Blues Prophets come to Rockland
Rockland — The city’s blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, Sept. 30. Maine’s own Blues Prophets is throwing a CD release party from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
The band is celebrating the release of their new CD “Keep Jukin’.” The Blues Prophets, and alter ego The Blue Flames, became an institution of the Maine club scene in the 1970s and ‘80s, helping create an audience that drew touring blues artists to such spots as the Cellar Door in Auburn, Benjamin’s in Bangor and the way-out-of-the-way Red Barn in Monroe. The Prophets preached the Maine blues gospel abroad as well, appearing in the 1970 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, among others.
Many terrific Maine musicians have played with the Blues Prophets over the years, and “Keep on Jukin’” is a tribute to the band’s 40 years of music making. It has been 35 years since the bands last recording — on vinyl, of course. Bandmembers include Rockland-born harmonica phenom DW Gill, guitarist/vocalist Doug Wainoris and Jamie “Jake” Isaacson, co-founder and -producer of the North Atlantic Blues Festival.
Looking ahead, Shemekia Copeland will play a Blues Ball Friday, Oct. 4, at the Samoset Resort; the evening will open at 7 p.m. with the Belfast-based Juke Rockets. Tickets are $25, $200 for a table of 10; call Paul Benjamin for tickets art 593-9336. For more information about blues in Rockland, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.