Soulful, funky blues stew

Mar 20, 2013
Biscuit Miller and The Mix

Rockland — The Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, April 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. with Biscuit Miller and The Mix. Admission is $15.

Dave “Biscuit” Miller was born on the south side of Chicago and raised by his grandmother; he got his nickname for always being in the kitchen and underfoot while she was trying to cook. Growing up at her house also gave Miller his love and appreciation for music, as gospel and soul were played in the home on a regular basis.

Miller picked up his first guitar at age 11 and as a teen formed a band with a childhood friend. After moving to Minneapolis, Miller was introduced to Sonny Rogers, who taught him a lot about playing basic blues. Miller went on to play with other respected blues artists such as, Mojo Buford (formerly with Muddy Waters) and Lady Blue, backup vocalist for Ike and Tina Turner. A one-night fill-in gig with Lonnie Brooks led to 10 years on the road with the legendary bluesman’s band. He formed Biscuit and The Mix to fill up winter down-time.

One of the bands Miller frequently sat in with was the up and coming Anthony Gomes Band and he ended up joining full-time for five years.

Upcoming in the weekly series are Smokin' Joe Kubec and Bnois King Monday, April 8 ($15); and two-fer by Anthony Gomes Sunday and Monday, April 14 and 15 ($15). For more information on the weekly series, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com. Also on the site is information about this summer’s North Atlantic Blues Festival, July 13 and 14; headliner is the great Mavis Staples. 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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