniston’s “Along Came Polly” and “Our Lips Are Sealed” for the Olsen Twins.   He has been lead guitarist, songwriter, and producer for a number of successful groups, including Ocean Rose, The Catch, GoBoom!, and Four Piece Suit.  He toured internationally with high energy Roots Rockers Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, and has appeared and recorded with Bo Diddley, Susan Tedeschi, Dwight & Nicole, Los Lobos, Steve Winwood, Danny Rivera, Robin Lane, Super Genius, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Bruce Katz, Pressure Cooker, and many others.  His recording studio, Rear Window, in Brookline MA has also hosted Carlos Santana, Yo Yo Ma, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, G.Love, State Radio, and many others. He has taught recording engineering at Emerson College and Boston’s Art Institute.  Currently he can be heard performing around New England with Four Piece Suit, his Friday night pub series “Uncle Milty’s Cavalcade of Stars”, and a variety of bands, including Bearly Dead, a beloved Boston tribute to the Grateful Dead.
www.fourpiecesuit.com
www.rearwindowstudio.com
FaceBook:  “Milt Reder”  /  “Uncle Milty’s Cavalcade of Stars”  /  “Four Piece Suit”

Klem Klimek-Saxophonist/Singer

A very lucky man who has had the great fortune of playing with many, many wonderful musicians.
Helped found Rizzz, a band that was a fixture on the Rhode Island music scene from 1974 through 1981, with forays throughout New England. Rizzz developed into a band that blended original songs with roots/jam covers to grow a loyal following which still enjoys the band’s occasional reunions. Played on shows with numerous global musical stars including The Band, Bonnie Raitt, Dickie Betts, NRBQ, Lowell George, Ray Davies, Dixie Dregs, David Bromberg, Lester Chambers, Robert Palmer, Tower of Power, etc.

Moved into production/engineering by becoming stage manager at Providence music shrine Lupo’s from 1982 to 1984.

Engaged by NRBQ as sound man/occasional sax player from 1984 through 1996, and saw most of the USA with them. This stint also included visits to Canada, Sweden, Norway, England, Germany, and Japan(2002)

Freelanced primarily in Rhode Island from 1996 to 1999 when he was invited to join Martha’s Vineyard favorite Entrain, one of Boston’s most popular club bands at the time, and played with them until 2005, traveling up and down the east coast and beyond,including a week’s visit to Shanghai(2001)

Back to freelancing around New England from 2005 until 2009 when he became road manager/sax player for Cape Verdean singer songwriter Ilo Ferreira, once again traveling the USA as opening act for Jimmy Buffett. Since Ilo’s return to Cape Verde in 2012, has been busy freelancing around New England again and playing with The JBirds, Original Jelly Roll Soul, NRBQ, The Ocean Mystics, Rizzz, Entrain,  The Love Me Duo, The Brian Maes Band, The Nick A Nee’s Gang, Violin River, etc, etc. whenever possible.

New Year’s Eve Bash – The Ubiquitones

New Year’s Eve Bash – The Ubiquitones

The Ubiquitones live on December 31st @thebarn New Years Eve Bash @ 9:30 PM

Featuring members of The Beaver Brown Band and Roomful of Blues

  • Gary Grumolini-Guitar,Vocals
  • Steve Burke-Key Board ,Vocals
  • Dean Cassell-Bass
  • Mike Warner,Drums and Vocals

Current and former members of Four Piece Suit, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, The Beaver Brown Band and Roomful of Blues get together for a night of Classic and Roots Rock & Roll, Blues and Outlaw Country.

From Johnny Cash to The Clash, George Jones to the Ramones.

Hash Brown & Doug James – December 16th

Hash Brown & Doug James – December 16th

Live Music @thebarn Saturday, December 16th at 9:00 PM.

Moose Entertainment presents Hash Brown and Doug James.

Hash Brown “home for the holidays” with Doug James who tours with Jimmie Vaughan and is a founding member of Roomful of Blues.

  • Steve Peck
  • Hash Brown
  • Mike Law
  • Doug James

Brian Calway

A Band of Brothers own Hash Brown (Brian Calway) started playing the blues in 1973. He was heavily influenced by local east coast blues legends like Duke Robillard and Roomful of Blues and Ronnie Earl with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. He played blues all over the north east (NY, CT, ME, VT, RI, NH, MA) until moving to Dallas, TX in 1983. Since then, Hash Brown has played blues in the Dallas area for more than 23 years.   Brian said, “So I guess I now have been playing Blues for 32 years(I’m getting old!).” Upon moving to Texas, Hash Brown immersed himself in the vibrant music scene, becoming an integral part of the bands of ZuZu Bollin, U. P. Wilson, Robert Ealey, Willie Willis, Big Al Dupree and Henry Qualls. Hash Brown is endorsed by: GHS Strings, Hohner Harmoncas, and Category 5 Amplifiers. Hash Brown has toured the US and Europe many times. He has appeared on no less than 30 different recordings.

