Join us for a special evening of jazz to celebrate Valentine's Day!
The Kane-West Organ trio is, in its essence, a “soul jazz” organ trio, composed of Hammond organ, guitar, and drums. Modeling themselves after the great jazz organ trios of the 50’s and 60’s, the Kane-West Organ Trio is compact and highly versatile. Performing many styles from funk and traditional blues to samba and soul jazz, the group is equally capable of setting the mood for a quiet dinner hour and turning up the heat for a concert or dance party. Thanks in part to the incredible dynamic range and stylistic versatility of the Hammond organ, the Kane-West Organ Trio makes instrumental music highly accessible, effectively bridging the gap between the sophisticated elegance of jazz and the raw, gritty emotion of down-home, funky blues.
Organist and pianist, Jonah Kane-West, was recognized at an early age for his talent and affinity for playing early American musical styles such as ragtime, blues, and gospel. Starting on the piano at age 5 under the tutelage of keyboard legend, Art Wheeler, and later falling in love with the Hammond organ upon hearing Jimmy Smith, Jonah has dedicated the greater part of the last decade to developing fluency in all blues and jazz keyboard styles. In addition to studying the organ styles of many of the greats such as Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston, Jimmy Mcgriff, Jonah has had the great fortune of studying personally with jazz organ master, Tony Monaco and gospel powerhouse, Dennis Montgomery III.
Jonah attended the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a scholarship and had the opportunity to study with some of the world’s best teachers and young musicians. He received the honor of performing at the highly respected Berklee Performance Center on multiple occasions, and was featured as an organist in the annual piano department student concert in 2012.
Jonah currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he now performs regularly with a variety of regional artists.
He will be joined by jazz greats, Brian Mesko (guitar), Forrest Young (drums), and Melissa Mesko (vocals).
Firestone Walker Brewing
Join us in" Celebrating the Union". Firestone Walker is one of the last breweries in the world to use a "Burton Union System" to brew some their amazing beer. They actually use a patented version of the classic that was invented in the 1830s. Primarily used for separating excess yeast from the barrel, this geometrical shaped oak barrel system, which could be viewed by some as outdated, has imparted Firestone' beers with its one of a kind taste. Which goes to show tradition and hard work pay off...in taste. We will have the new delicious Merlin Milk Stout on Nitro, as well as the classic DBA and Pale 31(still brewed on the Union system,) plus a few hoppier options on draft. Come and taste some history with us and Firestone Walker!
Balkun Brothers is a psychedelic blues-rock band hailing from Hartford, Connecticut. Originally formed in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, Balkun Brothers has been described as, “Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues… The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock ’n roll.”
Mixing traditional styles of delta and electric blues, with heavy modern rock and funk grooves, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. Drawing from a vast range of influences, the band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between blues, rock, funk, jam, psychedelia and everything in-between. Balkun Brothers are becoming known for their explosive live shows and are quickly evolving into one of the United States’ premier blues-rock acts.
Balkun Brothers was voted the ‘2015 Best Overall Band In Connecticut’, along with ‘Best Blues Band In Connecticut’ three years in a row, in 2015, 2014 and 2013, by CT.com and the Connecticut Music Awards. The group also won the 2014 Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge and the 2013 Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Competition. As a solo act, Steve Balkun was named the winner of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Suo Competition, as well as being a grand finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Steve, was also hand selected by blues-rock great, Joe Bonamassa, as a top ten finalist in the 2013 Guitar Center Bluesmasters Competition and played with Joe Bonamassa and his band in Los Angeles, CA.
As Balkun Brothers continues to grow and progress, their following has expanded and an impressive touring schedule has featured them alongside well-know artists such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, James Cotton, Popa Chubby, Eric Sardinas, Dopapod, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Mike Dillon Band and many more.
The band released their first full-length studio album, “ReDrova”, in January of 2015. The Brothers released their 2nd studio album, entitled “Balkun Brothers”, on October 13th, 2015 on Dixiefrog Records. The album was produced, recorded, and engineered by Popa Chubby. Balkun Brothers completed a full European tour in Fall 2015 and will be releasing their new album in the United States in Winter of 2016.
Kyle Forry and Justin Arnett
Kyle Forry and Justin Arnett were both born and raised in Franklin County, Virginia. They began playing and writing songs together in high school and have largely shared the same musical journey in the 15 years since. Their music intertwines acoustic roots, Americana, rock, reggae, and soul.
Since Barefoot West began performing in bars, festivals, and venues in Southwest Virginia eight years ago, they haven’t stopped to take a breath. Their numerous public performances and local popularity led to them being voted “Best Local Band” by Laker Magazine every year from 2010 to 2013. They even appeared in Lake Effects, a 2012 film which was shot at nearby Smith Mountain Lake and televised nationally and internationally. Most recently, Kyle and Justin opened for Southern Ground Recording Artist, Levi Lowrey and Zac Brown Band member, Clay Cook on opening night at the Harvester Performance Center in their hometown of Rocky Mount, VA.
Kyle and Justin will also be joined by Josh Lynch on bass.
Heavy Seas/ Maine Beer Tap Takeover
Take to the Heavy Seas with your Maine sail! Come out and try an amazing Red IPA collaboration brew from Heavy Seas and Maine Beer company. That's right, Because mutiny on the bounty is what we're all about.... we invite you to come plunder the best brews from both Maryland and New England right here at Blue 5 Restaurant. We will have several offerings from both of these amazing breweries. Pillage yourself a custom Heavy Seas pint glass filled with delicious liquid booty offerings like: Crossbones, Peeper, Siren Noire, Red Sky at Morning, Lunch, and a VERY rare 20 Year Storm Keg brewed in celebration of 20 years on the high, Heavy Seas.
Mel Melton & Wicked Mojos
This Zydeco-flavored blues band from Durham brings its mojo to Blue 5 for a special show. Melton's trademark zydeco style of harp playing has been influenced from his past in music rich cities as Lafayette (Louisiana), Austin, and Chicago. Melton has played with the great slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth and opened for stars such as Ray Charles, BB King, Dr John, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Come down to Blue 5 to experience a show that will make you feel like you are at a big party in the Louisiana bayou....
Bobby Thompson Project
Based out of Washington DC, Bobby Thompson is a renowned, fresh, and energetic blues singer-songwriter. He takes his inspiration not just from his guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Albert King, but also from the writing standards of artists like The Beatles, Dylan, and many more.
Bobby has shared the stage with some notable groups and musicians including: Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Indigenous, Bobby Parker, Junior Marvin and Elan (The Wailers), Erica Newell (The Melody Makers); Corey Harris, and opened for Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph, Chris Thomas King, Gibb Droll, The Greyboy Allstars, Eric Lindell, Duywayne Burnside and others. In 2012, he toured the US with 930Records artist Justin Jones, highlighted with performances at Austin City Limits Festival and Floyd Fest in Southwest Virginia. In the summer of 2014, he appeared at the Tremblant International Blues Festival in Tremblant, Quebec, along with other artists like Doyle Bramhall II. He wrote 8 of the nine songs on the new Blueheart Revival blues-rock album 'Stone Feathers', which Roots Music Report claimed to have "strong ... soulful vocals and cut-above-the-norm originals."
Blue 5 Weekend Reservations:
On nights we offer music, Blue 5 offers two seatings for our guests:
1) An early seating for guests who do NOT wish to stay for the live entertainment.
2) A late seating for guests who want the option to stay for the live entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE: Early seating reservations have a 2-hour allotment before the seating
following their reservation, which allows plenty of time to enjoy dinner with us.