The Blues Dude

Carryin' on the Blues legacy

Your Invited to the 6th Annual Gary Curtis Memorial Blues Picnic

On July 12th of this weekend, the 6th annual Gary Curtis Memorial Picnic benefitting the Monroe County Diabetes Association, will take place at the American Legion in East Stroudsburg at :201 E 5th St East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The live musical entertainment will begin at 2pm and go util about 7pm at night. The line-up this year will be even more fantastic than last year, if that is even possible. There will be tons of homemade food and drinks available for purchase. The suggested donation is only ever $10 dollars which will pay for itself by the time you leave the venue.

Gary Curtis 6th Memorial Picnic

The line-up will include the following

  • Harpoon Johnny Petrizzo, owner of the popular destination restaurant and Tiki bar located  in downtown Bushkill,  will be playing and singing some popular classic rock tunes.
  • The Blues Dude and Friends, this will include yours truly, myself The Blues Dude on lead guitar and vocals, Tony Dellaria on drums, Rick “longhair” Madigan on bass, and an actual member of Gary Curtis’s band, Dwight Spencer on keys.
  • The ShielaMark Band playing an authentic hammond B3 organ and singing some familiar tunes.
  • Professor Kessler singing and performing short comedy routines.
  • A new mystery group called “The Fangs”
  • Friars Point playing some bluesy classics along with their own unique blend of tasty originals.
  • Finally to close it out The Gary Curtis All-Stars will be covering numerous Gary Curtis originals. Members are John O’Carrol on Vocals and guitar, The Blues Dude on lead and rhythm guitar, Tony Dellaria on Drums, Rick Madigan on Bass, & Dwight Spencer on keys and organ.

There will be tons of food to eat, beverages to drink; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, a great blend of old and new local talent and of course there may be some raffles and door prizes this year as well. Come early and stay late!! See you there.

Here is one of the last videos taken of Gary Curtis playing the amazing song Sally’s Playing Bingo with Dwight Spencer and others. We all miss you and are grateful for the wonderful music you have bestowed upon us.

Live Blues Music in the Water Gap, By The Blues Dude, and the Tony Dellaria Quartet

Yesterday, Sunday August 5th at 6:00, The Blues Dude and the Tony Dellaria Quartet fired up the Delaware Water Gap with their thrilling, high energy, blues band. People came rushing off the streets to hear the roaring sounds of The Blues Dude and The Tony Dellaria Quartet. The quiet streets began to fill up with the seasoned sounds of Blues music, played only with the greatest respect to the artists that have gone before them. People were drawing in from everywhere to hear the cool, clean, authentic tones and lyrics that only Blues can offer.

Photo of Tony Dellaria

Delaware Water Gap, 2013, Pennsylvania, Our front of the Church on the Mountain. 

The thunderous thumping coming from Tony Dellaria himself, was life a clock the size of a mountain, ticking away while keeping everything moving at a pace. Tony’s approach to drums is like a pace more than a race, therefore keeping the music groovin and flowing like the Mississippi river. Tony plays with many other musicians in Pocono Mountains and surrounding areas, such as Brian O’Malley, Bobby Kyle, and Pieter Holland.

 

Photo of Dennis Grove

Dennis Grove, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. 6:00PM Playing Bass

Dennis Grove playing the bass, out of his Hartke Cabinet. Dennis has many decades of experience behind him, in and around the Pocono Mountain area, which helps to lend a bottom end to the groove Grove creates. Dennis also performed a classic Allman Brothers song called one way out. Dennis’s applause was great to hear due to the original Bass player Rick Madigan not being able to perform that day due to being asked to perform at the Deerhead Inn at the very same time.

Photo of Dwight Spencer

Dwight Spencer, 2013, Delaware Water Gap, PA, 6:00pm, Photo by Paul Smeltz

The organs start to rumble the earth with Dwight Spencer, The Blues Dispenser, and people start looming around to see what’s going on in front of the Church. Dwight uses a realtime leslie simulator to capture the authentic sounds of the greatest organ and keyboard players of our time, while adding his own unique ingredients to the mix. Dwight had just finished up a gig at Musicfest with Friars Point, at Levitt stage. I asked him how it went and he said, “It was unbelievable, our whole band was piped in through enormous speaker arrays, all throughout the Bethlehem Steel Stacks.”

Photo of The Blues Dude (Jeremiah Williams)

The Blues Dude (Jeremiah Williams), 2013, Delaware Water Gap, PA, Out front of the Shawnee Church of the Mountain, Performing for the Concert Series.

Then the sun came through the clouds right as The Blues Dude grabbed his Fender Telecaster and turned all the knobs clockwise, while relentlessly stretching the strings across the fretboard. The combined sound was awesome. Everyone stopped and stared as these musicians began playing true soulful blues. The Blues Dude kicked it of with a couple classic blues riffs and began singing his heart out.

The response from the audience was so impressive people were wandering over from the neighborhood to see if someone was playing a loud radio, yet were surprised to find out that even though it sounded as good as any song on the radio today, it was old fashioned live music. The crowd filled in the empty spaces left on the lawn and began to enjoy the Free Concert that was being presented by the Shawnee Church on the Mountain, and the Poconos Arts Council.

We wanted to give a special thanks to Paul Smeltz for taking these great pictures of our band and invite you to visit his website, which attempts to promote art in and around the Pocono Mountains. His website address is http://theforwardianartssociety.com thanks again Paul.