Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza can't recall when he consumed his first sandwich, or what kind of sandwich it was "Probably a loaf of Italian bread and a hunk of cheese" but he got his first drum set when he was three years old. He's been pounding the skins ever since. Around 1989, when he was in his mid-thirties, Valenza and music buddy Pennsylvania Slim (who still plays out around town) began immersing themselves in rockabilly, roots music and early rock & roll. They started with Chuck Berry and made their way to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and the like. The blues became their singular passion. Taking on a bassist, they played little dives and by the late 1990s were gigging four nights a week at places like the Broadway Oyster Bar, BB's... More >>>
Mouthful of blues: Blues City proprietor Vince Valenza and his Benton Park po'boy.