Bring Back the Music

Bring Back the Music

The IS-318 Jazz Band Led by Maestro Willy Hakim
The IS-318 Guitar Ensemble/Rock Band Led by Ed Healy
Councilmember Steve Levin and Friends
Assemblyman Joe Lentol (Winner of Legislative Idol)
Fred Rubino's Band: The Newtown Creek Ramblers
Hugh Pool, Mulebone and Friends
The stars of the documentary "Brooklyn Castle"

Hugh Pool is a journeyman whose guitar has taken him around the globe. From Indonesia to the Arctic circle, Hugh has ignited audiences with an original brand of jacked-up Delta Blues. WC Handy Award winning author Don Wilcock noted, “The thing that I love about Hugh is that I get all the honesty that makes for a great blues show and also this guy, kicking my ass, like a great rock show”. In February of 2015, Hugh was inducted as “Master Artist” into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

Hugh has released a dozen CD’s under various names and has been lauded by The New York Times, Village Voice, The New York Press and Blues Review. He has appeared on TV shows including The Emeril Lagasse Show, ABC World News Now, ABC’s The City, The Mitch Albom show, ABC’s Love Monkey and Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

Hugh moved to New York City at 20 with $300 in his jeans and a 6 string guitar. Since then he has opened for and/or played with: Johnny Winter, John Mayall, Government Mule, Arlo Guthrie, Patti Smith, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ritchie Havens, Canned Heat, Joan Jett, Dave Edmonds, etc. He has been called out of the audience to jam by Leon Russell, Chris Whitley, John Campbell and Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. He has been punched on stage by Leslie West. He has been invited to party old school with Tony Joe White, Lonnie Mack, Rick Danko and Paul Gerimiah. In Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Los Angeles, he’s had backstage conversations in the code of blues with legends Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Les Paul, John Campbell and Pinetop Perkins. In Sweden, Norway and Belgium he’s played wheel chair dance parties, Truck Grand Prixes and many a major festival.

Hugh has sung, talked and played on jingles for Pepsi Cola, Dr. Pepper, Heineken, Pillsbury, Texaco, etc. He has written music for an award winning AIDS documentary, an off-Broadway play and a German movie along with the many usages of his music on Network and Cable TV.

In addition to his success as a musician, Hugh has also earned acclaim as a producer/engineer/mixer and session player at his Brooklyn-based studio, Excello Recording where he’s been fortunate to work with Taj Mahal, Hubert Sumlin, Michael Brecker, Debbie Harry, Olu Dara, Johnny Johnson, The National, Marah and hundreds of other artists.


Mulebone is a partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is traditional blues.

Together they have recorded a CD which spent 15 weeks in the Top 100 Albums in America. Along with playing live and TV appearances, they won blues artist of the year at radio stations from Seattle, Washington to Red Bank, New Jersey. Any given week, you may find them playing clubs in NYC or entertaining at private parties thrown by David Rockefeller, Bruce Wasserstein and list of other East Coast residents who are enthusiastic about bringing these boys in for a party by road, sea or air.

Stars of the documentary "Brooklyn Castle"

BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. BROOKLYN CASTLE shows how these kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?

Tickets Available at the Door

A Benefit concert to raise funds for the after-school programs at IS-318. Sponsored By: Councilmember Steve Levin, Brooklyn Bowl, Norman & Elaine Brodsky, Town Square, Main Drag Music, Brooklyn Brewery. Organized by the students! Dedicated to Fred Rubino: former beloved Principal/Superintendent of IS-318.

All ages before 9:00 PM, 21+ after 9:00 PM

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