Mohawk Valley Blues Society

Sunday October 28, 5:00pm

Mohawk Valley Blues Society is proud to present:


Wakely's On Varick

700 Varick Street



Doors open at 4:00

Opening Act: BerkStar with Tony Berkley (guitar and vocals), Joe Boria (drums), and Zen Reinhardt (bass).  More info available at www.reverbnation.com/BerkStar.


Bruce Katz is a legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) who has released 10 CD’s as a leader and has appeared on over 70 other CD’s with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Butch Trucks, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman, and many, many others.  Bruce had a strong musical connection with the Allman Brothers band, having been a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years (2007-2013), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (2010-2015), Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band (2015-2017) and Les Brers.  Bruce toured with the Allman Brothers as well.  

His new CD, “Get Your Groove!” (American Showplace Music) has just been released and features many new original tunes, both vocal and instrumental.  It continues the evolution of the band’s music from the improvisational “jam blues” and roots music he has explored as a member of the various Allman Brothers “family bands.” Jaimoe, founding member of The Allman Brothers is guest.


Bruce Katz Band is an original, very exciting and accessible group of musicians that features a soulful approach to the blues and jams traditions.  The band features his virtuostic Hammond B3 and piano playing as well as Chris Vitarellow’s brilliant guitar playing and vocals.  Based in Woodstock, NY, the band tours and performs at venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.  

The Bruce Katz Band is:

​Bruce Katz – Hammond B3 organ and piano

​Chris Vitarello – guitar/vocals

​Ray Hangen – drums



He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything.  Man, he’s a heavy!”

- Gregg Allman

“This man is as good as it gets.  One of the greatest keyboard artists I’ve ever heard”

​-    John Hammond

“Bruce Katz’s playing is like, if Django ran into John Coltrane, and they ran into The Clash, and then they ran into Ronnie Earl, that would be him!”

- American Blues Scene

“We call him the Master.”

- Butch Trucks

“Now that’s a piano player.”

​-    Pinetop Perkins

More information is available at www.brucekatzband.com, including information about his albums as a bandleader and a sideman.

Advance Tickets are available at Wakely's on Varick and online for $15 


Day of show if available: Tickets will be $20 ($15 for members of MVBS), cash only.

Merchandise will be available on-site on a cash-only basis.






A second Jam will be added in the fall, TBA.



Join the MVBS

Enjoy a lifetime membership for a one-time fee of only $30! Membership entitles you to:

  • Reduced price admission to all events, except for fundraisers.
  • Reduced admission fee to all of the monthly jams.
  • Attend, participate and vote in open meetings. 



The Mohawk Valley Blues Society has hosted monthly blues jams, several major blues festivals, school presentations, charity events and concerts by touring blues artists, including Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Carl Weathersby, the Holmes Brothers, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Lousiana Band, Sharee Williams, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard and Jerry Portnoy, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, John Hammond, the Nighthawks, Jimmy Thackery, Roxanne Potvin, Dave Gross, and many others. 


Monthly Jams

The MVBS Jams are open to all blues musicians, and give our member artists a chance to play with each other, network and explore musically. For non-member jammers, they are an opportunity to see what the society is about, and why they should consider becoming a member. 



©2018 Mohawk Valley Blues Society 
The Mohawk Valley Blues Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  

"Mohawk Valley Blues Society, hereinafter also referred to as the society, shall operate as a not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code, for the following purposes:

1) To bring the love of blues to our region by providing live entertainment to the Mohawk Valley area.

2) To offer blues artists another outlet in which to carry on the tradition and art of the blues.

3) To increase awareness of and educate people from all walks of life to have an appreciation for the blues."