The 2 Left Feet Blues Festival, in cooperation with the Music Now Foundation’s commitment to enriching the musical environment for today’s youth, is pleased to announce the addition of performances between sets by some of Connecticut’s most talented youth performers.
Jake is a 15 year old blues guitarist and vocalist from Glastonbury, CT. His soulful guitar solos have earned him national scholarships from the Generation Blues Program and the Honeyboy Edwards Fund For The Blues, allowing him to participate for the past three years in the The Pinetop Perkins Master Class in Guitar held in Clarksdale, MS. In 2014 and 2015, he represented the Connecticut Blues Society at The International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis with his band, Jake Kulak and the LowDown. In 2015, he was also accepted into the Band Seminar at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, one of the largest blues festivals in Europe. While in Norway, Jake was honored to play in front of a large international audience, as well as with some of the greats in the blues world.
Jake has quickly established a reputation for playing guitar with a maturity and conviction that transcend his age. His innate feel for the blues, along with his formal jazz training, allow his improvisational skills to really stand out. His many influences include Son House, Jack White, Gary Clark, Jr. and Stevie Ray Vaughan. To learn more check out www.jakekulak.com
Seventeen year old Noah Kesselman, a talented blues and rock guitarist and vocalist from Hamden, Connecticut; has been playing guitar for as long as he can remember. His music has been most influenced by BB King, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer. Noah was a frequent participant in the former Sunday night blues jams at New Haven’s Café 9 and has played in blues jams throughout Connecticut, as well as in Rhode Island, Greenwich Village, Chicago, Marin County, and London, and been a feature performer at Best Video Coffee and Wine Bar in Hamden, CT. As a founding member and lead guitarist of the band, “Funk You Up,” Noah and the band were finalists in a Battle of the Bands and performed at Toads Place. Noah is currently a senior at Hamden High School where he is a member of the Jazz Combo. He completed the 5-Week Performance Summer Program at the Berklee College of Music this past summer and hopes to continue his musical training full-time after he graduates from high school this coming spring. Noah’s dreams are to become a professional performer and recording artist.
The National Anthem with be sung by Old Lyme High School Junior Meredith Meredith Kegley