Two nights of Gomes’ blues
Rockland — The Monday Night Blues series will expand to offer two consecutives nights of the blues. Anthony Gomes, who wowed the crowd at this summer’s North Atlantic Blues festival, will play both Sunday and Monday, Oct. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at the Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission each night will be $15; the Monday night show is the annual Halloween party.
Toronto-born singer/guitarist Gomes honed his skills in Chicago and Nashville to become an ax-wielding, soulful blues-writing powerhouse. He brought his latest album to the Midcoast last winter, "Up 2 Zero," which represents a full-circle return to his love of high energy, guitar-driven blues rock. The new collection of songs combines straight-ahead power blues compositions with tracks that incorporate soul-injected melodic moments. It also includes two new versions of Gomes’ most popular songs, "Fly Away" (previously titled “Bluebird”) and "Darkest Before The Dawn/Le Soleil Se Levera,” in both English and French versions.
"My mother is from Quebec City and the French-Canadian culture is a big part of who we are. I am so proud to be able to sing this song in French," said the Toronto-native, whose father is Portuguese.
Just over a month after he played the blues festival, Gomes experienced a traveling musician’s nightmare. On I-55 in Illinois, he was in an accident and his touring vehicle went up in flames. He lost a great deal of equipment, most of his music library and most of his clothes.
“I was able to rescue my guitars before the van was completely on fire. I so am very blessed that I made it out in one piece,” he posted on Facebook.
A subsequent effort by fans enabled him to pull together enough equipment to keep on his summer schedule — a good thing, as it included opening for B.B. King, Jonny Lang and Buddy Guy.
Next up in the weekly series are: the Dave Fields Band, Nov. 5 ($10); the F&G Band featuring Sandra Taylor, back from the recent Blues Ball, Nov. 12 ($10); String Bean & The Stalkers, Nov. 19 ($10); Belfast-based The Juke Rockets, raising funds for their Road to Memphis trip, Nov. 26 ($10); and the annual Blues Year’s Eve Party with Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Dec. 3 ($15), which will wrap up the series for 2012. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.