Two months of Blues dedicated to B.B. King in downtown New Haven

FILE - In this June 20, 2008 file photo, musician B.B. King performs at the opening night of the 87th season of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — For 15 years, Blues, Berries and Jam have been tradition on the New Haven green, combining free lunchtime concerts with a local farmers market in downtown New Haven.

According to city officials, the tradition will will on July 8 and will be going on every Wednesday for 8 straight weeks. This summer’s concert series is dedicated to B.B. King who died May 14 of this year.

Each concert will included a musical tribute to the Blues legend who had many performances in Connecticut. King also received an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Yale University.

Blues, Berries, and Jam features free concerts by the area’s top blues performers from 12 noon to 1:30pm.  Locals and music lovers are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the music with tables and chairs provided by the Town Green District, or bring a blanket and have a picnic.

City Seed Farmers’ Market will be selling fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables every Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm., an internet radio station that plays 100% Connecticut musicians, organizes this concert series every summer. General Manager Randy Borovsky says “All of our great bands are back from previous years. Plus, we’ve added new bands that we are excited to see, including CT Blues legend Howard Eldridge’s band, Howie and the Soul Potatoes, and Branchwater, finalist for Best Blues Band at the 2015 CT Music Awards. As a radio station that plays all Connecticut music, it is an honor to present this great concert series every year on The New Haven Green.”

The following is the schedule of performers.

Wednesdays 12pm -1:30pm

July 8 – Cobalt Rhythm Kings
July 15 – Branchwater
July 22 – Howie and the Soul Potatoes
July 29 – Matt Rhone & Grit Rhythm
August 5 – The Travis Moody Band
August 12 – The Mojo Boys
August 19 – Bluzberry Pi
August 26 – The Langley Brothers Project

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