The Monday Night Blues series continues March 22 with the JP Blues Band at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.

JP started playing guitar at age 8; by time he turned 10, his talent was recognized by legendary bluesman Sam “Bluzman” Taylor who took JP under his wing. At 11, JP began playing large festivals throughout the country with Taylor, Phil Grande and Caroline Aiken. He opened for such artists as Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Joe Bonamassa and Cactus, among others; and shared stages with Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), Chris Beard, Debbie Davies, Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Buddy Cage (New Riders), Caroline Aiken, Geoff Ackerson, Jon Paris, Kerry Kearney (Marty Balin) and more.

With all this experience under his belt, JP took the music to a new place with industry veteran drummer Pat Adkins (Gary U.S. Bonds, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, BB King) and an amazing young bassist named John Young, laying the foundation for the JP Blues Band. They competed in the Long Island Blues Society Blues Challenge and took the competition, hands down. While in Memphis for the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge,” the band gained the respect and admiration of artists they competed against and past winners. JP himself returned to Memphis for this year’s challenge as lead guitarist for Frank Latorre and the King Bees.

Next up in the weekly series are the Tommy Keys Band, March 29; and Darrell Nulisch, April 5. Admission will be $10. For more information about Monday Night Blues, send e-mail to series producer Paul Benjamin at

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