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Petey Hop--Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:30pm--The Connecticut Blues Society Revue Featuring Paul Gabriel, Steve Balkun, Bill "Swamp" Shaka & Manny Foglio. Bruce Bennett Nissan LEAF Emerging Artist Series Join us in the lobby at 6:45pm for a Wild Turkey tasting with Campari America. Come and check out this new twist to an after work "happy hour!" Come by have a glass of wine, meet new people and hear some really awesome music from an up and coming musician! Guitarist extraordinaire Pete Hopkinson aka Petey Hop and The Connecticut Blues Society Revue will perform an eclectic songbook of rock 'n' roll, roots, blues and old school country music! Equal parts guitar player, singer and songwriter, Petey's diversity and dexterity are the strength and basis of his style! Paul Gabriel is an Electric Blues guitarist, singer/songwriter and a recording session musician. His professional career began in 1969 and has spanned forty-four years as a working artist. Steve Balkun cites influences from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and even James Brown, focusing on their powerful blues riffs that has been absent from the music industry for too long. While he was a New Orleans resident, Bill "Swamp" Shaka fronted Shaka & the Swamptones on Bourbon Street and a later project called Shaka's Harp & Soul. Literally a survivor of hurricane Katrina's devastating floods, he relocated to Birmingham, Alabama before resettling in Connecticut, his place of birth. Back in 1979, singer/harmonica player Manny Foglio and guitarist Bill Barrett collaborated to form The Mojomatics, a project that reflected their mutual affinity for the 1950s Chicago blues style pioneered by Muddy Waters. Ever since, Foglio has carried on that sound and tradition.