Tad Schaefer & The Trouble Makers at Blue Collar Blues Night

Blue Collar Blues at The Chubby Pickle

The April edition of the Blue Collar Blues event was again hosted by the Incinerators and produced by the JSJBF’s own Joseph Vincent Riggio through his J v ARCHER ENTERTAINMENT joint at member venue the Chubby Pickle. The Pickle was recently visited by Food Network restaurateur Guy Fieri and his film crew to tape an upcoming segment of his very popular cable show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I’m told it won’t air for about six months but we will be sure to alert our followers as soon as we have a confirmed date.

tad Schaefer

Tad, a long -time JSJBF member, put the Trouble Makers together last year, and while not winning, they impressed the judges at last October’s International Blues Competition. 

The evening kicked off with a terrific set by the Incinerators. The core band was there with the exception of Marcos Orozco who leader John Fernandez said “has left us” and after a moment of silence, then continued “for Florida.” Gary Neuwirth filled in on harp and was more than up to the task. Their set consisted of a mix of covers and originals with always popular “Miss Kimmie” joining in on vocals for several songs including her signature song, the original “Discarded.” With John, guitarist Rich Coccoli and bassist Steve Smith also on vocals, it was a great set. Highlights were “My Imagination” and “Mercury Blues.”

After a short break, the featured band, Tad Schaefer & The Trouble Makers took the stage. With special guest guitarist and IBC participant Bob DelRosso, they tore into the old James Brown chestnut “I Feel Good.” Rounding out the band were veteran jammers Mike Fash on bass and Walter Doberentz on drums. With a solid rhythm section behind them, Tad and Bob traded licks on a twelve-song set which included a terrific take on the Peter Green version of “Black Magic Woman,” the ZZ Top deep cut “Just Got Back From Baby’s,” and The Fabulous Thunderbirds song written by Kim Wilson “Wait On Time.” The songs allowed both Tad and Bob to deliver some impassioned vocals.  With their two distinct guitar styles, the interplay provided some memorable moments. They were then joined by John Fernandez for a three-song encore that included B.B. King’s “You Upset Me Baby,” an old Lazy Lester tune “Sugar Coated Love,” and they ended the night with “Love Me With A Feeling.” I had to look up to make sure the roof was on the building before we left! Another great night of blues at the Jersey Shore was had. If you haven’t been to the Chubby Pickle for a Blue Collar Blues or Jazz Café, I suggest you get there before the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show airs as it might then be difficult to get in.

april blue collar blues


The Chubby Pickle Blue Collar Blues Nights

Stop back to find out the scheduled lineup for the next Blues Collar Blues Night at the Chubby Pickle.