The Monday Night Blues series continues March 1 with Chris Beard at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.

Beard was born into the blues as son of blues guitarist Joe Beard and he grew up surrounded by blues players and the music. Many greats passed through his Rochester home as they came to town to do shows with Joe and his band. Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy are just two of the many ace guitarists Chris remembers from those early days.

Chris Beard picked up the guitar at age 5 and there was no looking back. At 15, he was working steadily with an established R&B band now known as national recording artists Cameo. They invited him to go on the road, but his mother insistd he finish school. After years of working as a sideman in local bands and with his father, Beard fronted his own group and set out to establish himself as a serious modern blues artist offering a funky mix of blues and instrumental panache. His powerful and passionate vocals, punctuated by a talent for strong, clean guitar lines, result in a sound that is emotionally charged and impeccably played.

Next up in the weekly series are Debbie Davies, March 8, $15; and Sue Foley and Peter Karp, March 15, $15. For more information about Monday Night Blues, send e-mail to series producer Paul Benjamin at bluesman@midcoast.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.