BlueFoot to perform Saturday night

By ANTHONY PERROTTA
Posted 10/31/19

The event also includes a Halloween costume contest at the Brightwaters Inn.

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BlueFoot to perform Saturday night

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Classic rock fans will be celebrating Halloween a little late this year. While most of the haunted houses are closed for the season, the Brightwaters Inn will be hosting a Halloween party on Saturday, Nov. 2, complete with a costume contest and live performance by BlueFoot.

Craig Diercks, the band’s lead vocalist, who is also a Bay Shore resident, says the band formed in 2014 and began performing the year after. His regular bandmates include Steve Anderson, from Lindenhurst, on drums and Mike G., from Valley Stream, on bass. Come Saturday, James Cata will be on guitar.

“Hopefully, our latest [guitarist] will be our last,” the leader singer said, adding that he could write a book about the search for a fourth member, which doesn’t seem to end.

The band members range in age from 40 to 50 years old. “It’s a hobby,” Diercks said, regarding his time with the band. As for the band name, Diercks said it means absolutely nothing.

“[Anderson] and I didn’t want something pompous or pretentious,” the lead singer added. “So about 27 guitarists ago, during a practice jam, we all started suggesting names. Someone yelled ‘Blue-blah-blah’ and then someone else yelled ‘Foot-blah-blah.’ So, we just combined them.”

During the band’s last show, Diercks recalled that someone in the crowd said the band name “sounded like a disease,” which the leader singer said is kind of funny. BlueFoot covers songs by the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Sublime and many others.

When asked about compiling the setlist for a show, Diercks said he usually picks the songs with whoever is playing guitar at the time. “[Anderson] and Mike G. can play anything and really don’t care,” he laughed.

Diercks says the band has considered writing original material, but finding the right guitarist, who shares the same musical likes and demeanor, has kept them from doing so. 

As for the party’s costume contest, categories include most creative, scariest, sexiest and best couple.

Diercks hopes that readers come and check out the band. “Maybe you’ll catch our disease,” he laughed.

The event begins at 7 p.m.

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