Legendary ax man in Monday night series

Mar 05, 2014
Photo by: Steven Whittsett Bobby Messano

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues March 17 with a 7 p.m. show by Bobby Messano. Admission at the door will be $10. Messano is a legendary studio and live guitarist/singer who has garnered eight first-round Grammy nominations, released five contemporary blues CDs, placed songs in major TV and cable shows and had songs held by Eric Clapton and others.

Over the years, Messano has played on more than 50 albums and his playing has been heard on everything from the MTV jingle and the “MTV Basement Tapes” to Benny Mardones' smash hit "Into The Night." The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 1960s hit act The Shadows of Knight.

Live, Messano has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and more. He lives just outside of New York City and commutes to Nashville, where he has played guitar for chart-topping country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: March 24, Samantha Fish ($15), who wowed the crowd during last year’s North Atlantic Blues Festival; March 31, Toni Lynn Washington ($10); April 7, Pat O’Shea Band ($10); April 14, Studebaker John ($10); April 21, Johnny Rawls ($10); and April 28, Harper ($15).

For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link. Also on the site is information about this summer’s fest, July 12 and 13. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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