Rockland’s original blues travelers on tap
Rockland — The weekly blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, Sept. 16, with the band who first brought the Chicago blues to the Midcoast. Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $15.
The original back-up band for the legendary Howlin' Wolf, until the blues great's untimely death in 1975, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang is still bringing it. The 77-year-old Shaw won the 2013 Blue Music Award for Instrumentalist/Horn; and the Shaw tribute CD “Still Ridin’ High” has been nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album in the Blues Blast Awards to be held at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago on Halloween.
A talented singer/songwriter, musician, arranger and bandleader, Shaw performs on tenor and alto saxes and harmonica in addition to singing. The Wolf Gang includes ax-wielding son Eddie Vaan Shaw, Jr. and longtime bassist and soulful vocalist Shorty Gilbert.
Upcoming in the weekly series are: Sept. 23, Bobby Messano ($10); and, 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.