She’s a songstress bringing pizzazz to a pizza parlor in Park Slope.
Every third Thursday of the month, Regina Bonelli, an award-winning vocalist and pianist, along with Blues Hall Of Fame guitarist Michael Hill, hosts an open-jam session at Two Boots restaurant — and everyone is welcomed to be a part of the band.
“Any musicians and vocalists can join in the jam,” said Bonelli. “There’s a signup sheet. We start up the house band so Michael and I can perform. After a little while, other musicians are called up to play, and they’re all anxious to get up there.”
Musicality runs in Bonelli’s blood. Her father, who was also a musician, ranks among her earliest inspirations. At the age of six, she was performing piano recitals at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
One of Bonelli’s strengths is her knack for songwriting. The Brooklyn-born-and-bred musician writes the kind of lyrics you find yourself singing in the shower days later. One of her hits “Mystical Love” has catchy verses such as, “It’s voodoo, it’s juju, it’s oh my god, It’s pray on your knees, It’s a tarot card.”
Besides being able to enjoy some soulful blues from the master songstress, participating musicians receive half-priced drinks all evening.
The restaurant makes the perfect location for the fun and casual jam session, what with its spacious interior, Cajun-Italian-inspired menu, and family friendly ambiance.
The end of this summer will see the release of Bonelli’s debut blues CD produced by Hill. In the mean time, catch her live at the Two Boots Brooklyn Blues Jam. If you’re lucky, “Mystical Love” might come on as you tuck into an order of “Voodoo Southern Fried Chicken.”
“Two Boots Brooklyn Blues Jam” at Two Boots [514 Second St. (718) 419–3253, www.twoboo
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