Blues and pizza warms up Saturday night at Warwick church

  • The Patty T Blues Band Courtesy photo

Staff Writer
Thursday, February 08, 2018

WARWICK — One way to shake off those mid-winter doldrums might be an evening of feasting and fun at the Blues Night Pizza Supper and Concert featuring The Patty T Blues Band on Saturday at the Town Hall on Route 78.

The family-friendly evening, presented by the Warwick Arts Council, Wooden Fender and the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Warwick, is a fundraiser for charities the church supports. The meal is served starting at 6, and the event continues with dancing at 7 o’clock in the main hall to the music of The Patty T Blues Band. Patty Tuite is featured on vocals and plays rhythm guitar. Eric Engman, with his own signature sound, plays bass guitar. Longtime Pioneer Valley guitarist Rick King will play lead guitar and Billy Klock, a valley veteran drummer, will be setting the tempo.

Tuite has been playing and singing publicly since the early 1990s in a variety of genres ranging from folk to jazz and the blues. Her repertoire includes many of her own, original tunes. Her musical influences include Bonnie Raitt, Eva Cassidy, Susan Tedeschi and Etta James.

The Patty T Blues Band has been performing together for about two years.

“We started in each other’s living rooms just playing around and enjoyed each other’s company,” she said, and then started playing gigs. “We are all seasoned musicians - it is a good meld,’ she said. The last time the group played in Warwick was a summer event at the town hall. They have performed at popular venues such as the Bull Run in Shirley and the Underdog Lounge in Shelburne Falls. Tuite used to live in Granby and got her start on the blues scene by performing at the Tic Toc (a blues open mic) in Springfield. Tic Toc Blues is the name of the her third track on her Blonde and Blue album.

Blues guitarist, King, has performed with well-known bands Clean Living, Flight and Some of My Best Friends. He has opened for national acts such as the Jefferson Airplane, Earth, Wind & Fire, and John Mayall.

Engman, of Warwick, has played the town hall stage previously with rice — An American Band, and plays in local bands including Mr. Noizy, and The Sparkplugs.

Klock has played with regional acts like the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, Dynamite Johnny, Janet Ryan, and others.

Tuite says, “This band has great chemistry.”

Donations will be accepted at the door to pay the band and support Wooden Fender’s ongoing endeavor — in memory of Jeff Wallace — to keep live music happening in Warwick. The suggested donation is $5.

Members of the Trinitarian Church  will be dishing up the homemade pizza at 6 p.m. There will be a variety of toppings available. Cheese pizza is $3 a slice; pizza with choice of toppings is $5 a slice (two slices for $8). Gluten free pizza will be available. There will also be fresh garden salad and desserts, including homemade cookies and brownies. Desserts and beverages are $1 each. Organizers say all proceeds is donated to local and worldwide charities.

Wooden Fender is a project of the Warwick Arts Council, an organization that has sponsored art and cultural programs and events in town for more than 20 years. Other programs it has sponsored include: annual art shows, a variety of concerts (from jazz to classical to jug band), Beatnik coffeehouses, narrative poetry evenings, Soup and Song gatherings, writing programs, slide shows, school programs and scholarship support.

The Arts Council and Wooden Fender have also completed grant-funded projects improving the acoustics as well as the sound equipment at the Warwick Town Hall.

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