The rock side of blues in Rockland
Rockland — The Monday Night Blues series continues Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. with the Bobby Messano Band at the Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission will be $10.
Bobby Messano played in New Jersey club bands from the time that he was 14 and by the mid-1970s, he had become rather well known. His 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 as fate would have it 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. He released his latest, “That’s Why I Don’t Sing the Blues,” this summer. Messano and his trusty sidekick and bassist extraordinaire Steve Geller are joined on tour by one of a talented stable of drummers.
Upcoming in the weekly series are: Oct. 22, Gracie Curran Band ($10); and Oct. 29, Halloween party with the Anthony Gomes Band ($15). There also will be a special Sunday night concert by Gomes the night before, Oct. 28 ($15). For more information, visit the Time Out Pub Blues link at northatlanticbluesfestival.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or email@example.com.