It's been exactly 14 years since Black-Eyed Sally's, Hartford's go-to BBQ joint, first invited some bluesmen to perform in the park. This year's Fest features four bands — the Rich Badowski Blues Band (also performing at the restaurant at 9 p.m.), Barrence Whitfield and the Savages (pictured), Christine Ohlman/Rebel Montez and Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood — for swampy blue notes and gutbucket rhythms. And get this: once again, it's FREE.
Black-eyed & Bluesfest
June 7, 5 p.m., Bushnell Park, Downtown Hartford, blackeyedsallys.com.