Messano back to rock the blues
Rockland — The weekly blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, Sept. 23. Bobby Messano and his band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Jersey blues rocker’s first big break came when Craig Leon and Seymour Stein of now famous Sire Records tried to sign him to a solo deal. He declined but soon auditioned, as lead singer and guitarist, into a band named Stanky Brown that was on the road opening for Kansas. The band toured constantly, also opening for The Allman Brothers, Outlaws, Boston, Beach Boys, Steve Miller and more.
Messano went on to join the world famous Starz, which opened for Rush, Ted Nugent, Styx and others. Then he settled into the session scene in New York, recording with Clarence Clemmons and playing on many of the fledgling MTV jingles and drops including “The Basement Tapes” theme. In between all of this he took six months to do a European/UK tour with Steve Winwood. His blues rock cred kept on growing; in 1989, he released the first of his critically acclaimed solo albums. His first live album, 2010’s “Bobby Messano Live at Madison” got a first-round Grammy nomination. Messano released his latest, “That’s Why I Don’t Sing the Blues,” last summer.
Upcoming in the weekly series are, Sept. 30, Maine’s own Blues Prophets, throwing a CD release party ($10). 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 email@example.com.