STRUTHERS — When The Matt Barranti Band takes the stage at Social 22 tonight, the hope is to start a local blues trend.
The music promotion organization Tuesday Blues Day will host the event at the State Street venue and is hopeful for it to become the first show in a potential series.
There is no cost for the show. Capacity is based on state COVID-19 safety guidelines and will be monitored throughout the night. Tables inside will be set up for social distancing, and guests are asked to wear masks while walking around inside Social 22. They can be removed while sitting at tables.
Social 22 is located in downtown Struthers with a pub-style experience, including beer on tap, food and weekly live music and events.
Tracy Randall, who started Tuesday Blues Day, said the future of the series is based on tonight's turnout.
“It's kind of like a test run to see if there would be a demand for it by the public, and we have enough attendance to make it worthwhile to bring in the good quality blues acts,” Randall said.
Randall started Tuesday Blues Day to bring blues artists to perform on Tuesday nights at bars in Pittsburgh in May 2019.
The performances were on Tuesdays since a lot of bands perform at bigger and more established venues on weekends. Randall said she chose a day of the week that would get good, quality blues performances for a cheaper price at smaller and local venues.
“What made it really nice about having it on a Tuesday was that members of different bands around the area were usually off on Tuesday nights, so the music community would come out and support my program,” Randall said.
COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania do not allow indoor music performances. Since she moved to Mahoning Valley during the pandemic, Randall now wants to try to bring blues to the area.
“I feel like there is a place for blues in the Mahoning Valley,” Randall said.
Randall said Tuesday Blues Day was moved to a Saturday night since there is more of a possibility for a larger crowd on the weekend during the pandemic. She also wanted to support a local music venue that has struggled during the pandemic.
Social 22, 14 State St., opened in February as a live music venue. Owner Colleen Moore had to adjust to carryout and was unable to receive a liquor license until August.
“Her resilience and adapting her music club to be a restaurant for carryout has been something that's attracted me to connecting with Colleen,” Randall said.
The show is from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight. For information, call 234-855-0069.