He has played on 50 different recordings, also have done

  • TV commercial work for Houston L&P, Big brothers/sisters, and Subaru. 
  • He has 3 CDs out:
    • Hash Brown’s Texas Blues Revue(Cannonball records)
    • Hash Brown Band: Rollin’ Blues(Browntone Records)
    • Hash Brown & the Browntones; Have some fun!(Browntone records)

Brian is also a core teacher of Guitar and harmonica in the Mississippi Blues Jam camps based at the Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, MS. Brian Calway (Hash Brown) has recorded with a who’s who of blues musicians including: Duke Robillard, Barbara Lynn, Bobby Rush, Sam Myers, and others. Now you can come watch and listen to this Americana Music Great perform as a key member of A Band of Brothers.  Loves: Vintage American guitars and Cars, Impressionist art work (Monet, Picasso, etc) Quote from Brian Calway: Love playing with A Band of Brothers, every time we get together it is like old home week, so much fun!

Doug James: Looking after the bottom end 
Doug James specializes in rendering the deepest bottom-end sound in any horn section.
While it’s especially valuable in a blues band it would function just as well in any American roots music context. Doug, of course plays one of the heaviest, most cumbersome instruments of
them all — the baritone sax. And, dammit, he plays it better (and with more versatility) than anyone else around these days, and he has the recording credits to prove it. He’s a distinguished
alumni of Roomful of Blues, and he’s played on more than a dozen of their albums. He’s currently a member of Duke Robillard’s band, and has half a dozen albums under his belt with that outfit.
He played on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s live recording from New York’s Carnegie Hall. You can hear him on more than 50 other sessions, with credits on studio sessions for Pat Benatar, Big Joe Turner, Earl King, Eddy Clearwater, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, J.B. Hutto and dozens more. He also toured Canada as a member of Colin James’ Little Big Band.

Born in Turlock California in 1953, Doug and his family moved to Oregon before settling in Rhode Island. He states flatly that he became a truly professional musician when he joined Roomful in 1971. That great band is still going strong. Duke Robillard was the leader of the group when Doug joined and it was to Duke’s current band that Doug went after being paroled from Roomful in 1998. Blow Mr. Low is his first solo project — and one of the few mainly instrumental blues-based CDs in recent years. It’s also a driving, powerful album, which updates the near perfect classic r&b sound of the ’40s. Among the guests on Blow Mr. Low are Sugar Ray Norcia and Duke himself,
who both contribute two vocals. Sax Gordon Beadle, long-time tenor player with Robillard, is also featured; he is currently taking a sabbatical from the road — his absence, hopefully a temporary one, means that Doug James is playing almost as much tenor as he is baritone on current tours.
James himself is an articulate man who knows the history of his instrument, and is well aware other the other great players. He looks, as one admiring fan put it, like a very hip bank manager.
And, as Blow Mr. Low proves, he plays his butt off.

New Year’s Bash

New Year’s Bash

Get your sparkle on!

Ring in the new year @thebarn

Thursday, December 31st

$65 per person*

prix-fixe dinner

champagne toast

dining hours 4pm – close

live music @ 9:30 PM The Ubiquitones featuring members of The Beaver Brown Band and Roomful of Blues

  • Gary Grumolini-Guitar,Vocals
  • Steve Burke-Key Board ,Vocals
  • Dean Cassell-Bass
  • Mike Warner,Drums and Vocals

Make your reservations online or call @thebarn 860-413-3888

New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu

*Full Dinner menu also available.

First Course
New England Clam Chowder – House fried potato chips, chive oil
Crab Hushpuppies – Corn, pablano peppers, pickled jalapeno aioli
Goat cheese Flatbread – red beet goat spread, arugula, caramelized fennel, manchego
Baked Brie & Chicken Empanada’s – apple slaw, cranberry chipotle dipping sauce
Mixed Greens Salad – craisins, candied pecans, feta, butternut croutons, maple vinaigrette
Chesapeake Bay Oysters – mignonette and cocktail sauce

Second Course
Grilled Rib Eye – potatoes a la plancha, green beans, béarnaise rouge
Pistachio Crusted Salmon – dried apricot farro, blood orange mustard, asparagus
Apple Wood Smoked Chicken – butternut squash risotto cake, brussel sprouts, herb pan sauce
Linguine – roasted oyster mushroom, baby spinach, pearl onions, truffle cream sauce
Grilled Pork Chop – Cider ginger reduction, sweet potatoes fries, green beans

Third Course
Cheese Plate – Clothbound Cheddar, Smoked Bleu, Manchego, Arethusa brie, fig chutney, crostinis
Chocolate Hazelnut Torte – Nutella, Godiva chocolate whipped cream
Crème brulee – Hazelnut biscotti
Chocolate Raspberry Cup Cake – chocolate mousse, fresh raspberries, berry coulis
Blueberry Cobbler – pears, pineapple, honey lavender ice cream

Live Band The Ubiquitones pictured below

The-Ubiquitones