Wednesday, February 24, 2021

An Afternoon of Blues with Morgan Giosa - Livestream from The Buttonwood Tree

 Feb. 28th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM | Free - Donations Appreciated | Livestream on TBT's Facebook

Please join up-and-coming guitarist Morgan Giosa and his band of musical phenoms on Sunday, February 28th via a livestream on TBT's Facebook. The band will be performing traditional blues in the style of B.B. King, as well as some jazz favorites as a fundraiser for The Buttonwood Tree.


About Morgan:

Morgan Giosa is a web developer, blues guitarist, photographer, and visual artist from Windsor, Connecticut. A self-described “old soul”, Morgan feels his music is most rooted in inspiration from the electric psychedelic blues of the 1960s (artists such as Michael Bloomfield and Jimi Hendrix are among his favorites), as well as influenced by the greatest electric bluesmen of all time (particularly B.B. King and Albert King, two of his favorite musicians). Morgan has been composing original music with the guidance and collaborative input of his mentor and friend and guitar teacher, Frank Varela. The two, alongside drummer Alex Giosa and bassist Bob Laramie and some special guests, recorded an album under the band name Fake News Blues Band in late 2017. Their debut self-titled album was released on June 6th, 2019 and is available on all major streaming platforms. 


Rudi Weeks has been a professional musician and music teacher for over forty-five years. He has performed with such 60s greats as The Contours, The Crests, and Ronnie Spector, and Folk and Bluegrass legends Tom Paxton and Tony Trischka. His extensive freelance performance and recording experience includes projects with over thirty ensembles, performing styles that range from classical, big band swing, jazz, Latin jazz, to world beat, R&B, funk, and rock.


He currently teaches at Holyoke Community College Music Department, Downtown Sounds in Northampton MA, Guitar Center in West Springfield and at his home. He is a 20-year veteran of the popular Motown group Souled Out (currently called Center Stage)/ Magic of Motown/ Motor City Magic, and a 26-year veteran of the highly acclaimed Andean influenced world music group, Viva Quetzal.



   Dan Hartington is a guitarist with a diverse performing and teaching career and regularly collaborates on music of all styles with other musicians, actors, dancers, and writers. As a classical guitarist he was a founding member of the New England Guitar Quartet, has performed on numerous concert series including the Hillstead Museum Sunken Garden Poetry and Musical Festival, the Connecticut Guitar Society, and he was the founding Director of the Hartford Classical Guitar Ensemble.  As an electric and commercial guitarist, he is very active as a pit musician in regional and off-Broadway productions and has worked at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Norma Terris Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, and Connecticut Repertory Theater. He is faculty member in the Performing Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University and at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.