The Monday Night Blues series continues March 29 with the Tommy Keys Band at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.

Tommy Keys was born in New York and raised on a small poultry farm in rural Long Island. He learned to play piano at an early age and soon realized that the feelings in his heart were expressed best in his music and the blues was in his blood.

Keys released his debut solo album in 2004; two years later, he was a finalist in the solo/duo category at the 22nd International Blues Challenge in Memphis. His second solo effort, “Side Street Boogie,” received great reviews and international airplay. His latest album, “The Man in the Moon,” showcases his sizzling piano work and soulful vocals.

Next up in the weekly series is Darrell Nulisch, April 5. Admission will be $10. For more information about Monday Night Blues, send e-mail to series producer Paul Benjamin at

Ruthie Foster and the Family Band

In April, Benjamin also is bringing soul/blues sensation Ruthie Foster back to town Saturday, April 10 at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. at 7 p.m. She is touring to support her new album “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster.”

From her beginnings in the Brazos Valley of central Texas, Foster was launched by a strong mother and a large supportive family down a path whose pitfalls she learned to avoid and whose destination she charted on her own, with talent, faith and determination. On her previous albums and gigs that have taken her from choir lofts to folk bistros and onto stages in Europe and Australia, Foster has raised the multiple flags of American music. There is Southern blues in her groove, rock in her rhythm, a blend of gospel redemption, country poetry and jazz elegance in her singing.

Guitar slinger Lydia Warren will open with an acoustic set. Tickets are $23, available via the Strand at 594-0070 and

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