(ROCKLAND, ME) – Live blues returns to
the Midcoast Monday night, Feb. 11, and how. The New England Winter Blues Tour,
featuring a bunch of Blues fest faves, will play a 7 to 10 p.m. show in the
upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., Rockland, Maine. Admission
will be $25 at the door, which opens at 6 p.m.
The tour includes Sugar Ray & The
Bluetones featuring Charlie Baty; Rick Estrin; Nick Moss and Joe Moss; Jason
Ricci; Jerry Portnoy; and Nick “Mr. Nick” David, the heavily sought-after blues
shouter and unorthodox harmonica ace who produces and hosts the show.
Sugar Ray & The Bluetones have been
playing their distinctive style of blues for almost 40 years the world over —
and all over the genre map, too. Chicago blues, Kansas City swing, Texas blues
and Louisiana swamp are all on the dance card. Band leader “Sugar” Ray Norcia
on vocals and harmonica; guitarist “Little” Charlie Baty; Anthony Geraci on
piano and Hammond organ; Michael “Mudcat” Ward on acoustic and
electric bass; and drummer Neil Gouvin have all been featured on other artists’
Joe & Nick Moss: The Brothers Moss, two
real-deal Chicago blues guitarists, have only ever played as a duo on one other
festival, so Time Out Blues fans have a real treat in store. The brothers grew
up in the Windy City, and Joe was first to pick up the ax. He introduced young
Nick to the blues via a club concert by Little Charlie & the Nightcats
(founded by Baty and Estrin). Both have gone on to front their own bands.
Rick Estrin: No one on the blues scene writes
or sings like Rick Estrin, he of the wily and unforgettable original songs and
hipster, street-smart vocals… and no one looks like him either, always dressed
to the nines and sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour
haircut. He and his band deliver a high-energy show capable of bringing any
audience to its feet.”
Jason Ricci: Originally from Maine – is one
of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. His style of playing
is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger
generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear and even stage
presence. Nicknamed Moon Cat, Ricci has been an almost constant force for
decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press.
Jerry Portnoy: The New England Winter Blues
Tour is particularly rich in harp players. Chicago-born Grammy nominee Jerry
Portnoy spent six years as a member of the Muddy Waters Blues Band; another six
as leader of the Legendary Blues Band; four years at the head of his own band
The Streamliners; and another four as a featured member of the Eric Clapton
The weekly Monday series continues Feb. 18 with Gracie Curran ($15). Shows are subject to change. For more information, visit the North Atlantic Blues Festival site and click on the Time Out Blues link; call 596-6055; or email. Also on the site are information and ticket sales for this summer’s North Atlantic Blues Festival.