Come out for a free show with blues band extraordinaire Misty Blues at the Northampton River Valley Co-op from 4-7PM Saturday, July 29th. Gina Coleman and her band played the annual Millpond Series last year and they’ll play this special outdoor show at the River Valley Co-op to celebrate the announcement of the line-up and the opening of registration for this year’s Millpond Series happening September 15th, 16th, & 17th at Millside Park in Easthampton. River Valley will be offering a spread of tasty treats from their kitchen as well.
Band founder and lead singer, Gina Coleman, entered the music scene in the early 90’s as the lead singer of the folk/rock group Cole-Connection. It wasn’t until 1999 when she played a gospel singer in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of A Raisin In The Sun that she realized her voice was well suited to sing classic blues. This sentiment was echoed by actor/singer, Mandy Patinkin, who sought her out after seeing the show. After actress Gwyneth Paltrow commented on her performance, Coleman knew a musical shift was imminent and thus began Misty Blues. The band pays homage to the older blues made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time, while still paying respect to classic male artists of the 20s, 30s and 40s. Over the years, Misty Blues has produced ten albums. Today the core members include Gina Coleman, Seth Fleischmann, Bill Patriquin, Ben Kohn, Rob Tatten and Aaron Dean.